Magicians In Scotland Like Dynamo

Magician in Scotland like Dynamo

Are there any magicians in Scotland like Dynamo?d How Does Dynamo put the mobile phone in the bottle? These are 2 questions that I get asked every night at the moment and they’ve got me thinking about my own magic career and the perception that the public have on not just magicians but entertainers in general.  The thought is that the cream will always rise to the top and that Dynamo is heads and shoulders above the rest of us because he actually has magical powers.   Both of which are not the case and when I try to describe my thoughts on TV Magicians I’m often looked at with a kind of…”aren’t you just jealous?”

Performing Magic on TV

Be honest, if someone slightly weird looking approached you in the street and started staring at you intensely  how would you feel?  IDynamo Performing a fan with a deck of cards know I’d be freaked out and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone; however, picture the same scene, a weird looking guy approaches you but this time there’s a TV cameras and a sound boom and god knows what else.  The first thing to go through your head is probably –“ I’m going to be on TV” and the second thought is – “hey there’s that guy off the telly”  Now I will add, as far as I’m aware, there are no camera tricks on his show.

The Last I was asked to perform magic on TV to demonstrate if magic could attract girls. Now believe it or not I’ve written a small book on the psychology of approaching groups but all my experience and knowledge could be thrown out the window when you approach with a camera crew behind you…and I’m not even famous.  The girls were happily enjoying their lunch so this situation would normally take two minutes of introduction & rapport building to provide the girls with a pleasurable magic experience (not that type of experience for my normal readers) However, the lights were on, the camera was on and as soon as I approached the girls were more than happy to be on camera. 

What am I trying to say?  If you would like a magician like dynamo to perform at your event you have to ask yourself this question?

Do I want the magician to give my guests a demonstration of magic…or do I want my guests to be entertained via magic?

Magician vs Magical Entertainer

For the last 9 years I have asked my clients, “why are you considering hiring a magician” and they’ve always had the same answers,

  • We want something different
  • We want some entertainment during the break
  • I’m just a big kid and I like magic

However, in all my experience I’ve never had one enquiry asking me to make their guests believe in magic or to do a demonstrations of magic.

Am I better or worse than Dynamo?

In all honesty we’re just different performers.  I do like his show though and magicians love him because he’s made magic popular again so more bookings for us.  So yes Magicians in Scotland do like Dynamo  to find out more about him visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamo_(magician)

 

 

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I am a magician from just outside Glasgow and I have to say I know a lot of magicians and not many of them like Dynamo or Domino(as a well known magician who lives in Scotland calls him), he doesn’t do anything on his show that we haven’t already seen from Blaine, Angel or even Paul Zenon and to cap it off he has no personality or charisma. Penn and Teller Fool Us is what a magic show should be as even magicians are fooled, can anybody here say that they haven’t been fooled at least once whilst watching Fool Us.

    Also if someone slightly weird looking approached anyone on a Scottish street he is more than likely to get a head for his freakyness.

  2. Hi Kris, the important thing to take into account is the difference between a magician and a magical entertainer. Approaching strangers with real magic on the street is dangerous and would not work without the aid of the cameras, lights and the dude carrying the sound boom. However, Dynamo is advertising himself as a magician i.e. he performs with magical powers. People believe he has magical abilities – for this charisma and personality aren’t required (as much) however the acting ability and performance is required. My criticism of this would be that his performing character is very similar to David Blaine

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