As a full time author and performer, here is a little story about being aware of the types of effects you share with your spectators and moreover, a volunteer…
So, I am performing one of my ‘Magic Meets Funny!’ shows with comedian Trent McClellan. Trent picks out a female volunteer to join me on stage to perform the “arm twist” illusion. Everything is going great until my arm twists about 360 degrees and in the corner of my eye I see the girl cover her mouth and start to get very woozy. AND to make matters worse the comedian (who is on the stage with me “trying” to replicate what I am doing in a comedic manner) says, “someone get her a bucket.”.
When I noticed that she was getting woozy I sped up the trick so she could get off the stage while she could still walk without fainting. To make a long story short I sped up the illusion and she made it back to her seat fine. Thank God!
Moral of the story: Be very selective as to who you’re using for volunteers as “they” will become the center of attention. When volunteers are on stage with all eyes glued on them they may become anxious and display tendencies that are unlike them in casual situations. This is just part of the game.
We all act unnatural when we are put on the spot.
BUT more importantly consider what illusion you are doing on particular volunteers as there are many “graphic” illusions out there that can put your volunteers in a very awkward situation.
These “graphic” illusions are great and definitely DO get some awesome reactions but there are certain places where they are just not appropriate.
Would love to hear some stories from you guys about reactions you received when performing some of these illusions! Let’s hear it…..