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Ego check. You aren’t that amazing.

kids-magician-costumeThere’s no doubt if you’ve been performing magic for any period of time you’ll have audience members say things to you like “OMG you’re so amazing!”, “You’re so talented!”, “You’re so funny!”, and “You’re so clever!” And if you perform with any regular frequency at all you’ll start to hear these things often, in fact, it might almost become a daily occurrence.

It’s no wonder then that so many performers start to believe it. The naive performer may start to think “My audiences are so intelligent to recognize that I am amazing, talented, and clever!” And this is how performers develop an ego. They start to “believe their own press.”

Here’s a dose of reality

When audience members say nice comments about your performance they’re commenting on your performance. They’re commenting on your material. They’re commenting on your art. It’s important to realize that audience members are NOT saying YOU AS A PERSON are amazing.

Don’t confuse people being appreciative of your art for a reflection of how you are as person. 

  • You aren’t amazing because you can do a sponge ball routine
  • You aren’t amazing because you can do an ambitious card routine
  • And you aren’t amazing because of your thumb tip technique

But audiences will tell you that you’re amazing because you can do these things. Don’t believe it. It doesn’t matter how great your act is, how funny your jokes are. If you start to believe how great you are that’s exactly when you need to put your ego in check. You might have an amazing act but that doesn’t give you an excuse to act superior than anyone else.

In magic a lot of ego is derived from comparing ourselves to others. Instead of being negative or jealous remain humble. Offer to help or accept help yourself. Check your ego and our entire art will benefit from it, your life will benefit from it, and our world will benefit from it.

We’ve all met performers that are amazingly talented but sadly their success has turned them into assholes. And there’s performers who are amazingly talented and successful but they remain humble, kind, and generous. Which one would you rather be? Keep this in mind as your experience and your career grows.

 

Get to your gig on time every time

watchIt doesn’t matter how great your show is, if you show up late that’s what your client is going to remember.

You should arrive early enough so that you can setup your show without rushing plus additional time to take care of any unexpected surprises. You’ll need additional time for bad weather, traffic, re-parking the car somewhere legally instead of that handicapped stall you unloaded from… etc.

I try to arrive earlier than I said I would to the client. That way the client never wonders if I’m going to be late or not.

“If you’re early, you’re on time;
If you’re on time, you’re late.”

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