What will magic look like in the future?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Scodischarge, May 29, 2019.

  1. Interesting thoughts.

    So you're talking more like when the audience doesn't even know they're seeing a magic performance at first? As in the Carbonaro Effect?

    I know Derren Brown had a whole section of his career where that's essentially what he was doing with Hero at 30,000 Feet, Apocalypse, etc, and some bizarre magicians/seance artists have been doing this for some time now. Some of the material in Garden of Strange or Art Vanderlay's 'Elemental Manipulation' work would fall into this immersive category too.
  2. Yeah, more or less.

    Here are 2 examples, neither of these are my own creations but they illustrate the point pretty well. They are both ideas by Andy Jerxman.

    You challenge someone to a game of connect four. You play as normal until you finish. You then go to put the game away and look at the box.


    You act shocked as you realize that the game you just played matches the box perfectly... your opponent then realizes that your shirt perfectly matches the kid in the picture.

    Another presentation that I love was that you go camping with a group of friends. You go to pull out a deck of cards to play with and realize that all of them are blank. You get the great idea to write the faces on the cards yourself. So you and your friends spend much of the day creating the deck by hand. At some point, you then take the completed deck and turn it into a regulation deck of playing cards. You play games on your camping trip and have a great time. At the end of the trip, you turn the deck back into the hand made deck and give it to your friends as a souvenir.

    The method? Get a blank deck, a nudist deck, and a regulation deck. Add a couple of easy to accomplish deck switches and you have an amazing piece of strange that took an entire trip to perform.

    One piece I have experimented with is a time prediction. At the beginning of a party, I have a card selected via the cross-cut force and placed under a bowl with my cellphone. I then say that I not only have predicted the card cut to but the time I would reveal it. Sometime during the night, someone will ding the doorbell at a time they think is random. When they do we will all meet back here with my phone and the deck of cards. They ding the doorbell, and the current time happens to be the passcode to the phone, and of course, the card cut to is correctly predicted as the background of the phone.

    It takes an entire night to perform.

    The goal of the magic isn't to just do a quick trick, it's to completely immerse the audience in the magic. At the end of it all it's less like watching a trick and more like staring in an episode of the twilight zone. Lot's of bizarre magic could be presented like this for sure.
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  3. I think I'd rather play with the hand-made deck, and do readings based off the drawings. Like Luke Jermay's hand drawn cartomancy deck.

    Paul Brook's version of Out Of This World is another good example. Takes about half an hour to perform (this would be for a hired gig, not a social event) and involves the entire audience. Method is irrelevant, just that his presentation makes it all about connecting to one's intuition and to the rest of the crowd.
  4. From what I know about you this doesn't surprise me.

    Yeah, the level of immersion in the magic effect is what sets these presentations apart. Much of the time the method is so small and insignificant when compared to the presentation that it almost disappears completely.
  5. As with most things undergoing shifts, we ultimately see the older versions making a comeback.

    I can guarantee there's at least somewhat of a chance that in the future, media will get oversaturated with super-visual magic to the point where they might start craving something more of a longer, high-impact experience than seeing a card appear out of thin air, along with smoke.

    I have this incessant feeling that 50, or say even 100 years down the line (provided we don't utterly destroy earth by then) magicians will again be building entire careers around the glide.
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  6. It's not 50 years away, it's not even 10 years I bet.
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  7. That will indeed be an amazing change, at least for those who hold magic in a higher, beautiful regard (almost romanticising it, but in a positive way).

    But then, hopefully Instagram and other social media platforms increase their video time limit, and You Tube stops discriminating against longer videos. Because social media is here to stay, so for the future magician, promoting their magic is going to become a pain in the posterior end.

    And those whose style of magic naturally IS something flashy, well, I'm pretty sure they'll find a certain audience as well. There's a place for almost everything in this world. But which style will be more successful, that remains to see.
  8. I think it has already started. Shin Lim performed what is basically the opposite of visual magic on Ellen a while back and it was super popular and well received.

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