Review: Standing Up on Stage – Volume 3 – Feature Acts by Scott Alexander

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]This is the third of 5 volumes which are like an encyclopedia on stage and parlour magic. In each volume, Scott Alexander concentrates on a different aspect of stage/parlour magic.

In addition to the actual effects he uses, he also discusses how to build the persona of the performing magician in “Character Building”, and how to work and collaborate with the stage hands and technicians in “Director’s Guide”.

The effects may be familiar to you, but when Scott puts his character and presentation on them, they become so different and so much more entertaining.


Volume 3 describes “Feature Acts”. This is the meat of your show and comprises your longer routines. Scott shows you how to come up with a well balanced variety of tricks by using his 8 effects of magic which are transformation, teleportation, appearances and vanishes, penetrations, destruction and restoration, telekenesis, mental phenomena, and display of skills.

The Effects

  1. Malini Egg Bag – a comedy presentation using 2 spectators, and with the spectators themselves accomplishing the third and final phase, and an unexpected climax.
  2. The Flying Ring – Scott’s take on the close-up effect Ring Flight and adapts it for stage performance.
  3. Killing It – a stabbing a balloon effect presented in a mystery murder plot, with the performer blindfolded and complete with dramatic background music as well as sounds made by the audience.
  4. Indian Memory Man – an intriguing presentation of Bob Cassidy’s Master Card Memory.

Character Building

Scott wraps up the Style Star by adding in action words for each of the 5 points of the Star. This is then translated into a Style Mantra which can be used for your own tag line and publicity materials.

Director’s Guide

In this volume, Scott talks about the effective use of audience participation. He discusses when to use them, how to treat and manage the spectators when they are on stage, and the use of kids.

Very good advice from someonw who is experienced and knows what stage and parlour magic is all about. Excellent when viewed with the other 4 volumes. A must if you wish to perform professionally on stage.

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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