Magic is all about knowing what the goal is. Why are you doing this? As I mentioned in my article on learning how to create better magic tricks, the goal you are after, if you are not doing magic tricks because you want to impress someone, is to keep the energy up and make it easy to follow through on your magic trick. The key to this is to make your magic trick a magic effect.
Most magic tricks are not magical in the sense that they are invisible, but they are magical to the viewers. For instance, how can a person see a shadow if he or she doesn’t see it? And so on. So how do we design our magic tricks to be magical, to create magic, and to make you feel the magic?
It’s the same thing that we discuss when we talk about learning new music. We can’t teach people how to play piano by saying, “Just start playing.” We can teach people to play the piano by talking about how it is so important to learn the piano in order to play well. Similarly, we can talk about how a magic trick is a magic effect. I have talked a fair bit about creating magic effects, and what I have in common with the magician, as much as I can, is that I’m a fan of having magic effect designs.
Now that we’ve established that a magic effect is not always a magic trick, let’s take another step. I can’t tell you how many videos I’ve seen where a person walks onto a table and they are immediately whisked away to some other place, no matter what they happen to be doing. Why is that? What would happen if I told you what the trick was and how people would see it happen? How about watching the person walk off the table? How is that magic? I don’t know. What I do know is that if you’re performing a magic trick, if you take the idea that a viewer will see that particular thing happen, you have taken something away from the audience. And that’s what most of my videos do by putting the viewer on this other place, that isn’t your magic trick. It can be something you have to do, but if you take away that part of the magic trick that is the audience, you are only getting part of the trick.
Another example that I see a lot of in my videos is when the magic trick does a double jump. Well, I don’t know the double jump, I did it. There
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