I just got back from a conference in Montana that was full of people that book acts. There were a ton of magician’s there, all trying to get booked.
So how did I make myself stand out?
Simple, I do fairly unique tricks…well, to put it better I do tricks that have unique visuals. This gives the feeling of a unique trick. For example my “Tossed Out Deck” uses an original method which allows me to know who picked what card, however at it’s core it’s still a tossed out deck. Then I use an original way to reveal the cards, and like magic, I have a trick that no one else is doing.
You don’t need to completely create a trick. In my “Tossed Out Deck” I started with the standard frame work and then started changing things. This is also an easy way to create new tricks. Take a standard trick, change the method, then change the presentation. The nice thing about this is I can now do my version of this trick in a show where someone does the classic version and it won’t feel like a duplicated trick.