Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Do You Use a Script?

Well, do you?
As you learn the magic on MagicianMaker.com and go out there and share it with friends, family and complete strangers, you’re going to have to have something to say.  You are going to have to ask someone to take a card, or to write something down, or to remember something.  A script is as simple as that.  How you communicate those things is your script.
So, what are you going to say?  Do you want to throw in a funny joke or a really cool story?  You certainly don’t want to have a bunch of ‘Ummmmms’ and ‘Ahhhhhs’ distract your audience when you are trying to create a moment that they will never forget.
Think about it.  Your performance can be brilliant or it can be painful to watch.  The difference between those two is usually the script.
It’s funny; I’ve seen brilliant technical magicians be out and out boring because they had nothing to say.  I’ve also seen people take the simplest of tricks and turn them into blockbuster moments with a good script.
So, how do you do it?  How do you create a good script?  Don’t worry right now about writing something down word for word.  You can do that, but it often freaks people out because they are afraid they won’t sound natural reciting something that is planned out.  I think the best technique is to come up with an idea or a subject that you find interesting.  Once you have something that really speaks to you, write down a few facts, or a joke, or an interesting story that relates to the subject.  From that point, just see where it goes naturally.
The truth of the matter is that you are going to create a script one way or another.  When you perform a trick enough times, you will naturally start saying the same things over and over until they become your script.  The question is, will you create a script that is purposeful and meaningful, or will you just say whatever pops into your head and hope for the best.
My vote is for a little bit of preparation in order to create a moment that sticks in your spectators mind forever.  With a good script, I promise you can do that!  That’s it for now.
Until next time…Make An Impact!


  1. AMAN!!! Preach on Brother, I script everything even if its a routine only using music I have a script for it. Thanks bro


  2. I tried something at a recent performance. I took one effect and purposely performed it without a script...just the trick by itself doing the normal "now I'll do this, and now I'll do this" stuff. Every other effect I performed had scripts that I've been using for some time.

    So what happened? The scripted pieces kept the audience engaged, and they just watched and reacted. When I performed the one piece without a script, they felt they could interject any comment they wanted - even to the point of one person sitting describing how they thought I was doing the trick as I was performing!

    Since it was a close-up show over a couple of hours, I went back to using my script for that trick, and got a completely different response from the audience - amazed and entertained.

    And I felt more respected...