We are in the final phases of the Stay Home Coronavirus Series. In this episode, we get magically creative. We discuss scripting, researching and developing your show. Are you where you want it to be with your show? Does it represent you?
ON THIS EPISODE
Developing a show! We cover concept, character, story and magic.
How essential is production? We share our thoughts on Sound, lighting, cameras, and projection)
Research is key! Here's how we do it.
Practice, Practice, Practice.
PLUS: Discussions on blocking, staging and direction and more!
Listen to Episode 40 of Magicians Talking Magic
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FEATURE: Developing your Show
Five easy steps in developing a new magic act:
Before we get into anything magical we have to think about what we are trying to say. This is so easy to overthink but what do you want to accomplish when you show someone magic? What aspects of magic do you enjoy most? Are there other hobbies or interests you have that are similar that you would like to share as well?
Basic Concept Ideas:
Mind Reading Show
A Daredevil Escape Artist
School Show - Protect the Environment
When we have the basic concept in our mind we can start to create experiences in our mind of what this might look like.
Let's take a Daredevil Escape Artist for example:
I see bricks and chain-link fences, fire and smoke.
You can smell gasoline, popcorn and cotton candy
Rock and roll music is playing with the rip and roar of engines
We’re outside - in the round, there’s a big sweeping jib camera.
RESOURCE: Nick Wallace Interview
If we follow along with this easy guide then it should be easy to think about your character if you have the story you want to tell. Not just the way your character might look, act and dress - but what is the background story of your character - those little details.
Let’s take a School Show Performer for example:
I am energetic, bright and positive but not overly plastic or fake
Wears cool, casual, street clothes - jeans and a branded t-shirt
Environmentally conscious but not pushy
Visually: Phil from Modern Family
Loves improv comedy and comedy podcasts
Youtuber and DIY’er
What kind of story do we want to tell with this character and show concept? You are a dark and mysterious mentalist - now what? Coming up with a basic story flow will help motivate what magic effects we will add next! Essentially you sum up the character and the concept:
Let’s take a Mindreader for example:
I am a mind reader and I have studied and practiced these various skills that I will demonstrate to you tonight - these impossible and marvellous feats. Tonight I will reveal your darkest secrets!
PLAYTIME! This is what we have all been waiting for - the magic part - where does my Rubix cube solve GO?! Oh.. it doesn’t fit anymore. Isn’t it interesting how when you focus on the concept, character and story before the magic it’s easier to see that maybe some of the magic we are performing doesn’t really fit us or our character? We are magicians - that means storytellers through the art of magic - choose the best material to help tell YOUR story.
5. Technology & Production
Time to add the glitter to the show. Once your show has strong roots holding it together with your concept, character, story and magic - it is now time to enhance the experience. Think back to your original concept - what you want to achieve with your show - what is the ideal setting.
Software to think about:
Four Research Resources
Discourse in Magic - Huge value from Jonah and team with the interviews
Magicana - Massive library of old magic performance
Masterclass - Everything from Writing to Poker - lots of lessons
Your Outside Interests - Apply what you know outside of magic to your magic
Practice and Rehearsal
Set up a space
Feel like you are in a special performing space
Keep it clean and organized
Share with mentors and friends
Keep doing what you love and don’t stop creating new and exciting magic.