“Sir we need an opening effect!”
“Alright use fire!”
When we are thinking about openers for magic, we always think about something crazy and spectacular.
Something that will immediately catch the eye of the audience.
Something that will surprise the audience and gives you an instant WOW.
What if I told you that you don’t need to open with something crazy?
There is a place for the crazy openers. But, what if I told you that you can open with something small, subtle and magical yet have everyone 100% engaged after it?
Ascanio talks about “The magical atmosphere”. This is the space where people can feel the magic, a wonderful and magical dreamland. A place where the audience feels like everything is possible.
We can very well create this magical atmosphere in very simple and subtle ways. A way that I like to do it is to very magically produce 2 jacks on the top of the deck. After this, I go into a routine that people would usually place in the middle of their set instead of in the beginning because it takes some time to get to the effect.
If you open in a magical way and not in a crazy way you can set the tone for the rest of the performance to be magical yet intimate and engaging.
But like I said there is a place and time for everything.
Sometimes while performing magic at a busy dinner table during a bar mitswa it might be nice to produce something using flash paper because you instantly got everyone’s attention in a place where there is a giant table blocking you from the back.
However, in most scenarios, you can either sit down at the table to perform magic in an intimate way or approach the group in a gentle and charismatic way to make them experience the magic from close by.