WE LIVE in the information age where upon seeing a magician perform a fine magic trick, such as the “coin in bottle”, a spectator can discover the secrets to how it works using the device in their pocket. However, not all the secrets to magic can be found by Google, nor will they ever be. So how do you make sure that your magic remains magical even after you’ve left? There’s a hierarchy of “difficulty to discover” for magic secrets:
- Magic tricks that are hard to search for
- Your own magic that other magicians don't know
- Your own magic that fools knowledgable magicians
3: Can’t Search For It
IF I can describe the trick succinctly, or you’re daft enough to tell me that card trick you did is called “The Ambitious Card”, then I can search for it online. Trouble is, for a trick to be memorable it should be easy to describe. So you’ll have to look for tricks a little off the beaten path. I’ll give you a few suggestions.
2: Make Your Own Magic
IF IT’S your trick, and you’ve not put how it’s done online, then it can’t be online! Unless you’re a widely successful TV magician, then someone’ll reveal it anyway. Trouble is, it takes experience and knowledge to create original magic. If creating original magic is new to you, I’ll share with you some advice that I once received and wish I could remember who to credit. If you know who taught this, tell me in the comments!
Three parts make a magic trick: the secret method, the props used, and the presentation, which includes the storyline. Change at least one. Better to change two. If you start with a lesser known trick, you’ll appear even more original.
"originality is little more than skill in concealing origins." - C. E. M. Joad.
1: Magic That’d Fool Me
THE LITMUS test of how good your original magic is and how robust its secrets are, is if knowledgable magicians are fooled by it. If they are, you may be on to a winner. I shouldn’t have to add the caveat that a sucker effect aimed at a magician’s understanding of magical methods doesn’t count here. You’d only be cheating yourself. Trouble is, this kind of magic takes quite the search.
On rare occasions magicians do create entirely new tricks, more often they adapt something from another field, such as technology or science. Even more often they find something everyone else overlooked in some old book. This is how I’ve developed most of my original magic, though study of old books, old books from other cultures, and playing with the odd, unusual trick. If you want to know if your magic will fool magicians, enter a magic competition.
Until Next Time
IT’S NOT apt to disclose secrets, but some are disclosed. So we must protect our own as best we can.
Have a magical one,