Magic, Trade Shows And Olney Business Live
Now you see it, now you don't ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 17/05/2016 @ 8:00AM
After years and years of trying to work out how to get a playing card to move from one place to another, right in front of an audience, I've finally cracked it ...
I'm at Olney Business Live on the 24th if you'd like to see my new magic trick.
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It's certainly not my original idea, but that doesn't matter, it's done, and last night I tried it out in front of a 'live' paying audience, and the looks of astonishment on their faces made me realise it was a sure winner.
The basis of it is that I get an audience member to sign a standard playing card, and it appears from somewhere else immediately.
"That's all I shall tell you about it."
Trade shows are always looking for original ways to bring the buying public to their stands, and this is one of the reasons I worked on it for so long, so I'm not going to give the secret away anytime soon.
What happens at trade shows is that a magician will turn up and stand with them and chat to the public and then show them one brilliant gag, which intrigues them so much, that they go on to the stand. With this kind of event, you're not expected to do a show as such, it's just a matter of being able to chat to anyone and then pull a stunning and impossible magic gag out of the hat.
Of course, you need to design the trick around the company you are representing to a certain degree, and this is what I've done because any kind of card can be used, such as the company's own business card.
The routine I normally do at a dinner or similar function is a 'broad base' of gags, some of which are quite tricky, but fun none the less. I've always worked it into a comedy style routine rather than one where I try to get the public to believe in what I'm doing.
Part of the success of this is to get there early to set a few things up and to think through what you will do. A good table magician will have about 6 tricks to hand. I tend to bring along some children's ones as well, as the customer is always terribly pleased if children attending are kept busy by a magician.
Youngsters just love things that disappear and reappear, which I'm a bit of a wow at with everyday objects. Teenagers are harder work as they don't really want to be impressed but once you get them in are great. I tend to explain one to them at the end and give them a simple trick to take home. That usually wins them round. Older people you just need to judge. Some like tricks and some will try to catch you out, but that's part of the game and easy enough to cope with if you're confident.
"Anyway, this is just to let you know that amongst the good gags I have, this new one is a real finisher."
On the 24th May I shall be at the Olney Chamber of Trade Business Event - Olney Business Live - at The Carlton House Club in Olney, where companies will be displaying from 13.00 - 17.00.
I shall be there with some of our staging (also for hire of course), with the new trick which I will be happy to demonstrate, and also I will show you other magic which you can learn to impress customers or just to take up as a hobby.
Magic is a damn fine hobby to take up, as you can get many rounds of drinks bought for you if you wander into a pub and do a really good - and quick - trick. Of course, I'm also available for the Mad Magic workshops, and will be happy to travel to you to run it, or you can come to our offices.
It really is a skill that is worth keeping up your sleeve ...
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.