Here’s an interesting article I read on another magicians website that I asked if I could share.
My thanks goes to Alex Michael Cahill for giving me the thumbs up.
As a close up magician I often attend many weddings, corporate events and private parties where there is usually a photographer present.
I often see some of the photos of myself performing after the event and some are amazing and some are terrible.
So, if you are a photographer and you are at an event with a close up/table magician what do you need to know, to get awesome shots for the client.
- Most magic tricks have a ‘set up’ where a little magic happens….but be ready for the big finish. The best photos are of the magic happening and the spectator reacting.
- Great photos of magicians performing are of SPECTATORS. You should not be watching so much of the magic, you should be watching the open jaws, or the group applause etc
- Post production – look carefully at the photograph just to make sure, the method isn’t exposed or there isn’t that one person with their arms crossed or food all over their face.
- Speak to the magician about what they are doing. They should tell you the plan of attack so you know what not to miss. E.g a few little tricks for the guests, a huge trick for the bride and groom, followed but the best ever trick in front of everyone. You don’t want to be changing your lens when something is happening
- Be careful of your angles – you may want to take the perfect photo but be careful that the photo doesn’t expose the method
- Don’t be too close to the magician – not only may the magician feel uncomfortable spectators could spot you and lead to false or no reaction photos
Remember a close up magician is a friend, they can help you to do a great job in every way. Over the years, I have carried the odd bag, fetched someone from a toilet, referred work etc