On the this weeks episode of Masters of Illusion, the act to watch in Nick Lewin do his Slow Motion Torn and Restored Newspaper. He’s the best act on the show. You can see the lifetime of work he’s put into it. You can watch is on The CW’s website.
Nick knows every beat of that trick. starts out with energy, establishes his character and the magic is strong.
Pay attention to how each joke moves the act forward. There are no jokes shoehorned in there. It all relates directly to him or the trick.
The appearance was just under 2 minutes, and I counted 9 laughs in those two minutes. That gives him 4.5 laughs per minute. That’s pretty solid, my goal is 4 LPM’s. You’ll notice he front loads the routine with jokes and then the final 25% is magic, and he doesn’t really mix the two.
I think everyone who wants to be a comedy magician can learn a lot by watching Nick’s appearance.