Where's the Meaning?
Pyka defines “Theatrical Magic” as magic that is character and story driven and accomplishes several goals: 1) tells a story, 2) establishes or showcases a character, 3) solves a problem, 4) makes a statement, or 5) instructs and educates. His goal is to teach magicians to take magic that is often presented as a puzzle and turn it into theater and meaningful entertainment.
Throughout, Pyka discusses his character, Big Daddy Cool, and how he was developed, how he works in a show and how the effects support his character. Pyka also talks about his musical, “Swingin’ At The Roxy,” which featured songs, dance and magic and toured, nearly making it off-Broadway.
Other routines are strictly in the design phase but show Pyka’s thought processes and how he would present an illusion or effect. I particularly liked his take on the “Origami” illusion. In Pyka’s hands, the stunning illusion becomes a story where the shrinking of the box and the swords serve as integral plot devices. These routines are only thoughts and ideas, but it’s a pleasure to get into Pyka’s mind.
Pyka also offers exercises on how to think about character and your presentation of magic. Most of the routines apply to stage shows and illusions, but there are some close-up discussions.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
MSRP: (US) $45
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