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Slydini’s Great Question - Lecture Notes
“Are You A Magician, Or Do You Just Do Tricks?”
Coin and Wand Routine, Newspaper Balance, Impossible
Rabbit Production, Poetic Blooming Flower
Productions, Spinning Silent Ring Links.
27 pages, 123 photos + 4 page Upgrade.
“This (John’s routine) is the perfect marriage of meaning and effect.”
-David Kaye, Magic Magazine
John mixes storytelling, theater, and vocal technique to create a magical experience for the audience. His interest is in presentation, and using the trick as a vehicle for the story being told. For years, John has quietly been a popular teacher and coach at “alternative” magic gatherings (Mystery School, Phoenix Gathering, Mysterium, Kidshow Guru Braintrust, Theory and Art of Magic Symposium) and now is lecturing for regional magic gatherings, like SEAM, Florida State, Twin Cities, and SCAM.
Topics include: • Acting and Showmanship • Enhancing Your Expressiveness • Creating Characters • Comic Technique • Casting The Spell of Emotional Involvement
“John, you’re the Shakespeare of magic!”
-Marvyn Roy, Mr. Electric
“You Rock. I really enjoyed the lecture, more like a workshop. I learned something I use in all my story pieces now.”
-Jeff McBride, Las Vegas
“John Tudor represents the culturalization of magic…his very name means teacher.”
- Hiawatha Johnson, Jr., Randolph College
It was an interesting discovery to find out just how hard giving a good magic lecture really is!
The title is a true story: At one of my very first conventions Tony Slydini said to me “Are you a magician, or do you just do tricks?”
The question stuck with me ever since, and affected the entire course of my life. As I studied, I eventually came to magic from an actor’s standpoint. Since then, I’ve tried to make my dramatic views inform my magical work. Interesting thing in hindsight, I never really used what I learned in the theater towards its utmost potential until I was asked to help others clarify their own vision. It seemed so obvious and easy when looking at someone else’s act, to know instinctively what they should do. At the same time I found it was truly difficult to look at myself and really apply what I knew to my own work– to this day I still feel like I’m just beginning. There’s an old adage “You teach best what you most need to learn.” I look forward to what we will teach, and learn, from each other.
© 2009 John Tudor