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arthur stead
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Why do you need music?

First and foremost, music adds drama. It creates an intriguing mood or atmosphere. That's pretty good to start with. But music is beneficial in so many other ways.

You can use it to highlight key moments in a routine. Music can paint a picture, evoke a time period, and energize your act. Mysterious pre-show music suggests an air of expectation. "Volunteer music" fills dead space while you're waiting for a helper to reach the stage. A personal theme song underscores and defines your character. And from a purely technical standpoint, music is extremely useful for disguising unwanted noise caused by "talking" props.

Perhaps the most magical capacity of music is that it can command the attention of a whole room full of children. For that reason alone, we can't afford NOT to use music!

Try a little experiment: Turn on your TV and channel surf for a little while. Check out a couple of dramas or reality shows. Watch a tasteful movie. Look at soap operas, sitcoms, news programs, and even product commercials. Also, think about all your video games. What common thread runs through all these visual distractions? Music!

All these forms of entertainment use music to connect with their audiences. Their producers understand that music affects people on a subconscious level. Just think about it: Music can make you want to dance. It can inspire you to sing. It can cause you to feel happy, sad, forlorn, or invigorated. Scary music gives you the creeps. Joyful music makes your spirit roar. In essence, music is what feelings sound like. It "speaks" what cannot be expressed.

Competent film composers use this knowledge to write music which draws the viewers in, allowing them to experience the on-screen action on a deeper, subliminal level. Well, I'm here to tell you, you can accomplish the same thing in YOUR live performances! With careful forethought, the right piece of music complimenting the right routine will involve your audiences profoundly and touch them emotionally.

No matter what sort of shows you do, music ... (used properly) ... will add a whole new dimension to your act. It will turn your performance into a theatrical experience as opposed to being just an ordinary magic show. Whether your performance venue is living rooms, classrooms, theaters or TV ... music can enhance your visual actions and let your audiences experience your magic on a deeper level.

The secret is in knowing WHAT the right music is for your magic routines, and WHERE and WHEN and HOW you use it.
Arthur Stead
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I totally agree with you; I started adding music to my shows about 15 years ago and never looked back! I have several of your excellent music tracks and consider your expertise and musical contributions a treasure to all magicians. Music often speaks louder than words.
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I would love to add music but I do struggle with what Arthur said..
>>The secret is in knowing WHAT the right music is for your magic routines, and WHERE and WHEN and HOW you use it.

So any tips on how to learn this?

Vijay
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Bill Hegbli
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On Sep 14, 2019, amazingvijay wrote:
I would love to add music but I do struggle with what Arthur said..
>>The secret is in knowing WHAT the right music is for your magic routines, and WHERE and WHEN and HOW you use it.

So any tips on how to learn this?

Vijay



1st you have to have a sense of rhythm, then you have to play the music selections over and over. As you listen to the music, you have to visualize your effects in your mind while the music is playing. That will tell you which tunes will fit your place in the effects. Then when you think you have discovered a selection, get out your effects and go through them as the music is playing. See if anything fits that effect and your actions.

It is a lot of work, and time, but it can pay off in the end. Just like in the movies, you don't play music when you are talking. There use to be books on the subject, but I don't know if they are available any longer.
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amazingvijay
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Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated.

Vijay
N California Bay Area magician
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