We are introducing a new feature here at iTricks. Each week we are rotating in columns from leading edge thinkers, creators and practitioners in our industry. I will be your host for these all important ramblings. Today’s voice is none other than myself,  Bizzaro. The Optical Illusionist!

“There is nothing bigger than the little things.”

It takes so much more to be a performer than JUST knowing your craft. There are tiny details that go into making a performance, nay, a SHOW the spectacle worth talking about to your friends the next day.

Before I launch into my point, I want to give you a little something that can help you grasp onto this concept with. I have been doing special FX make-up and costuming for most of my life. It’s a hobby. Have you ever seen a costume at some convention or Halloween party that was just… sad? It’s almost as if they had NEVER even seen the source material they were drawing from.

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The best costumes are the ones that incorporate the tiny details of the characters look or outfit. If they are there, you don’t notice because the overall package is appealing and corect. If they are lacking, it stands out because you KNOW something is missing or off. Performing is a lot like that. Let me give you an example.

I was recently at a magic convention here in Vegas. I got to see the same guy get picked OVER and OVER again by various performers… in the same show even! This is an amateur mistake that many make because they either don’t know or have been gigging for so long, they forget.

When you are in a show with multiple performers it will behoove you to take a gander at what the other people are doing from time to time. Sure, we all get nervous and/or don’t care about anyone but ourselves, BUT if you come out and select the same person who someone has recently tortured, then the audience looks at you like yer a dolt. Not only that but, believe it or not, a lot of people don’t like being on stage in front of a bunch of strangers. Pulling someone up TWICE (who might have just had a bad time at the hands of some other bastard magician) will not endear them to you or their experience as a whole.

Ok so the guy before you grabbed the person YOU wanted to use for your comedy linking rings routine. Guess what? COPE! Take a quick glance out to the crowd and find someone else who might now be enjoying themselves whereas before they might have looked like they weren’t. Don’t just charge ahead willy nilly and do what you want. It will ultimately make you look like a tool.

Heed my warning little ones! Remember, it takes more than some slick sleights and shiny teeth to look like a god to the rest of the world. Sometimes it’s something so small, you just might overlook it…

Or maybe, already have.