Right now I’m reading John Carney’s book Magic By Design.
It’s a book on theory of how to become a better magical performer. One of the things he mentioned was writing down your “ideals” for your magic. Some guidelines as an artist of what you want for your magic / show.
Here’s some of mine:
- The magic has to be good. By that there can be no easy explanations of how things work.
- Every trick has to have a unique visual.
- I have to sweat. I need to work on stage.
- The audience has to feel like this “isn’t just another magic show”
- The audience gets to know me during the show
- The material has to “move the show forward”
I’m sure that I’ll come up with more, but this is just the quick list I’ve come up with. There’s not much to it, however I’ve always said that creating with rules is so much easier than creating without rules!
I’m only a few pages into the book, but I highly recommend it!