People normally think that an extraordinary thing will happen when they hear of the word magic. You might feel annoyed with this but you need to live up to these expectation since you are a magician. All you need to do is know and understand magical illusions. The audience have to believe that they are seeing something which is actually not happening. It’s just a “magical illusion”.
With illusion you are making the audience see what you want them to see. As a magician you have to know that it is not actually happening but you have to convince your audience that it is actually happening. It is a way of misleading the audience. The audience should miss out on the little tricks you are carrying out because they could only see what you want them to see. You have to give importance to angles if you want to succeed in this.
A magic controlled by mind such as spoon bending, bending the rod and reading minds are examples of mentalist magic. You can try to look for resources under the title ‘Master Mentalist’ if this type pf magic interests you. For beginners it can offer you insights on how to go about it and for magicians already practicing, it can offer insights to become more proficient.
You are totally mistaken if you think that an illusion is doing your magic perfectly. Don’t think that an “illusion” is a breathtaking effect you shall be able to create that there is no need for other activities like communicating to the audience etc.
Illusion cannot be created. Period! The trick is just a small component of the entire act when it comes to illusion. What matters is the way you presented the act and how convincing you are with that. Magic is more of a whole act rather than a trick. He has to act like a storyteller, continuously weaving stories to keep his audience focused on him throughout his act. They should feel his story and have belief in it completely. That’s the only time you can create an illusion since your audience could see what you want them to see.
For you to stimulate the senses of your audience you have to create suspense. Intrigue them. Only then can you get real reactions from your audience like “Wow! They have to wonder how did you do such an act or you would just be laughed about. Work on the whole presentation than just the act. Practice doing magic illusions and make your audience fascinated wit the act.