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Topic: Girlfriends on the stage?
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Jan 16, 2012 09:53PM)
Just saw a mentalism act (kind of) utilizing the performers girlfriend. Nice girl, cute couple but just horrid!!!!! I'm sure the fringe benefits are just dandy but man is this bad for business.
Message: Posted by: rowdymagi5 (Jan 17, 2012 03:18AM)
I agree, keep family and business seperate. Bad things tend to happen when family is incuded in business.
Message: Posted by: bevbevvybev (Jan 17, 2012 03:20AM)
Message: Posted by: Jon_Thompson (Jan 17, 2012 03:53AM)
On the other hand, there are a few code acts that thrive on the intimacy of being a couple.
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Jan 17, 2012 04:27AM)
On 2012-01-17 04:18, rowdymagi5 wrote:
I agree, keep family and business seperate. Bad things tend to happen when family is incuded in business.

That's an overly broad and inaccurate generalization. There are many successful family partnerships in this business.

But I agree with Dave to the extent that using someone as an assistant [i]just because[/i] she is your girlfriend is not a good idea.

Good thoughts,

Message: Posted by: Rebecca_Harris (Jan 17, 2012 06:14AM)
I think if you can, it'd be great to be able to work with your partner. I've tried to do it but being married to a burly, 6ft tall Scotsman with the elegance and finesse of a Rhino, it really didn't work.
Message: Posted by: EVILDAN (Jan 17, 2012 07:22AM)
My wife and I work together and separately. It's great. People say we have good chemistry on stage. We also share the bill when we're on stage together. It's not a headliner and an assistant.
Message: Posted by: lucavolpe (Jan 17, 2012 08:00AM)
I work my my wife Rebecca and we have a "duo act" which works great.
Something that you can do ONLY with your wife...takes toooo long to rehears
Message: Posted by: EVILDAN (Jan 17, 2012 09:45AM)
My wife was a performer when I met her so the transition to a duo act was easy. I guess it's harder to bring someone into an act if they weren't into performing to begin with.
Message: Posted by: rowdymagi5 (Jan 17, 2012 10:49AM)
Hey, it was early when I replied, but after some thought, yes, I can see and actually know many who have made it work and work well.

I happen to know personally one "act" that literally fell apart in a bad way when they had marital problems and it followed them on stage as well as off. But that seems to be the exception rather than the rule.
Message: Posted by: John Raff M (Jan 17, 2012 10:53AM)
Charles Pecor and his wife work together secretly for a drawing duplication. Read it in Banachek's Psycological Subtelties Book1.
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Jan 17, 2012 12:31PM)
Most great code acts are married couples. This isn't that. More exposure than a Jr. High kid giving it away on youtube.. IT JUST TORE ME UP!
Message: Posted by: Rocketeer (Jan 17, 2012 12:59PM)
Falkenstein and Willard, The Evasons, Kalin and Jinger, The Piddingtons, The Pendragons and many others seem to have made it work Slim.

If the couple you saw stunk, they stunk. Be grateful they're a team. Otherwise we might have TWO acts that stink!
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Jan 17, 2012 02:14PM)
Pendragons...lol... but you've made my point quite well. Theses entertainers are committed, not just adding a little sex appeal to the show...... It was just depressing. Rocket is right about keeping it all in one place.... Confusion is NOT Mentalism....lol
Message: Posted by: Jim-Callahan (Jan 17, 2012 07:18PM)
Dave, I know you were taken for like ten bucks by some Wank-O doing a show
with some chick that might be ‘OK’ for adult fun but beyond that is stretching her
skill set and his as an entertainer.

Why not let others know who this abysmal Scrote is.

J ack
Message: Posted by: Paul Shirley (Jan 17, 2012 07:19PM)
2 words. Yoko. Ono.
Message: Posted by: Jim-Callahan (Jan 17, 2012 07:24PM)
Is that what they call it were you are Paul?
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Jan 18, 2012 08:14PM)
Not sure I should slag another performer on this forum but man it is tempting to save others from making a similar mistake. I was with Don Theo at the time and he told me the guy stole a great deal of his act but his acting was so bad even his thievery didn't save him. I certainly want people to continue to support the venue, but this gives Mentalism a real bad name. Much of my back story is fabrication to help the Laymen step beyond the veil, but this guy just lied to appear legit with other magicians, when in reality it was a bigger falsehood than MY invented history. Just Crazy ... I'm conflicted!
Message: Posted by: DT3 (Jan 18, 2012 10:05PM)
I learned a great lesson from the show. Treat your audience members with respect and they will do the same for you.

The opposite is also true.
Message: Posted by: Peter_turner (Jan 19, 2012 06:36AM)
On 2012-01-17 20:19, Paul Shirley wrote:
2 words. Yoko. Ono.

lol ;)
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Jan 19, 2012 11:00AM)
Yoko saddled up with one of the most talented performers in the world... this wasn't that.