Recently, I was talking with a few friends and fellow magicians after attending a lecture given by Jonathan Levitt and we were discussing how easy it is to become distracted.  For instance, below is a video with people bouncing a basketball.  Half of the people are wearing black shirts and half are wearing white shirts.   Count the number of times the people wearing a white shirt bounce the ball to each other.

Did you get it right?  Did you rewind the video because you couldn’t believe how easy it was to distract you?

Here is another one that Magician Bob Brizendine brought to my attention.  You may have even seen the color changing deck trick before.  See if you can count how many times the color changes. I think you will be surprised.

Did you catch them all? Misdirection is truly a required skilled art that every magician must learn if he seriously wants to become a real entertainer. This is accomplished in many different ways, from voice inflection, to an actual touch, glance or look.

Appreciation for the art as a whole has really taken over my experience of watching others perform. I look for the entertainment and try to learn from those that really “get it”” because that is what the lay audience is really looking for when they come to a show. They want to be the side of the entertainer because people like to be part of a success.

Why else would everyone around the world want to be a Pittsburgh Steeler fan? It sure isn’t because Pittsburgh is a vacation destination. It is because they want to associate themselves with the success of a team that is about to win it’s 7th Superbowl Championship. All of my friends know that I have been a fan my whole life and just had to find a way to cheer on the Black and Gold as Superbowl Sunday quickly approaches.