I've Seen That Before...

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I've Seen That Before...

Robert-Houdin, the gentleman and master magician who was the inspiration for Houdini, once famously said...

"..in order to please the public, an idea must be, if not novel, at least sufficiently transformed, so that it cannot be recognized. Only in that way can an artist escape a remark that always fills him with dread —'I have seen that before.'"

When adapting an effect from a fellow magician, always keep this in mind. Change the effect enough to make it your own and keep the audience amazed. Simple statements like "I've seen that before" can dishearten a young performer trying to establish himself/herself with their audience.

   

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8/17/2010 1:01:41 PM
Jennifer said:

I use the phrase "But you've never seen me do this before..."


8/17/2010 3:53:28 PM
Rick said:

Thanks for the tip Jennifer.. Very good advise..




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