Did you ever tell yourself that you need to learn street magic and you want to do that right away? You are now well prepped to go for it. You suddenly felt afraid when you reached your destination. You might find yourself feeling jumpy and fidgety. You end up doing everything else other than learn street magic. You may just say hello to your friends and go home not being able to learn street magic.
It’s actually because of our conditioning from the time we are born. You were told to stay away from strangers while growing up. With street magic, you end up breaking this principle in many ways. First of all, you have to talk to a stranger on the street to take a look at your magic trick and then ask him/her to trust you. These activities are both against your conditioning. That is why you end up giving up trying to learn street magic.
So how do you successfully learn street magic? Handle the approach first and your conditioning so you can tackle this. The first step is assessing your potential customer. Look around for potential customers in the venue you’ve decided to go to.
Observe their activities and moods in detail. Figure out their schedule for the evening and if they could be a suitable customer or not. You can make a list of your customers by analyzing them.
Some people like to show their deck of cards at a later stage when the customer has agreed to watch the magic whereas, some like to have their cards ready when they approach someone. I usually start our conversation by asking them if they’ve ever heard about the Three Card Monte while keeping my deck at hand? But still, I continue giving cards to strangers too. The prime goal is to stop you from thinking that you are approaching a stranger and minimizing the chance of customer saying no.
When you ask people for permission you are giving the choice of watching the street magic in their hands and may be refused out rightly on your face. I found out that it is much better to directly start the trick while conversing rather than wait for them to say yes. It is almost the same as guerilla marketing. You go and talk to the customer in a way that they won’t be able to refuse out of courtesy.
I personally don’t like to “ask” as I feel like I am begging or am not confident enough about my skill. Never call people in a very formal way like Madam or Sir. Street magic is completely informal. It would also help if you will not go overboard and be too animated or you might irritate the people watching.
Just greet other informally with a “Hello” and go ahead. You can out the other person on his guard with too much familiarity with a stranger. Maintain eye contact throughout. It shall convey your seriousness and distract their attention when required.
You can start to learn street magic with simpler tricks and gradually move on to more difficult ones. This could also enhance your personality. Furthermore, through this, you can also learn to read people, carry yourself with confidence, and deal with different circumstances properly. You can be successful in street magic by using your experiences and your learnings.