This may surprise you, but I actually want to make sure you ARE drinking your own Kool-Aid.
As magicians we are lying to our audiences at certain parts of our acts. However, in the same way that it's important sleight of hand to make sure our fake actions match the real-ones, our fake lies need to match the real ones.
An example would be anytime you are doing something that actually has NOTHING to do with the method to your trick, like wiggle your finger, snap or wave your hand. Many magicians will half-ass this. HUGE MISTAKE! It totally gives away that it has nothing to do with your trick.
This failed mis-direction directs unnecessary attention on your moves that *are* actually hiding something.
So wiggle that finger like it matters MOFO! Get that coin under the M**F** shadow like it DEPENDS on it!
AND FOR GODSSAKE, when you achieve a miracle, ACT SURPRISED.. you're not AN ACCOUNTANT.
If Flava flav (pictured above) did magic, wouldn't a prediction of time be obligatory? I think so.
Isn't it great then that he has built a quirk into his character that can easily guide his choice of material? You can do it too! Read on.
To start, take one element of the world, or one skill, and turn up the volume. Way past 10. We're talking super-human. Flava chose time.
By keeping it limited to ONE, you open a clear path for yourself. A lot of the problems we have in our lives are based on too many options - it can all get a bit overwhelming. For more on this, watch this presentation from Barry Scwartz on the paradox of choice:
I have been working on limiting my choices over the last couple years. The trick is to do it in a way that doesn't limit your effective potential, but makes decisions easier. Last year I bought a type-writer, and it works wonders in keeping my writing focused. No choices - nothing to do but write.
Restricting options is also hugely important in creativity. If there are no limits to grow out of, how do you know what to do. Ultimately you need some constraints or else you've got no goals.
Same goes for creating magic. Limit yourself to using 3 things, or 2 or 1. Force yourself to come up with something for a specific purpose and watch your brain go. On the other hand, say to yourself, I want to come up with some kind of random magic trick today, and you might as well give up. This is a good reason why so many magicians come up with card tricks. To say, "I'm gonna come up with a card trick today" is a great restriction. You've gotta focus, you've gotta think. The problem with too many choices, is that the moment things get a little tough, a little tricky, your brain will say "oh screw it, I'll think of something else" and move on.
We all know that magic involves fooling people, but how important is that element of it?
Almost always less than people think.
Very little of magic is actually about fooling people. The reason is that ultimately, fooling people is EASY. Need proof? Find out how many people were fooled into giving away thousands of dollars to Nigerian email scammers. As a magician, how 'fooling' would you say a typical Nigerian scam email is? Hardly. It probably wouldn't even be included in a beginners magic kit of email scams.. yet thousands of people have been scammed out of millions of dollars. Hah! Fooled ya!!