Chapter 11: Scenery

In magic, just like in a good book, the scenery can play an important role in setting the tone for your act. So how do you go about creating a memorable backdrop? Start by building your own or getting a professional backdrop like the ones available from Spiderflex (, which offer flexible options that can be set up in minutes.

Once you have a backdrop, consider adding elements that fit the theme of your act. For example, if you're performing a cooking-themed act, adding kitchen accessories to your set will help bring your story to life. Similarly, if you're playing the role of a painter, displaying some of your own paintings in the background can add depth to your act.

When choosing colors for your scenery, keep in mind color harmony principles. Reading books on this topic can help you find the right color combinations to make your backdrop pop. You can find a good list of recommended books at the end of these lecture notes.

If you're working with a client-provided backdrop, there are still plenty of ways to get creative and make your act stand out. For example, have you ever considered performing on a moving escalator? Or creating a stage that looks like an everyday object, like a giant chair, to catch people's attention on the street?

Remember, the key to making an impact is to do something unexpected and unique. Don't be afraid to think outside the box and take risks to create a memorable scenery that sets the tone for your magic act.