Paul Daniels Magic: Store of Illusions
Paul Daniels is enjoying a long and prominent career as a magician. His international audiences have brought him acclaim few can equal. Known for his sense of humor and polished on stage presence, Daniels is an entertainer to emulate.
For aspiring magicians, there is no better place to start.
Daniels´ love of the profession has motivated his success, but he doesn´t attribute one factor as the catalyst. Experience plays a big part. "Performance and success in my case come from really knowing all about my art, magic, and about the mechanics of the venues I work in, about the art of acting and truly enjoying myself when I am on stage or in front of a camera," he remarks. "Naturally, above all else I love the performance, whether it is magic, for which I am best known, or acting and singing, both of which I have done. I come from a non-show business family, although my father did have a cinema."
He says there are no significant differences between British and American audiences, but an entertainer must realize the rhythm of the language and the vowel sounds are different. "Work on those and you can do exactly the same gags everywhere," he adds.
When asked whether there are noticeable differences in appreciation of various forms of magic, Daniels comments, "As a performer, never allow yourself the conceited belief that everyone must like you. Do you like everyone? Of course not. So don´t expect everyone to like you or what you do. The appreciation of magic does not exist. It is always the appreciation of the performer. Some of them seem to be able to make everything magical, whilst some will never crack the secret of performing well."
On advice in general, he says there´s too much of it. Everything he knows is written in the course he sells. "Don´t try to entertain," Daniels suggests.
"Know your job so well that you can just relax into being you on stage."
Writer's Bio: Julia Ann Charpentier is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and an editor for book publishers. Read more articles by this author