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MAGIC Reserved

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Showmanship



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“the ability to put romance, mystery, the element of suspense, interest, emotional feeling, and effectiveness into your performance.”

Harlan Tarbell


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“Showmanship brings out the meaning of a performance and gives it an importance that it might otherwise lack.”

Henning Nelms


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“applying skill and taste and creativity. It is a form of expression that variously combines nobility, beauty, depth, and grace.”

Tristan


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Showmanship is a designation to describe all the theatrical elements that go into the performance of magic.


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Showmanship is a designation to describe all the theatrical elements that go into the performance of magic.

Showmanship encompasses all areas of presentation including how the performer moves, speaks, his choice of words, his timing, and his skill.


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Showmanship is a designation to describe all the theatrical elements that go into the performance of magic.

Showmanship encompasses all areas of presentation including how the performer moves, speaks, his choice of words, his timing, and his skill.

Showmanship can include the magician’s appearance, his attire or costume, look of his props, his personality, demeanor, magnetism, characterization and style.


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Showmanship is a designation to describe all the theatrical elements that go into the performance of magic.

Showmanship encompasses all areas of presentation including how the performer moves, speaks, his choice of words, his timing, and his skill.

Showmanship can include the magician’s appearance, his attire or costume, look of his props, his personality, demeanor, magnetism, characterization and style.

Showmanship includes focus of attention, the way a performer controls his audience and establishes rapport, how he puts together his routines, chooses his effects, and maintains flow and continuity.


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WHEW! elements that go into the performance of magic.


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IN OTHER WORDS elements that go into the performance of magic.


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Showmanship elements that go into the performance of magic. turns magictricks into the artof illusion.


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When elements that go into the performance of magic. does MAGIC become art?


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Any performance of elements that go into the performance of magic. magic is art.


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But this doesn’t mean that elements that go into the performance of magic. every performance ofmagic is GOOD art!


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Maskelyne and Devant in their monumental book OUR MAGIC state that there are threekinds of art.

FALSE ART

NORMAL ART

HIGH ART


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The field of endeavor most closely related to the performance of magic is theatre and drama.

Most of the staging techniques, principles, and philosophies that playwrights, theatrical directors, and actors use apply to the performance of magic.


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The tools of the theatre are available to the performance of magic is theatre and drama. magician in the same way they are availableto the actor. The only difference is that actorstake them for granted, whereas few conjurers are even aware they exist. – Henning Nelms


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Tarbell says, “The more power you have to build these elements into your work, the greater will be your rewards. Take your example from the playwright. He puts into his plays the same principle of showmanship which you must use. He creates interest in his audience, arouses their emotions, and builds up from lesser effect to greater until he reaches a climax.”


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“And you must work in the same way. The Showman makes a masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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BASIC masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”THEATRICALTECHNIQUESYOU CAN USE TOIMPROVESHOWMANSHIP


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Center Line masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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Awkward masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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Better masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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Best masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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POSTURE masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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Slouch Excessive Good masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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STOOPING AND KNEELING masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

Kneel on theDownstage Knee


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STANCE masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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Five Positions of Ballet masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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Second Position masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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Good masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”NaturalStance


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Don’t masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”ArgueWithHim.HisStanceisFine.


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Either Stance is Acceptable masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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MOVEMENT masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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Crossing masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

In crossing to a person or an object above or below you, it is best to cross in a curve so you do not arrive either upstage or downstage of the person or object.


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The use of the curve automatically turns your face masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”and body position toward the audience at theend of the movement.


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BASIC BLOCKING OR MOVEMENT RULES masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

  • Play scenes in a quarter position.

  • Make turns downstage.

  • Make gestures or pass objects with the upstage arm.

  • Kneel on the downstage knee.

  • Get there in three and a half steps.


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VOICE AND DICTION masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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The West Coast Defines the masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”Standard for Voice and Diction. Watch the news broadcasters and listen to their diction.


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What to Say masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

  • Shorter is Usually Better

  • Rate Often Defines Crispness

  • Put the Punch Line at the End

  • Memorization vs Extemporization

  • Scripts vs Outlines


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How to Say It masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

  • Pencil and Marble Exercises

  • Enunciation and Clarity

  • How to Project

  • Talk to the back of the room


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SIGHT masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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Sight masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

  • Do not be afraid of your audience’s eyes. Make eye contact with them. It will help to establish rapport.


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Sight masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

There are two basic ways to perform You can look at your audience and acknowledge their presence. We call this “Presentational.”


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Sight masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

The second way to perform is like when an audience watches a play. The proscenium arch of the stage becomes a sort of window that the audience watches through. The actors onstage do not usually acknowledge the audience.


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Look to the Back Wall masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

Focusing on the back wall of the room where you are performing makes it appear that you are acknowledging all the audience. Also the audience will be able to see all your facial features.


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CHARACTERIZATION masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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Charlize Theron masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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Charlize Theron masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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Charlize Theron masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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Charlize Theron masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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Charlize Theron masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

Charlize Theron starred as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the film Monster (2003).

Film critic Roger Ebert called it "one of the greatest performances in the history of the cinema.”

She won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in that film at the 76th Academy Awards in February 2004


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Two Kinds of Actors masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

  • True-Life actors portray themselves onstage using the real character they are in everyday life.


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Two Kinds of Actors masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

  • True-Life actors portray themselves onstage using the real character they are in everyday life.

  • Character actors portray roles onstage that are totally different than the way the actor is in real life.


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Superior actors . . . masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

  • are able to convince audiences that the character they portray onstage might be the same character they are in everyday life.


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Superior actors . . . masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

  • are able to convince audiences that the character they portray onstage might be the same character they are in everyday life.

  • act convincing enough so that the audience has no problem suspending their disbelief when they watch them perform.


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Applause masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

  • An acknowledgment of appreciation.

  • Determine where you want applause.

  • Give them cues where to applaud.

  • Don’t wear out your audience.


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INTEREST masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”CURVES


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The Power of Three masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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The Power of Three masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

The stoplight is red, yellow, and green.


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The Power of Three masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

The stoplight is red, yellow, and green.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!


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The Power of Three masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

The stoplight is red, yellow, and green.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

Three primary colors.


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The Power of Three masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

The stoplight is red, yellow, and green.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

Three strikes and you’re out!

Three primary colors.


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The Power of Three masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

The stoplight is red, yellow, and green.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

Three strikes and you’re out!

Three primary colors.

On your mark, get set, go!


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The Power of Three masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

The stoplight is red, yellow, and green.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

Three strikes and you’re out!

Three primary colors.

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit

On your mark, get set, go!


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The Power of Three masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

The stoplight is red, yellow, and green.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

Three strikes and you’re out!

Three primary colors.

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit

On your mark, get set, go!


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FOCUS OF ATTENTION masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”


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FOCUS OF ATTENTION masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

MOVEMENT:The moving object commands the most attention (body, walking, object, speed, degrees of movement, size of movement).


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FOCUS OF ATTENTION masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

SIZE:The larger the object, themore attention it commands.


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FOCUS OF ATTENTION masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

HEIGHT:The taller the object, themore attention it commands


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FOCUS OF ATTENTION masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

DEPTH:That which is closest (will also appear largest), usually commands the most attention. Stage right is hotter than stage left.


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FOCUS OF ATTENTION masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

COLOR:Brighter colors usually commandthe most attention.


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FOCUS OF ATTENTION masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

SOUND:That which is loudest usuallycommands the most attention.


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FOCUS OF ATTENTION masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

POINTING:Finger or arm, eyes and face, physicalbody, head nodding, facial expression.


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FOCUS OF ATTENTION masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

ILLUMINATION:Light and dark, bright and dim, brilliant and subdues, the more light, the more attention.


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FOCUS OF ATTENTION masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

BALANCE:That which is aesthetically pleasing usually commands the most attention. Lines and patterns, the more attention.


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MAGIC masterpiece of a commonplace trick. He clothes it properly, he studies his presentation, he stirs up his audience with interest and suspense, he puts reality into the part he is playing, he works the whole thing up to a climax.”

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