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Saturday
Jan012011

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR NEXT PURCHASE :: BY JAMIE D GRANT

Hello everyone!

My name is Jamie D. Grant and I'm the creator of the Magic Friday review column which, I'm proud to say, has been going strong for almost ten years! In that time, I think it's safe to say I've had a lot of magic come across my desk, and whereas Magic Friday is a bi-weekly review that's featured on a bunch of wonderful sites, here at the Magic Newswire Dodd Vickers is giving me a place to talk about some of the things that go on "behind the scenes", as it were.

So I hope you enjoy these columns and essays! 2011 is going to be an amazing year and there's already some great tricks and effects in the works. You know, I kind of feel that 2010 saw a resurgence in the quality of workable close-up material. It seems like a couple of years ago (pre-recession) that everyone and anyone was releasing material in attempt to cash in on the willy-nilly spending of you an I. But I think the downturn in economy started to make us all think a bit more about our purchases and put the onus on creators to put out quality work. A good thing!

So that's the question. What makes someone's work quality and, as a result, purchasable? With all the stuff out there on the market, how does one decide where to spend our hard earned moohlah? Here's what I do...

I ask myself how I would feel if someone performed this trick at an event I put together. Instead of picturing myself doing the effect (with spectators swooning left, right, and center obviously), I ask myself, "If I was having an important party, and the magician I hired, performed this trick, would I be happy? Or would I ask him to do ‘that ones with the red sponges’ instead." I don't picture myself in the group of people watching said hired entertainment, but rather a few feet away, looking over their shoulders. I try to think about what their reactions would be and how the magician comes across. If it all seems good, I then try and decide if it's something that would fall into my repertoire. And ability!

So now the obvious question is: if you were throwing a party, who would you hire? Keeping in mind, of course, that everyone at the party knows that you’re a magician, thereby making the question slightly more difficult… would you hire someone that might be perceived as “better” than you?  Just some thoughts…

Happy New Year!

Jamie D. Grant

www.Professional-Magician.com