I've been out filming this weekend. Filming a flourish video and some new magic for the wire. Getting a nice live performance was a must, but when out there. I realised I wasn't as entertaining as I thought I was. I've lost my natural performance style, and watching the footage back. I wasn't sure If I was being too critical or if I was a rubbish performer. I took a two year hiatus from learning anything new or practicing a lot, and quit performing last year to concentrate on my University degree. My style of performing is very informal, and the weddings I did magic at would flow from showing people magic at tables, to suddenly being surrounded by people in the lobby or the garden. Very informal. Relaxed and impromptu. I'm attributing this sudden loss of confidence and style to The Session and Blackpool conventions. When there i've seen Dani DaOrtiz, who's inspired me to give a nonchalant attitude to performing, and then contradicting performers like Alan Rorrison and Dee Christopher where everything is scripted or set-up to be presented in an exact way. My discussion point is this. Do you believe in performing as a performer, or performing an effect? A lot of people focus on making the magic as real as possible, and the centre of all attention. Others concentrate on making the performance, funny or serious as a character, and building an identity. Some of the best performers i've seen. Like Eric Jones, are just themselves and relax, and it works. Others like Derren Brown build a character and present effects in a way that suits the character. I'd love to hear your opinions on this. Whether you think it's important to have a character, or whether you think it's important to be relaxed, and just be yourself. Do you enhance an effect by setting the mood, or do you simply take the audience further away from the magic? Also, have any of you ever hit a bump in the road. A point where you're not sure if you've been doing the right thing? How was that changed your style ? - Happy Monday everyone.