Teller from Penn & Teller is the Silent Magician and of course he is the one everyone should thinks of for this topic. Teller has done a tremendous job of remaining silent for his entire career. While Penn is the mouth for the group, and it is a genius way to perform, as it gives their act the best of both worlds, but the issue that it brings to this is that duo acts are essentially married in their business partner relationship for their entire careers. You will never see a Penn Show with out Teller same goes for Siegfried & Roy, David & Leeman, etc.
As for a new mentalist on the scene that is a Silent performer, there is Aaron Crow who has a been drawing a great deal of attention especially since his performances on Britain's Got Talent. Aaron Crow mixes extreme danger into his acts while performing masterfully skilled slight of hand which he passes off as mentalist performance in many cases.
For a Silent magician the music for the performance is an overlooked but absolutely Crucial element to their performances. I myself have been a comedy magician for 17 years and I love the thrill of interacting with the audience...it wasn't until 2 years ago that I started performing stage acts that were silent performances and it was from my shows at Six Flags Over Georgia for their freight fest seasons. This will be my 3rd year performing for Six Flags and I thoroughly enjoy every moment of these shows! Especially because I get to perform as a silent magician. I never knew how much more thrilling and suspense a magic show has when the magician is silent. The audience is truly on the edge of their seats completely captivated and mesmerized by the performance when the Magician is first of all doing something that is amazing and when the music that is played is something that enhances the suspense of the performance.
It's just like going to see a suspenseful movie...when the theater starts to play the music and you can feel it in your chest just before the climax hits. That same feeling is achieved by a silent magician and I simply love the reaction you get from an audience performing without a single word spoken.
-Aaron Clark (aka. The Amazing Ziggy)
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So lately I have been hearing from a lot of people about focusing your attention on ONE goal, to not spread yourself too thin by offering too many services. Tyler Perry I do believe said it the best (watch the video below). Basically what he is saying is that you can plant seeds every day of your life, you can water those seeds, and do everything within your power to make those seeds become a great harvest. But for most people Little to Nothing happens. You see you can NOT control the elements that make that seed grow...all you can do is plant the seed, and give it water. You can't control the weather, it may or may not get the sun it needs, the crops can grow but it can freeze and kill the crops, the locusts can come and destroy the plants.
All we can do is water it and pray that God will bring the Harvest.
You have to focus all your attention on that ONE THING, watering your seed...don't focus on anything but making that one thing successful.
So for 17 years I have pulled myself in every direction that I could go in, I have tried to be a clown, a magician, a caricature artists, a stilt walker, a fire performers, a DJ, and much more! So here is the benefit of this...
I have booked thousands of events over my 17 years of performing...I have done birthday parties, nursing home entertainment, stage shows for 10,000+ people, and the biggest thing is there is never been any consistency, no two gigs are the same. So I have over the years learned to become a Jack of All Trades...and as the saying goes I have become a Master of None...(well that's not really true). I am a master of many of these talents, I may not be the best of the best but I'm REALLY Darn good. But what I realize now is that I could be MUCH more successful than what I am if I take Tyler Perry's advice. So that is what I am doing now, I am putting all of my attention on being a magician...more specifically a Stage Magician.
In the beginning of my career I was a clown and for 10 years all I did was perform as a clown...I did many of my talents while being a clown, but looking back on it I became REALLY popular and very successful because I had all of my focus on that one thing, being Ziggy The Clown.
So I hope you will take Tyler Perry's advice as I am and that it will turn your seeds into a huge harvest.
-Aaron Clark (aka. Ziggy)
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There tends to be a big misunderstanding of the difference between close-up magic & stage magic. Most clients who want to hire me don't have a clue how vastly different the 2 types of performances vary and not only that but also in the amount of time that it takes to prepare a stage show vs. a close-up routine.
As a magician you have to practice your trade hundreds of time in front of a mirror over and over again before your ready to show your new trick to friends and family. This is the point where the routine starts to take shape in which you much have a plan for what will happen from one step in the process to the next. But more so than that you must have a back up plan out an Out as we magicians call it for when things go wrong. You see the beauty of putting on a magic show is that no one knows what is about to happen, so when things go wrong and every magician will tell you this the tricks don't always go as planned...but we ALWAYS have a Plan B, in which we can have another sinario to save us in any given situation. So we plan for failure and we also must practice the Plan B routine just as diligently as we did our Plan A. For 90 % of the time you will never see our Plan B...but there's always that 10% of the audiences who think they can outsmart the magician and try to mess us up, but they have no clue that we are way ahead of them and are ready at a moments notice for any debauchery they try to throw at us.
So what then is the difference between Close-up Magic & Stage Magic? And Can Close-up magic be performed on a stage and vice versa?
Ok, first of all closeup magic is what you will most often see a street performing doing. Mostly Magic using Cards, Coins, Ropes, Silks and everyday objects. Where Stage magic is the saw a girl in half type illusions, making someone levitate, live animal productions, dove magic routines, etc. all of which is what you would think of when you see Vegas Magicians. Now a Stage Magic Show requires A WHOLE LOT more work than a Close-up performance. It will also require a much larger rehearsal space, more people to practice with to achieve the desired illusions, building the illusions require much more time, money, and skills.
Not all closeup magicians have the ability to perform as a stage magician, or vice versa. The reason for this is some magicians don't have the dexterity required to do sleight of hand...where as some magicians don't have the stage presence, self confidence, and talent to be a stage magician.
I am proud to be both a close-up magician & a stage magician. This has required much more diligence on my part to master the skills of manipulation as well as the carpentry skills need to build my own illusions. Growing up with a family in the construction business certainly helped me to have the ability to build my own props and illusions for my shows. A closeup magician may spend a few hundred dollars for some closeup tricks but a stage magician spends a few thousand dollars on a single trick.
So now that you understand that I hope you will know why stage magicians cost so much more than closeup magicians.
Now to answer the question can a closeup magician perform the same routine on a stage...Yes, but it will require a Live TV Crew and a Projection Screen TV.
So can a stage magician perform stage tricks for closeup routines...No. And there are many reasons as to why but the biggest reason is angles...for street style performances there are people at every angle...but on stage you only have an audience in front of you, and many times this allows for the magic to happen.
I hope this helps you better understand the differences of the types of magic you can have for your next event and that you will keep The Amazing Ziggy in mind when that time comes!
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-Aaron Clark (aka. Ziggy)
As many of you know I got my start in the entertainment industry at the age of 15, performing as Ziggy The Clown...and after 12 years of performing in makeup I decided it was time to focus on what I loved doing the most: Magic. I had performed 1000's of stage magic shows as a clown but I wanted to become a more professional looking entertainer. So 5 years ago I focused all of my attention on the art of magic and illusions, I moved from Roanoke, Virginia to Atlanta, Georgia. Now to this day I still get calls, emails and private messages on social media asking me if I am Ziggy The Clown...my reputation certainly does proceed me. Most recently I received a facebook message from a past client who had me perform at her birthday when she was a child and now she has a 1 year old who she wanted to have me perform at her daughters birthday party. I will tell you I'm so flattered that she remembered me after all these years, but even more so I sure do feel old now...I'm only 35 but it just goes to show how much of a lasting impression I have been able to make on my audiences.
So since moving to the Atlanta area I have been putting all of my attention into stage illusions, as that is the type of performing I enjoy the most. I get such a thrill from being in front of a large crowd of people and being able to keeping them engaged on captivated by my performance. It takes years of practice to be able to perform stage illusions, and I am so proud to have a daughter, Parker, that is also interested in performing magic and illusions, she is following right along in my footsteps. I can only imagine at how much more successful she will be having a father that can mentor to her and support her in her career.
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.