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Eliminated the flash and the flourishes, embracing an even more nonchalant, chaotic approach, and aiming to be as hands-off as possible. Keeping the presentations basic, the effects simple, and sticking with cards for the most part.

What is your style?
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Style is always an interesting topic of discussion. Personally speaking, I think style is much larger than the material you perform. I think style embodies everything about what you present, including how you dress and how you speak. 

Over the last year I have changed both my look and performance style. I'm sure my style and presentations will continue to evolve as I continue to grow as a performer. As of right now, I typically stay within the realm of telepathy, influence, hypnosis, and synchronicity. When the time is right, I will venture into the bizarre side of the art. Most of the time I present it as fun experiments or mind games. But sometimes I will become a tad more serious and bring the energy down.  


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What's my style... I think it's best described as middle age mellow with a hint of silliness and a dash of self-deprecation. I want the spectator(s) to have fun, to feel the magic, but not at the expense of feeling duped. I try to be as interactive as possible, while still maintaining control over the dynamic and delivering a positive experience for everyone. How's that sound? 

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My style has me performing but something unexpected always happens to my surprise.

(See my Perverse Magic thread on the Genii Forum.)
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Our style is our thought on how we wish to be perceived by our audience. When we say "My character is like this..." we really mean that we hope our character will be perceived in that way.

It would be interesting to have someone survey our audience after experiencing our "character." The survey would ask about how the audience perceived the magician. The categories would be derived from the magician's view of how he wants to be perceived. Then we could compare our desired perception to the actual perception.

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I've had different styles, depending upon the material I am presenting and the venue.  Back in the day when I did a full manipulation act, I performed to music so my facial expressions were more important.  I tried to be somewhat "cool and aloof", as that was a popular style with European magicians of the era.  That same influence and performers such as Channing Pollock,  contributed to Lance Burton's persona. 

When doing trade shows, I amplified my personality to engage people and draw them in.  That is not my normal personality.  I wouldn't say I was in carnival barker mode, just more outgoing, effusive and engaging.  Hope that makes sense.

In formal close up shows I think my style is more refined.  They know why I'm there, there is no need to explain what I'm going to do.  I do try to be very friendly and interesting.  For example, I give a little talk about playing cards and how they were created, how the suits represent night (black) and day (red), the 4 seasons, 13 lunar cycles and some of the cards represent certain people, etc.  The audiences have generally not heard any of that and are interested.  I tend to routine things very tightly.  Each effect builds upon the last and (hopefully) makes sense in the overall scheme of the program.  I guess I'm getting into construction here, but If I begin with cards I don't go to cups and then back to cards right away.  I would do a couple of card effects, then perhaps Matrix, then a coin routine or two, then maybe cups and balls or chop cup and then back to cards.  I like there to be a flow.  I used to always finish with cups, but tried to change it up sometimes.  

I hope to be perceived as a gentleman, a nice guy who is interested in the audience having a good time, maybe a few laughs and to leave knowing that I cared about them.  I do that through lots of interaction and eye contact.  
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Birthday parties/kidshows:  A very entertaining, kindly, bumbling wizard who struggles to get things right, but then shares in the joy of letting the kids “make the magic happen.”

Educational programs (school assemblies, libraries, daycares):  Similar character but with a real emphasis on important messages which the kids will remember and take to heart.

Close-up:  Totally different character.  Elegant, relaxed, understated, very entertaining but never flashy, crystal clear about whatever is happening … Love the look of absolute bewilderment/astonishment on the spectators’ faces when I blow their minds.


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