My Favorite Magicians

Below are three magicians I need in my own party.


Before tinkering with hypnosis and mentalism as a upscale restaurant enthusiast, he started without doubt the best living mentalist on the planet. Many are not aware he's an outstanding magician in his own right, though he's now renowned as a mentalist. In my view, he created mentalism both believable and, more importantly, entertaining.

It's easy to criticize the mentalists that paved the way before him dull and uninspiring, with the exclusion of Dunninger and Kreskin. The former had skill and showmanship, the latter had showmanship with ability that even my keen eyes cannot perceive. Which is more laudable, showmanship with technical skill (Dunninger) or showmanship with hardly a speck of skill (Kreskin)?

Derren Brown clearly includes both.

Dunninger had ideas and techniques whose approaches to this day are only speculated by the top thinkers in mentalism--and he had been a showman who dominated the airwaves. Kreskin had clear techniques (in my view ) but had sufficient charisma to charm audiences with suggestions as complicated such as your uncle might have revealed you as a child --the torn & restored thumb for example (I'm exaggerating here).

It is safe to state Derren Brown has more ability than many magicians. I find myself trying to be a second-rate Derren Brown rather than a top notch Jon Finch. In addition to that, he has talent to spare outdoors live entertainment; he's an accomplished performer, a writer of a few of the most sought books on magic and mentalism (Tricks of this Mind, Absolute Magic, and Pure Effect), and to top it off he is a charming human being.

Derren's stage act is filled with interesting mentalism and edgy comedy. You'll find yourself swearing that much of everything he does have to be set up fake, staged, or actual. That's a very normal reaction, and it is also incorrect and lazy. If you see Derren does a dozen times, occasionally with audio muted to just about anything, you will figure it out in the event that you've got a history in magic or mentalism.

If you scour the remarks section of Youtube, then you'll find hundreds or perhaps thousands of opinions of confident laypeople speculating on (asserting) Derren's methods. Over time I have wasted hours in that comments section, and not once have I struck a right assertion in regards to the method of Derren. Not once.

The people who know his strategy are the sort that will post it publicly. In case you've got the keys to the kingdom, do you cast those keys before the swine in that segment? No offense to swine. When we have something we tend to keep it close to our chests.

Derren Brown makes no claims of psychic ability and in fact shuns it at every chance (a futile exercise), even interrupting his point shows to point out it. Much like Harry Houdini, a part of the work of the life is debunking fraudulent psychics. Whenever I tell people,"It is all just tricks. It is not real," they often refuse to hear it. Even justification,"If it had been real, why would I be..." or"Did you see how I did such and such? Why could that be necessary?" None of it gets .

Many mentalists have copied his style of presentation as is the case with leaders. Aside from the mimicry, they tend to late the emphasis on his procedure , explicitly drawing attention to the NLP. Derren, on the flip side, obliquely, if at all, references his suggestions (this is deliberate), so that if you feel you caught him, he has won (because he actually is ten steps ahead). Into his presentations Derren drops red herrings that have duped even magicians and mentalists. At the risk of exposing too much here, once you're certain that you've caught him doing something, you are way off.

If those copycat mentalists were magicians, they might say,
"The coin is in my hand. Count to three. Okay blow the hand. Now wave your hands over my hand. I sprinkle magic powder on my hands. And when I mention'Presto Chango,' I have to do is tap on the hands with this magical wand, and the coin disappeared." That's overdoing the observable procedure. That is what I mean by process.

Derren Brown Rock Paper Scissors

In the next demonstrations Derren disarmingly uses a deck of cards:

Mentalist Derren Brown Performing Emotional Magic

Mentalist & Magician Fries Martin Freeman

One of the reasons I like to use playing cards is that I get to present a mind-melting wonder as a,"card trick."
This generally includes a relaxing effect on the spectator. They think they have a feeling of card tricks.

In 1997, America turned sideways (to a duck) when magician David Blaine exploded into each living room. David Blaine was a pioneer; and pioneers end up with arrows in their backs. He was dismissed by many magicians . I'd assert that Blaine's talent was clear in his first TV special, David Blaine Street Magic. You could see that his was proficient and well-honed if you carefully observed his technique. A few of the effects that he performed were straightforward and could be reached easily (when badly implemented ), but in David Blaine's palms, the effects were created beautiful due to his elegant technique, his subtle psychological convincers, and his presentational finesse. Many tricks are like that. The secret is so simple that you think that could do it. The actual secret is currently doing this so well it looks like magic.

Blaine's magic show was about showing his ability and more about elevating the art of magic. He was the first magician. The camera does grab the magic , but note that the camera often focuses on the viewers of Blaine, rather than on Blaine. The audiences at home are currently seeing the spectators on television. The audience is being watched by the crowd.

Blaine has been accused of a lack of showmanship. I believe this was a deliberate choice. On the 1 hand, it's far better to have no showmanship than to have off-putting, cringe-worthy, try-hard showmanship, such as his successor, the Vanilla Ice of Magic Criss Angel (© Jon Finch 2017). On the other, with his magical, instead of stating,"Look at me, look at me," Blaine was saying,"Look at these mature humans becoming kids."

The disparity between the audience's reaction and the entertainer rally expands the moment. To this day you will find working the spectator's reaction is overshadowed by professionals whose reactions. This should not ever be the case. There is a time but the magician want not induce an amazed expression on his face, like a baby detecting his own if the impossibility is as clear as a crystal that is floating. . .hands for the first time.

Blaine's magic elicited responses that are human across all manner of audiences and was reassuring in nature. Watching David Blaine is similar to listening to Erik Satie, the originator of ambient music. Ambient music has been the precursor to background music (movie soundtracks are usually in this genre). It is intended to encourage the scene, rather than draw attention. His audiences included displaced people, people who spoke different languages, A-list actors, as well as US Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

A few of the tricks I believe most comfortable performing to this day are such Blaine performed on his TV specials. They are simple in plot, direct, as well as effective. Blaine inspired a flurry of other magicians along with me . Should you ever think to yourself,"Well, that may be real," remember he has made a lifetime study of tricking you into thinking that.

And serious study of magic books is required to become a great illusionist.

David Blaine is appearing at the Murat Theatre

Lennart Green may not be as sexy as David Blaine, Derren Brown, or Criss Angel, but he also has got the chops. When I saw Lennart Green present a TED Talk, I was reminded of the stories I'd heard Dai Vernon tell of Max Malini magician of the 1800's. Max Malini was unlike the measured, tasteful style and polished demeanor that that could explain most (maybe all) magicians of the era. It takes great skill