Created in 1991 by Tim Ellis
How can you develop your creativity in an art form with as many rules as magic? Break them!
Remember the old saying: “If an accountant makes a mistake, he calls it a “computer error”. If a plumber makes a mistake, he charges you more. If a doctor makes a mistake, he buries it. But if a magician makes a mistake, he’s a bad magician.”
Does it really have to be so? Many great new effects have been created when magicians have made mistakes and dealt with them on the spot.
Improvising. One way actors improve and develop their improvisational skills is in a show called ‘TheatreSports’™, invented by Keith Johnstone. Theatresports™ is an improv show based on two teams challenging each other to games and scenes.
So in 1991 Tim Ellis developed a series of games for magicians called, you guessed it, MagicSports. Many of the games are based on mistakes which have occurred in real life situations which put the participants under pressure and push their creativity to new limits, other games are based on those developed by Theatresports™.
All over the world MagicSports is played behind the closed doors of a magic club or at a convention as a “late-night” event. In Germany, The Flicking Fingers even play some MagicSports games in their public shows and now it’s a regular highlight at The Melbourne Magic Festival.
MagicSports at FISM
Den Haag 2003
In 2003 MagicSports workshops and a demonstration competition were staged at The FISM World Championships of Magic in Den Haag.
If you get really good though, try playing a whole match in front of the paying public, you’ll be surprised how much they love it!
So, without further delay, press play and let the MagicSports Theme Music (written by Australian composer Craig Bryant) set the mood as you enter a world filled with exciting, high adrenalin spontaneity! Have fun!!!