The bottom up approach for magicians is a very difficult thing for many magicians to master. It is like a chef going to the super market and buying different herbs that they like, but they do not actually need. If you were a chef, you would want to come up with the dish first and then go to the market and buy the things that you need. The bottom up is about selecting individual moves to work on and then tie them together in the final act.
- Decide what magic trick you want to perform and then assemble the “ingredients” of the trick, as you would with a meal.
- Developing a master plan for an act, and then fitting together separate elements is a much more fruitful “Top Down” approach.
- The “Show” you present to the audience is the most important thing, the techniques used to get there should be invisible to any spectators.
“When a magician works ‘bottom up’, he is selecting individual moves and techniques to work on, then he tries to tie them together into magic effects and ultimately an act.”