1 have always been fascinated by the Magic Square. But, for several years, I avoided performing it. it looked too much like a math stunt. It appeared coo difficult. 1 was afraid audiences might get bored or confused.
But, as my performing style became lighter (more informative and humorous) and less serious and dramatic, performing a Magic Square became more attractive. I was also influenced by the impact Moshc Botwinick. one of my idols, lias with his Magic Square routine.
A lew vein s ago. 1 began using the Magic Square as an opener for my corporate act for three reasons:
1) It displays a believable mental ability.
2) It is easy to perform. I use an Automatic Magic Square similar to the one described in Self-Working dumber Magic by Karl lulvcs.
3) It creates a very strong impression oil corporate audiences, and yet it can also he fun. I want to impress people with my mental abilities, but 1 also want their '.o laugh and relax. Plus 1 want an opener that gets the audi ence feeling comfortable with my style of performing.
Since this demonstration is my opener. I also had a goal of keeping the mathematical aspect under 3-1/2 min ules in length. I don't want to lose the attention of those who are turned off by anything mathematical. But. 1 also don't want to go so fast that the audience canT follow what is happening. Getting (he right patter and pacing involved lots of experimenting.
Note: I never use the tenn "Magic Square" in my performance. Rather, I call this demonstration of rapid matli-eiuatical ability' "Einstein's Demise."
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