THE STORYTELLER'S COTTAGE
In the Victorian era, up-close magic shows were all the rage. Skilled and suave magicians performed mysterious sleight-of-hand tricks at elegant parties in private homes, making items disappear and reappear right in front of awed guests' eyes.
Some parties were structured to feature a performance in front of seated guests in a small parlor, while others were more freeform, allowing the magician to mingle among the guests as they nibbled on their refreshments, popping into their conversational circles and performing unexpected tricks right at their elbows.
Close-up magic events can be even more thrilling than watching a magician on a stage or on tv, since the audience feels like they're close enough to the performer to spot the method behind the tricks -- and when they can't, the illusion seems even more magical! Learn how to host a vintage, elegant evening ...
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