as we now know, is an illusion. The Magician
creates the idea that he is performing an
impossible task, a trick, which defies explanation.
But, it really is just a trick and as such
is very possible.
are different types of Magic Acts:
Close-up Magic, Club
Magic, Stage Magic and Mentalism.
Close up magic employs sleight of hand tricks,
like vanishing coins and card tricks.
employs the use of live animals and props
such as silks, balloons, or ropes.
employs the use of specially crafted cabinets
and props to be used to create the illusions.
Machinery may be employed by the illusionist
to carry out his acts.
is the art of mind reading. The mentalist
supposedly reads the minds of people in
is an actor, an illusionist, who diverts
the audiences attention away from the real
trick, that which is actually happening
. He pretends to be doing the impossible,
right before your very eyes, but distraction
is the real trick. It is imperative that
he manipulate his audience into believing
what they think, they see, by controlling
their attention. Misdirection is his best
skill. Sometimes mechanical or scientific
props are necessary for some of his visual
also important to the Magician. Sometimes
it's used to trick the audience into believing
the trick is taking place in real time when
the deception has taken place earlier.
designed to aid the magicians performance
is available. Although, some of what you
see on stage really is window dressing,
for looks only, and has nothing to do with
the trick at hand.