MOTS #31: The Highwaymen

On this episode the guys hit the dusty road for a trip to Marc DeSouza’s house for a lecture by Andost, who most recently won 1st place at FISM in the “Micro Magic” category. Check out his winning act, Rainbow, here.

While driving to Marc’s, the guys discuss the recent Holiday Meeting they attended for IBM Ring 6, which meets in Springfield, PA. For the holiday meeting their meeting location was magically transformed into a banquet-hall-like scenario with a stage show performance by the club’s members.

Unfortunately this event did not have an open bar. This leads the guys to discuss their frustration with the general lack of open bars at magic events, and the possibility of having a Magic On the Side Gathering. It’s been said that there may be beer at this event. Oh, and magic. So keep a listen for details of such an event in the future.

The fellas then discuss the particulars of the show, as well as the different styles each performer had. We’d also love to hear about other club meetings from you guys, so make sure to give us a call at call-in at 267-227-0257, email us, or twoot your twats at us @magicontheside

Seuss then discusses iTricks post about Marlo Memes, entitled, “Ed Marlo Wants You to Put on Your Big Boy Pants.” The article puts out the call to continue making Marlo Memes. Seuss twooted a meme, check it out here. Eric really wants to know whether or not Marlo actually had a hairpiece, or if he was all-natural like Johnny Thompson. This hair vs toupe interest was further fueled by Eric’s viewing of Penn & Teller’s Bullshit, where it’s said that the greatest illusion in the world is Johnny Thompson’s hair.

Then the guys talk about selling some items to clear space on their magic shelves. Eric sold off his Ninja Rings after realizing they weren’t quite his style, and Seuss sold a few books to friend of the show, Edward Boswell. Eric then briefly talks about culling down material to put together a stand-up show, in addition to a mentalism show to give him some more flexibility. Then Seuss’ stomach growls and the guys take a brief pit stop before the lecture.

The fellas use the magic of the timeline to pull you into the future after they’ve attended Andost’s lecture. Both really enjoyed the lecture, especially the discussion about attention queues within a performance. Andost started his lecture with his FISM winning act, Rainbows. Make sure to also check out his stage act, here, for which he won at FISM in 2009.

Andost spoke a lot about how to structure an act based on the audience he is performing for. Specifically, magicians vs layman audiences, and how a magicians can use either to their advantage. He also touched on thinking about how you want to end the state of things after a performance when you are constructing a routine. This was a tip both Seuss and Eric were really interested in.

Andost also talked about making all of his acts modular, much like Dan Harlan spoke about on episode 27. This allows acts to be stretched or shrunk according to the audience or venue. In addition to this, Andost stressed that we should be thinking about constructing thought out routines, not just performing tricks.

It’s stressed that there’s not really that many ways an effect can go. According to Andost there’s really only three types of effects—’redundancy’, ‘return to original state’, and ‘completion of mission.’ For example, a redundancy effect would be the ambitious card. Returning to an original state is much like the professor’s nightmare. Finally, completing a mission is when a plot’s end state finally comes to fruition.

As the fellas talk about Andost’s love of visual presentation, there’s a brief tangential discussion about Yann Frisch, who has a very unique performing style and structure. Seuss mentions his teapot act, which you can check out here. Every little thing Yann does is super thought out in developing his character, and designed to be visually jarring. If you’re interested in Yann, definitely check out his performance at the 2012 International Magic Convention in Beijing, here. This performance appears very erratic, but there’s so much planning that goes into each action to weave an interesting performance.

The big nugget Eric gleaned from Andost was in focusing on the little thing and polishing them, much like a diamond, so that when you have enough diamonds they build to a polished routine, which makes for a most impressive act. Seuss was a big fan of Andost’s take on being more honed visually in performing an act to really add to the beauty of it.

As they finish up, the guys apologize for being sober for the second episode in a row. Seriously, you guys, they’re sorry. We’d love to hear if you guys enjoyed this episode format, if you prefer the studio environment, or if you like mixing it up. The guys also talk about possibly doing an episode at a bar with a few magicians—so look out for that. Eric plays the show out with some more smooth jazz. Don’t worry, the sweet, sweet mandolin is neither gone nor forgotten.


2 Responses to MOTS #31: The Highwaymen

  1. Edward Boswell
    December 21, 2012 at 12:38 PM #

    An annual gathering would be amazing!!!!! Count me in!

  2. Keosilver December 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM #

    A get together would be glorious! With my new job, I may actually have some side spending money for travel.

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