NEXT LEVEL: Michael Kent serious about comedy

April 9th, 2010 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under The Next Level


NEXT LEVEL: Michael Kent serious about comedyFor many magicians, it’s enough to perform magic with no explanations, patter, banter or other talk. Others, however, want to get some laughs as well as amazement. But putting comedy in a routine is not as simple as it sounds.

NEXT LEVEL: Michael Kent serious about comedyMichael Kent is a master at getting laughs. His smartass personality gives his magic an edge that keeps fans engaged, impressed and energized. He is the life of the party during his shows, and that’s no accident. He figures out exactly what kind of reactions he wants, then sets his performance accordingly.

Kent stopped by to elaborate on his creative process, why humorous scripts might not be the best for close-up gigs and one of the best ways to guarantee that you get more calls for business. Enjoy:

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During the podcast, we reference two of his routines. To watch them, click the jump:

Here’s the one using the dry erase board:

Here’s the wine bottle routine. It’s the trick in this Joke/Story/Trick vid:

6 comments

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  6. Kristian, Norway on:

    I have been looking forward to this! I have learned a lot from the ellusionist podcasts; new aspects, performer perspectives and techniques that I have found good use for in my performances! I really love these podcasts, keep up the very good work Joe, your podcasts are fun and enlightening to listen to! I’ll be looking forward to the next level! :)