Posted on 08/14/2012 by Jeff Prace // There have been 2 comment(s)

Guest Author: Jeff Prace
At only 18-years-old, Jeff has become recognized in the magic community for his unique, offbeat style of magic. Known to be one of the most original young magicians on the scene today, Jeff's creations have been published in five of magic's most prodigious magazines: MAGIC, Genii, Reel Magic, Antinomy, and Magicseen. He has also released many well received products to the magic community. You can find some of these creations at his website. And make a point to catch up with him on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Thanks to David Blaine's revolutionary TV special in 1997, a new breed of close-up magicians was formed. These magicians deviated from what was considered the magic norm, and the term "street magic" no longer referred to performers like Cellini. The focus shifted from traditional magic props to objects readily found in a person's life. But is it possible that this has gone too far?

I admit to being a member of this new progeny of magicians. I grew up learning the classics, but I quickly veered into performing and creating organic magic. As a young magician, this was very fitting; I often performed during school where a cylinder and coins would seem disconnected. Most of my performances bind common objects with an amalgam of new and old plots. For example, I perform the Rattling Wands with mechanical pencils. This type of magic has proven to be the most successful on my audiences.

It seems like a new magic trick is shared with the magic marketplace every other day, and the majority of these releases implement normal items. These products are advertised as organic and seemingly impromptu. It is my stance that those descriptions have been exploited.

It is more than possible to throw together quotidian objects in unwonted ways. I can invent a trick that utilizes two packs of chewing gum, a permanent marker, and a participant's eyeglasses. While all of these props can be promptly encountered, they are not usually related. This makes the magic appear forced and logically unsound. Sadly, most of the new tricks are exactly that.

The strongest type of magic uses ordinary objects that are normally associated with each other. Unfortunately, a lot of the recently released magic is a conglomeration of anything and everything. We need to change the definition of organic magic. Before, it solely meant magic that was performed with ordinary objects. That is why a trick that involves a remote control, headphones, and a magazine is billed as organic when it truly seems contrived and artificial. Organic magic should be defined as magic that not only employs customary objects, but objects that are related to each other.

I am no guru at this form of magic - nor do I claim to be one - but I speak from experience. I have found that the strongest magic uses ordinary and related props in extraordinary ways. Of course this does not apply to all magic; this is a rough generalization of what I have noticed.

As much as I can talk about this subject, I am a recent high school graduate and am leaving for college in two weeks. And I have not even started getting my things ready. Better go do that...

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2 thoughts on “Organic”

  • Elliott

    Jeff you are great, period.

  • Jonathan

    I see where you're coming from, and agree with it to a point. I do think there's this sort of Macgyver appeal to taking seemingly random unrelated objects and making them fit into a magical experience. Some objects presented as unrelated, if all fall into place can be good. I do agree however that some people have taken this too far.