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Topic: A school production
Message: Posted by: dylmagic (Aug 6, 2012 04:16PM)
Hi everyone
My school at the end of the year is doing sort of a variety show and these are really smug teenagers I am dealing with so If anyone has any advice I would love to hear on which tricks I should do
Also I have 3 people who claim to be magicians but have only see me doing some tricks at recess and want to preform with me so what should I do make them assistants or something.
And one of them plays Football so if I make him wear a dress he won't be to happy and another problem is I already have my Girlfreind as my assistant so what the heck should I do
and this concludes my brief yet long dilemma
thank you.
Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Aug 6, 2012 06:01PM)
Ahh... how about, say no.
Message: Posted by: TheMagicOfDean (Aug 7, 2012 05:01AM)
Go Solo!
Message: Posted by: Lanky T. Clown (Aug 7, 2012 08:02AM)
To solve your problem with other people tell them that you are serious about becoming a magician and that if there are more than two people involved it will look unproffesional or fake. That is not nececcarily true, but it might get them to leave you alone.

Since you have the advantage of having a female assistant, use some form of deception to make her dissapear. such as a trap door in the back of a box or a sub trunk which you can buy plans for at


I at age 14 perform at shools and I make my assistant disappear from a box and reapear on the opposite side of the stage.

If you are in middle school or Elem, I would suggest La Rocks Fun and Magic Outlet. You can buy some pretty impressive yet inexpensive and easy tricks.
Message: Posted by: ThatsJustWrong! (Aug 7, 2012 08:07AM)
It's a variety show so you only have an allotted time slot to work with. You are also creating a sense of adversity by labelling your audience as "smug teenagers" so, real or imagined, you have upped the stakes for yourself. By the way, that's not necessarily a bad thing, an important skill is learning to know your audience.

As for your friends, you don't have the time in [b]your[/b] slot to let them do [b]their[/b] act. If they're your friends, however, help them do an act themselves. If you play your cards right, you can arrange to have them come on after you, do a bit of what they know, make a carefully rehearsed comedy jumble of things in their 'big finish', and then you can come out to 'magically save them' from their own act. They get to do a bit of magic and get some stage experience, you get another payoff in the form of another appearance by helping them out, it provides some continuity to the evening and you don't have them risk screwing up [b]your[/b] act.

Just soem thoughts. Drop me a PM if you have more questions.