There are different styles of magic, different types of performances based on the venue, and different occasions for which one might modify one’s performance as a magician. You’ll find the whole process much simplified, below:
Strolling magic is magic performed up close for about five to fifteen minutes, for small groups of people. This type of magic is very well suited to most parties, from the biggest galas, to backyard barbecues. This is because it does not interrupt the party with the announcement “Hey, stop having your lovely conversation and pay attention to this stranger!” Performing strolling magic, I perform for people who would like to see magic, but not others, and I use my performance to support the host by thinning out the crowd gathered at the bar, stalling while the kitchen plays catch-up, spreading party guests to other rooms, or separating unpleasant elements while someone calls them a taxi. This is the most versatile kind of magic, and often the most interesting because the audience gets to see things happen right in front of them, rather than thirty or more feet away, on a stage. It is ideal for weddings, company parties, or any occasion when people who don’t know each other, or who aren’t used to socializing together. A magician in this setting can help make new connections and memories that are never forgotten.
If an event has several types of stationary entertainment, table magic may suit it very well. In this style of performance, the magician sits at a table and guests may approach and see a performance if they like. The only word of caution I have for this style is that some people who may love to see magic may feel intimidated about approaching to ask to see it, and thus will not. In this case, I recommend you think about your guests before settling on this style.
Parlor and stage magic are really the same thing, but in different venues. In this type of presentation, the magic routine is scripted specifically for the stage, to be performed for an audience who will sit through the whole show. Obviously, this isn’t right for a cocktail party, since the two social situations are antithetical, but if you want to throw a party that begins with a show, this might be right for you. This type of presentation is not, however, recommended for later in the evening, because a tired audience may not have the energy for it.
Consulting & “Magic” Vs. “Mentalism”
Whether you are working on a play that requires the actors to be trained, a film that needs a special effect, or a piece of art that requires an illusion, I’m exactly who you need. I consult for stage, screen, and the art world, teaching, creating, and helping my clients achieve their goals.
I teach actors to appear to be card sharps, to perform illusions, and to use the tools and methods of magic to augment other types of performance. I craft special effects for film, direct other magicians on camera, and oversee the editing of films with magicians, to ensure the integrity of the illusions, while maintaining the integrity of the films. I even created a 21st century take on a Victorian illusion in the oldest house in New York, one so effective, it had people believing the house was haunted.
Whatever you need done, I will find a way to make it happen.
On Magic & Mentalism
Many practitioners of the arts say that magic and mentalism are completely different and thus, incompatible. I feel a good comparison is jazz and rock ‘n’ roll; they are cousins, often employing the same methods, but artistically different. They are also rather limiting in their implied premises, after all, why would a card sharp be able to read minds, or a psychic deal a winning hand of blackjack? I tend to stay away from the traditional tropes of both styles of performance, and in my own paradigm, borrow the effects that work together, mixing what is best of each. If you have in mind more one style or another, I am of course happy to modify my performance to that end.