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Thursday, August 27, 2015

How a technical mishap helped me BREAK the 4th WALL

What would you do if you were ready to start your performance and your music didn't start and when it did it was the wrong music? It happened to me not too long ago and I'm glad it did. What would you do in that instant? would you be able to continue on, would you stop, would you ask for the right song? Some performers may panic, but for me something incredible happened out of it. For a long time now I've been having a tough time learning to connect with the audience as well as breaking that 4th wall.

I was doing my first show in Las Vegas, the mc announced me and as I entered the stage.   I already knew that I was in for trouble the moment I walked on stage. The sound wasn't playing. I had to think fast. Either I do my entire thimble routine in silence or I say something. So I decided to casually say..."Can I have a little music"

The music started, but it wasn't even my song. Being that this was my first debut in Las Vegas. I wanted to do a kick ass job and make a strong impression. After all, there were several stars in the audience. So here I was again, facing the challenge of making a quick decision on what to do.

It's amazing how quick the brain processes things and figures out ways to solve problem in just seconds. While the wrong music was being played as I was doing my scissors manipulation I thought. "Okay! my hard work on my music that I painstakingly choreographed with the thimble routine is over. So to make it up I'm going to just go with whatever music is being played and do my thing" This was what was literally being said in my head while I was looking into the audience while doing my scissors manipulation, just before I went into my "Master Of Thimbles" show.  

But out of this something incredible happened. I didn't feel stressed with feeling that I had to keep up with the music and be right on cue with each special sound effect of the song that went with the thimble music routine. Suddenly I felt a lot more relaxed and confident. I had time to enjoy myself and not worry about being "Right ON!" with my music. And so out of this came more reaction to my magic and more clapping and cheering from the audience. It was truly remarkable. Suddenly the 4th wall that I've been working so hard on to break, finally crumbled.

The only way I can explain the experience was making reference to a wild horse. If you want to ride a wild horse, you first have to BREAK it so it will be tame. The horse will finally calm down and submit to the trainer and you will finally be able to ride it. In this instance, the horse was me. I was the one that needed to be broken, tamed and challenge. A challenge that for some would cause fear and confusion, but I had just a few seconds to decide. Either I run around wild like a horse or I submit to the challenge and take it on. By dong this I was broken. It was all finally clear on how it felt to break the 4th wall.

In show business, mistakes always happen. It's part of show business. I don't blame the sound guy a bit, because out of this came something great. I turned everything that was against me into my favor, something positive and incredible happened and I now feel confident that I will now have no problem connecting and breaking the 4th wall for the audience.

The most important thing is not loosing your cool when a challenge happens. Don't panic. You're there for the audience. The audience doesn't know what music you're going to play or what kind of magic you will do. Maybe some will, those that have seen your act, but most won't know.

 
  Just remember! You’re an actor doing good work. If something goes wrong mid-performance just keep your cool. Often in these situations, you’re dealing with a simple practical glitch that can be easily solved. The problem is, no matter how minor that glitch might be, an actor’s brain invariably freezes the moment the unexpected occurs. This is completely understandable: a show you’ve rehearsed extensively embeds itself in your psyche in a very set manner. You’ve learned the show and are performing it in an order that’s become organically routine by now, so anything that breaks that routine is a jolt.
The key, many actors find, is to solve the problem by staying firmly in character.

Have fun and use mishaps as a way to learn. Turn them into a POSITIVE! and knock them dead.


 So have the thought process of "The Show Must Go On!" some of the best mistakes and mishaps happen LIVE ON STAGE!



Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Magic Competitions. To COMPETE or NOT to COMPETE!


This article was inspired by a fellow magician, Kent Wong, who recently posted on the social media "What are your thoughts on magic competitions? 
I thought I would elaborate on this subject. Thanks for sharing Kent.  www.kentwongmagic.com


This is a touchy subject as well as political. So if I may. I would like to elaborate on this. I have been competing in magic competitions for several years now. I have won a few and lost a few. I have never won 1st place yet, but that is my goal. I think magic competitions have pros and cons. I think the pros are that it helps you get your name and act out there. It gives you a tremendous opportunity to perform in front of a live audience. 

Being in a contest teaches you discipline how to work with a stage crew, lighting crew, sound crew as well as the stage managers. It teaches you how to work with other magicians. There are other magician’s competing. They are just as nervous and apprehensive as you. So why not take the opportunity to introduce yourself and meet a new friend? You might discover that they have similar tastes in magic as far as props and genres go. They might even have the same mentors. You can learn a lot about someone when you just take the time out to talk. 


Judging and Placing in a magic contest:

If you don't place in a magic competition or you didn't win 1st place. The judging notes can help as far as finding your strengths, weaknesses, what to take out, add in and if you talk in your act. You might even change the script.
I have been in some competitions where they didn't even have judging notes which to me is crazy because how can you improve?

Judges are a whole different story. Just because you didn't win doesn't mean you were not good. You can have a FISM act, but that doesn't matter. You are at the mercy of the judges and those judges have different personalities and tastes just like you. Some judges may also score high on creativity while others judge on skill or even audience participation. There are just way too many variables to go over here. If judging sheets are important. I would contact the person running the contest before entering. If improving your act is important. You will need the judging sheets so you can improve on your act if you don't place.

Trophies and Awards:


I have been in a few contests that have given out trophies, wands, cash or certificates. I highly believe that if you're going to run a contest . Do it right! Don't be cheap. At least award the winners with some sort of award. One magic competition I was in didn't even give a sheet of paper out to the winner. In fact even the president performed in the contest and won!

Contest Fees:
Some magic competitions charge to be in the contest. Most are registration fees if it's for a convention or gathering. I don't mind that so much, but when it's a magic club and they charge a fee for magicians that are competing. I think that is not right. Just my personal opinion.

The Cute Factor: 


Lets face it! Kids are cute! that is why many of them win in magic competitions. This is a touchy one here for me. If a Youth magician wins and it's not really granted. I don't blame the kid nor the parents. Heck if my kid did magic and I knew that he might have an advantage over others because of being cute. I would sign my son or daughter up as well. Why not! Might as well take advantage of it while they are young. Who do I blame? The people running the contest. I strongly believe that they should have two different categories. Youth and adult. That way at least it will be a little more fair. I think what happens in this situation where they mix adult with youth is that people, mainly judges don't want to hurt or crush the hearts or confidence of the future magicians and so they build them up by giving them a little more slack than the adults.

This is where it can get a little disheartening. I believe we should support the youth, the future of magic, but giving them a little break isn't the answer. If anything they should learn about losing and that you have to work hard and improve yourself, your magic, your act. Hurting and loosing builds character. Giving them a break when not granted can cause future problems. Such as giving them a false sense of being a good performer when they really need a lot of work.

It's also not fair for the adult performer who worked, sweated blood and tears on their act and don't place because a cute kid bumped them out. Not too long ago I was in a competition. I had received so many compliments. I was almost sure I placed, only to find out that a kid won, who keep in mind, made several mistakes. That wasn't coming from me, but people running the contest. In fact one of the magicians running the contest tapped all the contestants. He taped us so he could go back and make comments and suggestions and we would all meet individually and go over our act. I was shocked when the person running the contest told me that the parent of a youth magician competing actually called out "You missed something" He should of been disqualified right there!

Magician Judges VS Lay People:


This is a hard balancing act between the two. It's nice to have a magician judges because they are experienced with how magicians do slights and execute moves. A magician judge understands the amount of work that goes into skillful, technical magic. At the same time sometimes a magician judge can be too hard on skill and not open minded about other qualities such as creativity, costuming and other things.  A magician judge may be old school strict and have his/her mind set on who slights, skill and execution should look.

Lay People Judges:

Lay people on the other hand are usually not experienced with skills and techniques. A lay person will see everything just as an audience member attending will see. In a way there is also a lot to be said about "Lay Judges" There is a genuine to them. They get to see the magic and not the mechanical, skill or slight of hand side. And so if it looked good and you fooled them, you will probably get scored high.  The problem with "Lay Judges" is that they can't tell the difference between something that was highly skilled and took years to practice over something that does all the work for you and is mechanical.

Announcing who is the Winner:


This is the fun part which can sometimes cause anxiousness and anxiety. You just want to find out if you have won or not, but you have to wait for the scores to be tallied up. Some magic competitions use the magicians competing to their advantage. They might have the announcements in a dealer room so they can take an opportunity to make sales. Good for the dealer, but not so good for the magicians waiting. I had to wait in dealer rooms for an hour while the cash registers were smoking. If it was me running the contest. I would announce who the winner was at the end of the evening show. If they have an evening show. Otherwise add up the points as soon as you can and don't make the competitors wait. They already had a stressful day with setting up their act and performing.

What Does Winning A Magic Competition Do?

Plenty! first of all it gets your name out there. I can't tell you how many times I've competed in a contest and afterwards the other magicians competing wanted to friend me on the social media. Not to mention audience members who friend requested me as well. Now I got all that attention and friend request and I didn't even place. Now compound that with a magician that wins and EVERYBODY wants to be your friend. The more friends you have the more opportunity you have for other possible bookings.

You can also be asked to perform in the next years competition or the opportunity to perform in the evening show. Or maybe it will open doors to lectures, travel, or an agent might discover you and next thing you know you're on network TV.
In a nut shell. We all want to win in a magic contest, but we all don't win. There are some losers and there are some winners. And remember! Just because you didn't win doesn't mean you're a bad magician. Sometimes that's just the way it goes. Look at Dan Sperry. He didn't place and look how successful he's become.

The best attitude to have is just go in and have fun. Give it your all and if you don't place. Don't give up. Use the judges notes to help you. Listen to close friends that was in the audience watching your act. Learn as much as you can from the pros and keep trying and don't give up.
This is the world of MAGIC COMPETITIONS! 

-Imaginator-


Monday, August 3, 2015

McBride Magic Mystery School makes a "MASTER Of THIMBLES"

Today I'll be leaving to go to Indiana to perform at Taylor Martin's "Indy Magic Monthly" at the "Theater on the square" http://tots.org/
I'll be performing my "Master of Thimbles" show. I have been working on my thimble routine for over 5 years now. The material is all original. In the past  I have had so many manipulation moves and routines that it was  difficult to decide on what material to piece together for my show. In March I had the honor of attending Jeff McBride's "Magic Mystery school" One of the most prestigious magic schools in the world.  


I had received a scholarship to attend the "Harry Potter School Of Magic" It was a life changing moment for me. On the first day of school I was able to perform my entire routine for Jeff McBride and the "Magic Mystery School" faculty. After my act, the faculty as well as the students critiqued and commented on my act. Overall I received some great response and feedback.

It was like finding a treasure. I took all those comments, feedback, suggestions and recommendations of what works and what doesn't. I used all those tools and immediately started making changes to my act. My act was like night and day compared to what it did look like. For me I think it will always be an ongoing improvement until I get it to the level of competing for FISM which is my DREAM.


The "Magic Mystery School" has helped me out so much that I want to take any opportunity I can to promote the school. I saw intimidate results with my performance in only a short time after attending the school. The trick is to take all the advice and apply it to yourself. If you just listen and don't apply their expertise, you will not improve on your art.

This will be my second year attending "Indy Magic Monthly" last year in 2014, I performed my thimble act and I will be performing it again this year for the first time at Indy since attending the
"McBride Mystery School" I have tweaked, added changes as well as some new material to my act that I'm excited to perform. 


After performing in Indianapolis, I will next take a road trip to Colon Michigan for the "Abbott's Get Together"  There I will compete again for the 3rd year in a row and hopefully improving on my act. I just love the energy of competing in magic competitions. Is so nice to be backstage with so many other talented magicians. The stage crew and sound people really go out of their way to help out and make your performance the best it can be. The judging notes are so helpful with giving you feedback and helping you improve on your act. This year I will also be taking my son along with.

He is so excited. I decided to rough it out and make a camping trip out of the, almost week long gathering.



After Abbot's, I have a week off and then off to Las Vegas where I will be performing at Jeff McBride's "Wonderground" Several years ago when I first discovered the "Wonderground" it seemed way out of my league and reach, yet I had a goal and dream that I would one day perform there.

Now here I am 7 years latter, performing for the first time at the "Wonderground" I guess I can now take this off my bucket list. One of the main reasons I'm looking forward to meeting and seeing so many familiar faces as well as new ones at "Wonderground" It's such a high impact energy place.


This will be such a great opportunity for me and I hope it opens many other opportunities. I can't wait to start making my first "Thimble Manipulation DVD"

I hope to maybe see some of my friends and visitors that have been visiting this blog.
Have a great day!
-Imaginator-

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Some new Thimble moves


So for the few years or so, probably more like 15 years. I've been studying the art of thimble magic. Why out of all things thimbles? Well it all started, like I said about 15 years ago. I was trying to find my way in magic like a lot of us magicians. I tried doing magic with cards, rope, coins, but I just wasn't feeling the LOVE! And frankly the only thing I was good at with money is making it disappear.

Then one day as I was going through my magic library. I came across a unopened dvd of

"Jeff McBride's World Class Manipulation - Volume 1 - DVD" http://www.llpub.com/zenshop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1955






 I was immediately sucked in. Jeff was doing so unbelievable manipulations with thimbles. I knew right there and then that this was what I wanted to do. I started seeking out every book, article, dvd, even vhs tape on thimble magic. I studied all the different aspects, moves and techniques. I've even came up with a few of my own original moves.

My other influences are Shoot Ogawa  and Joe Mogar



 Many magicians told me that I'm wasting my time with thimbles, that the audience can't see them. I didn't care because when you're passionate about something you love. You don't stop. You do it because you love it. You do it because you're good at it and it makes you happy. Some of the moves I created have taken me five years to perfect.
 I'm constantly thinking of different and creative ways to introduce thimbles into my magic.
I will be performing my original thimble routine "Master Of Thimbles" at the "Wonderground" on August 20th, 2015. http://vegaswonderground.com/
I hope to see you there.














Monday, June 22, 2015

Mark Presley gets his own theater?

 This post was from several facebook posts I made a few days ago as well as commented on my own post on the progress of a  theater that I might potentially have. Here is the recent posts about me talking about getting my own potential theater. 
June 2oth, 2015 - 11:20 pm
 
 Is it fate? So I'm at a resort and discovered they have an old theater  that hasn't  ben used in years. I asked to take a look at it and it needs a little TLC.  I go to the front desk and ask the nice woman working if there is anyone I can talk to because I had a question. She said "Ya! the man behind you sitting down is the new owner" I walked over introduced myself and the next thing I know I have a meeting set up for Monday to talk about a possible show. It's funny how fate works.

I always had a dream to have my own place, my own theater.  Please send positive vibes,advice and wisdom my way. I'm new to this, but it isn't the first time I made a cold contract deal. In the early 1990's I had a cleaning business. It's what I did to help pay for all the magic illusions I have. My first cleaning contract wasn't even planned. In fact I didn't even have a cleaning business yet. I just happened to make a cold phone call, happened to reach a restaurant business just opening up. A few days after that cold call, I'm sitting with a bunch of suits and closing a 18,000 deal. Not bad for someone that didn't go to college, didn't take marketing or sales classes. I just do it. I hope I can get as lucky as in the 90's. DREAMS happen thorough persistence and motivation. Fingers crossed.

 June 22nd, 2015 - 9:15 am
 Here I am in the lobby just minutes from possible knowing if I get my own theater. Today I will be sitting with the resort management and getting a tour of the theater. SHHHHH! don't tell anyone, but the other night I happened to see some maintenance people who I managed to let me get a sneak peak of the theater. In magic you always have to be one step ahead,











 June 22nd, 2015 7:50 pm
Update! Well it looks like my "One Step Ahead' Comment on my last comment paid off. Remember I said in my last in my last comment that I managed to get a SECRET PEAK of the theater from a couple of maintenance guys that happened to be walking by me? 

Well when the owner and head person of marketing escorted me to the theater the following day, They couldn't open the door. When the maintenance guys opened the theater they day before I observed how they got in, so I had to kind of hint to them how to get in. It went something like "Hey maybe you should try and see if there is a door behind the box office" LOL! they went around the corner and VOILA! They got doors open. 

It was so dark in there I could hardly see. I manged to find some old lighting laying around. I plugged it in and to our amazement, it worked! The owner and marketing person seemed to not really have any knowledge of what the equipment was or what it was used for. My first thought was "What happened to this place?" although it's a nice theater, this place needs some TLC. About 5 years ago this theater was booming. It's like everyone just packed up and went. Overall it has a lot of potential. The owner is very interested in doing a magic show there. I will pretty much have the freedom of getting the place looking the way I want as long as it fits the budget. 

The walls in some spots need drywall patches, paint and the owner said he's going to get an electrician in to get the electric working so I don't have to point a spot light out the decrepit sound and lighting room. There in a sound and lighting board that I found in the sound and lighting room. I'll have to check to see if it works. I also let the owner know that I would have to have access to the theater at anytime of day and night so I can put a show together and have rehearsals. 

The owner also told me that he might be able to provide me an assistant for some of the illusions I plan on doing. He told me that the resort has a on premise "Tilted Kilt" and told me that he could probably get me one of the models with no problem. And to make it even better,  I will be able to get free accommodations for my family and I when I'm doing shows. I made it very clear that my family comes first and that I actually had to have a meeting with my family before I could even meet with the owner and marketing person and get an okay approval. 

So so far this looks promising. It may take several months to get everything lined up. Today I was going through my warehouse and looking through possible magic effects to do. Now I'm even more confused. I have so much magic that I don't even know what to do with. 

I pulled out some Fakini feathers that I had stored away, which for a non-magician, means nothing, but for those in the business, you know the beauty in the effect.


Well I got to run. I have much to do.  Such as finding some nice magic to perform for this venue, writing a script for the show and finding some royalty music.  Please subscribe to this blog and keep up to date on the progress, photos and more....

Best,
Imaginator.



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

THE CHALLENGE of READING MAGIC INSTRUCTIONS


Have you ever purchased a magic effect and ran into the challenges of trying to figure out what the heck to do? It's right up there with trying to figure out what exactly the blue palm palm connected to the red palm palm on the short string which is connected to the yellow palm palm on the long string that is connected to the green palm palm is used for. WHEW!

How about his? You finally get your magic trick in the mail and it literally is in another language. OH! and how about this.... The directions that you received for your magic effect is blurred out, a section cut off or it looks like it's a 340 generation copy. Just a few weeks ago I had to get the help of Tim Felix- Owner of www.midwestmagic.net just to understand the working of the Siberian Chain Escape.


Thanks Tim for all your help! He's a real pro.


I can finally rest my eyes trying to comprehend the effect. I give a lot of credit to the old timers in magic. They didn't really have much tvs back then. DVDs, VCRs, Betta Tapes, youtube, maybe cassette tapes if they were luck. 

They had hardcore paper instructions and by some miracle they figured it out. And if they didn't they would write actual letters to friends or invite them over to help.


In a lot of instances magic instructions were made to be hard to comprehend for a reason.
They were made that way so it wouldn't be easy for someone that wanted to just learn secrets of a magic trick and not work for it. So they made the directions very vague.

Usually you would have to find a magician higher up to help you. And only then would that magician help you if he thought you were serious about learning the art.

Where will magic be in 50, 100, 500 years from now? Will it exist? Will our planet be like "Mad Max?" will our technology be destroyed and we no longer have youtube video on magic, websites....?

What will happen? does anyone have a back-up plan for preserving the magic?  Maybe a time capsule filled with Tarbell Books wouldn't be a bad idea. Will the future know who David Copperfield is? or will technology be so far advanced to the point that magicians will be laughed at? They might think something like "Magicians would make a feather float?" why?



So the next time you have trouble understanding directions. Maybe they weren't meant to be understood. Maybe the directions itself has the power to pick and choose who will comprehend it and who won't.

Imaginator


Sunday, May 24, 2015

OH! I KNOW THAT! youtube, THE KILLER of MAGIC!

Those of you that don't want to hear that it's not always the performer it's the kids.  LEAVE NOW!
Is the room clear? okay good. Now I would like to vent out on how I have been dealing with little know it all punks who feel like because they saw a youtube video tutorial on how to do a magic trick they KNOW IT ALL! Have you ever had that happen? I've talked about it before in some magic groups and let me be clear on a few things. For some magicians who are right up there with the kids and seem and seem to be a  "KNOW IT ALL" I've had some say "Well you must not be a good magician or else they wouldn't be treating you like that" For some of you that have said that or think that, perhaps you are a late blossom of  youtube.

I am good at what I do. I have worked at a restaurant for 21 years and "YES" some kids can be ASS HOLES. They watch a few youtube videos on TT, palming, Svengali deck and as I'm performing magic at their table they call out what I'm doing or should I say WHAT THEY THINK I"M DOING! For the most part it's really not the kids fault it's their up-bringing. Usually they have asshole parents, asshole brothers or sisters, asshole friends or maybe they just picked up on the art of being a asshole somewhere else.

They don't have the proper support and encouragement, nor are they even taught about how to behave. Especially in public.

I'm overall a pretty laid back nice guy and don't like ranting and using such workds, but sometimes in life things just need to be told as is.

I could here some reading this blog now saying "Oh my! he's saying these things on a blog? what about your image what if people who want to hire you see this" Oh well! all the better. Maybe that will help filter the ass holes that might want to hire me.

I don't know about you, but I want to do shows for good people. People who enjoy and respect what I do and if someone is going to judge me for being truthful  then I don't want any part of it.

So why is "youtube the killer of magic?"  for some people that post the "How To" youtube videos, it's for views. It's all about the numbers. If you have a lot of viewers and subscribers it can be quite lucrative on youtube aa well as other social nedia websites. You can get sponsors and actually get money to make videos.  For some magicians they teach magic on youtube because they genuinely want to help. They have a passion for it. Others just want to take a cheap shot and get the views, subscribers and money.

And then their is the losers who reveal magic because, well. They are losers.  Who knows, maybe they didn't ever make it to the Magic Castle or on the Worlds Greatest Magic. They are bitter people who want to thrash their anger out on destroying our art and exposing it.

So what happens is you get these kids that go on youtube, look up a trick and now WOW! they are a friggin magician. Alright! congratulations. Now they go on youtube after less then 3 minutes or practice if you're lucky and they are  ripping the trick apart on how stupid and easy of a trick it is. Yep! that's right little runt. If it's so easy why didn't you think of it? appearenly if you watch a youtube video that teaches a trick it makes you a instant pro and so knowledgeable of magic.
I guess youtube is the modern day book of "Easy to DO!, REQUIRES  no PRACTICE! Be a MAGICIAN INSTANTLY....


I'm seeing more and more of these kids coming into the restaurant as well as in shows. I had several magicians express their experiences as well.  As I'm actually performing a magic effect, they will start to point out things I'm doing, or like I said think I'm doing.  What they don't know is that when you are a good magician  you can actually fool them on a trick that they are so positively confident they know.  In one case I was at a table of kids. For the most part they were well behaved, but as you know it only takes one to ruin the party.  This kids was one of those "KNOW it All's" he even said "Oh! you have one of the TT" as he said that I dislodged the "TT' and it went ino a FP at the same time bringing both of my thumbs up in a Fonz style position for the little shit to examine. His eyes got big like WTF! I just love those moments.

Another moment was when I was, again at a table full of kids. This one kid wouldn't stop and even after I politely asked to keep it down, he persisted on narrating everything I do. I couldn't even do my card effect because "MR KNOW IT ALL" said that I was using a "FARO DECK" LOL!  It was a regular deck of cards. I finally snapped and said "Okay! since you seem to know more about this trick then I do, you do it"

THE KID: "Oh,  no...um I can't do it"
Me: "NO! you just said you can do it"
THE KID: "Well I can't remember"
Me: "Aw! you can remember! you just told me how it was done"
The KID: "I don't remember"
Me: I motion a clap to all his friends at the table "Come on! you can do it! everyone give him a round of applause!"
The whole table of kids clap. The kid quickly changes his tune, I do a few more effects, and then thank them for their time and then I'm on m way to the next table.


After that the boy was quite. I can just hear some of the fumes firing up from magicians reading this.
"How could you!" Well my friends sometimes you just have to call things out on people, put them in their place and teach them that they they don't always know the answers and that maybe they should not be so quick to try to explain how a trick is done.

The old approach of "Well we shall not do that! That is wrong! We shall not do that to the children!  and treat them like that" doesn't seem to fit in today.

Maybe 30, 50 years ago that would work. the old respect thing, but respect is gone. We are on their turf now and in order to get respect we sometimes have to go a little further in the "BALLS ZONE" So it seems.

Heck! I'll have kids that are on their cell phones, handheld video games and ipods while I'm doing magic at the table. I can't compete with that! how in the world am I going to compete with a electronic device?
I'll be performing magic at their table and they won't even look up or acknowledge me.

That is until I changed my game myself. I started to change the way I approach them. The way I handle myself. I don't feel good about the art of magic when I get these feelings of kids just not caring anymore about magic.

One of the things I did was if I saw a table of kids who had their cellphones, ipod, pads out. I would get my "TT D Light " (SPECIAL CODE - WINK! WINK!) I would have the TT D Light on my - - - - and I would reach at their screen and pull a "BLUE LIGHT" from their screen. I would then say "Hi I'm Mark Presley, I'm the magician here this evening and I'm sorry, but I just powered down your electronics.

I'm going to do some magic to them all in a moment and so if you can put them in the middle of the table and I will do some magic to those items." The kids put the electronics in the middle of the table. I go into my magic bit and when I'm done I thank everyone for letting me entertain them. As I'm walking away I'll usually have one of the kids say.. "Hey! you said you were going to do some magic to these things on the table"

Me: "Oh yes! I forgot. The magic trick was for me to get you off your ipods while I was doing some magic for you. As you can see it worked." I take out my "TT D light" and reach toward the screen with the blue light. The kids see the blue light hit the screen and I say "It's all powered back up again. Have a magical day."

The parents usually get a big laugh and they are also impressed at how you got them off the videos games, due to the fact that even they can't do that.

Now I would like to wrap it up by saying that for the most part kids are pretty attentive to the magic. Not all of them have the rudeness attitude as I was describing earlier. In fact I'll even have some parents ask their kids to put away the electronic devices when I approach them. Some parents will even correct their attitude if they start going into the UN-polite zone.

I would love to hear form you in the comments some of your stories on the "KNOW IT ALL'S" how did you handle it? Do you have any suggestions on how to handle some of the challenging situations?
Please share your story. It would be nice to know that this is a REAL thing that the HARD WORKING magician has to face. Sure I could hype myself up and talk about how great I am and that all my audiences are GREAT and AWESOME so that I can appear well seasoned and that I'm so good that these things never happen.

Truth be told. They do happen and I feel that when we can bring these challenges up front, it embraces us and supports us a s magicians and helps us understand that we are not alone. Maybe you have gone through these challenges. What can we do as magicians to turn things around and not only perform good magic, but make us better performers when dealing with these up-rising situations of the "KNOW IT ALL'S" Please tell your story or make a comment.
Thanks again for reading my blog.

IMAGINATOR




Saturday, March 21, 2015

McBride Mystery School. Gets A+


Okay, I love Vegas, but I really miss my wife and my son. I can't wait to come home and give them both a kiss and a hug. On my off times of magic mystery school, I've been reading and in deep though of where I want to take my art. The most important thing is family. They come first, my love for magic second. I have learned so much at the Mystery School that I attended.


When I first entered the school. I knew immediately it was magic before I even entered the school. The door alone is magical. As I walk into the school I'm overwhelmed with incense burning, candles flickering, magic books galore and magic props scattered throughout.

 I was greeted by the teachers that are know to be the best in the world. I met people in my class from all over the world. One man from Germany, He told a story of his recent service in the military. He experienced  a solider, his friend right next to him get shot and killed. It was a eye jerking moment as the whole class learned each of our stories on a personal level. Here is this young magician, a soldier, here at the Mystery School going for his dream after all of that.

At this school we all had something in common. The love of magic and being able to take our gift and make it into a more meaningful art where we can hopefully use our gift to move and inspire others. I feel like a different person.


In Las Vegas things can literally be a life of deception. As I was walking through the strip. I was overwhelmed by how many homeless people were on the streets begging for money, people handing out business cards of woman on them saying "Would like  a woman for tonight" I decline the offer and as I'm walking past I say "No! I'm too expensive"


I'm really thankful that being in the heart of SIN CITY that I'm sharp and have a clear head. With that being said. There are people that can be very successful here in Las Vegas and not fall into the trap of deception.

The second day of class we went to the Underground and I was luck enough to be asked to perform close up magic before the main show started. I performed my butterfly in a BOX effect right there only feet away. I got such a great response from everything I did.
 

Jeff opened up the Wonderground as Clyde McBride, a St Patricks Day themed character. It was a awesome show. The great Cody Clark did some wonderful close up magic and got rave reviews.


Overall my experience for the Jeff McBride Mystery School has been nothing, but a moving and positive experience. It's not all about learning as much magic and getting as much magic as you can. It's about finding your soul and finding out who you really are. Some magicians really don't know what the schools is all about and some people get wrong or misconstrued information on things that people don't even know what they are talking. Fir those that want to raise the bar of their performance and make your art life changing. I highly recommend the McBride Mystery School. The teachers, McBride, Tobias, Larry and Eugen all get a A+. Way to go! You can't appreciate what the school is all about unless you experience it yourself. When you join the clouds will part, the sun will shine through. Just like it will help you shine though and your eyes will open to a new kind of magic. THE MAGIC OF GIVING!
-Mark Presley-
AKA- Imaginator