Magicians Create Art Two Ways

There are two schools of thought regarding the creation of performance artEventually, the techniques merge, but in the beginning, they are polar opposites.

Acting provides a good example of what I’m talking about, and it’s not that much of a stretch. As Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin wrote, “…[a magician] is an actor playing the part of a magician…”

Some actors are emotional. They become their characters by first trying to feel the same way as the character feels. Their actions are dictated by feelings. They work from the inside out.

Other actors are analytical. They become their characters by analyzing situations. Their actions are dictated by cause and effect. They work from the outside in.

I am the latter. All of my art is analytical.

As you know, in my opinion, 2017 will be a good year for art. If there is an artist inside of you—magician, writer, musician, illustrator, whatever—now is the time to let them free. The world needs hope, wonder, and magic.

It will take all of us to reach everyone.

And it starts with a dream.

The emotional artist will imagine how others feel about the magician the artist will become. They will envision their show in terms of how it will change the audience, and themselves.

The analytical artist will wonder what the magician looks like, and why they look that way. They will want to know what the magician says, and what style of magic they perform, targeting a specific market.

A well-rounded magician will take advantage both techniques.

For example, the emotional artist might use a written character sketch instead of an internal picture. The analytical artist can brainstorm on a spiritual hike, visualizing results conceptually before committing them to paper.

This year can be your year of art too. Not just more art, but better art. Don’t procrastinate. Step one is fun. All you have to do is dream.

But dreams can quickly become nightmares without the right tools. Here is a helpful, free whitepaper to shed some light on the journey, Planning to Art: How Dreams Become Magic.

 

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Aaron Smith, owner of The Magic Depot, is a writer, illustrator, and magic creator. Follow Best Kept Secrets and The Magic Depot @magicdepot on Twitter.