Archive for the 'Advice' Category

Ramsay Teaches You To Throw Cards

Posted by Michael on March 17th, 2017

Chris Ramsay recently posted this very nice introduction to card throwing for anyone harboring dreams of throwing cards like Gambit or that one guy* in Jackie Chan’s City Hunter movie. You can always see more of Chris over on his website.

*Leon Lai as Kao Ta

Michael Vincent’s Life As A Deaf Magician

Posted by Michael on March 7th, 2017

Michael Vincent recently shared this interesting video on his YouTube page that sees him sharing his experiences as a deaf magician. Michael lost his hearing just a few years ago so this has been a major change to all aspects of his life.

Michael’s original video includes a link to By Life, a group that is striving help remove the barriers faced by those with hearing loss.

TEDxTalk, Vanish Mag, TV Sighting [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on January 31st, 2017

I’m still sick, so not sure if there will be any other posts today…. I do have a little for you now, though. First up is Davi Lai’s summer 2016 talk at TEDxUTP. He is covering happiness, success, inspiration and how he went from engineer to magician. David is a Malaysian mentalist and magician who has performed throughout Asia and the Middle East; you can learn more about him on his website.

The new issue of Vanish is also out and available for free download. Visit their website to grab a digital copy or see about getting a physical copy.

Finally, I don’t see any magicians scheduled to appear on TV this week doing magic… but last night Steve Valentine made a villainous appearance on Supergirl. If you missed it, you can always catch it streaming on The CW website.

Chris Ramsay Reacts To Chris Ramsay [NSFW]

Posted by Michael on January 13th, 2017

Chris Ramsay made a recent appearance on Montreal’s Breakfast Television. This video starts as behind the scenes but then jumps to Chris being brutally honest about his less than perfect performance. It is a little long but worth watching!

You can see more of Chris (including that video of Internet magic he mentions) on his YouTube page.

How Not To Get A Girlfriend: Magic At TEDxKielUniversity

Posted by Michael on January 5th, 2017

Benjamin Viethen explains the lessons he has learned over the years performing magic in his TEDxKielUniversity talk How Not To Get A Girlfriend.

How To Get YOUR Video On iTricks

Posted by Michael on December 30th, 2016

Last post of 2016… so I figure let’s get a jump on 2017. Want to get your magic video on iTricks in the next year? It really isn’t hard to do as long as you keep a few things in mind!

First, we avoid posting blatant promotional material. Sure, every now and then when we are talking about a magician and can’t find any other footage of them you may see their sizzle reel or an ad for a specific show. By and large, though, that is not what we want to pass along to the other iTricksters. There are a couple of exceptions to this to keep in mind, though. We will pass on promotional material for magic events (like conventions) and charity shows.

Second, have a good video. You don’t need to hire a director obsessed with bringing the look of French New Wave Cinema to your clip… you don’t even need a fancy camera set up. We have posted plenty of stuff shot on phones, although they are generally horizontal shots (there is a reason your phone screen is roughly the same proportion as your flatscreen TV!). The number one reason to pass over video is bad sound… so if your video is noisy or too hard to hear, consider adding a nice public domain background track or plan in advance and get yourself a microphone! The second issue that disqualifies many videos is shaky footage. Steady that camera or phone while filming; a $10 tripod is worth its weight it gold! Third issue is length. We like to keep things under 15 minutes and much prefer video that runs less than 5 minutes. If things get too long then some iTricksters have trouble downloading and others don’t have the time to sit down and watch a 35 minute show while they are sneaking in a video at work! To be honest, my personal suggestion (from back in the days when I was running a videography business) is to try to keep things less than two and a half minutes. That is the maximum length for a MPAA approved movie trailer, by the way, so there is plenty of time to pack in the content.

Third, this is a family website so watch the language and content. We can work around some of this with the good ol’ NSFW banner, but best to keep your content PG in theme and content!

Finally, do something awesome! You don’t have to be appearing on Ellen or The Tonight Show. You can shoot something cool in your own house or the local coffee place (look at Rick Lax and Justin Flom)… just do something worth watching. Don’t just do that thing you learned from your latest download that everyone else is already doing. You are the star of your video, do something that makes you shine! If you are starting a new vlog or web series, let us know. We won’t post every one, but we are always happy to help someone get their series started.

Okay, once you have an awesome clip, what do you do? Well, it is easiest for us to preview and post videos from YouTube and Vimeo. You can get a free account from either site in just a couple of minutes. Once it is up, let us know. The quickest way is to contact me (Michael) directly at brownbagmagic AT swbell DOT net. Obviously, there is a secret code to that email but I think y’all can figure it out. Just send me a link to your video and, if you have one, a link to your website. I have a crazy schedule, but I try to email everyone back… heck, I will probably hook you into a prolonged conversation. I am just like that!

That is my best advice to everyone and I can’t wait to see your videos in the new year. 2017 can be your year, but only if you go out and make it your year! I’ll end this now before I get to Napoleon Hill on y’all… have a safe weekend everyone. Happy new year!

David Kwong On Creativity

Posted by Michael on November 18th, 2016

The Savannah College of Art and Design has posted its latest installment of their web series On Creativity. Featured this time is magician, consultant and crossword designer David Kwong.