What is Close-up Magic?

This article explains what close-up magic is, what an expert close-up magician can do and what entertainment close-up magic is great for almost any event.

Close-up magic is magical entertainment that takes place right in front of you, magic you can not only see but also feel and touch. This intimacy is what makes it so different from other types of magic. An expert close-up magician will engage and interact with the audience much more than a stage magician (or any other form of entertainer for that matter).

Most of the close-up magicians use general props such as playing cards, coins, sponge balls, and ropes. And all magicians perform the same basic magical effects with these props, making them appear, disappear, change, float, rest and recover, and penetrate other objects.

What’s amazing about close-up magic is that it happens so close to you, sometimes while you’re holding props! There are many standard close-up magic effects and standard routines used to present them. For example, ‘Ambitious Cards’ where the selected card repeatedly rises to the top position in the card deck without shuffling or cutting, or ‘Sponge Ball’ where the ball moves in plain view between the magician’s hand and those of the audience.

In fact, these routines are freely available if you care to take a look.

Anyone can search the internet and buy books and DVDs on magic close-ups, or even standard props and routines. What really sets one close-up magician apart from another is how they present their magic. In fact, presentation is key – it’s what makes close-up magic entertaining. Excellent professional magicians will be creative and present their magic in an original and entertaining way. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s mysterious, sometimes it’s just weird and weird. Magic becomes a vehicle for the player’s personality and ideas.

This is what makes close-up magic such great entertainment. Interesting, weird and funny people show you the impossible, strange and beautiful, right under your nose!

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