David Blaine makes us wonder why is he still alive?
A list of celebrities David Blaine mystifies with his gut wrenching magic include: David Beckham, John Travolta, Johnny Depp, Steph Curry, Dave Chappelle, Drake, Margot Robbie, Patrick Stewart, Emma Stone, and more!
I’ve watched The Prestige enough times to know what magic really is—a combination of illusion, salesmanship, mystery, spectacle and, in this modern era, expert video editing. David Blaine does all these things well and also happens to be a con artist, braver and more bizarre than most of his peers. The one thing he excels at the most, though, is continuously getting people to wonder what the hell is wrong with him and how he’s going to die from this.
By even titling his special Beyond Magic, he suggests that the extraordinary things he does defy categorization and that’s his obvious first trick. The announcer in the intro immediately plays into it, claiming, “This is not only magic. It is the spectacle of the real.” Blaine survives off this wonderment, though he’s aware that most things humans experience can be explained by practical applications of things like math, science and logic, and so he uses them to grand effect as magicians do (the special also refers to him as an “endurance artist”). He’s also very weird and crazy.
Certain so-called tricks Blaine has done (eating glass, holding his breath for 17 minutes under water) simply require him to be bold enough to test his body limits and, more important, to learn techniques that allow him to do so. Others—catching a bullet—require a foolish level of audacity. The first trick he performs in this special (see the clip below) is swallowing wedding rings. He’s filmed doing it on separate occasions in front of celebrities and their family and friends, including John Travolta, David and Victoria Beckham, Sir Patrick Stewart, Margot Robbie and Emma Stone.
After swallowing the ring—and successfully freaking out the participants who momentarily think their ring is gone forever—Blaine shows them his empty mouth and later grabs a wire hanger to retrieve the ring. He asks all the celebrities to pull out the hanger from his mouth. “You want me to pull that. Okay,” slurs Johnny Depp. Somehow, the ring appears on the wire and everyone either screams or stares blankly. “That’s ridiculous,” says Beckham.
There are questions: How did the ring get on the hanger? How much time passed in between when Blaine swallowed the ring and when he obtained the wire hanger? Where did this hanger come from? Why does everyone he performs the trick for somehow have a wire hanger? ’Cause I don’t! Who has wire hangers?!
There are explanations, but I don’t know, and the point is that people pretend to want answers but few of us actually do. We all know by now that Blaine’s appeal—and magic in general—isn’t about the magic itself, but rather stupefying people into believing what the magician is accomplishing is real. That Blaine has duped people into believing he’s a sorcerer is the real trick, from a person who’s learned to become alarmingly good at deception. I love it. Toward the beginning of the special, Blaine video chats with Jennifer Lawrence and does a card trick, after which J. Law further sells his magic skills by telling him he can’t die and, “If you started a religion I would follow it.”
Throughout this special, we learn a bit about Blaine’s process, which consists of deep research and consultations with medical experts who advise him over and over again not to do all these wild stunts, though he never listens. When he talks in his frightening monotone voice about a magician named Mac Norton who called himself a human aquarium, the point is that Blaine wants to learn this, too. “He had the ability to contort his stomach into a home where creatures could live and bring them up on command.” Blaine says he’s spent 10 years trying to “figure out his secret.”
In the special, we see him demonstrating that part of this trick is “overriding the gag reflex,” and he proceeds to get training from a sword swallower. It seems that Blaine has learned because after this segment, he performs a routine where he regurgitates live frogs in front of a group that includes Drake, Dave Chappelle and Steph Curry. They’re all flabbergasted. Knowing that Blaine has learned to swallow swords helps us to understand this and also the hanger trick earlier, but only a little. But anyone who doesn’t know or see any of this background would be like, what the fuck.
The main event of this special and of Blaine’s career so far is the bullet catch, which he did in 2009 in front of a live audience at the MGM Grand Arena. “The deadliest feat in magic is the bullet catch,” Blaine tells us in the special, adding that 12 magicians have died and they were only faking it. He’s doing it FOR REAL, using a mixture of science and fearlessness. “There’s no margin for error,” he says in a voiceover, making sure to sell how dangerous it is. When his friend, who plays the role of the distraught doubter in his circle, asks a good question—Why is he doing this for real and not just faking it—Blaine says, “’Cause it wouldn’t be fun.”
So we see scenes of Blaine at the dentist preparing a mold to help him catch the bullet. And his friend says, “If you do this stunt and you die, it’s the opposite of inspiring the person.” Blaine makes it through and lives, of course, despite having the bullet mouthguard break in his mouth twice. At the end, there’s a creepy convo between him and his friend about mortality and the fact that he might die on stage. “That’s not how I’m gonna die,” he says. “That’s not how I’m dying.” The special suggest there’s a chance he might, though, because it ends with this message on screen: “David Blaine plans on performing his bullet catch as part of an upcoming world tour.”
The one part of this special that freaked me out was Blaine’s mind trick with Margot Robbie. He tells her to think of a memory only she would know, something that Blaine can’t research, and then to find some random word in an article on her phone using search results. He ends up writing the words she’s thinking of (“bunny” and “numerous”) on her hand. There may be something Robbie said in a pre-interview that the show didn’t reveal to the audience, or a crucial portion they removed in editing. Either way, we’re left wondering if Blaine is now, in addition to being a weird magician, also a medium. And also, how is it that he hasn’t died yet.
@clovitoSenior Writer, Jezebel
Source: The Muse
Justin Sight Is A Blind Magician And He Is Very Good At Magic
he is truely a Sight to Behold
A Polish immigrant, Justin Sight performs magic on the street and in New York City subways to get by. He's also legally blind. And he's also really, really good at magic.
One Of NYC'S Best Magicians Is Blind & Wants To Show You "The Impossible"
by Jen Carlson in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 22, 2016 3:11 pm
Last year we met up with Justin Sight (real name Adam Jaslikowski)—a blind magician (suffering from vision loss from Stargardt macular degeneration disorder) who dazzles New Yorkers underground and elsewhere. Quarters floating in thin air. Markings appearing on your hand. Cards disappearing before your eyes. He's a real talent in the field, and a joy to watch.
And now Sebastian Mlynarski has released a 12-minute video after following the 25-year-old magician around the city—it features a deeper look into Jaslikowski's life, which started in Poland.
A critic on a blog post wrote something pretty interesting about this worth mentioning:
I can't help but thinking of The Prestige and the theme of how far magicians will go for their craft. I'm sure this guy's macular degeneration is real, but it's an intriguing idea to me that his greatest magic trick might be playing the role of someone with impaired vision in order to make his feats all the more amazing. Kind of like the old Chinese magician in the Prestige who affects a severe stoop and hobbled gait to enhance his stage act, which requires feats of strength and dexterity a person with such impairments wouldn't be capable of: as one of the characters notes, the real magic takes place offstage. Anyway, more power to this guy, I'm not trying to disparage him with my speculations, I love closeup magic and would take magicians over the mariachis (most of them, at least) and showtime dancers any day.
No I'm not referring to Magic Competitions where Magicians are trying to see who's the best by winning awards...I'm talking about your competitors, and not just other magicians. You see we are all competing for the clients dollars, and they only have some much to spend. So regardless of the type of event all clients have a budget, no matter if they say they do or not. All clients have a perceived amount of money they are willing to spend for a service. Now how much they are willing to spend on a magician is certainly effected by how much they have to delegate toward other entertainment, food, decorations, etc. I've never met a client yet that had unlimited funds for an event and I doubt I ever will. So we all need to be conscious of not only what other services our clients need but also what they cost. For Example: If you have worked a deal to send work to a local bakery and they do the same for you. Then you find out your client is looking for someone to bake them a cake for the party this will benefit you because you know 2 things: how much of their budget is going to be spent going to that bakery, and that that bakery is going to keep referring you because you referred them. You see if we all work together toward a common goal everyone wins. I so hate the every man for himself mindset that many competitors have, we gain so much more by working together and I am speaking from experience about this. I have made it a goal to team up with as many competitors as possible, it's a wonderful way of networking, building a positive reputation, and also it helps you grow your brand.
There is one other mindset that is a big issue for me, and that is that most direct competitors feel that you are taking work from them. And this is the farthest thing from the truth, there is more than enough work out there for us all, it's just important to make sure we are building ourselves up and showing the customers value in our business. However the problem is many competitors feel the need to tear down their competition by belittling them, using slander, and bad mouthing their product or service.
I can not tell you how much it disturbs me every time I hear a cell phone, internet service provider, or cable television ad that talks poorly of their competitors service and how they are so much better than the other. This form of advertising is sickening and should be against the law! I feel the same way about one magician talking bad about another...if we just focus on ourselves and build our brand then the clients will see us as who we are. Put yourself in the clients position, would you want to hear how bad someone else is? or would you rather hear how amazing the person your talking to is? And the proof is in the pudding so you need to have evidence that what you say is true...Don't feed your clients with a bunch of fluff, you need video testimonies from actual clients (not paid actors!) I get that in the beginning you may need to fake it until you make it...but keep it ethical and you will be far better off in the end.
Some great examples of how indirect competitors can team up to really enhance their shows is musicians and magicians working together.
Florida Georgia Line did it with Justin Flom
Michael Jackson, Missy Elliot, and Usher all did it with Franz Harary
& One Direction did it with Dynamo
Magic can be an amazing enhancement to a concert and it doesn't have to be with just stage illusions. With Camera Crews the magicians can roam the concert crowds performing closeup magic which is played on the big screen TV's on the stage. This way everyone gets to see the magic that is happening right there in the arena they are in.
It is certainly a dream of mine to be able to do exactly what these other magicians have done as an opening act for some big names in the music industry!
Sugar Scape wrote the following about Dynamo and One Directions Teaming UP:
Picture the scene - you’ve gone to see One Direction on tour, and they take to the stage looking a little different. Harry and Zayn are dressed in sequined leotards with feather headdresses, Louis is sawing Liam in half, Niall is trying his best to pull a meatball subway out of his snapback.
This wonderful dream could soon become a reality by the sounds of it, as awesome magician Dynamo has revealed that the 1D boys have asked him to get involved with their next tour and create a ‘magical spectacular’. AGH.
We’ve always said there’s something a bit magical about One Direction (and not just the fact that Niall looks a bit like a house elf), but apparently they quite fancy taking a proper step into the wizarding world with a bit of help from Dynamo.
According to The Mirror, the boys are in talks with their pal Dynamo, asking him to join them on their next tour and work his magic on their show, after he blew their little socks off during his amazing appearance in the 1D Day shenanigans.
The release of their fourth album, Four, probably means another tour is being pencilled in somewhere, and Dynamo revealed: “The 1D boys in the past have talked to me about creating some magical spectacular incorporating my magic with their tours, that would be amazing.”
It sounds like the 1D boys might be levitating by their ankles, pulling pigeons out of their pants and finding your secret 4 of clubs card in NO TIME, as Dynamo then added: “There is potential for it in the future.”
We see lights, we see sparkle, we see a whole lot of sequined spandex, and we are VERY EXCITED about this idea.
We’d prefer an appearance from Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Salem the cat, but this would still be quite good.
What do you think then? Would Dynamo be a good addition to a One Direction tour?
Is there a difference between a Magician who performs Street Magic, and a Busking Magician? Yes there is, and the key difference is a Busking Magician is working for tips and is not being hired to perform for you. A Street Magician is a magician that performs roaming close-up magic for fairs, festivals, carnivals, wedding receptions, and many other outdoor venues where the magician is hired to perform.
Is a busking magician a bum looking for money or are they really professional entertainers just down on their luck and trying to make extra money until their next paid gig? Well, I can't speak for all magicians but I can speak for the majority...I believe that most magicians do busking for one of two reasons. One: they are wanting to improve their magic by performing for a live audience so they can plan for how the audience will react to each of their tricks. Two: they have figured out that busking is a great way to make extra money and many can make a decent living performing magic on the streets especially in big cities! So no I don't believe busking magicians are bums. Not to say that some magicians aren't homeless, or some magicians haven't lost everything and feel the need to work the streets to be able to pay their bills.
So why aren't busking magicians just becoming street magicians so they can get paid to perform?
Mainly because they aren't known by the public...I have met a lot of busking magicians. Majority of the are literally unheard of, they don't have a website, no business cards, and most have little to no desire to work events beside busking. I have a very good friend in Downtown Atlanta who is a busking magician by the name of Aubrey Seals aka. The Light Skin Houdini. Aubrey works his butt off every day, he takes the metro so he doesn't need a car, he's single, and all he need to do to perform is have a deck of cards, and a few other pocket magic tricks and a 5 gallon bucket for tips and he's ready to hit the streets. Usually you can find him near Centennial Olympic Park in front of Skyview Atlanta, or in the Buckhead area. Aubrey only has one call make enough money to live, pay his bills, and sets a daily goal and doesn't head home until he has met or exceeded that goal. He is not a bum, and he is not homeless. In my opinion he is an entrepreneur as he goes to work every day running his own business and makes a decent living at it. I've talked to Aubrey about working gigs and he isn't interested as that would require him to buy a car, and a lot more equipment. He's happy with what he has and his hard work pays off.
So why don't more magicians try busking? This is a great question because if most magicians were smart they would realize the importance of busking, I have learned more from busking than any other performing I have ever done. And I make it a habit that when ever I get a new trick that I won't perform it for a paid audience until I have spent time perfecting it while busking.
So how does a magician who is busking build a crowd? Building a crowd is not an easy task and requires tremendous talent and takes time to perfect. The easiest way is to start off with a small group that's walking by and do a trick that has a big impact that is quick and usually gets a big reaction from the spectators. Having a portable wireless, battery powered PA System can really help to build a crowd but isn't always necessary (or) allowed in some places. Once your first trick has set the bait and you get the big reaction from the small group you have to announce to everyone loudly that if you think that was amazing you won't believe what I'm about to do next and this trick has to be big as this is the trick that will build your crowd and then you just have to hold them for 2-3 more tricks and pass around your tip bucket and let them be on their way. You don't want to try to hold the audience for more than 10 to 15 minutes tops! Typically they are going some where and just stopped to see what all the hype is about. Now sometimes you will have a line of people waiting for an attraction that you can entertain and these crowds are awesome as you can spend a lot more time with them and really work that crowd which leads to many more tips!
Wait isn't busking illegal?
No it is not illegal, however it is really important to make sure it is allowed. Every city has ordinances and some will prohibit busking in certain areas such as city parks, in front of administration building, etc. While some cities will require you to buy a busking permit, while others may even require you to report your tips as income. So how do you find out what your cities ordinances are? Call the chamber of commerce, local police station, city hall, etc...and ask them what the law is in your city so you know what you can and can't do. I would also suggest asking other street performers what they know as they will typically have good advice.
James James who is an very talented Australian Busing Magician, he talks about "The Pitch" and how important that is in his youtube video I have posted below along with some of his busking performance as well.
http://www.schoolofbusking.com Not all busking pitches are created equal. One may think that they are...but they are not. Busking a magic show on the streets can be a hard won battle, incorporating more than just the tricks you perform, or routines. The where and how, is all about getting out there and doing it.
for a fuller exposition of what it's like to hit the tarmac, head over to The School of Busking and learn more.
As a magician you have to be prepared at any moment to perform a magic trick for a spectator...it never fails, where ever I go I am asked to perform a trick. I'm sure this has a great deal to do with having my business plastered all over the sides of my car promoting my business. So it is to be expected, but I personally have to carry 3 tricks with me where ever I go. Why 3? Well because the first will blow the spectators mind, and of course they are going to say can I see something else. But I have to carry a third for when you meet a potential client and you really need to seal the deal. I will say this is a big issue for my wife considering she is looking forward to spending quality time with me when I'm not working and suddenly I'm approached by a random stranger who wants to see magic. This is always like walking a tight rope as I have to be super careful about when I go ahead and show them a trick, or when I turn them away as I need to focus on my family. I will tell you one of the absolute worst scenarios was we were having dinner as a family and we were all holding hands, heads bowed, and I was saying grace aloud to bless the food to the nourishment of our bodies. We were seated outside near where my car was parked and midway thru my prayer I am interrupted by someone who wants me to show them a magic trick. I could tell my wife was ready to go off on them, so I politely declined and said that I was with my family and we were in the middle of saying grace so it wasn't the best time. Now I can tell you I really had to hold my tongue there as I too wanted to really tell that person how rude they were, but I just asked myself what would Jesus do and I remained calm, giving them the benefit of the doubt that maybe they just didn't notice that we were praying.
I will say having a working knowledge of knowing how to use everyday objects that are pretty much always at an arms reach is very helpful to perform magic on the fly. I can't count the number of times I've been somewhere in a bathing suit by the pool, or at the beach, etc. where someone hears me talking about magic and wants me to perform a trick for them. And I can say majority of the time I will put on a quick show for them and even if I don't have a business card with me I find a way to make sure they know how to get in touch with me. I usually ask them for their business card, so I have a way to contact them, and I do this for anyone I meet who I think might make a great potential client, giving them my card is great, but having theirs is way better! Another way I get their info is when they want to take a photo with me, I ask them if they will text me that photo. Then I have their cell phone number so later I can text them my website and contact info.
There are a lot of great ways to communicate with your clients and potential clients, but I have found that about 90% of the time by texting with my clients I'm able to have a closer relationship with them to where they actually get to know me as a person more so than just a magician they want to hire.
I would love to know what techniques other magician use to communicate with their clients that works the best for them. Do you like using Facebook Messenger? Email? Text? Facetime? Skype? Zoom? or do you prefer to just call them on the phone?
So how do you prepare for when you're not prepared? What tricks do other magicians have as their go to close-up magic trick for fooling an audience when your not working?
Troy Von Scheibner who is a magician in the U.K. wrote a great article titled:
10 things no one tells you about being a magician.
Clean fingernails are essential and you will be poor for many years. Troy explains why the life of a magician is not always magic.
1. You will be the most popular and hounded person at any party
Everyone is compelled to ask to see a trick as soon as you say ‘I’m a magician’. Then, once you show one person a trick, it's scary how it spreads like a virus – then everyone knows you’re a magician and you have to do tricks all night. Obviously getting into magic you want to show people tricks, but sometimes you just want to chill.
2. You never leave the house empty handed
I’m always prepared, especially these days. People see me on TV so they’re like, ‘You’re that guy, show me something’. I might borrow an object off them, but I’ll always have a pack of cards on me. I guess if you’re a doctor you probably get it as well, like ‘I’ve got this thing…’ or if you’re a comedian: ‘Tell us a joke!’ It’s an occupational hazard.
3. Good breath and clean fingernails are essential
I spent years being a resident magician in restaurants, and people take hygiene very seriously. When you come in quite close to someone and you have dirty hands, they won’t enjoy the magic as much because they’re too busy looking at how grubby your fingernails are. And if you’re talking close to someone, you don’t want your breath to be kicking – you need to make sure that’s in check.
4. It’s the Wild West out there for budding magicians
It’s a competitive industry. I guess a lot of people keep a lot of stuff to themselves, and even though it’s a niche market it’s tough to get work. It’s like any industry, really – you get people that genuinely want to help you out, and then you get some that don’t want you to succeed and be better than them. They want the work, the money, the contacts and don’t really want to share that.
5. Most of the money you make will go back into buying playing cards
Cards can be a magician’s number-one prop, especially a close up magician. [When performing] I’m giving people packs of cards to shuffle, I’m ripping cards up, and when people shuffle cards they get all adventurous and drop them on the floor. I need them in a certain condition, so when I’m doing a performance I might go through two packs. They’re not cheap, so it’s better to buy in bulk than a pack at a time.
6. Social skills are crucial
A lot of magicians tend to be quite awkward and a bit socially inept because they’ve spent so many hours practising in front of the mirror, so when you have to go out and show people it can be quite daunting. Good social skills help you connect with people better, and if people like you they’ll automatically like what you do.
7. The Magic Circle is no joke
It has its own headquarters situated in a quiet, mysterious place where you wouldn’t expect it, and inside it looks amazing. If you want to become a member there are two ways: if you’re more a theorist than a performer, you can do a dissertation. The other way is a practical examination – you’ve got to perform in front of 12 judges who are big members of the Circle. I did my first audition at 18 and got membership. I never really went to the meetings – they were always on a Monday night and I’d be busy at gigs, but it’s just nice to be able to say I’m part of the Magic Circle. What’s the Christmas party like? Magical.
8. Building a reputation takes time, for no money
I had to do a lot of free stuff to get my name out there. I made loads of business cards and just handed them out, and I had to prostitute myself a bit, like ‘Let me show you this’, even if people didn’t want to see it. You’ve got to play it smart – If you perform in a nice restaurant you might get famous people in there, or people that work in newspapers or TV, so you’ve got to make the most of every table and blow them away.
9. It won’t happen overnight
Magicians have to do magic for 10 or 20 years before they get to the point where they’re like, ‘I’m ready’. I did magic for 10 years prior to getting my first series, and I don’t think you could do a TV show after just a year or two in magic. Writing a great song might take you five minutes, and if you sing it beautifully and it resonates with someone – it’s a hit. It’s one thing learning the magic, but it's another thing being a performer, especially on TV.
10. You’ll need a thick skin
Magic is like a religion. You get people that truly believe and no explanation is necessary, but then you get the people think it’s a load of bollocks. I like to cater for the people who think it’s bollocks, because I’ve been doing this now for so many years. This is my career, my livelihood, my passion, and what I do for the people on the streets is exactly what you’re seeing at home. There’s no other thing that’s happening, I can actually do these things. For it to be dismissed as a camera trick is frustrating, but that’s what comes with it.
If you don't know about Troy I highly recommend you checking him out, his magic is legit amazing!
-Aaron Clark (The Amazing Ziggy)
It's become commonplace to magicians to do some incredible magic and illusions that shock or even scare their audience. Why are magicians attracted to this type of magic? Well it's because it freaks people out! That freak out moment has such an impact because it is a trick that is so unreal that it goes beyond anything the audience can ever imagine possible. Some examples of magicians who do this type magic would be Criss Angel with his swallowing of a signed quarter and then cutting open his arm as blood rushes out to find the signed coin from his spectator. You might think of the anti-conjuror Dan Sperry when he eats a life saver on America's Got Talent then takes some dental floss and digs it into his neck to reveal the life saver whole again and on the dental floss.
Another artist that might come to mind is David Blaine when he drinks gallons of water followed by a glass full of very flammable kerosene and then regurgitates the lighter fluid first as he breathes fire with it onto Jimmy Kimmel's desk setting a trash can and its contents on fire. Blaine then proceeds to regurgitate the water and extinguishes the flames with all that water he drank. So this by the way is not magic...yes David Blaine is a magician but what he did here was an amazing skill of learning what is called Water Spouting which is a very dangerous and potentially deadly stunt. What's most impressive is the story behind this where David Blaine actually saw this act performed by Hadji Ali.
Hadji Alie was a vaudeville performance artist, thought to be of Egyptian descent, who was famous for acts of controlled regurgitation. His best-known feats included water spouting, smoke swallowing, and nut and handkerchief swallowing followed by disgorgement in an order chosen by the audience. Ali's most famous stunt, and the highlight of his act, was drinking copious amounts of water followed by kerosene, and then acting by turns as a human flamethrower and fire extinguisher as he expelled the two liquids onto a theatrical prop. While these stunts were performed, a panel of audience members was invited to watch the show up close to verify that no trickery was employed.
On a video online of a man by the name of Winston Carter in a very destitute and poverty stricken country in Africa. Winston Carter who at the time was a 35 year old security guard. So in the video Carter is able to use his own regurgitated water to be able to brush his teeth, and even fill up an entire water bottle spouting the water with a powerful stream from his lips. Blaine was so fascinated by this that he set out on a mission to contact this Carter and after 3 years of posting flyers, and putting ads in newspapers, until he was finally able to track him down. In 2013 Blaine was able to have Carter teach him the technique to perform this incredible stunt. The reason this is so fascinating to me is not that Blaine can do it, but his determination and great lengths that he went thru to learn the technique. It just goes to show why David Blaine is as popular of a magician as he is, it is because when he sets his mind on a goal he goes above and beyond the realm of what is conceivably possibility to prepare himself to amaze his next crowd. I must admit I do really love how Blaine was able to take this and incorporate it into a street magic performance revealing a name onto the pavement with the spouted water as a form of mentalism.
-Aaron Clark (The Amazing Ziggy)
Atlanta is a big city, but its not a place where you will see a lot of street performers like you would if you went to Washington DC, New York City, Los Angeles, etc... Now there are a few street performers in Atlanta and they are located really in a few select locations, mostly where people are required to wait in long lines as this will give them an audience without have to work to build a crowd. In other cities like in Times Square you can pretty much always expect to see a street performer any time of the day. Well in Atlanta that doesn't hold true, the street performers really only come up during peak hours and they really have to know schedules for events that are happening such as is there a Falcons Game, or is there a Beyonce concert, etc.
Now there is one street performer who happens to also be a magician like myself, whom I have gotten to know over the past few years while performing events at Skyview Atlanta and I would like to tell you a little about Aubrey Seals (aka. The Light Skin Houdini). Aubrey has a very personable style to his performance where he likes to ask a lot of questions and get to know his spectators on a more personal level. This style of Banter allows for him to come across as very smooth and sometime flirtatious. Aubrey performs in a few locations around Atlanta but mainly you can find him in front of The Big Ferris Wheel downtown called Skyview Atlanta which is located directly across from Centennial Olympic Park. I've had some conversations with Aubrey about being a street performer and is it something that is profitable. And without the shadow of a doubt it is. I won't go into specific numbers but I will say Aubrey is able to make a decent living performing magic on the streets of Atlanta. Now what is the benefit to this and what are some negatives? First of all you don't have a boss! That's huge! But not having a boss doesn't mean you don't have to work hard. Aubrey works very hard and is one of the most determined professional entertainers I know. Know wait did I just call Aubrey a professional? Yes, Yes I did...just because someone is working on the streets asking for a donation for entertaining you doesn't mean that person isn't professional. You see Aubrey has devoted YEARS of his life to learning a skill set which allows him to make a living, and to me that is the definition of a professional.
So why then does Aubrey choose to work the streets instead of focusing on events around the city?
Well it's pretty simple, because what he does works! It pays his bills and it allows him to constantly become better at performing. Imagine how many times he has performed that same card trick over and over as different groups have passed him by. Now think about the Event performer who has practiced that card trick a few hundred times in front of a mirror and to their friends and family members. What's the difference? Real World Experience...learning how the audience will react, learning what works with your banter and what doesn't. To me it would seem that a street magician will have a way better act then! So Here is my advice which I am giving away for free to anyone willing to listen that is a professional magician out there.
Go work the streets in the town where you live...Give away your performance for free in exchange for donations from the spectators. If you are humble before them, you show them something amazing, then they will tip you. Now I don't tell you to go do this because I think you need to earn a living this way, what I am suggesting is that you utilize this form of performance to enhance your magic and illusions to take them to the next level. Gain the real world experience from a live audience and your going to have a much better show than just performing it for friends and family and getting bias opinions about your new trick. It will also help you come up with better routines for your old routines which you may think don't need improvement. The point here is this, as Aubrey Seals would say, take the advice from DJ Khaled and perform "Another One!"
-Aaron Clark (aka. The Amazing Ziggy)
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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.