Trick ++ Documentation:
My trick ++ was an attempt to recreate the ambient and the a dark magic presentation.
For that, I went through some dark ambient music and Black Ambient Metal and found this really cool website / facebook page called Cryo Chamber. Their stuff is mostly paid, but as a student work I think you can find some more free stuff if you dig deep into it.
For imaging, I searched for some woodcuts as there it was the main use for visual registration from the XIV, XV and XVI centuries by european civilization. There is also some old photographic registration of shamanic rituals over central-africa and southern-america that I believed would create a higher sense of empathy and reality to the presentation.
How could I enhance the storytelling on a magic trick by placing the audience in another actual place. Considering the history of magic, I tried to pull the sort of ambient that instead of amusing people with fun and laughs like they do on circus, to actually create a bothering atmosphere, an uncomfortable space that would take people out of their edges.
For that, I used the “dark magic ”concept, mainly extracted from the movie sent as For Fun example “Queen Elizabeth’s Magician” on youtube.
How it was made:
1) From the following link: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Glow-in-the-Dark-Fluid I created this really simple glow in the dark ink and put it on an ink pen.
2) I searched on the web for both pagan symbols (vikins, celtics, wicca…) and demonic sages, painted them in a paper and put them on the wall before the other students entered the classroom.
3) I bought a blacklight lamp and put it on the center of the table, with a trigger that I gave to my colleague to hold and gave her that “combination” when she would pull it and the light at the center of the room would light up.
4) I played the video and started talking about the obscurities of dark magic, while the macabre music played in the back, creating the mood. Then I started questioning why should we turn away from the darkness within each one of us, instead of embracing it and if it was so bad, why would people search for it over and over through centuries.
5) When the video stop, I asked for everyone to focus deeply into an obscure memory that you secretly enjoyed and could not tell anyone, the dark little secret that made you less and more human.
6) At that time I look front and my friend releases the trigger, making the light in the center glow and revealing (or at least that’s what I intended to do) the paintings on my hands and walls.
7) I thank the presence and effort of the audience and finish my trick.
Why it didn’t work:
I had some success on creating the mood, but failed deeply in actually coming to a climax. The trick was made in a very short time, on my own fault because I did it in the last minute (wasn’t able to actually pick one idea and work with it).
So in that matter, I would strongly suggest to focus on the narrative and as part of it, how you’re gonna reach and present the climax. It can’t be predictable or just simple like I did, must be overwhelming somehow.