Lecture5 EP. Souls Not Sold
ten Bizarre Magicians together, and more than likely you will hear ten
opinions of what constitutes Bizarre Magick. Highly subjective.
However, all will agree it's storytelling. Yes. And so is
the story that is 'pattered' when doing the Multiplying Sponge Rabbits
-- but is that bizarre? Hardly. Unless, of course, if the
performer has live rabbits carrying on so indecently in his hand in
mixed company -- that would be bizarre in the correct definition of
the problem, among the majority of magicians and lay people, a
misconception of the word bizarre. They equate it with soul
selling, demons, witches, ghosties and ghasties and things that go bump
in the night other than ones lover. Compounding the problem,
contributing to the onus on the word are some of the bizarre performers
who are never offstage. They ever play the 'mysterious' role,
dress the part: all in black, wearing silver
So, I put myself on an unwavering line with my definition: Bizarre Magick is substantive storytelling magic, illustrated with one or more effects, the intent of which is to make a specific meaningful point by awakening a disquieting, at times perhaps even fearful, emotion in the participant to punctuate the message being imparted. In other words -- you're far more apt to remember what makes you uncomfortable, uneasy or frightened than you are something that simply makes you pleasantly entertained. However, that said, the Prime Directive of Magic is that it must entertain; even in Bizarre Magick that strives to be thought provoking -- it must also entertain.
I don't have much patience with pontifications (except my own, of
course, but being a kindly sort I'll spare you) here are three of my
routines as examples. The first, "A Gentleman of Mercy"
The second, "The Lizzie Borden Bunnies" is darkly comic, and on the surface may at first seem to be nothing more than that. But hopefully it will stir awareness of what bleak things fascinate us, and more importantly what we are doing to our children with questionable entertainment fare.
third, "Stalker" began with giggles and cackles of delight
when I first conceived of it. Then while writing the initial
reaction began changing to increasing horror; the thought being -- what
if...just what if...........Well, that's all I'll tell you about that
one. But -- what
Here they are, just click on the links below:-
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