I’m back from a short hiatus
Hey there everyone, I’m back. It’s probably pretty clear that I’m not entirely sure which direction I want Read N’ Butter to take, but that’s okay. People seem to have been enjoying reading my post about Gaston (thank you everyone over at Pintrest). A very select few of you solved the massive puzzle I posted on here (I think we are at only 11 completed out of over 1000 who have worked on it, mostly Redditors). I say all this simply because I enjoy random things and this is a reminder that Read N’ Butter is all about random things. Today I will be offering you some tips to dominate your magic show, these are my “magic show tips.”
Today’s random topic is: Magic
I was given the honour of performing a magic show for the Children’s Aid Society last night. The kids were all amazing (kids also are the loudest hecklers you’ll ever get, but it makes it fun).
Hurry up Shane and get to the reason we clicked on this page in the first place….
Without further adieu, here is my brief list of tips that will help you rock out you magic show (or any other live performance for that matter).
1. Have a game plan
Be prepared, know what you are going to include in your set and have a path you want the night to follow. This one is super obvious, but I need to include it because of reason number two.
2. Be willing to toss your game plan out the window
A lot of being a live performer, especially a magician, is your ability to adapt and improvise. The show is never about how amazing you are, but rather the feeling people get when watching your show and interacting with you.
***a quick example from my show last night***
I had previously given myself a story line, a rough script, and a set of routines that I would be doing for this show. The kids were loving it, but at about the 35-40 minute mark I performed a “mind-reading trick” and everything changed. They loved it and every person in the place wanted their mind read. This is where I broke the magicians code and repeated a trick (multiple times, but with a different reveal each time). The show quickly turned from a stage show into a simpler, less formal event. They just enjoyed having things done that couldn’t be explained. I ditched the story and we just sat around doing close up magic, and ended up going way over our time limit.
This brings us to point number 3.
3. Make a connection
People enjoy performing arts because of the connection. Human connection is something we crave. Be willing to connect with your audience. Actually I retract that statement don’t “be willing” but chase it. Your entire goal is going to be connecting with your audience, but how do you do that consistently?
4. Have fun
If you want to connect with your audience simply have fun. People can sense when you are stressed, but they can also sense when you are confident and having fun. Relax and enjoy your time performing. Between both magic and stage plays I always make it my number one goal to make people laugh. When I reach out and force them to laugh there is an instant connection. There will always be a group of people who want to talk to you after your show. When you stand before a group of people and illicit an emotional response, especially one of humour people will connect with you in a massively positive way. You immediately take the place of a “long-time friend” in their mind.
5. Talk to them after the show
If people want to spend time with you after your show then take the time to do it. I’m not saying to forcefully start an awkward conversation by any means, but never turn away a 5, 10, 20 minute conversation with someone who appreciated what you did. One very obvious reason is you’ll hear things like “that performer took an extra 20 minutes of his time to spend with us, we are going to recommend him to everyone.” A slightly more subtle reason for this is actually to benefit you. When you take the time to engage your audience outside of the “stage” after a performance you will get some much desired affirmation, but more importantly it should remind you of why you are doing the whole “entertainer” thing. Talking with people and getting to know what they enjoyed and how everything made them feel should remind you of why you bear the very privileged badge of “entertainer.”
That’s all for now
Hope everyone has an amazing day! Remember it’s an honour and privilege to be an entertainer, if you only take one thing away from this post let it be that. We have the power to influence people and play with their emotions, make sure what you are doing is for their betterment.