Magic Lessons #60 – Misdirection Lesson
This Misdirection Lesson will teach you an important lesson in the usefulness of misdirection. You will perform misdirection by teaching your audience about misdirection … if that makes sense. You will get what I’m trying to say by watching the video.
Grabbing the Audience’s Attention…:
So many people in your audience will have an interest in the life of a magician and this can be used to your advantage when you are performing. Most people seem to wonder, at one time or another, what magicians actually do? They want to know where they find the knowledge to perform their tricks, what sleight of hand looks like ect. This is still a mystery to so many people.
By telling your audience that you are going to let them in on one of the key principles of magic, it is my experience that the majority of people will be interested enough to stop whatever they were doing and listen in. This misdirection lesson works off this phenomenon.
You begin by asking if anyone has ever thought about how to learn magic? No matter what the response is to this question, you tell them that you have to first learn the foundations of magic. I find that generally someone from the crowd will generally chime in and knowingly say ‘misdirection’. You then move in closer, as if you are going to let them in on a secret, and you will teach them how it is done.
…Then Misdirecting It:
Using the optical illusion’s visually compelling properties, we are going to draw the audience’s attention away from the real secret to the magic trick. You can download the illusion and some added extra bits by clicking the download button on this article.
Misdirection can be very complex but in it’s simplest form it is essentially diverting a subjects attention away from the what is going on in secret right in front of them. It gets theoretically far more complex from there.
Four General Ways Magicians Use Misdirection:
- Physically directing WHERE the audience member is looking
- Physically directing WHEN the audience member is looking
- Psychologically reducing the audience member’s suspicion
- Psychologically diverting the audience member’s suspicion
To successfully complete this misdirection lesson trick, you will have to be able to force a card upon your audience. In other words, make your audience member take the card you need them to take.
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