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An understanding of body language is most important. As soon as we walk on stage we are telling our story with our body. Being aware of body language is key to creating a great experience of magic. We can being saying one thing vocally and quite another with our movement.

Garrett Thomas spoke about studying mime in his At the Table lecture and about how much of a connection there is between magic and mime. It certainly got me thinking...

I wonder how many of you guys are studying, or considering the importance of body language during your study of magic?
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I’m not active studying body language but I’ve done some community theater and live musical performance so I do understand how important things like this are. This is a great point to raise. I’m not sure of the exact mechanics of why this is, but beginners like me tend to project a defensive body language as they perform, probably in preparation for the (in their mind) inevitable failure about to crush down upon them. I am prepared for doom!

Confidence of course corrects this with more experience performing, succeeding, and failing. The best way to learn to handle failure is to do it a lot. But in the meantime those of us who still lack confidence would do well to get feedback from honest friends about how we are physically presenting ourselves.

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Body language is important but so is body movement, meaning how you choreograph your movements in order to enhance your illusions.

Slydini was a master of it. A simple turn of the head or a leaning forwards can make all the difference.

I think some magicians get busted because they portray a tense demeanor, or body language. The appear guilty. And to add to that they tend to draw attention at the most inopportune times.

When I was much younger I read Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'Education of a Bodybuilder". He was/is a consummate pro, leaving nothing to chance. He recognized that posture had a bearing on how one is perceived and he also understood that one needed transitional movements to tie poses together. He wanted his posing routine to flow like ballet. This same thinking can be useful in magic.

More to say but pork chops are calling.
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Food is more important than magic?
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Body language is important but so is body movement, meaning how you choreograph your movements in order to enhance your illusions.

Slydini was a master of it. A simple turn of the head or a leaning forwards can make all the difference.

Juan Tamariz did a great job about it in his little great book "The Five Points in Magic."
He analyses the eyes, the voice, the hands, feet and body language.

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After reading Magic & Showmanship by Henning Nelms I can see how much this book informed the mind of Juan Tamariz... there is a great deal to learn from a close reading of the old books.

Body language is the key to efficient communication, and an early mentor advised me to study the different component parts of communication - this was great advice.

You can learn a great deal from watching different performing artists, and as Garret Thomas says in his lecture there is a close connection between the work of the mime and the magician.

Your body reflects your thoughts and vice versa, so anything you can do to understand the two will only make your magic stronger!
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