Experienced magicians point of view about magic tricks and other subjects
July 7, 2017
There are some amazing magic effects outthere, magicians everywhere create and release magic tricks through the plethora of available platforms allowing other magicians to purchase them, learn them and go out and perform them.
The old adage of "a magician never reveals his tricks" is not always true, but should perhaps read "a magician will not tell the audience how it is done" although even then the amazing Penn and Teller may beg to differ.
Now some magicians get tricks released that are real game changers and are amazing. Some magicians get tricks released that are a rip off and awful. It's the way it is.
Some effects I perform are effects that were created by other magicians and I have taken years to learn and perfect and hone my craft to make the trick "my own" rather than a carbon copy of the original effect.
A good magician will do this, they will concentrate on perfecting one card trick, for eg, until they know it and can perform it inside out , back to front. It always amuses me when I see a new trick released and within a day or week some magician is commenting online how they performed it for people etc. Surely that's not been learnt sufficiently, road tested and adapted to fit your own style?
I remember doing a wedding a while back and having this rather annoying photographer follow me like a lost puppy asking about every single effect I did. How was the signed card in my wallet? How did I bend the coins? How did I melt 2 cards into one ? Etc etc.
This photographer clearly had no grasp of the simple beginner level of magic so I recommended some good books for him to read.
A month later he had his own website, had purchased a whole plethora of "easy to perform" magic tricks and was claiming he was an experienced magician.
It's a shame this happens, however it happens in every walk of life, I've often heard wedding photographers tell me about people doing the same in their profession.
I remember being told by a television personality/magician years ago that "a regular person will always think any magician is brilliant, until they get to actually see a real professional, then they realise just how awful that first one was".
I never took much notice of it at the time but those words seem truer now than they ever did before.
As some of you reading this may already know, I create my own effects, and a lot of my performances and shows are all based around my own effects, there are videos of me performing these effects both on my website and on YouTube. It's not enough to class yourself "unique" by simply trying to fool the public and stating ridiculous lies like " I don't just do card tricks" (I've yet to meet a magician in all my years that does). By performing tricks I've created personally, I like to feel this is more unique, sure I sell some routines and effects to other magicians but my working rep is mine alone.
Some fabulous Welsh magicians have honed their craft over decades and you can see the experience and knowledge just flowing through them, magicians like the great Phil Jay, I've watched Phil myself and the ability of his performance is amazing, he's been doing his card coins effect probably longer than I've been alive, but no matter how many times I see it, I still love it. Other magicians like Bryan Gunton, Jasper Blakeley, Dorien, James Hawker, all experienced full time professionals who have oodles of talent and experience.
I like to think I belong with that, it's taken me years to get there but I've learnt the hard way, gigging away at workingmans clubs, rugby clubs and youth clubs, all for free just to learn, messing tricks up, suffering abuse and torment by drunks big enough to cave my head in, until I finally perfected my show, I'd rather have done that then just throw myself in to someone's wedding, and claim to be everything everyone else was and try charging a fortune for it.
Now I can do it, as I've earned the right to stand and dine at that table.
Being able to perform magic is a gift, it is also a pleasure to be able to share it with people.
I love being a magician, I treasure the ability to bring smiles to people's faces. There is a wonderful feeling when you reveal the effect and just see the expression on someone's face.
And you never know what look that's going to be, sometimes it's a "WTF" look, sometimes it's pure smiles and happiness and sometimes it's a creased up eye watering hysterical laugh.
The above photo was the reaction shots of a trick I created, where a signed card ends up inside a party popper. You can see a video of me performing it at Bryn Meadows on my website site.
Anyway, I've rambled on for long enough, thanks for reading and have a fab day.