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Virtual Magic Shows! 10 Tips for Magicians Who Want to UP THEIR VIRTUAL GAME!

Updated: Jun 18

In this episode, Magicians Talking Magic Podcast hosts Ryan Joyce and Graemazing share ten tips for upping your virtual magic show game.


Learn how to create more interactive and engaging virtual magic shows and events and use livestreaming to earn money with virtual magic shows effectively.


 

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1. Drop the Multicam.


  • Two or more cameras for your virtual magic show can create a lot of extra complexity and issues.

  • Simplify - frame everything around your face.

  • Treat this like a new show - timing differs greatly from live magic shows.

  • Push yourself to try new material.


2. You gotta plug in


Avoid Wi-Fi and go for a direct ethernet connection.


3. Be interesting!


  • Be in the moment - just like performing live magic shows, you must react and interact with your guests. Be present and prepared.

  • Everything should be live - no pretapes - YouTube and Netflix are better produced.

  • Talk to your audience - everyone has a front-row seat in virtual magic shows.

  • Be interactive - Make as much of the magic interactive as possible.


4. Different kinds of performing


  • Two-way conversation vs. one-way: Everyone is typically muted in virtual magic shows. Call people out directly by their screen name and ask them to unmute.

  • Have an interesting conversation at the ready - Be open to just chatting or engaging more with your audience.

  • Remember, this is also a unique opportunity for your virtual magic show audience to talk with a professional magician and performer!

  • Comment on their atmosphere or clothes - make them feel like superstars!


5. Let’s talk about the Magic


  • Keep it simple - the computer screen frame provides all-new ways to explore the magic you can perform.

  • You can get away with a lot in a virtual setting. You only have one angle

  • Tenyo is now an illusion! - Small magic tricks look massive on the screen!


6. Length matters


  • Keep it short—20-30 minutes is ideal for virtual magic shows. Everyone is getting sick of being stuck on Zoom.

  • Produce it like a TV show - have a strong opener and closer, and be sure to dazzle throughout.


8. OBS IS KING


If you want to produce higher-quality virtual shows with extra production value, OBS is your software.


I have been reading comments from people trying other pieces of tech and software.


A lot seem to drop out or fail when broadcasting.


Although OBS has a slightly steeper learning curve, the benefits are very rewarding. They also constantly release new features.


OBS is the standard for video game streamers for a reason!


9. Your Phone sucks as a camera


There is no reliable way to connect your phone to your computer without paying for a decent application. Capture cards are really expensive and vary in quality.


I bought a cheap webcam, and with OBS, you can configure it to make it look very, very, very nice!


USB Webcams are super reliable!


10. Side Product!


Have a side product, service, or hustle you can pitch.


 

BONUS: New Revenue Stream for Virtual Magic Shows & Magicians


So, if you have taken the time to research OBS (which you should), congratulations, you are now a virtual event producer!


Wait, What’s that?


You are now more than just a magician—you have enhanced your skillset to produce and execute a full broadcast production.


I have been performing virtual shows on their Facebook pages for some companies.


I set up a Zoom call with a studio audience of 6-8 people and manipulated OBS. I added the company logo to my broadcast, “Presented by XX.”


These same companies have asked me to entertain and produce corporate virtual events.


This is a game-changer!


If you have not, I suggest starting to research OBS. It is a lot easier than you might think.


Many of us use an Audio ape.


It's the same learning curve. A lot of us perform sleight of hand. That’s even harder!


Expand your value as a virtual magician.


Final tips:


  • Create a separation between you and your background

  • Get better lighting. No windows behind you! Have one great light source that illuminates your face and magic

  • Grab a USB MIC - they are like 80 bucks online

  • Stop worrying about trying to make your phone work as a camera

  • Buy a basic webcam and start sharing the magic!

  • Learn OBS

  • Get your client involved

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