The Magician's Code

The Magician's Code.


In general, These are the codes of ethics or rules when becoming a Magician:

  • NEVER tell your audience HOW you did your Magic.
  • NEVER perform the same Magic for the same audience.
  • Always PRACTICE until you achieved a certain level of dexterity and confidence BEFORE performing it.


Let's talk about what these codes really mean to me and why you should pursue them:


  • NEVER tell your audience HOW you did your Magic.

When you perform Magic for your audiences, the common question you will get is, "HOW DID YOU DO THAT!?" 

If you tell your audiences how you did it, you have just destroyed the "Moment of Magic" or ruined the "Magical Experience" for them. Instead, kindly reject and tell them to enjoy the Magic. Our job is simply to perform it well, entertain them and "Maintain the Mystery"


  • NEVER perform the same Magic for the same audience.

Another common question you will get when performing Magic is, "DO THAT AGAIN!"

DO NOT. 

If you were to do it again, there will be no more element of surprise. The reason? Your audiences already know what is going to happen. Also, if you "Do It Again" they will try their best to "catch you out" and not co-operate with you. Magicians however, sometimes use this rule to their advantage. By performing the effect in a similar way but adding a Surprise or "Kicker" ending. 


  • Always PRACTICE until you achieved a certain level of dexterity and confidence BEFORE performing it.

Granted, some sleights or Magic Effects are easier than others, but always practice and make sure that everything you do is second nature before performing it for others. Video yourself, weed out all the problems that you see before performing it for others. What is worse than performing something and having your audiences laugh at you for making a mistake? It feels really lousy, trust me, I've been there before.


Remember this, "Practice does not make Perfect, Practice makes Permanent, Only Perfect Practice makes Perfect."


Hope you enjoyed reading this! Let me know your thoughts or questions in the comments below!


Jeremy Tan


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