Welcome back to The Next Level, Ellusionist’s portable mini-lecture series.
When we talk about Justin Miller, we usually geek out over his smooth handling of coins, cards, cordless drills … whatever dude touches, actually. But he’s also a fearless performer who can approach anyone and everyone. And, if you’ve watched any of his street magic, you know that he’s an expert in controlling crowds and managing audiences.
Audience management is a subject we’ve wanted to cover in The Next Level, ever since Miller mentioned the idea to us. With the announcement of the video contest winners right around the corner, we thought this was a perfect time to talk about it. It’s a longer podcast, but well worth the time.
Grab a notebook and prepare to take many notes. Miller is going to cover why audience management is not as simple as saying, “Look at this.” He’ll cover basics of anchoring, talk about how to handle hecklers and more curious spectators (and why they should be treated differently) and what to look for when choosing effects. Enjoy.
And keep an eye out for Miller’s new effort, WTF No Limits, which will be releasing the effects Smile and Cell-block. We’ll post a link once the site is live.