What is parlour magic?
The parlour magic is an early and particularly beautiful form of magic, which is not presented on a raised large stage, but on the same level with the audience. It does not require large props or elaborate technology. Parlour magic lives from presentation and atmosphere in the small but fine circle of audience.
Magic art, which can be followed from a short distance only because to use small props, is also called „Close Up“. The special charm for the audience is, that the proximity to the magician to difficulty the apparent „cheating“. Typical close-up props are playing cards and coins.
Parlour Magic came up in the middle of the 19th century, as magic was still performed in the club of the fine society. These magic presentation were particularly marked by Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser in Vienna and Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin in Paris.
By the use of these size of club and the choice of props, the number of audience is between 15 and 50 people. Such performance has a length between 30 to 45 minutes.
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