So I've been having a conversation with fellow magicians about the word "Best", and I will admit I have been one to use this word in my own advertising of my services. But I now have a better understanding of how and when to say that you are the best at anything, and for the most part you should just avoid it. The key is to remain humble at all times, I never want to come across as arrogant or cocky. I simply want to showcase to potential clients that I'm an OUTSTANDING magician...But saying your are the best simply belittles your fellow magicians. So I have come to find that a great way to solve this is to say I'm ONE OF THE BEST. It seems minuscule but that subtle change makes a huge difference especially among your peers and I think this would apply to anyone not just magicians.
So what then classifies someone as the Best? In regards to magicians, it could be awards that have been won, although I think that is bias because your being judged by other magicians and not layman...unless you've performed on Americas Got Talent that is. Most all Magic Conventions that have competitions will be judged by other magicians and thus they know things that a layman wouldn't know. So then is it testimonials...well no because all magicians will have testimonials and they will always be the best ones from the clients that had the best things to say...but they also have nothing to compare to, at least they usually don't. So that only leaves one thing in my eyes to can classify you as the best and that is your reputation, does that reputation proceed you are your morals ethical and do you remain humble at all time...if these things are true about you, then it is my opinion that you should consider yourself ONE of the best. Granted having a few awards too doesn't hurt anything.
Now aside from the Big Names in magic who everyone knows, I want to bring some attention to someone who I consider one the Very Best in the magic business. I believe many would agree with me, that it would be the incredibly talented Thrillusionist: David DaVinci (aka. Dave Womach). Dave and his wife Jamie along with their super adorable daughter are Cruise Ship Magicians / Illusionists who are currently tour with Norwegian Cruise Line from Boston to Bermuda. I must say I have a lot of respect for what Dave and Jamie do and I can't believe that they are able to do it with a young child on board the ship with them too!
Here's a little about David DaVinici's Show:
Suspend your disbelief with the magic of world class Thrillusionist, David DaVinci, as he introduces you to his augmented reality. In this production, fiction is real, and deception is enjoyed. Prepare to be mystified by mind boggling illusions and jaw dropping magic, seamlessly fused with exotic parrots that materialize from thin air and perform their own artful demonstrations of dexterity. You’ll laugh, you’ll cheer, your jaw will hit the floor, as David DaVinci presents his interpretation of the age-old art of magic and illusions, in “Thrillusionist.”
So why is it that I speak so highly of Dave and Jamie?
Well first of all, I have never seen anyone who is as devoted to the art of magic, and sharing his knowledge with so many other magicians. For example: Dave recently spent hundreds of hours interviewing the best of the best in the entertainment industry and sharing the interviews in a Magic Masters Summit which he gave away for FREE for 1 week. This was one of the best magic seminars I have ever seen and to think he gave it away is simply incredible! But more so than that Dave and Jamie are also an incredible bird handlers/trainers and since Dave was a teenager he and his brother, and now Jamie too, have helped so many others to train their birds with an outstanding business called www.birdtricks.com
Not to mention another aspect of Dave's career where he has taught survival skills with his survival summit, which I could go on about this for days as well...
So Dave really has spent his entire life sharing his knowledge with others and I commend him for doing so as I myself have learned a great deal and I have been able to incorporate exotic birds into my performances because of the lessons I've learned from Dave and Jamie.
I can only hope to meet Dave and Jamie and see their show live as it would be a true honor...though I might be a little star struck, but after watching over 400 hours of their videos I feel like I know them personally!
If you ever get a chance to see their show I can promise you one thing. You will not be disappointed!
-Aaron Clark (aka. The Amazing Ziggy)
My Name is Aaron Clark and I'm know as The Amazing Ziggy. I've been a Professional Magician for over 20 years performing all over the US and internationally, but mostly for events on the east coast in the Atlanta Area.