Contrary to popular belief, there’s more to magic style than just wearing a top hat and performing with a deck of cards.
From the big names in magic such as Harry Houdini to the more modest names that now exist today; the world has gotten its fair share magic. However, not many people have actually paid attention to how these styles of magic differ from one another.
As a close-up magician who has performed on many occasions as a private party magician and a wedding magician among others, I have had a lot of people ask me about my style of magic. Is it a more humble version of stage magic? Or is it something else altogether. So to help put all minds at ease, I address various types of magic and you can see how many you have witnessed yourself.
Different Genres of Magic
Let’s start with my forte. Close-up magic is basically interactive magic that is performed in front of a few people so they can experience the full effect. Close-up magic allows the audience to surround the magician, which means that the magician has to be very careful when performing the trick. The best close-up magician uses this opportunity to use some very small props to entertain the people such as cards, coins and even wrist watches.
Did you know that some of the best table magicians started their life in magic as street magicians? Although many people are used to this kind of magic due to names like David Blaine and Criss Angel, street magic is a lot more than just what you see on the tube.
Unlike the carefully rehearsed performances, actual street magic is impromptu. And for a magician who is still learning the ropes, learning this style can add some finesse to your people skills and make you understand how to draw attention.
We have the media to thank for all the attention it has received over the years. Mentalism is the style of magic that demonstrates an almost paranormal control over the mind. Mentalism shows the skill of mind reading and even mind control. And while I cannot divulge into the workings of this style, it can be said that not everyone can be a mentalist.
This is the magic you saw on stage when you were little. This style of magic is grander and includes some classics like levitating a person, sawing a woman in half as well as Houdini’s famous Vanishing Elephant. Illusion magic is seen as a very lucrative style of magic as it is performed at a venue with a large crowd of people, making these grand performances more popular.
Now that you know the different styles of magic, maybe the next time you find someone interested in magic, you can guide them on the right path. And for more information, you can contact me by clicking here.