This post was going to be a collection of great magic videos from the past week, because there have been a lot of great magic videos circulating during the past week. As it turns out, a video from a British TV show is enough for a whole post, because there is A LOT to learn.
Let’s break down why this was such a great performance, and how you can make yours better:
His presentation had a theme.
All of his phases focused on the aces. Sometimes they switched, sometimes they vanished, sometimes they reappeared. He could have picked any four-card combo, but the choice of the aces gave a strong theme to his performance that the audience could follow easily. He could have done a normal Triumph-like effect at the end, but he didn’t — he got the aces involved a final time.
He gave time for each phase to get a reaction.
To be fair, maybe this has something to do with a TV audience. But we doubt it. Vincent paused and let each phase of an effect get a reaction. Because he gave his audience a chance to appreciate the magic, he got three or four reactions for every trick. And looked like a pro doing it.
His movements were smooth, minimal and solid.
We could probably argue about a certain moment where he flashed to the camera, but did you see it? You had to watch again, didn’t you? His misdirection was well done and he used minimal sleights without a lot of extra motion. He personified the old quote about card magic being poetry.
His presentation was perfectly aligned with the magic.
There’s a good debate on the Ellusionist Performance HQ forums about how it’s hard to come up with good presentations for card magic. But Vincent’s was PERFECT. Especially when he sat down at the table: He did a Triumph-style effect, made four aces reverse and displayed after a shuffle that all the suits were together and in order. BUT HE DIDN’T SAY A WORD ABOUT IT. He didn’t sportscast, in other words. There was no need to call the action, because the audience was riveted to it and didn’t miss a thing.
How do we know it was great magic? Penn & Teller summed it up. They knew everything he did, but were still incredibly impressed.
Thanks to Brandon Sheffield for spotting this vid.