In my last post for this Tips for Starting Magicians series, I discussed what to keep in mind when choosing the tricks for your first magic show. Now I’ll focus on a question that many who are thinking of trying their hand at magic ask: how many tricks do you need to be a magician?[Read more...]
Last time I talked about where you can find good, reliable, and audience-pleasing commercial tricks. In this article, we’ll talk about other things you have to remember when selecting magic tricks for your first show.
Having a list of tried-and-tested tricks is a good starting point, but I would say slow down a moment. There is something you truly need to understand before we go any further. And it is this …[Read more...]
Last time, we talked about the mindset any beginning magician would benefit from having. Now we’ll go into where you can look for good tricks that you can use to start building your own act.[Read more...]
- Have a day job but you find yourself thinking about magic a lot?
- Watch magicians, observing every little detail of what they do, what they say, how they say it, what they wear, what tricks they do?
- Have a magic kit that you spend endless hours on, arranging and rearranging?
- Feel "I could do that" if only I had a bit of help?
- Often feel defeated by a lack of confidence?
- Feel that you have untapped abilities?
- Crave guidance and mentoring from someone?
- Like the idea of entertaining people but you have already taken another path in life?
- Feel stumped simply because you don't know where to start?
If you answered yes to most of those questions, then you and I have a lot in common. Most likely the greatest difference between you and me is that I am a professional magician. This is how I earn my living—it's what it says on my tax return—and what a great way it is to earn money.
So how can you get started on the same path and write your own success story as a kids magician or family entertainer (or perhaps a balloon twister or face painter)? My answer is have the right mindset early on. This is important as your mindset will inform how you approach learning the tricks of the trade and what you focus on, and these in turn will greatly affect the success you enjoy and how fast you get to that level of success.
So what mindset am I talking about? I explain them below.
I talk to older kids before every show.
I didn't use to. I used to roll into a birthday party full of 10-year-olds and try to immediately befriend them. I would be high-fiving them, joking, talking conspiratorially about how we could trick the adults.
My thinking was I would bond with them and then we would launch off into some crazy fun together.
My plan had one fatal flaw. I didn't realise how smart kids are. They could see right through my ploy. They could see right through me that this was actually a smoke screen to cover how unconfident I felt with them. Kids hunt in packs like wolves and they sense the lame deer. I was the lame deer.[Read more...]
Let's talk about getting YOUR show together.
I had an epiphany and it’s this: magicians, just like children, need boundaries. What I mean is that just like when you impose boundaries upon children, when you tell them what they can and cannot do, they will kick and scream in protest. But later in life as adults, they'll say they are really glad that their parents imposed those strict boundaries, that it made them more resourceful and creative, that they feel they are much better because of it.
As a magician putting together a show, when you have such a vast array of materials and effects at your fingertips (especially these days), it can seem like an impossible task to narrow it down to the right effects and routines for you. It's like a river that fans out into a delta and becomes a slow-moving marsh because the water has no walls to concentrate its energy. Contrast that to a mountain stream coursing through a canyon. The water has such power and focus and direction.
We’ve all been there. Minutes before you step in front of your audience, you start feeling it—the butterflies in your stomach. Sweat begins forming on your forehead, your hands tremble, and you start thinking, “What have I gotten myself into?” or “I’m not ready for this!” or “What if something goes wrong?”
I’ve battled with these pre-show panic attacks myself thousands of times. And have I found an instant cure for nerves?
We all need inspiration once in a while. And to help you add some zing to the way you perform, handle an audience, or create an indelible positive impression on your clients, we asked kids entertainers from the world over to share the best ideas they've ever heard or read about.
So, ready for some amazing tips? If you are, scroll down to see the list of the most useful tips we've gathered.
In a former life before children’s entertaining, as a cameraman travelling around the world, I had what I call a ringside view of life. I got so close to a lot of people and saw, in many cases, intimately, what makes them tick.
I met many successful people and many unsuccessful people. Over time I began to notice patterns in both successful and unsuccessful people.
- It wasn't money that made people successful. I met many rich people who were unhappy and confused.
- It wasn't intelligence. I met PHD graduates who were stocking supermarket shelves at night.
- It wasn't the ability to be a team player. I interviewed more than one top level sports player with a substance addiction.
The one thing, above all ... and this is going to sound very odd ... [Read more...]
A Kids Entertainer Guide to
Adding Magic to Your Act
Creator of the successful Build Your Magic Show course - Julian Mather - explains how balloon twisters, face painters, clowns, ventriloquists and many people with a passion but little experience can create a commercial kids/family magic show and earn more money than magicians with 20 years experience.