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Types of Magic Performance

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 6:45 AM

Close-Up Magic - Sleight-of-hand magic, also known as prestidigitation ("quick fingers") or léger de main (Fr., "lightness of hand") to secretly manipulate small objects such as sponge balls, cards and coins.  A magician  performs close-up magic in an intimate setting usually no more than a ten-foot (three-meter) distance from the audience with the party guests all around him.   The magic happens right in front of you "in your hands."  This performance is best for relatively small groups of people.  Sleight of hand magic is intended for more intimate environments.   Perfect for kids and adult birthdays, receptions, cocktail or dinner parties, trade shows, hospitality suites and restaurants.  The magic involves colorful silk handkerchiefs, money, ropes, rings, coins, cards and other small objects.


Table Magic -  Performed on a table with the audience in front.   This type of performance is not limited to magic that must be performed solely "in the hands" because props can rest on the magicians table or pad.  This performance is also best for a relatively small group of people. Sleight of hand magic is intended for more intimate environments.  Perfect for birthdays, receptions, cocktail or dinner parties, trade shows, hospitality suites and restaurants. Magic involves coins, cards and other small objects.

Stand-Up Magic -  Performed while standing in front of the entire audience.   This type of performance is suitable for either a small group, or with proper staging (lights, microphone, etc.), the audience can consist of several hundred people.  This act features comedy and audience participation and it is particularly appropriate for large parties and banquets.   Perfect for private parties, trade shows, banquets, conventions and corporate entertainment.


Mingling Magic -  Performed in the magician's or guests hands while the magician mingles with the guests.   This type of performing is most suitable for events where there is not a specific performing area such as a reception or cocktail party and usually involves some audience participation.

Categories: Performing Magic, Learning Magic

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