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Topic: Axtels Drawing Board
Message: Posted by: rickyhmltn (Nov 23, 2009 08:18PM)
Hello, I didn't know where to ask this, but I was thinking about picking it up soon so I placed it in here as a best effort.

Are you able to pre-record audio on this, or is it real time ventriloquism.
In this video there doesn't seem to be any ventriloquism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFznvb_EDJ8&feature=PlayList&p=00E54C7B2D98D0FA&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=71

In this one there does: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q64HIu9yoD4&feature=related

Not asking for the secret or anything, but before I put out $100+ for it, does it require ventriloquism?
Message: Posted by: Doug Follett (Nov 23, 2009 08:29PM)
Nope, it doesn't require any venting if you don't want to. Have you been to this link?

http://www.axtell.com/mdb.html

There's a ton of info on it here, and there's also a link to the Axtrax page, which has recordings specifically made for the board.

Doug
Message: Posted by: Doug Follett (Nov 23, 2009 08:33PM)
I just re-read your question, you can't actually record anything on the board itself, you'll need an external device. The Axtrax are available on CD's, and as MP3 downloads.

Doug
Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (Nov 24, 2009 05:50AM)
Axtell sells 2 different boards. One is the Special EFX board, the other is the Pro-Magic Drawing Board.

Steve
Message: Posted by: Alex Palombo (Dec 6, 2009 08:35AM)
And min board for close-up
Message: Posted by: stevezany (Dec 6, 2009 08:52PM)
And there's an Axtell Remote Control Magic Drawing Board too.
Message: Posted by: axtell (Dec 7, 2009 02:55PM)
There is also a new version coming out that will be fully programmable. You can record and playback your routine from a special MP3 controller. It will be compatible with most of the Remote Control Boards. We don't have a release date yet....still in development. : )
Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (Dec 7, 2009 03:53PM)
...you tease!

Steve
Message: Posted by: drosenbe0813 (Dec 8, 2009 05:48AM)
I was going to PM this to Steve, but decided to make it an open letter, in case anyone else had a suggestion.

I recently used the drawing board in a nutrition show. I bought and edited the "I'm Hungry" axtrak to allow me to start off my show...and it worked great. The only problem that I have is that the Hungry routine just starts off. During the show, I had to restart the track because the kids were reacting so much to the board that they missed the first few lines.
I'd love to have some sort of generic drawing board track, which allows the board to introduce itself...and then go into a different routine. I looked at the current drawing board tracks...and they really don't do what I'm looking for.

Other than learning vent (which I plan on doing, but...when??) does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance
Message: Posted by: Wizzo the wizard (Dec 8, 2009 06:15AM)
Contact steve and he could make something up for you or you could let him know what you would like and then he can make a recording just for you!
Steve & Greg at Axtell are great at doing this!

Louis
Message: Posted by: axtell (Dec 12, 2009 10:07AM)
I love open letters... in fact I'm going to be the "special guest" here on the Café in a week or so, so you'll have lots of opportunity.

Regarding your issue of the kids reacting so much to the board they missed the lines, I do have some suggestions.
1. Don't worry about your mouth moving. Do the voice yourself. When you turn your head to the board you help hide your mouth and you direct the attention of the kids to the board. They are not looking at you anyway.

2. Learn Vent! It's not that hard and it totally frees you up. Once you learn vent, you will double the impact of your magic show. It's becoming the new thing to do anyway. Everyone knows about Jeff Dunham and Terry Fator now. We offer the best characters to help you expand your magic show to include puppets. The AxTrax routines come without voice also for vents to use the sound effects and music as well.

3. Get a pause pedal or remote pause for your CD or Mp3 player. When the kids go crazy seeing the board come to life (what a great problem!) you can pause the routine and continue it.

4. Custom Routines are our specialty. We have a busy studio producing new AxTrax and MagicTrax all the time. If you want an exclusive one, or just want to suggest more routine ideas for the board - send me an email to steve@axtell.com anytime.

Ax
Message: Posted by: Potty the Pirate (Dec 12, 2009 01:39PM)
I second Steve's advice: LEARN VENT! Years ago, I studied the Maher Home Course of Ventriloquism. It will give you all the tools you need to make venting a reality in your shows. It was $99, a bargain. The bottom line is, every vent HAS to perform before he has perfect lip-control. I'd even suggest that every professional ventriloquist can get so tired that his/her lip control is less than perfect. That shouldn't be an issue. Good puppet manipulation is all part and parcel. But a serious study of the art is important if you want to learn it properly.
Of course, the Drawing Board is a "simple" puppet - movements are limited to eye and mouth movement, whereas a vent figure or other puppet can be expressive in many other ways.
Potty :)
Message: Posted by: The Great Smartini (Dec 12, 2009 01:49PM)
Ax,

I'm very excited to hear that you'll be a Guest of Honour here at the Café! Looking forward to posting and reading your responses.

Happy holidays to you and your family!

jeff