Magic with Meaning

I’m a big fan (as you may have gathered from reading this blog) about routining my magic around things I actually care about.  My belief is three fold; first, I believe that there is a value to sharing something honest about myself, and my interests, with my audience.  Second, I believe that the genuine passion I have for the subject matter will be apparent to the audience and that this passion will in turn be infectious.  Finally, since it’s something I truly care about, it will be something I’m able to speak about intelligently if they want to continue the discourse (which, if we do our job right, I think they will!).

I’m a big fan (as you may have gathered from reading this blog) about routining my magic around things I actually care about.  My belief is three fold; first, I believe that there is a value to sharing something honest about myself, and my interests, with my audience.  Second, I believe that the genuine passion I have for the subject matter will be apparent to the audience and that this passion will in turn be infectious.  Finally, since it’s something I truly care about, it will be something I’m able to speak about intelligently if they want to continue the discourse (which, if we do our job right, I think they will!).

I bring this up because I will be sharing a few pieces on this blog, over the next little while, that use the subject of “modern art” as the basis for the premises.  What’s important to note though is that I actually LOVE modern art, to the point where I read critical theory about it, have taken courses on aesthetic philosophy to better understand it, and have traveled all over North America to see various museums and galleries in order to experience it.  These presentations aren’t just “junk I think will sound interesting”- it’s a subject matter I’m genuinely excited by.  So, find what you love, and find a way to make it work.  You’ll be a better magician for it.

 Is that a nude woman descending a staircase?  Things just got risque in here!!!

Anywho, here’s the bloody trick!

Effect
An abstract image is torn apart and reassembled so that it now makes sense.

Method
Dan Harlan’s “Crazy-8”. Click -Here- to purchase.

Presentation 
“I never understood modern art.  It just looks so strange…” (show picture all mixed up)

“But they say once you understand the individual elements that make the work…” (tear it up the image into pieces) “… and how they work together…” (show them restored) “… then it all makes sense.” (Show image)

Done.

I use a Picasso-like image which depicts a face but with various features in the wrong place (eyes where ears should be, mouth and nose reversed, etc).  When it’s restored it now looks like a proper person.  And if someone,later in the evening, wants to argue with me that this ‘new interpretation’ loses what makes the original work valuable… then I’ve made them care.

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