You are sitting on a park bench, minding your own business and a man in a suit and top hat comes over to you. He sits down next to you and starts pulling quarters out of your ear; handing each one of them off to you one by one as he pulls them out. Amazing! Next, he takes off his hat, and after sweeping a white cloth over it — out pops a real live bunny! Who knew! Mystified, you begin asking yourself questions: how did he do that? Where did the bunny come from? Can I keep the quarters? And, most importantly: how can I do magic myself?
If you love leaving people stunned, dumbfounded, or taken back – consider doing some magic tricks. After all, what is the most you can lose aside from a bunny and a few quarters? Take out your magician’s wand, and get ready as we give you a run-down of some simple tips and tricks on how to do magic!
The Various Types of Magic
Before we get into performing tricks, let’s go over some of the different types of magic tricks that you can choose to perform. There are actually many different forms of magic; so take a look and see which one would most appeal to your personality and individual style.
Close-up Magic: Our opening paragraph is an example of close-up magic, where the magician performs their trick for just a few people, or even a single person. The magician can wander from person to person or group to group, which would be referred to also as strolling or mix-and-mingle magic. For these tricks up-close and personal tricks, small props are usually incorporated, such as: cards, bands, coins, or hats. Close-up magic can be done out of the magician’s hands or on a table.
Stand-up Magic: If you have ever been to a large magic show with an audience, this is known as cabaret or stand-up magic where there are spectators but none of them are close-up. The magician will perform their tricks on stage, and usually they are of a higher magnitude. However, they may still use smaller props. A lot of manipulation can come into play suddenly with stand-up magic, where things can suddenly appear out of thin air.
Stage Magic: Stage magic may sound similar to cabaret magic, however, stage magic usually requires that the magician has an assistant or is working with an animal or an audience member. The main distinguishing factors are generally large-scale props and the involvement of others. For instance, a magician cutting a woman in half would be an example of stage magic.
Mentalism: You might see this at some carnivals. Mentalism is a magician claiming to be able to read people’s minds, foresee the future, or determine things like their age, weight, or birth date without knowing them.
Street Magic: Street magic can definitely be entertaining and fun thing to stumble upon. It is usually done for the public in bustling cities or towns.
Escapology: There is no doubt if you are reading this article that you have heard of Houdini. Houdini made the idea of “magically” escaping from a straightjacket or locked box famous. Try doing this underwater, in the air, or in a coffin!
Children’s Magic: This is not just reserved for puppet shows. Children’s magic is a mix of comedy and entertainment and can be enjoyed by all ages.
How To Do Magic!
Now that you are aware of the different types of magic that can be performed, it is time to choose your method of stumping your audience, friends, or family! Let’s get into what you will need and how you can go about doing this:
- Show Confidence: No matter what type of trick or performance you are doing, people generally gravitate and believe others more if they exude confidence. This is vital in being a magician, as you are going to definitely want to be believable!
- Start Simple: Before you start popping tigers out of cars, learn some simple and basic tricks that you can do easily in front of people. Try out some tricks with cards, small objects, or coins.
- Involve: People might get bored or disinterested if you are just sitting there making things appear. By involving your audience in your magic, you will make your magic more believable and convincing.
- Props: Props and tools will help you grab your audience’s attention. Start small, but do not be afraid to ignite some gasps!
- Your body: Keep in mind that magic does not just have to incorporate other people’s bodies — feel free to use your own as well!
- Dazzle: People go to magic shows and stop to see magic tricks so that they can have their minds blown. They do not come to see things that they would be able to do themselves. Do not be afraid to think outside of the box and let your imagination run wild. The weirder the better!
- Shhh: The most important thing to remember when doing your magic tricks is to never reveal anything! Your world is your oyster; keep it closed to preserve your pearls of knowledge!
Developing Your Magic
Once you know your type of show and have some experience with mastering tricks, it is time to build yourself as a magician. If you want people to keep coming back to you, you are going to have to come up with new material often. Here are some ways that you can go about doing so:
- Coin Tricks: If you want some simple ways to increase the amount of tricks you do, incorporate some simple stuff, such as coin tricks. Everyone has coins, and these are fun ways to show people that there can be mystery in everyday objects.
- Numbers: Number tricks are good ways to get people’s minds in a twirl. Not a lot of people are masters of math, and magic and math are fun ways to have people scratching their heads – you will definitely be one step ahead of them!
- Levitation: When you feel the time is right, you can start incorporating some more advanced skills and tricks into your magic. Thinking about lifting someone off the ground without actually touching them? Yeah, no big deal, try some levitation!
Some Final Tips
Before you start wowing your crowd, we are going to let you in some one final magic tips!
- Know your angles: There are certain angles that make magic work, and there are some tricks that require you to be standing in a certain position. Know where your audience should be depending on the trick you are performing. No need for any mishaps!
- Borrowing: Instead of spending money buying a bunch of different props, borrow some items from your audience! This is a win-win, because it helps involve them and it makes your trick more believable because the props are not your own.
- Stay Varied: Make sure that you never perform the same trick twice in front of the same people (unless you are practicing on friends or family). If you keep doing this, they might be able to catch how you are doing the trick, and it will no longer be “magic”.
- Practice, practice, practice: Be sure to practice your tricks, no matter how simple you think they are, numerous times before you showcase your talents in front of an audience. One little slip up in a show could ruin your entire routine!
Tricks and Treats
Time to get your black suit on, top hate, and your magician’s wand, and get start showing people the impossible! If you need some more tricks up your sleeve, check out Udemy.com for some fun insight into the world of magic!