Magic Methods – Street Magic
Street magic removes the limitations in the stereotypical look at magic. There aren’t any stages, no mirrors, no assistants and usually, no over-glorified props and illusions.
Frequently known as naked magic, street magic strips a fantasy lower to the minimum for optimum effect using everyday objects, a street magician can outstand categories of passers by in ways not one other street performer can imitate.
Without any stage, large illusions or assistants to cover, the road magician will find themself creating a fortune if he’s the best attitude, right location and right performance. This typically involves passing a hat around (referred to as “the throw”) – magicians for example David Blaine and Paul Zenon have experienced the posh of the television career to considerably grow their earnings, but it’s still possible to create a living from street magic without television.
When beginning to do Street Magic, you have to understand the trick would be to improve your audience – stunning these to the level of silence won’t assist you to, regardless of how amazed they’re! The way to succeed is maximising the audience’s participation – make use of your voice coupled with their applause to draw in more spectators. This does not mean you need to shout, then execute a miracle – work the crowd – warm them up by looking into making them applaud noisally, bring a young child to the street and obtain her to behave, after which obtain the audience to applaud noisally, screaming etc. All this time, people around you’ll be curious and join the crowd. If you want to any street festival, you’ll find more often than not the performers are starting to warm up the crowd to draw in more and more people.
After you have your audience, you will have to draw them directly into prevent them from leaving from both you and your hat! Get near to them, allowing people behind to listen to you simpler, and to match further expansion. Possibly ask all of the kids in the future and sit in front (and for whatever reason, they always wish to put profit the hat – parents’ money obviously!)
When planning your routine, make certain it’s weatherproof towards the extremes. A pack of cards will not stand an opportunity within the wind, and one time, the famous ‘Zig Zag Lady’ did not fully stand up – a gust of wind blew it and also the beautiful assistant over – and not the ideal outcome!
Keep your routine to some fairly small amount of time – individuals will typically be shopping and will not wish to hold off for 30 minutes while their vehicle parking ticket expires. After they question off, you’ve lost your couple of pounds.
I saw one incredibly cunning way of maximising your ‘hat income’ a few days ago working in london. Two magicians requested just a little girl to participate them which help all of them with their methods involving a handbag. In the finish of this routine, they gave her the £5 note, which instantly shows exactly what a ‘lovely’ pair they’re, attractive to everyone to provide a donation in the finish from the show – plus they all did – there have been queues of individuals waiting to give!
Try it out – whether it does not exercise, you’ve lost nothing, and you never know, you can finish on television!
Edward Jellard continues to be performing professional magic for several years. His repertoire includes stage magic, children’s entertaining and shut-up table hopping. This short article was inspired by Ace Starry.