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Jono Blythe's Tricks for a Perfectly Packed Performance

Loading up pockets with tricks before a booking is a common practice among magicians. It’s a way to ensure that they have everything they need at their fingertips, so they don't have to waste time searching for the right prop during a performance. As a magician myself, I know how important it is to be well-prepared and to have a plan for each performance.


Today, I spent the entire day figuring out which tricks to pack for my upcoming booking. It can be a challenging task, especially when you have a large collection of tricks and props like I do. Not every trick will work for every audience, so I need to carefully consider the type of audience I will be performing for and what tricks will best suit their interests.


The first step in loading up my pockets is to select the tricks that I will need for the performance. I go through my collection of tricks and props and select the ones that I feel will be the most effective for the audience. This can take some time, as I need to consider the size of the audience, the age group, and the setting of the performance.


Once I have selected the tricks, I start to organise them into different pockets. I usually wear a jacket, shirt, and trousers for my performances, so I have plenty of pockets to work with. I try to distribute the tricks evenly between the pockets, so I don't have too much weight on one side of my body.


As I load up my pockets, I need to consider how each trick will be accessed during the performance. Some tricks require quick access, so I need to make sure they are in a pocket that I can easily reach. Other tricks may need to be concealed until the right moment, so I need to be careful not to reveal them too soon.


Loading up my pockets can be a time-consuming process, but it's worth it to ensure that I have everything I need for a successful performance. The weight of my jacket and trousers can be quite heavy with all the tricks, but that's part of the act. It adds to the spectacle and drama of the performance, and it's something that the audience will remember.


In addition to tricks, I also load up my pockets with other essentials, such as cards, coins, and small props. These items can come in handy during the performance, and I need to make sure that I have them readily available.


Overall, loading up my pockets with tricks before a booking is an essential part of my preparation process. It takes time and effort, but it's necessary to ensure that I'm well-prepared for any situation that may arise during the performance. It's a small detail that can make a big difference in the success of the show, and it's something that I take very seriously as a magician.


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