A few of my friends have been working on performing magic in a casual situation “logical” for some time. One of them is an Asian and you might know him. He said, performing magic out of nowhere when you are talking about your friend kind of throws them off. Like, wtf, why all the sudden?
So he suggested starting with a light conversation and tell your friend a story or something, and then proceed with “let me show you what I mean”. He didn’t give a specific example, but I get the idea.
Another friend of mine decided to actually make a routine around this way of performing. When hanging out with a friend, he presents a story or a logic puzzle to his friend. When his friend is confused, he proceed to show him what is up.
It looks great in words but whether if it really works depends on what kind of story are being told. My friend tells a completely mind-blowing paradox and says “let me show it to you” and pulls out a deck of cards and starts to do a trick where he use cards to present the paradox.
I think telling a complete story and re-presenting it again is… uhhh… watch this video!
If the story is too complete, then it is good on its own. You do not have to follow it up with a trick which tells an exactly same story. The trick is just redundant and extra at that point.
I think if one wants to make storytelling magic to work, the best way is to tell a story that needs a trick to be completed. Without a follow-up trick, it is just an insignificant cute story. Without the story, the trick might not make much sense. By telling just right amount of story and choosing right tricks to go with it, you might just be able to create a beautiful effect.
PS: I don’t like those routines where a magician tells a story while performing a trick. That is distracting and childish to me. Just my opinion lol robbing bank and shit
PPS: Sometimes it can perceived as a prank... if not done right lol. I've seen it happen and it was not funny or magical. Just weird and confusing :///