Is that this the “New Shut-Up Magic?” Stretching Boundaries Not


Boston Magician appears at AGT

“Issues change”… and in time-honored custom, previous males complain all the things was higher, again within the day. Nicely, I used to be bodily loads higher, again within the day, however alas, I cannot cease time, and I’ve no intention of complaining about how issues have modified.  

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Nicolas Ribs on AGT 2022

I simply noticed a French magician (Nicolas Ribs) on AGT, summer time 2022… in case you noticed it, I count on you’d agree it was magical and entertaining. And for me, fully fooling.

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Will Tsai

It jogged my memory of a previous efficiency by Will Tsai, referred to as The Rose Act. Howie Mandel mentioned of Will’s efficiency, “That is the very best close-up magic I’ve ever seen in my life!”

Magicians Do Not All the time Assist Every Different

Magicians are sometimes a jealous group, and plenty of took to social media criticizing Will Tsai. Let me simply say that what Will carried out required talent and a bit one thing further. Virtually all magicians use “a bit one thing further”… occasionally.


I consider their objections have been that, as close-up magic goes, they might not current it in basic close-up model. That means that spectators couldn’t sit on the desk to witness the magic, with out observing a part of the strategy. 

Shut – Up Magicians and Traditions

Shut-Up Magic is exclusive as a result of we current it mere inches from the eyes of the spectators, and that’s the way in which it was, till TV. Cameras might share the close-up expertise with massive audiences. What a pleasure it was to see a few of the biggest Shut-Up Magicians on TV. There was no different approach I’d have seen Jimmy Grippo, Frank Garcia… no want for an inventory.

The subsequent step was projecting close-up magic on massive screens, which enabled stage magicians the flexibility to share their expertise as close-up magicians stay throughout their stage reveals.

Shut-Up Magic on Stage?

I keep in mind David Copperfield performing the $100 Invoice Swap in a stage efficiency. Utilizing a big display allowed a complete theater to see the phantasm close-up. One other instance is when David went into the viewers and carried out the Floating Rose. As within the first instance, digital camera and display enabled all in attendance to witness a memorable efficiency.

What has modified? Nicolas and Will carried out their Shut-Up Magic on a stage for a big viewers, however they might not have finished it efficiently with spectators seated at their desk.

This isn’t an issue for the layperson… consider Howie’s response to Will Tsai. The restrictions of viewing meant nothing to Howie.

A Downside With Magicians

The issue exists with “magicians”. We’re a jealous group, knocking the achievements of others. Most frequently those who’re hottest and obtain media consideration. Suppose again to David Blaine. His first tv particular launched him to the highest of the business. And simply as shortly, he acquired the barbs from the so-called “cognoscente.”

However David didn’t relaxation. He moved ahead to greater challenges and earned a spot in magic historical past alongside the best.

So, maintain an eye fixed out for the brand new “Shut-Up” magicians, and keep in mind it’s not what they do on their first efficiency… it’s the observe up. (Nicely finished, David Blaine.)



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