We sit down with Toronto’s own James Alan to discuss some of the finer details of crafting a show. This episode was particularly exciting because James has been a fan of the show. Not only did he come prepared, but he was also able to blast misconceptions that we had spoken about in previous episodes.

The most out of the box idea that we spoke about was creating your own intros. While that seemed to come naturally out of the situation, and would seem standard for any magician, it often goes both not written or worse, not thought out.

Since he’s produced a ton of shows he can recognize those little tiny things that add up over time which makes the difference. That’s exactly what this episode was about.

We tend to often talk in big ideas in Discourse in Magic, and James really helped us slow down to understand that it’s the little things that count the most. The subtleties.

Another idea that came up is standing your ground. Especially when you’ve defined your character, you need to be able to see that some things might fit into your show but other things might not, and you need to be aware of that.

We also touch on standing your ground when it comes to less than pleasant Gigs. Like many things it all depends on where you are in your magic career, what stage you’re at.

The stage you’re at in your magic helps dictate a lot of things. It dictates the business that you do, but also dictates the process of implementing magic in your show when you don’t have a lot of expirience.

Putting together a show might mean doing more tricks than you have rehearsed. While late in a career, you know exactly what tricks take exactly how long, and have exactly what reaction. It gets’s harder and harder to swap things out.

I would love to know what you think of the episode in the comments below!

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Ps. You should Follow James On Twitter, he shares some funny stuff!

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