I perform at a variety-show sort of event every December and am starting to think about my 2019 routine now that this year is done. This will be my fourth year doing this, I started with contact juggling (which I'd been doing for years). The following year I wanted to do something different, I caught the card manipulation bug and worked on that all year to put a routine together. This year I got into the idea of zombie/floating balls, and put together a routine that was half zombie with a transition into a floating ball (pretty pleased with the hookup for the transition I came up with!). Each year it is a silent act to the same music, so I like to mix it up by doing a different routine, plus it is fun learning something new.
For next year I'm considering billiard ball manipulation, but before I go down that rabbit hole and get some balls and DVDs (will probably start with Levent's Ultimate Guide), I was wondering about angles. I can gather generally what's going on by watching a few routines, but I'm wondering how much I'll be hindered if the audience is about 70-80 degrees off center to my right (left is less of a problem). With cards it wasn't too big of an issue, I could just angle a bit that direction to avoid flashing, but balls are thicker, of course. Also, I'm not sure how angle-sensitive s***ls are, I haven't got a set to play around with yet.
Any other ideas I should think about? Favorite stage routines that work well with just music?