Thursday, 3 November 2011

Lessons from the Way of the Showman - 51

People love mystery. In performing magic there are two types of mystery involved.
On one level is the Great Mystery, the magical experience, the uncanny, the other, the mysterious deep feeling of experiencing something unknown and unfathomable.
The other level is more superficial, it is the technical question of how something was done. A whodunnit murder, a puzzle, or a card trick are all mysteries seeking to be solved.
A magician, or indeed any Showman, should ask themselves what level they are encouraging their audience to experience their performance on. A performance at its best can function to symbolically awaken us to other realms of experience.

Ask yourself what you are expressing with your acts.

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