top of page
Featured Posts

How To Avoid Being A Poor Performer | Slightly Unusual Close Up Magicians 2021

Becoming a professional close up entertainer requires dedication and discipline. These qualities will help you build up your reputation, giving you the skills and charisma to go out there and put on a show like no other. Our managing director Craig Petty is an award winning magician, having performed at thousands of corporate events throughout the years. It's safe to say he knows a few things about building a strong performance act.

How To Avoid Being A Poor Performer | Slightly Unusual Close Up Magicians 2021

There are several poor close up magicians out there who don't have the same passion and enthusiasm for their profession as they should. As a result they often go out there and perform a poor show for many reasons. This ranges from not understanding their own tricks, trying to impersonate other magicians, not preparing contingencies and furthermore.

Always Rehearse Your Routine

Everyone has heard of the saying, "practise makes perfect." It's no exaggeration, especially when you're building up the qualities to join the magic world. Rehearsing your routines will allow you to understand every aspect of your show until it is second nature. Your rehearsals include what you're going to perform, what you're going to bring you with (cards, coins, magic rope, etc.) and much more. There are a lot of programs that are easily avoidable when you release the show. Never improvise something on the spot.

Build Up A Unique Character

We've touched on this subject in a previous blog, but part of building up your reputation is to build a unique character. Don't try to impersonate other iconic magicians like Derren Brown. You have to remember that Derren Brown is a world class performer who can hold an audience in the palm of his hand. No one wants to see a cheap imitation of that. Your audience isn't there to see you try and one up a famous performer. They want to see what you can bring to the table and to the magic world. A performer of magic should strive to be the best version of themselves. Build your own unique character that everyone will remember forever.


Part of building your character is to carry a strong aura of charisma. It's one thing to know how to perform professionally, but no one wants to see a boring performer. A magician who carries strong charisma can light up the room with their very presence alone. Charisma adds to the performance and helps build a connection between your audience. There have been magicians out there who had no charisma and practically sucked the life out of the room. Charisma adds to the WOW factor and captivates your audience.

Prepare Contingencies

We've spoken about the importance of rehearsing, but don't forget to prepare contingencies as well. There's nothing worse than having a routine go wrong in the middle of a performance. Even if it's not your fault, the best thing a magician can do is have a contingency prepared and know how to bounce back into action. Part of rehearsals is to make you work out every way your routine can go wrong and what you can do about it beforehand. This will stop you from looking unprofessional and you won't be left scrambling to fix the trick.

Make Sure You Are Entertaining

Bring the entertainment value to your act. It can be funny, magical, mysterious and much more. It's all based on how you perform. Regardless of what type of act you are performing, it is crucial your audience is enjoying themselves and having a great time. Thank you for reading today's post. Follow these tips and you are guaranteed to build a successful career in magic. If you want to speak with Slightly Unusual about securing one of our close up magicians, all you need to do is use the banner below to visit our website and send us an enquiry form. Or call us directly on 0333 301 3001. We look forward to speaking with you soon.


Recent Posts
Search By Tags
Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square
  • Google+ Basic Square
bottom of page