Sign up Latest Topics Chat
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment  
Socrates

Avatar / Picture

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 840
Reply with quote  #1 
Just the other day I was watching a lecture of John Carey. His magic is simply appealing but I was fascinated by his use of language. It's so relaxing and disarming, and you can see how his style of interaction would create a feeling of trust and much laughter. I was also intrigued by the way he recaps the effects just before the conclusion of the trick, we recently mentioned this in another thread, but watching John Carey work is a good example of this concept in action.

In a recent interview with Derren Brown I came across an interesting segment I thought valuable enough to share here with everyone at the forum as it relates perfectly:

"Even a magician showing you a card trick is just getting you to tell yourself a story . . . you’re being sold a story with particular edit points . . . that’s what life is, we have this infinite data source coming at us and we have to reduce it to stories.”

Watching John Carey perform his magic is a clear demonstration in how to create those edit points, and craft the perfect story within the mind of an audience member - and as we all know the mind is the place where real magic truly happens.
0
RayJ

Avatar / Picture

Honored Member
Registered:
Posts: 3,327
Reply with quote  #2 
I agree.  While watching him, the word that kept coming to mind was "charming".  That was followed by "disarming".  His attitude is not challenging or superior.  He is just an affable chap who wants to show you something really interesting and fun.  And you go along with it, and him.

John is able to mix in some funny bits and puns, without coming across as corny.  I think the reason is that the image he projects is one where he doesn't take himself too seriously.  As the late Nate Leipzig admonished, people don't mind being fooled as long as they're fooled by a gentleman.
0
JohnnyNewYork

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 269
Reply with quote  #3 
Hello Socrates - I'm sure anyone watching John Carey lecture would agree with your post!  Last September (as a responsibility to our local magic club), I picked him up from the airport for his in-person lecture for our club.  Although I never met him before, and as soon as he stepped off the plane, his conversations with me immediately seemed like he was a lifelong friend of mine rather than a new acquaintance.   He is EXTREMELY personable - in fact, even more so in person than online, and he is on a first-name basis with just about everyone.  At his TMF lecture he referred to his "earlier life" as a train conductor - I'm sure he was a very friendly one!  Of course, the directness and simplicity of his approach to magic is always impressive and entertaining, and his personality permeates all of his routines.   As you mention, he knows how to "craft a story" and "sell" his presentations to any audience.  Thanks for posting your observations! - johnny
0
Mbreggar

Avatar / Picture

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 746
Reply with quote  #4 
Fully agree. I have gotten to know John on a personal level over the years and I can assuredly tell you, what you see is what you get. John puts on no airs. He is genuinely happy to perform his magic and to teach magicians. He has learned what works and what doesn't work from countless hours of study, serious preparation and performances. He is one of those rare souls who sees magic as an art that spread joy in a world desperately in need of some. He is truly the nice and generous guy that you see on his videos and read in his books.

And he has a wicked sense of humor and some serious close-up chops!!
0
Michaelblue

Avatar / Picture

Honored Member
Registered:
Posts: 1,230
Reply with quote  #5 
You can tell he LOVES magic .  That was a fun lecture
0
Dave Campbell

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 694
Reply with quote  #6 
I get the impression from many exchanges with him over the years that in person John is much the same as how he presents himself in a lecture...JohnnyNewYork says even moreso… validating my impression 😉

I watched a video lecture of him yesterday morning just before a Zoom lecture with him and about 20 other folks. The lecture was on the Pass … and with all John's "Self-working" stuff he does/shows/sells, he is crazy good at the hard stuff too as Mr. Breggar pointed out. Some of the material he showed yesterday.. if he had shown the explanation prior to the demo -- I wouldn't have thought it would be possible to pull it off... but watching John, I didn't see a thing until he told us. And he's great with coins too... sigh.. 😉

__________________

-=Dave=-
0
arthur stead

Inner Circle
Registered:
Posts: 989
Reply with quote  #7 

Some people have it, and some don’t.  John Carey definitively has it!  

Besides being highly intelligent, humorous and super creative, he’s also so affable and likable.  You can see that he genuinely likes meeting and interacting with people, and that works to his advantage when presenting magic.

I personally am definitely not a flashy “show-off” performer, nor do I take myself too seriously.  So John’s style … as well as his approach to magic … is right up my alley. 

Thanks John!


__________________
http://www.arthurstead.com
0
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.