Charm art

of these articles concerns itself with charm art as a range of the representing art - to the heidnischen or religious linguistic usage see Zauberei, for the mythologischen or literary figure of the Zauberers see there.

Charms is the art to let illusions develop thosemainly by communication with the viewer come. Here with the logic of the spectator one plays, who surrenders illogical acting of the Magiers.

In order to reach such an illusion, a multiplicity of different technology is used: Psychological and logical-illogicalThink, as well as the utilization of physical and mathematical laws. Those often as important element accepted Fingerfertigkeit plays in principle only a subordinated role.

The charm art usually serves for the maintenance of a public, which does not know the used talents. The spectators know inthe rule that the effects shown are reached by applications of the techniques described above and to set itself gladly the attraction out to leave itself in such a way from the charm artist charms.

The used techniques are not revealed in all rule. For this it givesdifferent reasons:

  • By a revealing of the applied methods the magic would abgraben itself as art form the water and to a purely intellectual Herumrätselei would change. A person, opposite whom the trick was revealed, does not know the later demonstration any longer naively,i.e. pursue with benefit.
  • Professionally arising charm artists could by revealing cheat financial damage to develop.

If the presentation is understood however as theatre play, the attraction lies less in the secrets, than in the production.

Memberships in appropriate associations are usually connected with the code of ethics, to information over do not cheat at laymen to pass on. To reveal when permissible regarded, cheat opposite those, which would like to become even active charm artists. Therefore there are many books and magazines, in which seriously was interestedto inform can. The syndicate of the Zauberer in Germany is the magic circle of Germany registered association..

Magic conceptions can be divided roughly in three different sections:

  • Tischzauberei in the direct contact with the spectator, that the charm artist thereby directly on thoseFinger to see can (English: “Closeup magic "). But everyday life articles become usually such as Spielkarten, coins etc. used. To the well-known representatives to this form Paul Zenon belongs.
  • Salon magic for smaller groups of spectators with somewhat spatial distance from the charm artist. Herefrequently smaller transportable charm apparatuses are used.
  • Stage magic for a large public in the auditorium. Here often thought out and firmly inserted trick equipments are used. To the most famous Bühnenzauberern David Copperfield, Siegfried and Roy and Penn and plate belongs. Acting world championNorbert Ferré - stage and Jason Latimer - is Tischzauberei.

A main principle with most charm-cheat is, the attention of the spectator in err to lead, by being steered on matters of minor importance, so that the actual trick manipulation remains undiscovered. For examplethe demonstrating could arouse the impression that it gives a coin of the left to the right hand, while it remains in reality in the left hand. In order to deceive the spectator, the fingers of the right hand become demonstrative ofabove around the coin closed (one lets which drop back at the same time inconspicuously into the left palm). The closed right fist is presented, while the demonstrating lets the left hand with the coin hang loosely downward, as if is actually empty it.

For the mad line of the attention of the spectator many different techniques are used. Often very much training is necessary, in order to be able to implement a certain deception perfectly. A technology is more natural the employment and trusted friends of courses of motion, during simultaneous the remaining undiscovered manipulationone implements, as with the mentioned Münz trick. A further technology is that the charm artist the public errs by according to word-rich explanations in leads. In each case is reached in such a way to steer the attention of the spectators in a desired direction.

SomeCharm-cheat can by the used manipulation techniques determined categories be assigned. E.G. heard to the demonstration of map-cheat a whole set from standard manipulation techniques to mixing, for hiding maps within the palm (“to palmieren “) etc. There are similar repertoires at techniquesfor the Münzzauberei for hiding and passing on coins.

A further branch of the Zauberei is the mental magic, which is occupied hautpsächlich with three effect types: Thought vintages, forecasts and Psychokinese. Most well-known and at the same time disputed representative this category is Uri Geller. Gellers statement, its arts were based on supernatural forces, predominantly doubted, also from other Zauberern such as James Randi. Occasionally Geller was proven already, usual cheats from Bühnenzauberern to to use.


charm technical periodicals


  • Jürgen August alto: Charm art. Philipp Reclam June. Stuttgart 1995 (ISBN 3150093902)
  • Wittus joke: Bag-player-cheat. Heinrich Hugendubel publishing house, Munich 1986 (ISBN3-88034-273-3

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