Forum user: Don’t perform for strangers

September 8th, 2008 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General

Joe Williamson, who goes by the user name huruey on the Ellusionist forums, offered some advice that made at least one moderator wonder if he had gone mental: Don’t perform for strangers.

Eh, what? Isn’t that kind of the point of street magic?

Yes it is, Williamson explains in this thread, which has earned the Post of the Week award. His advice: Treat your spectators more like people and less like strangers. If you get to know them a little better, barriers are broken down and your spectators become more willing to see, and appreciate your art.

Williamson said his advice is meant for those who still fight nerves, or those who get heckled a lot. But it’s solid advice for many situations. Magicians are sometimes viewed as self-absorbed geeks who try to look all mysterious. If you take the time to bond with your audience, then the magic become more than an effect. It becomes something special that bonds people and creates a lifelong memory. Good work, huruey!

The Ellusionist forums are loaded with information just like this. If you’re not checking the forums out daily, you are missing out on a powerful library.


  1. Thats why i get refused so often.