Last Friday I was sitting on the couch in Bonn in Germany, I just came back from my 3 week holiday in Italy and I was looking on the AEY Catcher Instagram page. To my surprise, Lukas´s genius started to host a question “What topics are you interested in?”
I came across one question that looked like a lot of fun to answer “What moves to pick in a performance?”
The topic seemed so interesting to me because I instantly got a flashback to Daryl’s books “The Secrets Of A Puerto Rican gambler” and “For your Entertainment Pleasure”.
What I found so interesting about these books, was that Daryl described multiple methods for essentially the same effect.
Some methods needed a table, some methods needed a spectator to help, some could be done surrounded and some could only be done for small groups.
The effects that Daryl described were essentially the same, only the circumstances and moves were different.
This made me think “How can I apply this?” and after thinking about this for a while I came to an essential question “What is an effect?”.
Some of my Spanish friends don’t call it an effect, they call it The Experience. This means that they look at the way in which the audience experiences the magic. You can do 1 effect with 10 different methods if the way that the effect is perceived feels and looks the same to the audience. In this way, we created the same effect with different means.
I have the feeling, but of course, I can never know for sure, that Daryl also looked at it in this way. He was thinking about the experience that the audience perceives and less about the method. This of Crouse doesn’t mean that the method is not important.
There are some good methods and some less good methods, however, sometimes due to circumstances you can still perform a certain routine with a different method.
So to answer the question in a more direct way, The best moves for performance depends on the circumstances that you find yourself in.
If I have a table I prefer to use a tabled method and use tabled shuffles, I think they look astatically pleasing and overall amazing. Whereas if I was performing stand-up I would use an overhand shuffle, it looks simple and everyone can do one.
I know that this blog doesn’t directly answer your question, however, I hope that it gives you something to think about and experiment with.
Afterall what methods you use is up to you.