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Topic: Card routine opener
Message: Posted by: asgar (Nov 16, 2009 05:08PM)
I want to open my card routine with a little comedy magic like card on the forehead and the proceed with alternate tricks with sleight of hand and self working tricks and finish with big classics like 3 card transfer or everywhere nowhere or ACR with cards to the pocket.is it ok to start with comedy magic and finish with serious mind blowing effects?should I do create different routines with with only lengthy tricks /small tricks ?where should I use them?(when lr and when sroutine)?or how should I mix them up in a routine?thanks .i know these are too many questions I one place. even I'm confused.
Message: Posted by: Brad Burt (Nov 16, 2009 09:07PM)
Card on Forehead is too slow for an opener. Try to start with something quick and magical that establishes your bona fides as a magician. THEN go into something like Card on Forehead, etc.

Transition from that point laying your routines to build to as powerful a closing as you have. Fini
Message: Posted by: Irfaan Kahan (Nov 16, 2009 11:01PM)
See Larry Becker's "Duck-Two", or otherwise Jay Sankey's "Guaranteed". Both are quick, but not too quick - inherently funny and very simple to do.

I opened my card routine for my Magic Circle acceptance test with Guaranteed.
Message: Posted by: asgar (Nov 17, 2009 05:50PM)
Wee I can open with Chicago opener,a strange story,de.dayle's last trick etc .but the question is can I mix comedy with serious patter or if I start with comedy I have to go on with only comedy style patter.
Message: Posted by: piraino (Nov 17, 2009 06:06PM)
I think it would be fine to mix in some more seriously-presented routines, as long as the overall flow and pacing are good. After all, even some of the best comedic films have moments of seriousness in them. If presented right, the two styles can play off of and strengthen each other.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional performer.
Message: Posted by: Brad Burt (Nov 18, 2009 11:58AM)
It depends on HOW serious you get. It's difficult to be going along in a light comedic manner and then suddenly transition into something utterly serious.

Essentially what it will come down to is experience. The more I think about it the more I'm back to the basics: You will just have to try different styles, modes, transitions, etc. and see what works for YOU and what doesn't.

That said....it IS VERY difficult to go from overt comedy to serious because folks will think that 'serious' manner you now affect is supposed to be funny. The discontinuity they will experience when they 'think' that you are now being serious will almost certainly throw off your timing, etc.

One way around this is to offer up your act in a kind of modular or playlet form. You start with something funny telling them it's going to be light, etc. You can then do an introduction to the next part that tells the audience outright that it's more serious, etc. But, then it is REALLY incumbent upon YOU to make sure that you can maintain the feel, etc. for this next part of the act.

All best,
Message: Posted by: coolini (Nov 19, 2009 05:08AM)
I think a flourishy aces production is good to open with if you know a trick that uses 4 aces like for example doctor daley last trick