7 challenges professional magician encounter

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1) Getting the right price

The entertainment industry is swarming with all kinds of average artists at a cheap price. Though average in their performance these artists still serve the purpose of entertaining the audience. Your clients don’t know much about the difference between an average magician and an exceptional magician initially, so obviously, they go for a magician with low price and you get rejected only for quoting the high price. Because of this an exceptional magician who charges high struggles to get the more shows in starting years.

2) Getting the full attention of the audience

Even the extraordinary magicians performing for a private party goes through a scenario where all people don’t pay attention to magician’s performance and disturbs the whole surrounding with their chatter. After this kind of shows, magicians don’t feel good about themselves even if they get the good money for the show.

3) Waiting for the show to start

As a professional magician you value the punctuality and reach to the venue on time, but guests arrive late sometimes too late. Client requests you to wait more and more till maximum guests arrived. The result is you get exhausted and your time gets wasted which could be put to good use and client don’t pay you extra for waiting time. Because your show begins late, you may also have to curtail the performance time to accommodate other sequences of the party.

4) Cancellation of the show from client

You prepare and plan your week for the next show and couple days before clients inform you about the cancellation of the event because of unavoidable reasons. This is annoying for the magician because he must have denied other leads which came from other clients on the same day, same time because your date was already occupied. This is a straight loss to the magician because he don’t get paid fully and he loses the performance at both the shows which may have fetched him future shows.

5) Cancellation of the show from magician’s side

Sometimes even the magician needs to cancel his performance for the event because of an emergency situation like severe sickness, family issue, flight cancellation etc. This is an unfortunate situation and nothing makes magician feel bad if he himself had to cancel. This puts clients event in jeopardy especially when your performance was the only entertainment activity planned for the event.

6) Managing back to back shows

A magician wishes to perform every day because he loves doing magic and it gets him good money. Sometimes a magician gets lucky and he gets two shows back to back with a time gap of an hour in between. But reaching to the second show on time is challanging because most of the times your first show will start late and that puts magician under pressure because he had to reach the other show on time especially if the client of second show is ready to start the show on time. If magician reaches to next show late, it spoils his reputation.

7) Maintaining a sense of wonder for himself

Magic creates instant wonder, a solid surprise and a delightful mystery for the spectators. This wonder was the primary reason why you became a magician. As a professional magician, you know many secrets, techniques to achieve the end result of a magic trick. Even if you watch other magicians perform you tend to be less surprised. This feeling of not experiencing the wonder may force you to question the purpose and meaning of your work and you may feel that you are not doing enough.

– Amit Kalantri (Magician & Mentalist) 

Why “sleight of hand” is the most important skill in magic?

These days many magicians keep looking for easy to perform self-working magic props. They keep on buying most of the automatic magic props which hit the market. It is possible to be a good magician using only props along with good storytelling and showmanship skills. But it is not possible to be a great magician without being good at sleight of hand. A magician who is good at sleight of hand not only satisfy the people with entertainment but also satisfy himself with his skill. Following are some worthwhile reasons why you should practice and get good at sleight of hand.

1) You can truly perform impromptu magic tricks anytime anywhere

2) You can perform magic tricks with borrowed objects

3) At the end of sleight of hand magic trick, the magician is clean, spectators can verify everything

4) Sleight of hand is not easy to catch using eyes and logic

5) You need not buy expensive fancy props, so ultimately you save money

6) Because of fewer props, you can pack less, travel light and still play big in the show

7) Sleight of hand magic makes you look like real magician

8) Sleight of hand makes you respectable even in the magic fraternity

9) With original sleight of hand moves, even magicians won’t be able to catch you

10) A magic trick which is performed with original sleight of hand moves does not get copied easily unless you reveal the moves

11) Once you get good at particular sleight and stop performing it after few days, you will still be able to recall it quickly when required in the future.

12) With enough sleight of hand moves, you can repeat the magic trick without getting caught.

– Amit Kalantri (Magician & Mentalist)

 

18 habits of highly professional magicians

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1) A professional magician practice and rehearse every day.
2) He may perform someone else’s trick but he prepares original content for the trick.
3) He doesn’t offer shows for free unless it’s for a social cause.
4) He learns from other magicians who are better than him at the craft of magic.
5) He doesn’t reveal the secrets of his magic as well as secrets of other magicians.
6) He doesn’t perform dressed like a hippie, he is always well groomed and well dressed.
7) A professional magician study art of magic like an academic subject.
8) He doesn’t overlook the details and the quality of his magic tricks.
9) He doesn’t repeat the tricks for the same audience at the same show.
10) A professional magician invests in the magic.
11) A professional magician performs a particular trick only under right conditions.
12) He never runs out of his business cards.
13) He doesn’t step out of the home without at least one magic trick.
14) He never insults or offends his audience.
15) He never claims to have superhuman powers.
16) He doesn’t misuse his magic skills.
17) He not only market himself but also promote the art of magic as the great source of entertainment.
18) He adds value to the lives of people through his performance.

– Amit Kalantri (Magician & Mentalist)

Ten Benefits of Learning Magic

The art of magic is not just for an entertainment but it is to inspire people to be creative enough in their own lives. Even if you are not going to be a professional magician, you can still draw some difference making benefits from the art of magic.

  1. It helps to build and boost self-confidence
  2. It inspires curiosity, creativity and expands imagination
  3. It improves interpersonal skills like presentation skills, communication skills, public speaking skills
  4. It helps to develop fine and gross motor skills, improves coordination
  5. Increases critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  6. Builds self-discipline
  7. You become the centre of attraction in social gatherings
  8. Changes your perspective of looking at things
  9. With magic, you can engage, entertain and pleasantly surprise the people.
  10. Magic can be a good source of income

– Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Rules every magician should follow

Being a magician is more than just performing some amazing magic tricks, it’s a responsibility. Especially if you are a respected personality in this field. Being a magician and mentalist I have seen people coming to me asking for a solution to their problems. Sometimes the art of magic is not taken seriously by others, but a good magician will always get the attention he deserves. Below is the list of proven rules in the field of magic. No matter if you are a beginner, amateur or expert magician you should follow this code. All the best magicians in the world follow almost all the below rules.

  1. Never share your secret with layman
  2. Don’t share the secret of your original effect with fellow magicians for some time
  3. Never repeat your trick for the same audience
  4. Perform only in suitable environment
  5. Never challenge the audience to catch your trick
  6. Always carry at least one trick with you
  7. Don’t misuse your magic skills
  8. Be original while performing, have your own style
  9. Talk to other magicians and learn from their experiences.
  10. Try to give credits to the original inventor of the trick
  11. Don’t buy pirated materials. Buy the secrets from authorised entities
  12. Never stop practising and practice to perfection

-Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Strong Mentalism Effects With Playing Cards

A deck of playing cards is a relevant prop in the art of mentalism. Only “Pick a card” type of effects is a cliche to the laymen. If you find out their chosen card by sleight of hand, that is not a very big deal to them. But if you verbally tell them what card they chose, thought or saw, it blows their mind. So without any further doubts, do use playing cards in mentalism. Refer below list of strong mentalism tricks with playing cards. Some of following effects are also used for magic. Change your script and presentation accordingly to make it a mentalism effect.

  1. Invisible Deck
  2. Tossed Out Deck
  3. Do As I Do
  4. Kollosal Killer
  5. Out of this world
  6. Any card at any number
  7. Missing card illusion
  8. SPECTRI by T.A.Waters
  9. Four Sided Triangle by Max Maven
  10. Mind Power Deck
  11. RADAR Deck by Richard Osterlind
  12. Card Calling
  13. 5-star miracle
  14. 3 of diamond mental force
  15. Gemini Twins

-Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

 

Best Card Magic Closing Effects

The strong card tricks generally have something more than a deck of cards and hands of magicians. It could be special cards, some kind of magic accessory, everyday object or sometimes even very unique patter or story. Following are some of the popular strong card effects. But it is a very limited list, there are much more strong card effects in business around the world.

  1. Card on ceiling
  2. Card through window
  3. Card to wallet
  4. 51 cards to pocket
  5. Paperclipped
  6. In a flash
  7. J C Super closure
  8. McDonald’s Aces
  9. Unshuffled
  10. Out of this world
  11. Story Telling Deck
  12. Cardtoon Deck
  13. Card Stab
  14. Card in sealed containers

-Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Best Closing Effects in Mentalism

The closing effect in mentalism should be the strongest piece of your show. The audience must believe that you are the smartest person they ever meet. This trick should be such that people would want to learn it. Mentalism show if closed wonderfully earns a standing ovation from the audience.

  1. Chair Routine
  2. Q and A (thought scan)
  3. Confabulation
  4. The Pegasus page
  5. Drawing Duplication
  6. Master Prediction System
  7. Monalisa Puzzle
  8. Phantom Artist
  9. Slate writing
  10. Ash on hand
  11. Magic Square
  12. Card Deck Memorization

-Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Best Closing Effects in Magic

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The closing effect is the last magic trick in your show. This trick should create a great impact on the minds of an audience. No audience remembers all of the tricks from the magic show. But if you want them to remember one trick from your show, then it should be your closing trick. A closing effect must fetch you a standing ovation from the spectators. Following are some of the closing effects of a stand-up magic show.

  1. Gypsy Thread
  2. Cups and Balls
  3. Snow Storm
  4. Card Castle
  5. Thumbs Delight
  6. Billiard’s Ball (Bubble)
  7. Multiplying Bottles
  8. Dancing Cane
  9. Zombie Floating Ball
  10. Bill to Lemon

-Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Best Opener Mentalism Tricks

The art of mentalism is not as popular as the art of magic. Your first trick in mentalism should do three things. It should introduce what is mentalism, it should involve someone from the audience and it should create amazement. Mentalism tricks tend to be little long because of its complex theory. Your first mentalism trick should be direct right to the mind straight to the heart.

  1. El Numero by Richard Osterlind
  2. Two digit mind reading (with NW)
  3. Bank Night
  4. Spike Routine
  5. Tossed out deck
  6. Invisible Deck
  7. Brainwave Deck
  8. The baby gag (celebrity picture)
  9. Locating hidden coin in the hands
  10. Multidimensional by Promystic
  11. Any mass mental force
  12. Any monte routine (with mentalism patter)
  13. Magic Medallion
  14. Pocket Writing

-Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Best Opener Magic Tricks

An opening magic tricks should be quick and eye catching. The purpose of opening trick is to hook the audience to the stage and set the expectations to high of whats coming next in the show. Following are some the popular openers, which does not involve the participation from the audience.

  1. Bowling Ball from Drawing Book
  2. Basketball from briefcase
  3. The ring, watch and wallet
  4. Splash bottle production
  5. Vanishing cane in newspaper
  6. Newspaper tear and restored
  7. Flash paper to cane
  8. Polka silk with vanishing and restoring dots
  9. Chinese sticks magic
  10. Pom pom pole magic
  11.  TT Silk Vanish
  12. Linking rings

-Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Magic tricks to perform for kids (5-12 Years)

Entertaining children for 30 to 45 minutes is a challenge for any entertainer. The attention span of children is short. It is crucial that you connect to children in the very first minute of your show. As a magician you should include visual and colorful magic tricks in your show. Along with magic do not forget to add comedy and storytelling in your presentation.

  1. Misers Dream
  2. Sponge Ball Magic
  3. Paper to Hat
  4. Mouth Coil
  5. Candy Production
  6. Blendo Silk
  7. Hippity Hop Ribbits
  8. Vanishing Lollipops
  9. Polka Silk
  10. Blooming Flower Bouquet
  11. Rainbow Chips
  12. Vanishing silk
  13. Appearing magic wand
  14. Stiff Rope
  15. Light Bulb

-Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Best stage tricks with playing cards

Following card tricks can be performed for small as well as large audience. I personally have performed following card tricks in stage setting and I can guarantee, all of them do very well as a stage effect.

  1. 6 cards repeat
  2. Las Vegas leaper (Cards across)
  3. Card stab
  4. Invisible Deck
  5. Tossed out deck
  6. Cards to pocket
  7. Card on forehead
  8. Card in Lemon
  9. Hofzinser’s Triple Prediction
  10. Card Transposition

-Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Top 10 categories of magic tricks

  1. Production: The magician produces something from nothing
  2. Vanish: The magician makes something disappear
  3. Levitation: The magician defies gravity by making something float in the air freely.
  4. Suspension: The magician makes an object float in the air with the aid of another object
  5. Transformation: The magician transforms something from one state into another
  6. Transportation: The magician causes something to move from one place to another
  7. Transposition: The magician causes two objects exchange places.
  8. Restoration: The magician destroys an object then restores it to its original state.
  9. Penetration: The magician makes a solid object pass through another solid object.
  10. Escape: The magician is placed in a restraining device like handcuffs and magician escapes to safety.

                              – Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Popular trick deck of cards

  1. Invisible Deck
  2. Brainwave Deck
  3. Stripper Deck
  4. Svengali Deck
  5. Marked Deck
  6. Mental Photography Deck
  7. Mirage Deck
  8. Cardtoon Deck
  9. Gaff Deck

Best pocket magic tricks/props to carry

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  • Thumb Tip
  • PK Ring (Magnet Ring)
  • Pen through bill
  • Rubber Bands
  • Sponge balls (1 Inch)
  • Balloon (For cellphone into a balloon)
  • Invisible Loops
  • Micro Psychic
  • Folding Coin

Top 10 magic quotes for magicians

1) “No matter how many times audience has already applauded, the sound of their applause will get louder with the better quality of your magic effect.” – Amit Kalantri

2)  “A bad magician never gets good props.” – Amit Kalantri

3) “A magician with decreasing practice will give defective performance.” – Amit Kalantri

4) “As a general rule, in the world of magic, the most successful magician is the one who has enough patience to keep the secrets of his original magic effects.” – Amit Kalantri

5) “Give royal treatment to your original magic effects, because one of the effects might make you the king of magic.” – Amit Kalantri

6) “In the art of magic be quick of sleight and slow of climax.” – Amit Kalantri

7) “A magician reveals himself not only by the magic he presents but also by the respect and entertainment he gives to his audience.” – Amit Kalantri

8) “First rate magician perform first rate magic effects, second rate magician performs third rate magic effects.” – Amit Kalantri

9) “A Magician must be the best storyteller in the world.” – Amit Kalantri

10) “A magician must always value his magic effects more than himself, because after few years audience may not remember his name but they will remember his magic effect.” – Amit Kalantri

– By Amit Kalantri