The main goal of my virtual Zoom magic show is to engage and entertain your guests so that they feel together, in the moment, and truly at ease in the virtual space. The magic and mentalism I perform during my online shows is simply the tool that allows me to accomplish this goal. When I first started performing virtual magic shows in march of 2020, I quickly realized that the people on the other side of the screen were much more interesting than anything on my side of the screen.
By making the show, I’ve learned that It’s not about being a great magician or being the best virtual entertainer out there. When I get people on a Zoom call I take control of the room by creating excitement, visuals and comfort so that it makes an interactive and engaging show.
Thanks to Zoom for being my favorite online platform and years of in-person experience I’ve been able to create a unique philosophy that is specific to virtual magic shows.
Come back stage with me and I’ll give you a closer look at my philosophy on Zoom magic shows.
Zoom Magic Show Philosophy #1: Create Visuals
It’s one thing to be fancy and to do magic tricks and wow you, but the Zoom magic show actually happens “inside” the meeting. It’s about the people and getting them involved. It’s not about everyone looking at me for 30 minutes to an hour straight. That’s boring and not fun for the audience tuning out.
My philosophy is that the more time in a call that your guests are on the screen, the better. It’s about bringing spectators together while creating a communal experience. I do this by creating visuals.
Visuals create excitement and wonder. This is why I use the power of Zoom to single out an individual at any given moment. There is so much that can happen if I spotlight one person at the right moment- you can see how the dynamics of the show changes. It doesn’t stop there though; these transitions create a new experience that allow others to tune in to each other’s lives. Whether it’s what’s going on in their background or witnessing their reaction of looking up, these visuals are what makes others want to see what all the hype is about.
Zoom Magic Show Philosophy #2: Don’t Lose Screen Real Estate
Taking control of the virtual room is not an easy task. My Zoom magic shows are about you. There isn’t a reason for you guys to ONLY see me during the show.
One of the most common transitions that other virtual entertainers create is to toggle off to someone else so that both the entertainer and guest can converse. This technique loses all of the screen real estate. While an entertainer might think this is a good route to highlight guests, you might be losing over half of your guests to distractions like phones, eating, or doing an activity like laundry.
Spotlighting is a magic and mentalism trick in and of itself. I’ve performed over 600 virtual shows experimenting with spotlighting during which I’ve mastered transitioning while creating spontaneity and excitement.It makes a huge difference in the quality of the show, as I already know where I’m going before I get there. That’s a skill that resonates well with clients.
Zoom Magic Show Philosophy #3: All Magic Can Work on Zoom
Before the pandemic I thought magic and mentalism could only be done effectively in-person. I was worried about successfully delivering a quality show via Zoom or any virtual platform. As time went on, it became more than just the tricks or the style of magic and mentalism being performed. I may not be able to take your phone, watch or use objects up close to you, but during a Zoom magic show I’m able to incorporate the philosophies above: spotlighting and creating visuals, while using strong magic tricks that are quick and easily understood.
In the virtual space, tricks need to be clear on camera and explained. If I made a quick transition while doing a trick, I could easily lose everyone or someone could assume that it was purposely done to trick them. So it’s tricky….but there are so many advantages that make up for the trickiness. See what I just did there?
Get The Harrison Kramer Experience And See My Zoom Magic Show Philosophy In Action
The final reason why Zoom magic shows have become my thing is because I’ve done over 1000 live events in Manhattan, Long island and other parts of NYC over the past 7 years and I’ve just become experienced. I’ve had to walk into different environments where nobody knew who I was, and I’ve had to make it work every single time.
It was because of the constant change in evolving environments via gigging that I’ve been able to adapt and create something unique for virtual platforms. Fast forward to today: as a seasoned virtual business magician, I now consider myself a Zoom magic expert and the perfect host for any type of event.
Zoom magic shows and other virtual events have proved to be an incredible opportunity for corporate entertainment, reunions for families, birthday parties, associations and more.
My calendar continues to fill up for unique virtual magic shows. If you’re looking for a Zoom host specialist for your business event or for me to be your virtual entertainer with magic, feel free to contact me at Harrisonkramermagic@gmail.com
You can also check out my Youtube channel for a sneak peak of what a high quality virtual magic show is all about.