The subject of which comes first, the comedy or the magic is a real discussion (debate) in the Magical circles. Since I’m not in a Magical circle, (Thank god) my thoughts are valid because this is my blog.
Seriously, and I understand this, some of the best performers and thinkers in Magic say that the Magic should not be over shadowed by the comedy. This is true, as there is hopefully a magical moment in each effect, and you don’t want the laughter to be stepping on the toes of amazement. It diminishes the “Wonder.”
Personally, I just can’t commit to one size fits all. So I’ll concede that they are correct. However there are those who are talented Comedians and Magicians. If you are going to play in the best Comedy clubs, you better knock’em dead with laughter, or you won’t go very far. So I tip my hat to the true Comic Magicians, who bring the house down with laughter. I think it might be as simple as your method of booking your show. Either Magic first, or Comedy first, no buyer beware is necessary.
As Magicians we tend to talk and debate things to death. Have you heard the one about misdirection in Magic? Well it doesn’t exist, you see there is direction. (More on this later…not likely!) But, I would like to talk about the inherent comedy in most magic. Probably next time. Thanks for listening. Joe Ferranti “Magic/Comedy for all Occassions”