So I need to get a magician for a kid’s party. It is one of my boss’ kids and he apparently likes magic. The kid is only six and his parents are split up, so the two of them are not cooperating very well and I am going to be in charge of planning the party. It is going to be held on neutral ground, a little park where they can rent the space. I was looking at different sites. This one is called http://www.emagicalmoment.com and that seems like it might be what they want, but how do you know if a magician is any good or not. Of course personally I am not really paying too much attention to magicians and their acts. If they have a pretty girl assisting them then that is as close as they can come to getting my attention. It is not like I think it is dumb, but it is mostly boring to me.
Of course a kid can suspend his disbelief and make believe that the magic is real or he could be fascinated by the magician’s technique. It is mostly about distraction I suppose. You put on a big show of doing one thing so that no one notices you do the other thing that actually makes the trick work. That is slight of hand and it is about being able to manipulate the expectations of the people who are watching you. If they see something that they expect to see that is what keeps them from seeing how the real trick is done. At least I am sure it is most about disguise and subterfuge. It is like a football coach who runs the exact same play, but makes it look like he is doing three other things at the same time.