magician is an actor, an illusionist, who diverts the audiences
attention away from the real trick, that which is actually happening .
He pretends to be doing the impossible, right before your very eyes, but
distraction is the real trick. It is imperative that he manipulate his
audience into believing what they think, they see, by controlling their
attention. Misdirection is his best skill. Sometimes mechanical or
scientific props are necessary for some of his visual tricks.
Timing is also important to
the Magician. Sometimes it's used to trick the audience into believing
the trick is taking place in real time when the deception has taken
Equipment designed to aid the magicians performance is available.
Although, some of what you see on stage really is window dressing, for
looks only, and has nothing to do with the trick at hand.