Sign up Latest Topics Chat
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment  
Amazer

Avatar / Picture

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 172
Reply with quote  #1 
I have been reading "Inspirations" by Dr. Lawrence Hass, founder of the "Theory & Art of Magic Press".  This is a book on performing magic with excellence.  It speaks to technique, presentation, celebrating wonder, "deep method", crafting performance pieces, etc.

The book includes a very thought provoking chapter, entitled, "How to Create Entertaining Card Magic".  In it, Hass discusses how the card performer and audience react with each other.  He points out major differences between performing for other magicians, versus the lay audience.  He touches on the attitudes of the two types of audiences, and what they are interested in, and what truly entertains them through the medium of card tricks.  The outcome of the essay is a nice template for creating a feeling of magical entertainment for the lay audience, while sparing fellow magicians the aspects of the performance that they are not necessarily interested in.

Has anyone else had a chance to read this book?  If so, any thoughts on Hass's essay on card magic?

- Ken

__________________
- Ken

0
Harry Lorayne

Avatar / Picture

Honored Member
Registered:
Posts: 2,376
Reply with quote  #2 
      I'd be a bit careful. Why search for solutions to problems that don't exist? That's the way I personally would have to (want to?) look at it. I never had the sort of problem(s) discussed - like " how to create entertaining card magic." So this could hurt rather than help. But - if you feel you need help in that area, or others - that'd different...go for it.
0
Mind Phantom

Avatar / Picture

Honored Member
Registered:
Posts: 1,492
Reply with quote  #3 
This I know, laypeople love card tricks. That's why I do it. It makes people happy.

Your book sounds interesting..what does he say about performing for other magicians ?

__________________
Self Concept Is Destiny...
0
Steven Youell

Avatar / Picture

Honored Member
Registered:
Posts: 762
Reply with quote  #4 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Amazer
He points out major differences between performing for other magicians, versus the lay audience.  He touches on the attitudes of the two types of audiences, and what they are interested in, and what truly entertains them through the medium of card tricks.

Hmm... sounds very close to an piece I wrote years ago in which I argued that Magicians aren't a bad audience-- they're a different audience and entertained by different things.  I've discussed it here somewhere if you want to look up the thread.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Amazer
...while sparing fellow magicians the aspects of the performance that they are not necessarily interested in.

Now it sounds even closer...

__________________
 
0
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.