Are you having a hard time getting your audience truly invested in your performance? sometimes as magicians we tend to accidentally put on "blinders" and only focus on our volunteer, leaving the rest of our audience feeling out of the loop. This week, Michael offers 3 really easy ways to break that habit and get our audience emotionally invested in our show!
How to Get Your Audience Emotionally Invested!
Sometimes it is easy to get so caught up in your performance that we forget simple things like audience management and acknowledgement. Have you ever been in a show and feel almost like you are not even there? Like you are watching a movie because the performer had almost no interaction with you aside from the one or two times he stepped off the stage to "ask for a volunteer?" It is really easy to forget to acknowledge your audience, but in todays segment, we will focus on 3 super easy ways to include your audience and get them invested!
1. Give them a choice: The easiest way to get your audience invested is to include them in on the selection process. For example, maybe you need to use the 2 kings for a sandwich type effect. Ask someone in the audience which two kings they would like to use; "The Red kings or the Black Kings?" This does nothing to change your routine, but adds an extra layer to your effect because the audience felt like they were part of the selection process!
2. Delegate responsibilities: Another easy way to get your audience involved is to try to spread out the effect to as many people as possible. For instance, rather than simply placing the card into the deck, you may go to the audience and allow them to cut the cards themselves. Then after making the card jump to the top, have another spectator turn it over. You have now just let 3 different people in on an effect that you didn't even necessarily need (The person who chose the card, the person who cut the deck, and the person who revealed the card at the end.) This allowed several people to get their hands in on the effect making them feel more included. Which leads us to point #3.
3. Perform the magic in your spectator's hands: The best way to get your audience directly involved is to allow the magic to happen in their hands. Let them examine props, shuffle the cards, do the magic move, etc. It is a simple thing to do and doesn't usually require us to change anything in the technique, but it makes the final effect so much more powerful!
Did these tips help? What advice do you have to get your audience more involved? Please be sure to let us know in the comments below! Have a great day and thanks for watching!