July 30, 2009

Reveal your secrets



A few months back, I wrote about being a tease, holding back a little from revealing all to your audiences. The benefits include not overwhelming them and leaving your real secrets for the people who hire you.

However, revealing secrets can have an upside! Witness our local farmers market magician below, demonstrating the steps to getting out of a straitjacket. He had already performed several astounding magic tricks (with a subtle and straight-faced sense of humor), and the audience was suitably impressed. At this point, he shows how to escape from a straitjacket (which I hope none of us ever has to do in real life!) -- which becomes an educational and fascinating display.

But even in revealing this magician's secret, he still has one trick up his sleeve -- a bowling ball, in fact -- to wrap up the show. A little bit of holding back, a little bit of revealing secrets. The perfect mix of fun, entertainment, and education!














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2 comments. Please add yours! :

carol said...

Hi, I also go for holding back the point when speaking. for me, perfect timing will only enhance your point. making it stay longer in your listeners' mind. holding back creates momentum hence builds impact. thanks, great post. :)

Lisa Braithwaite said...

Carol, I love the way you put it -- creating momentum, hence building impact. That's a perfect description!

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