Magic as most people know it occurs on a stage of some description, even street magic is often performed from the perspective of a makeshift theatrical construct. It is the theater of magic (or illusions) that truly brings it to life and captures the audiences imagination. Undoubtedly, many illusions are impressive on their own merits, but it takes a true master of the art to make the recipients actually believe. Magic of this nature has been displayed all over the world for hundreds of years, and continues to amaze and bewilder people to this day. However, theatrical magic is a cover term for magic that falls under a theatrical style and does incorporate a wide range of styles. This article will outline some of the most popular styles, and some of the most impressive.
The great thing about magic in 2013 is that it is as varied as it is progressive – many tricks are staples and remain as popular as ever, but there has also been a resurgence in new, innovative magic that has to be seen to be believed. For a more adult audience, forms of extreme-magic are becoming increasingly popular. Extreme-magic is essentially the familiar art of the illusion, combined with potentially dangerous outcomes. As a modern extension of the classic sawing a woman in half trick, extreme-magic uses sharp objects, height-play, and just about anything else that might do serious damage to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
Original Performance Art
Keeping with the modern theme, other areas of new magic tend to incorporate an element of performance art, and even circus-style theatrics. One such example of original performance based magic is ‘The 5 Hands Magic Girl‘ who has been the subject of much fascination with her extremely entrancing act. Interested followers of her routine have been in fierce contact with her magic agency to secure a performance of her five-handed wonder illusion. Other performance magic may include attractive women and props in a familiar style, but with a contemporary focus on the music, dance and movement routines. This level of variety is part of why the art of magic is still thriving today.
Keeping It Classic
However, it should be noted that classic magic is still as popular and relevant as it ever was. Seemingly simple tricks that many adults have witnessed before continue to amaze children who are experiencing them for the first time, and for many parents, just witnessing their children gasp at the reappearance of the bunny from the hat is entertainment in and of itself. Still, even classic performers enhance their shows with modern themes and technology, with some even incorporating 3D technology to truly add an extra wow-factor for the younger audience.
Incredible stage magic can appear almost anywhere, whether it is from talent secured from a magic agency, or an amateur making their way up via street performing. Finding a skilled magician who can truly deceive the eye and wow the mind is a joy that is almost unparalleled, a feeling that will astound children, and do the same for adults.