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I do know some but have a lot more to learn. I will want to learn the most useful things out there
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Don't be an "HA Ha - I FOOLED YOU " Magician - At Times seem as bewildered as the audience.
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Magic is pretty silly.
Magic itself, doing tricks, isn't important in the grand scheme of things.
People, however; are of great value.
Without people who would watch our tricks? Whose eyes would light up with amazement?
Who would gasp and applaud? Who would laugh? Who would get a moment of escape from the harsh realities of life?
People are what gives magic its value and excitement. People make you nervous. People make you want to do your very best, hopefully.
Make your magic about the people you share it with and go on the journey with them. Experience magic with them. Help them experience wonder.
Practice until you can not just do the trick perfectly, but entertain people while doing the trick.
Just like a songwriter or an author or a filmmaker, the real magic is connecting with people and affecting their emotions, giving them a memory, our tricks simply make this possible.
I learned these things sharing magic with people in hospitals. When I started doing tricks for children who are no longer with us, and their suffering parents, I realized the people are way more important than the tricks.
Performing magic unprofessionally since 2008!
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Maybe there could be stories about how a spouse was met by Entertaining with Magic, Puppets and / or Ventriloquism. A few of my Magi Friends how I met mine.
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old things in new ways - new things in old ways
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At an auto accident scene, I was able to save a man's life by taking complete control of the other folks there -
other helpers, lookie-loos, police and ambulance team. Knowing what to do came from many sources and life experience -
but my confidence, presence and force of personality is grounded in performing magic since age 11.

It was also necessary to lie to the victim effectively about conditions to avoid shock. That may have come from mentalism. Smile

The key is that I was willing to act while others milled about in confusion. My gift from magic is being prepared and incisive.

The magic part is that I later walked away without even knowing his name or seeking credit. Awe and wonder is its own reward.
"the more one pretends at magic, the more awe and wonder will be found in real life." Arnold Furst

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...and some might say you were/are a real life Guardian Angel.
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Magic can tell any story like any other art form. Magic should be questioned and deconstructed like any other art form. As Al Baker said, it's never good enough. There will always be improvements. But the most important thing of all is to be yourself. Your own style of magic will be authentic to the audience. You don't want to perform and be a completely different person. You don't have to be original. You just have to find things that suit your style.
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Presentation is more important than the effect.
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Develop a habit of reading magic books.
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Less is more.
"If you want magic in your life, start thinking like a magician." - Scott Grossberg
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If anything can go wrong at some time it definitely prepared for outs
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Magic is not about you, it is about the expectations of your the audience and those that book you.
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Know when to stop, aka, always leave them wanting more.

Listen to the audience. They will give you great lines for free.

Always charge what you're worth. Be worth your fee... and then some.
The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.
~Daniel J. Boorstin
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The art is in the performance, not the method.
Canapés my ass, that's a Ritz cracker and chopped liver.
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