To Cards Or Not To Cards?

I once read in a book about an amazing magician, a magician that was an amazing conjurer on the stage and a legend (Sadly enough I don’t remember his name).

The story went that this magician had to fly over to another country to do a performance, but, when he was there his luggage didn’t arrive. This means that he was without all of his props and effects to do on the stage. Luckily enough the magician was a master with a deck of cards and so he went to a drug store and bought a deck. He entertained the whole audience for 2 hours with just a deck of playing cards!

When I first read this story I thought that it was amazing and I saw the power of the deck of cards, I thought you need nothing but a deck of cards. I loved this idea! Just have a deck of cards and entertain my audience.

I used to love the challenge, whenever magicians told me that: I couldn’t perform with only a deck because it is boring for the audience to watch, I could show them wrong. I still believe this that you can entertain an audience with only a deck of cards and they can be mystified and entertained at the same moment. Cards are still a tool that allows you to pull the full potential from magic.

However, When I was recently thinking about this story something clicked in me. This magician was a master with a deck of cards and so were many stage magicians in the 1900’s, however, they all used to perform a lot of different things on stage and maybe 1 card trick or none what so ever.

The reason why they did this is that they realized that on the stage the variety is a wonderful thing. Because we control our space on the stage we can do whatever we want, it does not matter how crazy the set-up is or how much preparation we need for the effect. The stage just allows us to do different things than walk around allows us to do.

The whole point is, you can perform with only cards and if you are good with them you can be very entertaining. However, it is always good to mix it up a bit and trigger your audience's curiosity with different objects.


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