JC Sum – How to Be an Illusionist
Have you always wondered how to be an illusionist?
Do you wish to perform on a large stage for thousands of people?
Maybe you are a working magician specializing in close-up or stage magic and are looking to put together a bigger show for a special event?
How to Be an Illusionist is a first-of-its kind introductory course on performing a modern illusion show in today’s entertainment and pop culture market.
In this comprehensive course, you will learn step by step how to put an illusion show together, regardless of whether you perform illusions for fun, as a hobby, part-time or professionally.
You will receive a goldmine of information that will empower you with practical knowledge to take on the world of grand illusions; including a primer, with credits, on over 100 well-known illusions performed today.
The course consists of 10 modules of information that is worth thousands of dollars to the performing illusionist, and has taken years of experience to learn and develop.
It features over 80 full-color photographs of a dozen international illusionists in performance, including David DaVinci (USA), David & Abi Haines (USA), Kyle Knight & Mistie (USA), Miguel Gavilán (Spain), Hector Ruiz (Spain), Rémy Savary (France), Adeline Ng (Singapore), Daniel Ka (Spain), Sam Powers (Australia), Jason Bishop (USA), Jay Mattioli (USA), and Sean Alexander (U.K.).
PART 1: BASIC ILLUSION TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE
How to Learn Illusions
Basic Illusion Utilities
Understanding Basic Illusion Design and Deceptiveness
PART 2: OVERVIEW OF POPULAR ILLUSION EFFECTS
PART 3: HOW TO CHOOSE ILLUSION SHOW MATERIAL
Experiment with Simple Illusions
Choosing Your First Illusion
Choosing Supporting Material
PART 4: HOW TO GET THE ILLUSIONS
Buying the Illusion
Financing the Illusion
Building the Illusion
Building an Illusion from a Set of Plans
PART 5: CASING THE ILLUSIONS
ATA Flight Cases
Basic Flight/Road Cases
Advanced Flight/Road Cases
Canvas and Poly-Fiber Cases
How to Store and Transport Illusions
Freight Forwarding Illusions
PART 6: HOW TO PRODUCE THE SHOW
Alternative Show Concepts
Different Ways to Open an Illusion Show
PART 7: SHOW SUPPORT
Show Support Team
Prop Movement and Staging
Basic Sound for Illusion Shows
Basic Lighting for Illusion Shows
Show Cue Sheet
PART 8: PRACTICE AND REHEARSAL
The Illusionist On-stage Cue System
PART 9: ILLUSION PERFORMANCE AND PERFORMING
How to Improve Your Performance and Show
Differentiate Your Illusion Performance
Perform Your Show
PART 10: THE MODERN ILLUSIONIST
The Illusionist Versus the Magician
Four Ways Performing Magic and Illusions is Different Today
What the Modern Illusionist Needs to Do to be Successful
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND REFERENCES