Updated: May 27
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been asking Canadian Association of Magician members and our listeners of the Magicians Talking Magic Podcast about the tricks they’ve been performing virtually. We wanted to know if they had one “go-to” effect or a favourite virtual effect?
We also asked magicians to share ONE piece of advice for performing virtual magic!
You can find these survey results and other incredible articles in the July 2021 edition of VANISH International Magic Magazine!
Let’s get into the results and key virtual takeaways!
First, we asked if magicians if they had one piece of magic that performed virtually more often than other tricks. 60% of magicians who responded had ONE piece of magic for their go-to effect and 50% of those tricks were mentalism.
The magicians who responded to our survey included 35% stage magicians, 35% hobbyists, 10% Close-up & Stage and 10% Children’s performers.
We also asked magicians if they had a second favourite virtual magic trick, and 66.7% of those magicians said yes!
Virtual Magic Tricks Magicians Are Performing
Here is the list of magicians favourite virtual magic tricks (sorted alphabetically)
BM Project by Bakore Magic
4D Burger Board by Magzaic
BWave by Max Maven
Decisions by Mozique
Deepest Sympathy by Jim Steinmeyer
Invisible Deck by Joe Berg
Kirigami by Max Maven
Cardboard Connection by Paul Harris
Looch prediction/ mystery solved by Looch/ David Penn
Manifest by Danny Weiser
Matrix by Al Schneider
Outside the Box by David London
Peekaboo Bunny by Silly Billy
Pointless by Greg Wilson
Prementaliction by Chris Dugdale
Rope Evolution by Juan Pablo
Nine Card Problem by Jim Steinmeyer
What advice do you have for magicians about performing virtually?
After one year of the pandemic and virtual magic, we were curious to hear from magicians what their biggest lesson or advice for performing virtually. Here's what they told us:
"Commit to Camera" - Steve Valentine
Don't sit to perform your virtual shows!
Interaction! Lighting and good mics.
Be personable - don't be that stage character because this isn't live performance - it's like television.
The show should be more variety instead of just card trick
Find a way to involve the audience. Otherwise, I can just watch YouTube.
Look into the camera
Invest in PRO Gear otherwise, you’ll look like an amateur.
Get a quality camera and separate microphone
Make it simple!
If your show is for kids (zoom or in-person), do not do more than one card trick. (I have watched zoom magic shows for kids where the magician only does card tricks. Boring.)
Use the borders outside the camera
Lighting is of utmost importance
Don't BE a virtual magician. Be a magician that can perform under nearly any condition.
Don't do too many card tricks.
Make sure you are lit well and have good audio.