A change in direction

So I’m moving to a new city in a new country for the next 12 months and have decided that busking will be the perfect way for me to improve my magic performance skills. I’ve always been very particular about where I think magic is best performed – for example I wouldn’t want to perform in restaurants, weddings or even corporate situations – it’s too commercial for me. There are only two places I’d be comfortable performing – one is in an organised magic show, where people know they’re going to see a magician and the other is magic performed on the street. Organizing a show does appeal to me but for now I’m going to concentrate on busking – there’s something nice about performing magic on the streets just like magicians used to do a few hundred years ago.

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Magic and travelling

I’m back after a break from the magic world. I’ve been travelling the past six months and so have no idea what’s been going on in magic – I even missed the Blackpool convention for the first time in 7 years!

It’s been good though, having a break, not obsessing over learning new routines and moves (I still miss my books though) and I’ve been able to concentrate on refining the tricks I already know; to think them through properly and try an eliminate any unnatural actions so everything is justified and therefore more magical. It’s been great fun.

I’ve had real fun performing over the past few months – to fellow travelers and local people alike and in fact have performed more whilst traveling than I ever have before. Over the last 18 months my focus has shifted from concentrating on magic technique to magic performance and I’ve decided that I will devote the next 12 months to improving further. That being said the blog may shift away from the purely technical so expect to find more performance and theory related posts – stay tuned!