Clown Tutorial – Clown Magic – doâs and donâts of magic tricks
Welcome back! In this installment of Clown Magic, we’ll talk about some doâs and donâts.
The most important donât is the most basic: never divulge how a trick is done, except to another magician/clown. No exceptions. Ever. Donât do it. Just say no. Get the idea? This is a very bad thing to do; you would be divulging someone elseâs hard work, so that when an audience sees that trick, one or more of them will say (probably out loud, disrupting the performance) “Iâve seen that before! I know how thatâs done!” or something equally witty. This is a lose-lose proposition all the way around. Magicians will stop doing that trick (for example, magicians rarely perform the âsword through the basketâ routine anymore, since itâs been exposed so many times), the audience member looks oafish, and the rest of the audience loses out as well.
The next most important don’t is to never repeat the same trick twice, for much the same reason as the previous trick. Imagine, if you would, doing âThe 3 Pileâ trick a second time for the same audience. The method behind the magic would be revealed; the clown would look foolish (not in a way that he would like); the audience would feel let downâit wasnât anything special, it was just a stupid little trick. So, how do you handle an audience member asking you to repeat the same trick?
You have several options; you can politely explain that you don’t repeat a trick, give a silly explanation as to why you canât repeat it (“the batteries need to recharge”, “the cards are sleeping now”, “I can only do it once on a day ending in the letter âYâ”, etc.), or my favorite, show them a (seemingly) related trick. (“Well, let me show you something very similarâ¦ pick a card, any card…” etc.)
As always, time wounds all heels (heels wound all the time? No, I mean “time heals all wounds” ), and practise makes permanent (No, thatâs not a typoâif you practise something the wrong way over and over, you will reinforce a bad habitâdonât do it! ).
Bibliography for clown magic
- Clown Magic, by David Ginn
- Creative Clowning by Bruce Fife, Tony Blanco, Steve Kissell, Bruce Johnson, Ralph Dewey, Hal Diamond, Jack Wiley, Gene Lee
- How to Be a Compleat Clown by Toby Sanders
- Mark Wilsonâs Complete Course in Magic by Mark Wilson
- Modern Coin Magic by J. B. Bobo
- Now You See It, Now You Donât : Lessons in Sleight of Hand by Bill Tarr