Friday, April 16, 2010
It is April. In celebration of this blogs one year existence, the whole month will be winner time. Only the coolest and best members of our elite circle of nerds will be featured.
Today: Chad Long!
Close Up Magic
If you watch both videos, you'll know that Chad Long is a highly skilled magician. He knows how to handle an audience, he is funny and likable. In terms of character he is not very magical. He belongs in the category of a jester. And that is a good thing. I have seen so many magicians who try to go for that magic moment so desperately that it just become ridiculous and painful to watch.
However, watching Chad Long perform is just a joy. You can clearly see that his audience is having a really good time. And isn't that what a paid performance is all about?
His pacing is quick, the "time effect ratio" is really dense and those two point make sure the performance is not boring. I have seen many magicians who spend 5 minutes for an effect. Close up! It might be a killer effect, but wasting 5 minutes on it is bad. And doing walk around magic this sort of stuff that I just mentioned is unthinkable.
Chad does it correctly, that is why Chad Long is a magic winner and why he is among my April list of winners. Kudos to you Chad, keep on doing that.