Ideally, magic should be about art and showmanship, not about “winning” against the audience in an adversarial contest. Don’t “challenge” your audience with confrontational language during tricks, and don’t present the audience with the the attitude that you are better than they are or don’t respect them. You can have challenging tricks, but the tone of the challenge should be friendly and playful, not adversarial. Finally try to not remind your audience that your trick is even a trick in the first place — you might want to try telling a story instead.
- Magicians should make sure magic isn’t an “I win, you lose” situation but it should be a win-win situation.
- The first step to a win-win atmosphere in magic is for magicians not to use “challenge” vocabulary in their acts.
- The challenge atmosphere doesn’t bode well for magicians because when they believe he is fooling them, they become unhappy with him.
“When you are performing magic, the last thing you want is for the audience to believe they’re in some kind of conflict with you.”