Simplicity the keynote to good magic

What makes good magic great? Why is it that some magic gets a surprise reaction and other magic shows people the impossible?

For one, it is defiantly the way in which the performer shows magic. Magic tends to be interpreted more impossible when the performer lets go of his performance ego (I will discuss this in another blog).

There is one thing however which makes great magic great. This is the key ingredient that Dai Vernon and Paul Lepaul understood very well.


The idea that when the magic is simple, there is no puzzle for the audience to understand.

The audience doesn’t have to figure out if the effect really is impossible, or not. They can just enjoy it.

This is the thing that we want to strive for, to make our magic simple for the audience to understand.

Now remember, and this is very important. Simple doesn’t mean easy. You might have to practice countless of hours or months to make an effect more simple. To reduce the amount of things that the audience perceives you do.

In my eyes perfect simple magic is the kind of magic where moves are nonexistent in the perception of the audience.

Everything flows in a natural way.

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