This is a revision of my "Road Map for Magic" metaphor. This time I wrote a clear essay on what I mean. Check it out. Any thoughts? “Presenting - The Right and Wrong Ways” Now for a little bit about presentation. You style is completely up to you. There are so many variables anyone can argue on presentation because it all depends on you personally and your character. I feel I have some general tips and ideas that will likely help you, but not hurt you no matter how you perform. I will get into these things now. Firstly, take your time. The biggest and most common mistakes magicians make isn’t with screwing up a move, its performing way to fast! I am certainly no angel when it comes to this, but I try to catch myself if I’m going to fast. There are ways to help you slow down though. One thing you can do is not script you’re entire set from A-Z, and that’s it. When you do that you do a couple of bad things. One thing is you become so routine oriented, by doing the same crap over and over again, time after time, and you and your character become so mediocre. You become such a bland performer, and it will look to your audiences that you have done this exact same “act” a million times instead of giving them a “show” with a little bit of heart and uniqueness. What you need to have in an ideal world is 75% of each trick in your act scripted, and 25% of each trick something improvised. What do I mean by improvised? I mean listening to your crowd. If they say something, talk to them. If they ask you something, answer them. Don’t ignore your crowd! They love you and you love them, remember that. The second negative thing that comes from a really fast performance is your audience has no time to enjoy your show. There minds are trying to keep up with what’s happening and they can’t. Maybe you have seen and done your routine a million times, but they haven’t. What if you went to the movies and you paid for your ticket and pop corn, sat in your seat ready for the movie to pop up, and it was speeded up 10x’s faster than normal. The producers, actors, and directors know what’s happening, but you don’t because you’ve never seen the movie before. It’s the same concept with your show. Again your audience hasn’t seen this before so you want to be at a normal speed. Second thing you need to know is that you shouldn’t be going to slow either. It is rarer to see this happening, but it happens none the less. You might not be going slow at all, you are simply creating the illusion that you are because of a couple of factors. One is poor scripting. If you don’t have any script, you are rambling on through the duration of your show. You’ll have a lot more ummm’s and uhhh’s in your performance. Those are time stalers. They are something you say when you are scrambling what to say next. Which pauses time for your audience each time you say one of those. Again, let’s say you are about to watch a movie. You get ready and it starts playing. Your buddy has the remote and keeps pausing it every 8 seconds, and each time he pauses it, he pauses it for 2 seconds every time. I’ll do the math. An average show goes between an hour to an hour and 20 minuets. Minimum you will waste 15 minuets of the people’s time. That is one quarter of your show minimum! I am not even counting the time it takes your spectator to get up to the stage and back. If you want to count that, say bye bye to another 5 minuets. Maximum you will waste 18 minuets. If you count you spectator coming up and down from the stage, that’s another 5 minuets. Don’t get off subject either. That’s just a stupid mistake that happens by bantering with the crowd too much. Keep to your script with a touch or two of interaction. Find a happy medium with that and you’ll be fine. One worse thing about going slow is you will most likely run into a heckler. Rambling on, messing around, fidgeting, and all that bad stuff makes you look stupid and weak, which is a perfect storm to brew a heckler. The audience gets bored and restless, so they start to talk and lose interest and that’s when you get heckled. Watch out for that.