Magic: You Don't Have To Start With Anything Complicated
You'd be surprised at how easy it can be ...
After a weekend full of stage hires I'm back to devising magic for a few days. I teach at various schools, not least the Pauline Quirke Academy, who employ me to do workshops for them around the country ...
I love teaching magic workshops and have just put together a new one.
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What I try to put forward for schools isn't a lot of clever magic tricks, which to be honest are usually (although not always) pretty easy technically, but a way of thinking outside of the box.
"Many illusions can be achieved without the use of magic props."
One of those I always put forward is called the 'Invisible Ball'. You older readers will probably know it as the paper bag trick, often used by Eric Morecambe on the Morecambe and Wise show.
If you don't know it, you should, and I always carry around a paper bag and am happy to demonstrate. Ok, Eric used it as just a comic gag, and that's what it is, but as I say to the kids, this is a trick you can do anywhere and at any time and it is really good.
In fact, I've changed the first part of my workshop just to teach improvised magic, and it's proving successful. Even with some magic props, I tell the parents that they don't need to spend more than about £15 in all for their child to be able to do a 15-minute magic routine.
If they end up wanting to cut a lady in half then they will need the right equipment, and that doesn't come cheap, but the initial route into having a bit of fun with magic and thinking about the presentation is not at all expensive.
So I'm just about to push out a new school magic workshop which I know the children will enjoy and is also educational, so drop me a line if you are interested for your school.
That's not to say I'm not working on other tricks, somewhat more complicated. I've finally worked out a relatively easy way to push a card through a glass window, which will be on www.magicandmore.co.uk shortly as a download. It has taken some time - quite a long time - to get right and will come at the cost of around £20. I also still have the sword through the neck gag and all the others that again come at a cost.
"But there are many options for magic and illusion, and you don't have to start with anything very complicated."
Do have a look at the Magic & More website as more detail is being added all the time and it's proving very popular. I'm more than happy to talk people through tricks and gags rather than just selling them, and that's where it appears to be working very well.
Until next time ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.