Another Strategy To Play Big

Shortly after my book, The Show Is The Mother Of Invention, How to Pack Small, Play Big and Live Large came from the printer I realized I could have added one more strategy for playing big from a carryon case. And I kicked myself because it’s something I use in my own work.


So I’ll talk about it here.

It packs small.

It is invisible until it’s used.

In fact, it doesn’t need to be packed, as once you have it you have a hard time getting rid of it.

It’s called SKILL.

Skill is what turns a small prop like a deck of cards into an impressive manip segment.

To put more of a point on this, I’m not talking about the kind of skill that goes unseen, like our magic secrets. I’m talking about a particular skill subset and type of routines where the audience openly can appreciates our skill — or at least thinks they are.

When a magician performs a solid book test, the audience may be baffled, but there’s usually not a perception of this kind of skill. The audience is simply amazed.

But when a magician performs a well-routined card manip segment or …

a great coins to glass routine or …

a juggling type routine like the hoop and glass routine or …

a mental skill like a memory demonstration (real or otherwise) or …

a magic square (another mental skill)– like Reign Man — currently ON SALE

the magician is showing skill.

In his fantastic lecture notes, the late great Denny Haney talked about the placement of a skill piece later in the show. In the context of his writing he was explicitly referring to a manip segment, experience has shown me Denny’s wisdom applies to other skill-centric routines, too.

The power of placing the skill set later in show is brilliant. The audience’s appreciation for the performer is so much greater because they already know and like the performer. Denny was so great.

This has crossover value to pack big & play big goals, because few things pack smaller than skill.

Until Next Time,

Doc Dixon

PS: Currently we’re in the SHWBM SALE. Details are here.

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