MasterTips

For a year or so I posted a quote from a master of magic every day via Twitter (@RyanKaneMagic). At a certain point I began logging them all.

This is a monster collection, but I still find glancing over these to be very inspiring. Maybe you will too.




MasterTips

“There is a fine line between showing off and displaying a mental ability that is interesting and entertaining.” – Chuck Hickok (Mentalism, Incorporated by Chuck Hickok, pg. 62.)

“The strongest appeals are invariably to the instincts, not to the mind.” – Dariel Fitzkee (Showmanship for Magicians by Dariel Fitzkee, pg. 93.)

“Use video to train assistants… you’ll be surprised how quickly they learn.” – Andrew Mayne (IllusionBook by Andrew Mayne, pg. 88.)

“Once you’ve gained your audience’s support and trust, never, ever betray it.” – Walt Anthony (Tales of Enchantment by Walt Anthony, pg. 8)

“People enquire as to the craft behind our art and we reply by making references to a patently childish notion.” – Jay Sankey (Beyond Secrets by Jay Sankey, pg. 45.)

“Varying the placement of the pauses and, particularly, of the emphasized words, forces me to stay alert.” – Ken Weber (Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber, pg. 130.)

“The best plots are simple and clear. They conjure up an image in the mind just by saying them.” – Jim Steinmeyer (Device and Illusions by Jim Steinmeyer, pg. 13.)

“Any shmuck can get an amp, a table and two generic tricks and clap and cheer an audience into paying a big hat” -Jimmy Talksalot (Online Article)

“In very show you do, be sure to include at least one moment that makes you uncomfortable and nervous” -DelGaudio and Helder (Journal of Secrets)

“The most advanced fil technology cannot creat the horror we can conjure up in our own minds.” – Darwin Ortiz (Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz, pg. 197.)

“I begin by telling my audiences that I am not a psychic.” – Banachek (Psychological Subtleties 2 by Banachek, pg. 88.)

“Don’t think, ‘Is this a great trick?’ instead think, ‘Is this a great trick that fits my performance character?’” – Simon Lovell (Son of Simon Says by Simon Lovell, pg. 7.)

“Your job? To help everyone relax.” – David Stone (Close-up by David Stone, pg. 101.)

“By piling on magical surprise after surprise, the mind becomes too overwhelmed to scrutinize or backtrack.” – Nowlin Craver (The Secret Art of Magic by Eric Evans and Nowlin Craver, pg. 173.)

“Enlarge the close-up space with different movements… to expand the area of magical action.” – Helder Guimares (Reflections by Helder Guimaraes, pg. 37.)

“There is nothing more boring than a speaker who makes endless points… know the message you want to get across.” – Paul Romhany (Key Note Speaking for Magicians by Paul Romhany, pg. 57.)

“[Magic is] the quickest, most fraudulent route to impressing people” – Derren Brown (Guardian Article)

“Give considerable attention to your costume… achieve a distinctive identification.” – Dariel Fitzkee (Showmanship For Magicians by Dariel Fitzkee, pg. 45.)

“Using three parts when composing an act has always worked, ever since classical Greek theatre.” – Woody Aragon (A Book in English by Woody Aragon, pg. 354.)

“You can’t let someone else’s super-success destroy yours… don’t give up. Be prepared.” – John Ferrentino (The Magical Arts Journal April 1988.)

“Not all magic has to highlight the magician’s skill or magical powers.” – John Guastaferro (One Degree by John Guastaferro, pg. 93.)

“Take a favorite trick of yours and write a ‘gestures script’… how could you improve clarity [using gestures].” -Roberto Giobbi (Secret Agenda by Roberto Giobbi pg. 200)

“You really do need a base line knowledge of comfort zones to perform well at any level.” – Simon Lovell (Simon Says by Simon Lovell, pg. 11)

“Don’t charge the most you can get. Charge the most you can get and still get rebooked for next year.” – Jay Alexander (From our conversations)

“Why not use the close-up pad as little as possible?” – David Rowyn (Rethinking The Magic Carpet)

“Wealthy people are not the most difficult, most disdainful, or most disagreeable [audience].” – David Stone (Close Up by David Stone, pg. 280.)

“The better you are, the closer they watch.” – Darwin Ortiz (Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz, pg. 372.)

“When you say you are a magician, you’ve said that you’re a liar.” – Penn Jillette (Penn’s Sunday School Podcast, 10/7/12.)

“When you get in trouble [with an audience], do something with a kid, an animal, or a grandma.” – Thurlow Spurr (Find The Stuff That’s You by Chris Carey, pg. 104.)

“Astonishment is our natural state of mind.” – Paul Harris (The Art of Astonishment Vol. 1, pg. 5.)

“Amateurs think too highly of palming.” – David Devant (My Magic Life by David Devant, pg. 105.)

“The passion culminates in the professional. He would rather play than eat.” – Erdnase (The Expert at the Card Table by S.W. Erdnase, pg. 9.)

“Is it just me, or do magicians, more than any other artists, always play it safe?” – Eric Mead (Tangled Web by Eric Mead, pg. 183.)

“Many magicians only perform one style; they keep doing the same, repetitive thing.” – Lawrence Hass (Gift Magic Edited by Lawrence Hass, pg. 81.)

“Okay, let’s put on our socks, lean way over the edge and prepare to unleash the moment.” – Paul Harris (The Art of Astonishment by Paul Harris and Eric Mead, pg. 11.)

“A busker must travel to be great ” – Jimmy Talksalot (To Lure With Spectacle by Jimmy Talksalot, pg. 108.)

“To think of your creations in terms of better or worse- big mistake. They are your children.” – Jay Sankey (The Definitive Sankey by Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay, pg. 1608.)

“Please refrain from using ‘sucker’ tricks.” – Ken Weber (Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber, pg. 106.)

“Don’t insult your audience- or their intelligence.” – Jamy Ian Swiss (Devious Standards by Jamy Ian Swiss, pg. 169.)

“The most important attributes to performing walk-around are flexibility, sensitivity and professionalism.” – Kirk Charles (The Complete Guide to Restaurant and Walk-around Magic by Kirk Charles, pg. 181.)

“Some of the best ideas I’ve gotten for my act have come from comedians and not magicians.” – Andrew Mayne (IllusionBook by Andrew Mayne, pg. 170.)

“Some performers will say things to people on stage that they wouldn’t dream of saying to them in conversation.” – Lawrence Hass (Transformations by Lawrence Hass, pg. 94.)

“The mere knowledge of secrets will not help the amateur conjurer very far on the road to success.” – David Devant (My Magic Life by David Devant, pg. 127.)

“Pausing a few beats allows the spectators time to savor the experience of the miracle that has just occurred.” – Roberto Giobbi (The Secret Agenda by Roberto Giobbi, pg. 273.)

“The best advice I can give you about working magician audiences is don’t.” – Darwin Ortiz (Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz, pg. 346.)

“As a magician, [you] can make anything appear… cars, women, cash- anything! So why balls?” – Tom Stone (Maelstrom by Tom Stone, pg. 102)

“Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef.” – Todd Robbins (Beyond Secrets by Jay Sankey, pg. 32.)

“Don’t touch another performer’s props unless you ask.” – Jimmy Talksalot (To Lure With Spectacle by Jimmy Talksalot, pg. 94)

“I never push magic on people. I want them to feel comfortable… comfortable enough to say, ‘No thanks.’” – Jay Sankey (Beyond Secrets by Jay Sankey, pg. 95)

“We do these tricks to give the audience a chance to stare at us.” – Teller (Quoted from Penn Jillette on Penn’s Sunday School September 2, 2012)

“The only things worth watching in this or any other world are those that identify and overcome the ordinary.” – Chuck Jones (Scripting Magic by Pete McCabe and 26 other guys, pg. 313.)

“In our line of work, diction is not important- it’s essential.” – David Stone (Close Up by David Stone, pg. 133.)

“Behind each effect.. is the question of whether the presentation & communication of the effect are worthy of it.” – Derren Brown (Pure Effect by Derren Brown, pg. 23.)

“Every magical effects has a method and eveyr method has, always, its own fragilities.” – Helder Guimaraes (Reflections by Helder Guimaraes, pg. 100.)

“Many of us are magicians only from the waist up… what are your foot positions for ‘Twisting the Aces?’” -Tom Stone (Maelstrom by Tom Stone, pg. 147.)

“For many, ‘rehearsing’ means going over the words in your head. That’s not good enough… say the words aloud.” – Ken Weber (Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber, pg. 99.)

“Few things turn-off an audience more than… a performer with an air of self-imporance or a ‘message.’” – @Jay_Sankey (The Definitive Sankey by Andi Gladwin & Joshua Jay, pg. 497)

“Handling is to the magician what words are to a poet.” – Ascanio (The structural Conception of Magic by Ascanio pg. 136)

“I think that postures are very important for moving people into intimate relationships.” – Jeff McBride (Gift Magic Edited by Lawrence Hass, pg. 5)

“The importance of beginning with nothing but the effect in mind is paramount.” – Derren Brown (Pure Effect by Derren Brown, pg. 101.)

“We all get nerves form time to time.. accept that you have butterflies; just get them to fly in formation.” – John Guastaferro (Ready. Set. Guastaferro. by John Guastaferro, pg. 44)

“The similarities among different kinds of audiences far outweigh the differences.” – Darwin Ortiz (Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz, pg. 373)

“Don’t be boring, whatever your approach.” -Simon Lovell (Simon Says by Simon Lovell, pg. 6)

“There is a fine line between wishing to produce child-like astonishment and treating people like infants.” -Derren Brown (Absolute Magic by Derren Brown)

“If you want to hide it, paint it red” -Brad Henderson (Various sources)

“Audiences are far from being as dumb as some performers seem to think.” – Theodore Annemann (Various sources)

“Perform as many times as you can in front of people you don’t know.” – Lance Burton (Various sources)

“A magic effect is never completely finished.” – Jay Sankey (Via Twitter)

#MasterTip “Force yourself not to do the normal lines.” – Rudy Coby (from his talk at the Essential Magic Conference 2011)

#MasterTip Stage magicians: don’t mess with failing lighters. Tape two lighters together, so if one fails, the other works! -Tom Stone (Vortex by Tom Stone, pg. 172)

#MasterTip “Have magic worth watching. Be someone worth meeting.” – Eugene Burger (The Complete Guide To Restaurant and Walk-around Magic by Kirk Charles, pg. 228)

#MasterTip “Read about the history of magic.” – Andrew Mayne (illusionbook by Andrew Mayne, pg. 182)

#MasterTip “You cannot reach your fullest potential until you critically analyze yourself on video.” – Ken Weber (Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber, pg. 21)

#MasterTip “Use every word and every action to make the impact as clear, compelling and entertaining as possible.” – David Regal (Ready, Set, Guastaferro by John Guastaferro, pg 22)

#MasterTip “Go through your repertoire and think about how each effect will affect your audience.” – Michael Feldman (Online Article)

#MasterTip “Comedy is a great thing; but in close-up magic, where interaction is vital, humor should be used wisely.” – Tommy Wonder (The Books Of Wonder Vol II, by Tommy Wondery and Stephen Minch, pg. 14)

#MasterTip “I do my best to shock and move my audience regardless of whether they are magicians, or laymen.” – Woody Aragon (A Book in English by Woody Aragon, pg. 308)

#MasterTip “If the spectator has to remember a card, try and not make him or her have to remember it for too long.” – Paul Gordon (The Magic Menu Winter 2010, pg. 16)

“The foundation for self-inspiration is simple: Intensely believe that you will succeed” – Samuel Patrick Smith #MasterTip (The Magical Arts Journal February 1987 Vol. 1 #7, pg 10.)

“[My] worst trait: lack of scripting. [My] best trait: lack of scripting.” – @Justin_Willman #MasterTip (From our conversations on Twitter)

“[A magician needs] to appreciate the spectators, to like them, to feel at ease among and in front of them.” – Ascanio #MasterTip (The Magic of Ascanio: The Structural Conception of Magic by Jesus Etcheverry, pg. 201)

“Don’t repeat a story or joke that works. Once is enough.” – Paul Romhany #MasterTip (Key Note Speaking for Magicians by Paul Romhany, pg. 222)

“The key to spontaneous wit is an unburdened mind.” – Darwin Ortiz #MasterTip (Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz, pg. 374)

“Many magicians are too quick to equate applause and laughter with approval and success.” -Lawrence Hass #MasterTip (Transformations by Lawrence Hass, pg. 92)

“Think of your audience as cast members in a play whose parts you have not yet written.” – John Guastaferro #MasterTip (One Degree by John Guastaferro, pg. 15)

“You should get away from magicians for two or three years and just go work for real people.” – Fred Robinson #MasterTip (The Magic Menu Issue 41, May/June 1997)

“I always do the first trick of every performance without the use of a volunteer.” – Geoffrey Durham #MasterTip (Professional Secrets by Geoffrey Durham, pg. 139)

“The hobbyist is a dreamer, but he doesn’t live the dream, the pro does.” – Jimmy Talksalot #MasterTip (To Lure With Spectacle by Jimmy Talksalot, pg. 59)

Blindness and deafness to feedback is remarkably common amongst performers.” – Derren Brown #MasterTip (Absolute Magic by Derren Brown, pg. 169)

“Without this conflict, the magician in a position of god-like power at all times has not a flicker of humanity.” – Teller #MasterTip (Absolute Magic by Derren Brown, pg. 21)

“The most important rule of all: always practice each trick before you present it.” – Mark Wilson #MasterTip #magic (Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic, pg. 7)

“For a comedy opener, I think the setup is more important than the punch line.” – Rune Klan #MasterTip (Rune’s World by Rune Klan, pg. 154)

“[Art is] whatever we do after the chores are done.” – @MrTeller #MasterTip (Vissa D’arte Even on The Celebrity Apprentice by Penn Jillette, Online Article)

“It is still an open question, however, as to what extent exposure really injures a performer.” -Harry Houdini #MasterTip (Various sources)
“You don´t need a PERFECT fake deal, you need a WORKING one.” – The Working Magician ( @TheWorkingMagus ) #MasterTip (Via Twitter)

“If you are a kid [magician], embrace it!” – Noel Qualter ( @noelqualter ) #MasterTip (Via Twitter)

“At the end of my act, I always thank people for the attention they’ve given me.” – David Stone #MasterTip (Close Up by David Stone, pg. 345)

“I’m not really the magician, just a catalyst for magic to happen!” – Simon Lovell #MasterTip (Control or No Control? by Simon Lovell, Online Article)

“It is OUR role to design effects toward a desired outcome. It’s about being intentional in everything we do.” -John Guastaferro #MasterTip (Designing Reactions by John Guastaferro Online Article)

“I can’t really do magic; I can only help you to see it!” -Peter Samelson #MasterTip (Devious Standards by Jamy Ian Swiss, pg. 52)

“80% of new magic products are crap.” -Marshall Petersen #MasterTip (How to Buy Magic by Marshall Petersen LINK)

“I never want the organizers to see me resetting or standing around between sets.” -Eric Mead ( @meaderic ) #MasterTip (Tangled Web by Eric Mead, pg. 6)

“No magician should ever mess up a trick.” Neil Patrick Harris #MasterTip (The Nerdist Podcast by Chris Hardwick, Neil Patrick Harris interview)

“Never lap anything bigger than your lap… that’s wet or on fire. Never lap anything that can eat you.” -Paul Harris #MasterTip (The Art of Astonishment Book 2 by Paul Harris and Eric Mead, pg. 261)

“Don`t make unimportant things important” -Dai Vernon #MasterTip (Various sources)

“The show is over and it is time to reflect. What went right and what went wrong?” -Danny Hustle #MasterTip (The Art of Krowd Keeping by Danny Hustle and James E. Wells (Jersey Jim) from conversations with Gazzo, [no page numbers])

“People pay for what they see, not for what they don’t see.” -Aldo Colombini #MasterTip (A book in English by Woody Aragon, pg. 343.)

“NEVER explain what you are going to do ahead of time.” -Mark Wilson #MasterTip (Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic pg. 7)

“It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it.” #MasterTip (Showbiz term.)

“I nearly always think of the finish first, then work backward to a starting point.” -Simon Lovell #MasterTip (The Complete Guide to Restaurant and Walk-around Magic by Kirk Charles, pg. 207.)

“How can I appeal to the audience’s emotions, how can i fascinate it.” -Juan Tamariz (Foundations by Eberhard Riese, pg. 80.)

“It’s not a question of good enough- there comes a point where you have to stop.” – Max Maven #MasterTip (Scripting Magic by Pete McCabe and 26 Other Guys, pg. 191)

“Every magic trick is more deceptive if you let them lie to themselves.” -Penn Jillette @pennjillette #MasterTip (From “Penn’s Sunday School” podcast, 3/10/2012)

“It’s better to go out and do something than to stay home and plan something!” -Jimmy Talksalot #MasterTip (To Lure With Spectacle by Jimmy Talksalot, pg. 15)

“It is more important for people to hear you than to see you.” -Darwin Ortiz #MasterTip (Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz, pg. 374)

“I think that the key ingredient missing from most close up or ‘street’ magic is ‘entertainment value.’” -Denny Haney #MasterTip (“Street Magicians” by Denny Haney, Online Article)

“In table-hopping magic everything, or almost, depends on personality.” -David Stone #MasterTip #magic (Close Up by David Stone, pg. 70)

“There are three different kinds of scripting: functional, informational and emotional.” – @jay_sankey #MasterTip #magic (From Twitter)

“Just as important as hearing ‘They loved your magic!’ is hearing, ‘They loved YOU!’” – John Guastaferro #MasterTip (Ready. Set. Guastaferro. by John Guastaferro, pg. 10)

“Never fight over a pitch.” -Cellini #MasterTip #magic (Quoted in To Lure With Spectacle by Jimmy Talksalot)

“In humor, almost always, less is more.” -Ken Weber #MasterTip #Magic (Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber, pg. 149)

“Many of the mistakes we make in our lives tend to be made because we are not fully prepared.” -Kirk Charles #MasterTip (The Complete Course to Restaurant and Walk-Around Magic by Kirk Charles, pg. 185)

“Magic tricks cannot substitute for point of view, something to say, or a personality.” – Eric Mead ( @meaderic ) #MasterTip (via Twitter)

“Always laugh with the spectators, never at them.” -Paul Butler #MasterTip (Theatrical Pickpocketing by Paul Butler, pg. 26)

“Think differently- follow the other hand.” -Andy Cohen #MasterTip (Follow The Other Hand by Andy Cohen, pg. 28)

“The core of every trick is a cold, cognitive experiment in perception: does the trick fool the audience?” -Teller ( @MrTeller )#MasterTip (“Teller Reveals His Secrets,” Smithsonian.com article by Teller)

“Magicians guard an empty safe.” -Jim Steinmeyer #MasterTip #magic (Art and Artifice by Jim Steinmeyer, pg. 7)

“When looking for ideas, I generally go through my old notebooks to see if I’ve written something interesting.” -Tom Stone #MasterTip (Maelstrom by Tom Stone, pg. 8)

“If we [magicians] have nothign to say, why say anything at all?” – @jamyianswiss #MasterTip #magic (Shattering Illusions by Jamy Ian Swiss, pg. 225)

“It’s a bad idea to watch other people performing the effect that you’re investigating.” -Geoffrey Durham #MasterTip (Professional Secrets by Geoffrey Durham, pg. 91)

When people ask for “one last trick,” reply with: “Ok, but only if you can tell me my name.” -David Stone #MasterTip (Close-up by David Stone, pg. 332)

“Magicians are the most honest people in the world. They tell you they’re going to fool you & then they do it.” -James Randi #MasterTip (From the Documentary An Honest Liar)

“Make the expository phase as convincing as possible.” -Darwin Ortiz #MasterTip (Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz, pg. 373)

“With misdirection, battles are won and cards are palmed.” -Eric Evans #MasterTip (The Secret Art of Magic by Evans and Craver, pg. 119)

For street performing “interaction is overrated and over used.” -Jimmy Talksalot #MasterTip (To Lure With Spectacle by Jimmy Talksalot, pg. 73)

“Always shoot for S.T.A.R. moments (Something They’ll Always Remember)” – John Gustaferro ( @JohnGMagic ) #MasterTip (Ready. Set. Gustaferro. by John Gustaferro, pg 36. He credits Nancy Duarte’s book Resonate.)

“The last thing you want is to get into a competition with the spectators.” -David Stone #MasterTip (Close Up by David Stone, pg. 283)

“Don’t allow your emotions to get in the way of clearheaded decisions about what’s best for you.” -Ken Weber #MasterTip (Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber, pg. 115)

“Spare no expense on the stuff that matters.” -Andrew Mayne #MasterTip (IllusionTech Vol. 01 by Andrew Mayne, pg. 108)
“Be Natural”-Dai Vernon #MasterTip (Well known quote. Not sure of original source.)

“Create a good solid act. [Then improve] by opening with your closing trick, and rebuilding the act from there” -Alan Wakeling #MasterTip (The Magic of Alan Wakeling by Jim Steinmeyer, pg. 57)

“To be perceived as good, try everything you can to heighten your confidence.” -Tommy Wonder #MasterTip (Books of Wonder Vol. II by Tommy Wonder and Stephen Minch, pg. 194)

“The fact that a trick fooled you is not enough reason to perform it.” -Darwin Ortiz #MasterTip #magic (Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz, pg. 373)

“Never move on a joke- unless the movement is part of the joke.” – Big Al Catraz #MasterTip (From our conversations)

“Simply put: For any climax to be effective it must be set apart from the body of the show.” -Ken Weber #MasterTip (Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber, pg. 83)

“If a mentalist can really read your mind, they should love you and care about you.” -Paul Draper #MasterTip (From an interview for The Essential Magic Conference 2010)

“Unless it is a marvelous trick, don’t do it!” -Guy Hollingworth #MasterTip #magic (From his talk at The Essential Magic Conference 2010)

“If criticism is constructive, listen to it. If it’s not, ignore it.” -Paul Daniels #MasterTip (As quoted in Absolute Magic by Derren Brown, pg. 113)

“It’s a good idea to abandon the audience put-down jokes… They reveal you as frightened and over-rehearsed.” -Geoffrey Durham #MasterTip (Professional Secrets by Geoffrey Durham, pg. 137)

“I usually use psychological forces with some sort of “out” for myself.” -Banachek #MasterTip (Psychological Subtleties 2 by Banachek, pg. 11)

“Don’t make unimportant things important.” -Dai Vernon #MasterTip (Quoted by Jamy Ian Swiss in Devious Standards by Jamy Ian Swiss, pg. 31)

“For a non magician, the blanket term ‘sleight of hand’ is a method.” – @meaderic #MasterTip (From his talk at the Essential Magic Conference 2010)

“As wonderful as it is, not everyone likes magic. Try to only share your magic with people who enjoy it.” – @jay_sankey #MasterTip (Via Twitter)

The secret of magic: “What you think is worth 4 hours, I think is worth 1400 hours.” – @pennjillette #MasterTip (Spoken in video interview)

Do not “do a couple card tricks” before or after another magician’s show. It is very disrespectful. -Big Al Catraz #MasterTip (From our conversation)

The direction of a spectator’s feet and shoulders tell you exactly what their attitude is towards you. -Eric Evans #MasterTip (The Secret Art of Magic by Evans and Craver, pg. 55)

“None of us can perform real magic. All we can do is approach magic, and communicate a sensation of it” – @DavidRegalMagic #MasterTip (Approaching Magic by David Regal, pg. 6)

“Scripting dealer tricks is one of the best ways to separate yourself from the other guys” -Pete McCabe #MasterTip #magic (Scripting Magic by Pete McCabe and 26 other guys, pg.250)

“Secrets are a theatrical tool of magic. Nothing more, nothing less.” – @jamyianswiss #MasterTip #magic (Shattering Illusions by Jamy Ian Swiss, pg. 47.

“The audience should never be made to work.” -Darwin Ortiz #MasterTip #magic #magician (Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz, pg. 372)

Be prepared and make sure you react to everything that happens in your show. #MasterTip Gazzo #magic #magician (Gazzo on Tour by Gazzo DVD)

Have the cards shuffled as much as humanly possible! #MasterTip Jay Sankey ( @jay_sankey ) #magic #magician (Revolutionary Card Magic by Jay Sankey DVD)

“Consider your voice and body as your tools.. movement and inflection influences the response of your listeners” -Bruce Gold #MasterTip (Magical Arts Journal Vol. 2, No 7 & 8 by Michael Ammar pg. 15)

You should have a trick answering each of the usual questions you get like “teach me a trick” or “how did you learn” #MasterTip David Gerard (From our conversation)

“Audiences are easily confused, but not easily fooled.” -Darwin Ortiz #MasterTip #magic #magician (Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber pg. 141)

“Don’t ask me something if the answer doesn’t truly matter to you.” -Ken Weber #MasterTip #magic #magician (Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz pg. 372)

“When approaching a group, be aware of those persons who have both hands free. They will be your first choice.” – Kirk Charles #MasterTip (The Complete Guide To Restaurant And Walk-Around Magic by Kirk Charles, pg.146)

Don’t use rising intonation (as if asking a question) when introducing yourself. It lacks confidence. #MasterTip David Stone (Close Up: The Real Secrets of Magic by David Stone pg. 245)

Use numbered or mnemonic lists to help organize tricks and routines so you don’t forget them! #MasterTip @JohnGMagic John Guastaferro (One Degree by John Guastaferro pg. 53)

“That’s why cavemen invented the magic wand, to help hide palmed rocks!” -Daryl #MasterTip #magic #magician (Heard at Daryl lecture, January 2012)

“Almost any trick can be improved by thinking through it slowly…The first step is to not blink” -Jim Steinmeyer #MasterTip (Device and Illusion by Jim Steinmeyer pg. 81

When putting together a humor presentation: Inform, Enlighten, Entertain. -Paul Romhany #MasterTip #magic (Key Note Speaking for Magicians by Paul Romhany pg. 61)

“[A story trick] can’t have the same emotional impact as the story does when acted out in the present.” -Tom Stone #MasterTip (Maelstrom by Tom Stone, pg. 36)

“99% of the time in close-up magic, the best way to handle a heckler is to ignore him.” – Darwin Ortiz #MasterTip (Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz, pg. 357)

“Hey…let’s say we find something meaningful to compress and intensify…” -Paul Harris #MasterTip #magic (The Art of Astonishment Vol. 3 pg. 205)

#MasterTip “Pay attention to your visual themes.” -Andrew Mayne ( @AndrewMayne ) #magic #magician #illusion (Illusion Book by Andrew Mayne, pg. 86)

#MasterTip “The presentation should not dwarf the magic.” -Nowlin Craver #magic #magician (The Secret Art of Magic by Eric Evans & Nowlin Craver, pg. 137)

#MasterTip “A blur of great magic is still just a blur.” -Ken Weber #magic #magician (Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber, pg. 68)

#MasterTip “You can treat your assistant badly- as long as there is a sound dramatic context for it. But do be careful.” -Tom Stone (Vortex by Tom Stone, pg. 251)

#MasterTip “Ultimately every trick succeeds or fails with an audience because of its plot.” – Jim Steinmeyer #magic #magician (Device and Illusion pg. 13)

#MasterTip “Make things better than they have to be.” -Roberto Giobbi #magic #magician (Secret Agenda Roberto Giobbi, pg 369)

“A magician is an actor playing the part of a magician.” – Robert-Houdin #MasterTip #magic (Source unknown to me)

Magic is not a dating service. #MasterTip Justin Miller #magic #magician (Live at the Jailhouse Vol. 3 by KozmoMagic)

What is the best opening trick for restaurants and bars? Try a card spring. #MasterTip – Jay Sankey ( @jay_sankey_) #magic (The Real Work on Restaurants and Bars DVD by Jay Sankey)

#MasterTip -David Stone: When using a fire wallet, make sure you stand back from your audience for safety and because the smell is offensive (The Real Secrets of Magic Vol. 1 by David Stone)

“If I was not doing any magic, and I was just saying this as a monologue, how worthy is this of [performing]?” -John Lovick #MasterTip (Scripting Magic by Pete McCabe and 26 Other Guys, pg. 47)

“Nearly every sleight requires misdirection.” – Jamy Ian Swiss ( @jamyianswiss) #MasterTip #magic #magician (Devious Standards pg. 108>

Smell like a star! Spend the time finding a nice cologne to wear to shows, and always bring mints! #MasterTIp Richard Osterlind (The Magic Menu Issue 34 March/April 96)

Each day you should handle calls, outstanding tasks, appointments, and business forecasting- in that order! #MasterTip Quick & Smith (Highway to Success by Elliot Smith and Ian Quick)

“My prerequisites for restaurant material is that it to be amazing, interactive, and fun!” -Richard Sanders #Mastertip (Magic Menu Issue #35, May-June 1996)

“Make your opening effect short and sweet with high energy, a fast pace, and plenty of visuals.” – Gregory Wilson #MasterTip

“If you want to be better than anyone else, junk your DVDs and study all the classics.” – Jon Armstrong ( @cardjon ) #MasterTip (2010 Lecture Notes)

Step 1: Keep a database of past and potential clients. Step 2: USE THE LIST TO KEEP IN TOUCH! #MasterTip Lou Serrano

“You got enough tricks already. Go practice and perform at every opportunity. That’s it.” -Guimaraes’ & DelGaudio’s Manifesto #MasterTip

Limitations in your magic can give your magic greater meaning and keep your “abilities” from becoming boring fast. #MasterTip David Regal

“Something special happens in every magic trick. Find it. Emphasize it.” -Ken Weber #MasterTip #magic

“An opener has a different dynamic than anything else… you have the opportunity to make an entrance.” #MasterTip Rune Klan

“I always mail a custom-printed ‘Thank You’ card (NEVER an email, ugh!) after every single gig.” – @jay_sankey #mastertip

“The chief requirement for a maximum effect, for achieving the magical atmosphere, is flawless technique. #MasterTip -Ascanio

“Buy a video camera… [it] is one of the best tools in a magician’s arsenal.” – @AndrewMayne #MasterTip #magic #illusion

“It is highly unlikely you will ever be a great magician if you don’t learn by reading.” – @meaderic #MasterTip #magic

When buying magic: don’t ask what’s new, ask what’s old. – Steve Johnson #MasterTip #magic #magician

“Focusing on what’s happening in the audience’s mind is super important.” – @SimonCoronel #MasterTip #magic #magician

“You should consider putting music in your act even if you don’t put your act to music.” -Chris Carey #MasterTip #magic

“You lose a bit of control every time you insert hesitation into your speech.” -Ken Weber #MasterTip #magic

If you lose a card, don’t fret. Say that you forgot to have the card signed and start over! #MasterTip Roberto Giobbi

“STOP PRETENDING Nobody believes that you just found a knife that’s white on both sides, I mean black…” #MasterTip RT @garciamagic

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