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The Truth Behind Misdirection

on February 14, 2012

When I was a kid, I received a magic kit for Christmas.  There was a trick in there involving dice that disappeared.  The directions in the kit stated that I should drop the dice into my pocket “when no one is watching”.  Are you kidding me?  The whole point of doing magic is to have people watch, so how on earth was I supposed to get people to “not watch” me.

This sounds funny, but really some magicians have this notion that they somehow need to get their spectators to not watch certain things in order to perform their tricks.  So there is a better way to look at misdirection that if applied can make a real difference.  And that is to realize that misdirection is not about having your audience NOT see something.  It’s about guiding them and controlling them to see what you want them to be seeing.

This is quite possibly the most important skill in magic.  It requires a tremendous amount of practice.  But once mastered this is a skill that you will use your entire career.  So you may as well learn it right.  Below are some keys to keep in mind as you are learning to master misdirection.

Your eyes are the most powerful asset-   Never underestimate the power of your eyes.  If you want your spectator to look at something, go ahead and look at it yourself.  If you don’t want them looking as something, then definitely do not look there.  Your audience will follow your lead.  Lead them where you want them to go.

Your audience is curious.  Use that to your advantage.  What that means is by showing your audience something that haven’t seen before, they are naturally going to be curious and want to look at it. So wave that wand, wave that colorful handkerchief.  This will have them looking where you want them to, so that the magic can happen out of their site.  This also includes using an assistant to grab their attention.

And finally remember that big moves hide little moves.  Your audience will look toward the bigger movement.  They can’t help it.  It draws them to it like a magnet.  Keep that in mind as you are working on your misdirection.  And come up with some big moves that you can use to capture their attention.

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