Image the occasion…
130 friends at a ‘Masked Ball’. Two magicien mentaliste Annecy have been employed to carry out on the perform – the organiser needed ‘desk magicians’.
Now as a few of chances are you’ll know I don’t like ‘desk hopping’ in order a part of the deal I organized to do my ‘standard’ factor of discovering an area within the lounge or foyer of the venue in order that individuals may come to me in the course of the night.
The magician I used to be working with was doing the ‘desk’ stuff.
It was a really difficult venue when it comes to desk structure so my sympathy was with my magical colleague. In his walk-around ‘set’ he was performing some ‘psychological magic’ objects and I, despite the fact that I needed to give attention to extra conventional close-up mentalism and weird stuff, did embody a pair card results with a ‘distinction between sleight of hand and sleight of thoughts theme’.
As far the organisers had been involved the friends had been being entertained and regardless of preliminary reservations about not having two ‘desk magicians’ the truth that I had a really regular stream of individuals becoming a member of me all through the night appeared to validate my insistence that what I steered would work.
When it comes to the leisure and worth for cash each my colleague and I labored laborious and had been getting good responses from the friends.
For his half he was strolling round tables, and latterly the lounge and bar space sharing his magic.
Personally I used to be sitting within the lounge with a outdated oak chest on the desk, a nicely positioned close-up mat and some “mystical magguffins” – pendulums, an fascinating stone and a silver talisman…
For his half he was approaching individuals and providing to amaze and amuse them…
Personally I used to be sitting in my finest ‘Doc Shiels-Burger-esque’ pose and easily speaking to individuals about magical, mystical and psychological issues.
At no level after the meal had been the comfortable chairs subsequent to me empty. As one little group left one other approached and eagerly sat down.
Now here is the purpose.
As we made our method out on the finish of the night we had been each getting reward and thanks from the friends. On the foyer of the lodge had been the ‘ready-to-depart’ VIP’s who, as we approached had been clearly speaking about one of many ‘results’ that I had carried out for them.
As we walked previous one of many assembled friends stopped me to thank me once more for the ‘thought upsetting and wonderful night’ and as all of them known as out their goodbyes an additional voice, that of the organiser shouted out…
“Oh and say goodnight to the magician too….”
The phrases echoed in my head…
“Say goodnight to the magician too…”
So, I wasn’t a magician?
After a moments reflection I used to be overjoyed!
For some purpose there was the notion that I used to be doing one thing ‘completely different’ to what their notion of a magician dictated.
My colleague had offered ‘magic methods’ and by some means the body I used to be utilizing resulted within the notion of one thing completely different… not essentially higher, however actually completely different and due to that maybe extra memorable?
That, I assume, is the true distinction between magic and mentalism.
The previous engages the spect-actor in a prepared suspension of disbelief or criticism..
The latter asks the spect-actor to increase their perception and problem their skepticism…
Due to that maybe the expertise of mentalism may be much more private than the expertise of magic (or what has immediately seen as magic by the general public – particularly trickery’)
The actual magician, in custom and when it comes to the artwork, just isn’t merely a trickster. They are often wizard, sorcerer, oracle, sage, elder..
In case you are a magician and you might be studying this then maybe you’d get pleasure from contemplating the way you wish to be perceived.
It is about ‘efficiency frames’, the way in which you wish to current your artwork and the duty that you’ve got for the impact your magic has.
(Earlier than you complain about my spelling I did imply to sort ‘spect-actor’ not spectator. If you wish to know why learn Augusto Boal’s Rainbow of Need or my forthcoming magic booklet SpellCraft).