“Actions speak louder than words.“ We all know that saying, and it is true. Especially for magicians. In too many performances, words dominate (often useless, thoughtless filler words or patter).
Sometimes, important points can be made with small actions. Showing an envelope empty can be done be removing content from it. These actions are much more convincing than pointing out the emptiness of the envelope with words. The same holds true for the emptiness of a box.
Showing something unprepared, and above suspicion, can be done by having it handled by a spectator.
Many actions, such as a simple transfer of a ball (as we need to do it in a Cups and Balls routine, for instance), speak for themselves. There is simply no need to underlay the actions with words like “I put this ball into my left hand, then…” Many times, this would even get the spectators on the wrong track, and start them thinking about a tricky thing happening.
Therefore, when I have a script for a magic routine, I check whether some words could be omitted and replaced by a small action, which highlights the point I want to make in a better way.
Don’t forget the actions. Integrate them into your magic. They speak louder than words and streamline the routine.