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Secret Agenda – January 11 – Script

Secret Agenda – January 11 – Script

I agree with Roberto that if you’ve never written a script of one of your presentations (“Script” can be such an intimidating word. If you’ve never written down the words that you usually say when performing a trick), it can be an eye-opening experience, filled with untold discoveries. But it’s Roberto’s comments on taking an acting class that reinvigorated me.

John Carney has also commented on the effectiveness of acting classes, and there are many magicians (like Jonathan Levit and myself) who have a strong theatrical background.  But many of the techniques and experiences that can only be gotten “on the boards” are useless in magic unless one has the capacity to identify and transfer those skills in a practical and effective way. The application of acting, directing, scripting, and blocking to magic (and all the sub-skills they embody) requires that you have experience in both magic and the theatre before a successful incorporation can be achieved. (Fortunately, in my case, I spent three decades simultaneously growing in both disciplines.)

However, it often takes an objective set of eyes and ears to really be effective.  Too often, we’re too close to our magic to be able to really make those difficult decisions (like cutting something out).

The solution?  Get somebody who is qualified to improve your magic by either instructing you in acting, or becoming your director. (Sorry, but your wife just doesn’t cut it.)

If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, there are literally  thousands of people and classes and schools that promise to guide you to acting success, and it’s a laborious process of trial and error (and investment) to achieving your objective.

But I know a guy…

He’s a director, writer, actor, teacher (Master Teacher!), mentor, and friend.  He co-founded Learning-is-M.A.G.I.C. and knows the problems, pitfalls, and potential that magic offers.

He will make your magic better.

I guarantee it.

You can contact me at or message me on my Facebook page and I’ll be happy to arrange an introduction. (Glendale area)  No obligation, no charge.  Bring a trick to perform, listen to his comments, and learn for yourself what he can do for you.

You’ll thank me later.

Secret Agenda by Roberto Giobbi – January 2 – Presentation and Handling for Six Guests in Five Rooms

Secret Agenda by Roberto Giobbi – January 2 – Presentation and Handling for Six Guests in Five Rooms

I wonder how many magicians are actually going to try this.

It’s an old puzzle, which hasn’t been redressed or updated so much as it’s been blocked and choreographed in a manner so as to make it accessible for most audiences.

Normally, you’d have to rely on verbal clarity to put across the details necessary for the proper understanding of the mystery.  Careful consideration to tonality, inflection, and pacing were important.

In this evolution, your hands provide visual representation, and unless you try it out in front of a mirror (or better yet, a video camera) or an audience, you might not realize the impact it can have.

A few years ago, I also updated this mystery for inclusion in my Learning is M.A.G.I.C. programs, allowing students the opportunity to develop presentation skills and boost self esteem while illustrating something most people can’t explain.  To help with clarity, I had students kinesthetically create the “rooms” onstage in front of an audience, complete with imaginary doors to open and invisible guests to usher into the rooms.  (Of course, in my incarnation, the “guests” were all members of the same family in town for a family reunion.  No need to go down the path of having to explain why adults are congregating in various hotel rooms.)

It played big, and well, and I thought I was on to something…

But Mr. Giobbi has done something much more elegant here, while still allowing for it to be performed in front of a large group.

Because it’s only the second entry in the book, I imagine most readers will gloss over it, silently admire it, and never try it.

Their loss…