Tips from Harutyun Hakobyan
Illusionism is very popular today (as well as in the times of Ancient Rome and Medieval Europe), so it is an object of study for many studies. This is not surprising, because the history has more than 100 thousand different tricks and every day more and more new tricks are published. They were conditionally classified into three groups:
3) drinking (these are not the same).
A large group of tricks are tricks where contact with the audience is a prerequisite. In this case, the role of props can be any familiar items at hand: coins, pens, paper, cards, rings, cubes, handkerchiefs, matches, and others. All of them are small in size and easily fit in your pocket. At the same time, you can demonstrate a lot of interesting tricks with them: with the disappearance, movement and appearance of objects, restoring and changing their size and shape.
Let’s look at how best to present various tricks to the audience. We will not take into account card tricks: they have long been allocated to a separate section of magic, because there are more than 20 thousand of these tricks today.
1. One spectator
This is usually the case if someone has asked you to demonstrate your ability to create illusions. Or you want to surprise someone, for example, your girlfriend on a date. The disadvantage of showing a number in front of one person is that they are close to you and can closely observe what is happening. But only one pair of eyes follows your actions, and the viewer can easily be distracted by a casual conversation or joke.
It should be noted that always before demonstrating a trick, you need to determine the mood and readiness of the potential audience to adequately perceive your actions. Refrain from it if you are a serious convinced skeptic, and even in a not very good mood.
Performances in front of a single audience are very important for the development of any illusionist, as they allow him to learn to capture the mood of the audience and guess its expectations.
2. Small group
Performing in front of an audience, even if small, does not allow you to feel as free as when showing numbers in front of one person: you are already being watched by several pairs of eyes, and the probability of exposure is much higher. Therefore, it is necessary to increase the distance between yourself and the public. And don’t let anyone stand behind you!
3. Large group
There are even more features.
Thus, the magician should be even further away from the audience, while speaking louder and not lose contact with them.
For a more effective performance, create the appropriate environment: a strict suit, “magic” accessories or accessories, a stylish case for props, and so on.
It is desirable to allocate your “workplace”: for example, for these purposes, a small piece of red felt, trimmed with Golden threads, will also be suitable. If you are going to show tricks that require a stable rigid base, it can be made of plywood, pasted with plastic.
Whatever format the magician chooses, you always need to be able to capture the mood of the audience and, depending on this, present a particular trick. And it is important to remember the basic rules of successful demonstration:
· before showing the trick, you need to rehearse it very well (preferably in front of a mirror): it should be obtained in ten cases out of 10;
· as long as your actions are not brought to automatism and the focus at least once does not work out of 10 or 100 samples, do not show it to anyone: you can be exposed and instead of surprising others, you will become an object for banter and discredit yourself as a wizard;
* present tricks unexpectedly and do not warn observers about them;
* don’t repeat the same trick twice, no matter how much the audience begs you to do it;
· always keep the secret of the trick in the strictest confidence, if it is not part of the number;
* don’t bore the audience with your demonstrations: if you notice bored looks, stop the performance or “stir up” the audience with a funny joke or story, and then move on to the next number.
As you can see, to become a successful illusionist, it is not enough to have good skills in demonstrating tricks. If you want to win over others with your talent, you must have a great sense of humor and acting skills, as well as be able to improvise and be a psychologist for them.