posted on Jun, 25 2013 @ 02:43 PM
reply to post by SloAnPainful
The biggest key to illusions is to play on the audience's preconceived notions. For example, we are preconceived to the idea that there is only going
to be ONE dollar bill with a certain serial number on it. So, the idea of there being TWO (a copy) doesn't even enter the non-illusionist's mind.
With just that one idea, you could easily fill in the blanks and figure out the rest of the trick. So, the illusion WORKS because it plays off of that
Other key concepts...
We assume that there is only ONE assistant, when in fact, most magicians employ at least TWO (and they are TWINS!) - This is what allows for those
"teleport" style illusions, when an assistant vanishes onstage, and reappears in the audience (it's just her sister!)
We assume a table is too thin to conceal a person, when really a trick of perspective, coloring, and construction makes the rear of the table plenty
big enough, but it is concealed by fooling the eye of the audience. - This is how those disappear and reappear illusions are done. The person is in
the table (and looks to the audience, like they'd NEVER fit), and then when the cover or smoke happens, they emerge from the hiding place.
Misdirection is another key one. For example, let's say there's a stage with no trap door, but we need to sneak the illusionist offstage. Well,
you'll likely see a flurry of activity and assistants onstage (all dressed the same). The illusionist changes into the same matching outfit and
sneaks off as one of the assistants. Classic maneuver, and used in a lot of big illusions.
There are many, many more of course, but really, it still takes TALENT to time it right, come up with new ways to use the same old tricks, and just
put a bit of zazz on it, you know?