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IllusionJack
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Hey there all

Just saw Lance's show last night here in Las Vegas. I have seen this show several times before and I must say last night seemed like an off night. Perhaps some of you who have seen his show recently can tell me if I am right...

Lance normally opens his show with a fairly lengthy, award-winning dove/cane/card/candle act. He did this last night ... but it seemed to be cut way short. He only produced 2 or 3 doves, and it looked like he may have had some trouble during the routine.

The transition to the levitation (the fancy one with the rotating lev then the lev with he and his asst) had a good 2-minute period of darkness. The audience was sitting there in the dark, just waiting... perhaps this was related to the dove routine having been cut so short.

These two things seemed to drain the energy out of the whole show and he lost the audience.

The new routine towards the end, with the clown and the police officer, I didn't care for much. The corvette now flies through a hoop, which was cool.

Anyone else see this one lately?

--Jack Smile
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We saw His show a couple of weeks ago.

He was fantastic.

We saw David Copperfield the same week, now
that was a really really bad show, a waste of
money in fact.
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What made the Copperfield show so bad in your opinion, WayneNZ? I would think that Dave would be on top of his game in Vegas...
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Yeah, I would also like ot know what made Copperfields show so bad. I saw him in june in Branson, MO and he was wonderful. One of these days I'm going to make it to vegas to see Burton and the other magic acts.
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I've seen Lance's show a few times and he has always been fantastic. I have seen DC prabably a dozen times over the years, and once it seemed like an "off night". Sometimes things like that just happen for any number of reasons. Any professional entertainer is bound to have an "off night". For example, I've been to well over a dozen KISS concerts, and a few of those didn't meet the expectations that I had.
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Reading a script off a big TV screen that everybody can see
just doesn't do it for Me.
Word for word ... just seemd to spoil the so called
moving story about His Granfather.

Also the baby Card Selection, sorry just hate the
whole idea behing the thing.
Lucasw
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That can't be right. Reading it word for word. I saw him 2 years ago and he knew it then. Why would he have to read it now. Unless he had changed the script. What trick was this for???
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Imagine doing the same show over and over again for years and years...you're going to have some OFF nights, right?

I saw Lance in 2000 and it was a fantastic show...I think he works too hard and after a while it's going to catch up with you.

Kaylan
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How did you see a big tv screen with his lines? I have seen him several times and never noticed a teleprompter! I also think the the lottery is a great trick!
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Dirko is right. That is a great trick. I have never seen a teleprompter. Also I have done a lot of theatre work and after you say something long enough you know it very well. Even if you just hear it over and over again. I'm sure anyone can sing a full song after just hearing a couple times. I can! So there has to be something wrong here.
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Well guys it was in plain view.
Somebody else that has seen His show at the MGM may
be able to comment.
Yes its a great trick , nevr said it wasnt.
Just the promter seemed a waste of time.
In fact He was reading ahead of it.

Maybe the stage hand that was going around before the
show sorting out the standing ovation at the end was
just in my head too.... I don't think so.
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With all possible respect, imagine trying to do a show when you are not feeling well and you have something going on offstage that will take much attention. If you had the resources and staff wouldn't you set up and use a teleprompter to make sure you had the lines there?

To be blunt, I'm surprised these guys have not taped parts of their show and lip-synched entire routines. I guess they must really care to offer direct and live entertainment. Good for them!
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I remember, long time ago, working when I was so sick I had a bucket just off-stage and three times had to zip over to it and vomit... but the show went on.
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Is it possible that instead of the magician "reading a script off a big TV screen that everybody can see," it was actually intended for hearing impaired/deaf members of the audience?
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Well the reason I started this thread a few days ago was to see if anyone else had seen Lance recently and noticed that he had changed his opening routine. Did he change it, and shorten it? Or, was it just an off night last week when I saw him, with a problem that forced him to cut it short? Hopefully, the latter! I have seen his show many times and its always very, very cool. This one just seemed to lack energy and a lot went wrong. But yes indeed, it happens during live performance, unfortunately.

I used to work for Copperfield and yes, there is a teleprompter. It is in fairly plain view however it is behind the audience. You'd have to turn around to see it. Of course in Wayne's case if it were in even more plain view, it could have been for hearing impaired.

I have always loved Copperfield's show but I have heard reports that his show lacks energy sometimes. I personally have never seen one where the energy is missing. The crew member forcing the standing ovation did always annoy me, though. I think the show deserves it without forcing it, but anything for showmanship I guess.

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IllusionJack,

Yep lets get Your topic back on track.

We saw His show on July 7.
Boy does He work His backside off.
As a bit of fun We tried to list all the effects
during the show, Even now Im sure We have missed some.
There was just so much happening at times.

His Dove act was shorter than it used to be , but
great to see Him changing things to keep the show
fresh.
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I saw Lances show and thought it was good. I had seen him better before but the show was good and worth every penny. I saw Copperfields show twice and yes there is a teleprompter for the lotto to routine. I would emgaine that there are times when you may forget script. As for Copperfield I did not feel that he was reading it because it was not caught up to what david was saying. As for Vegas I really enjoyed Kevin James and others in WOrlds greatest magic show. Very entertaining.

Vegas is a tough place for shows some time. Talking with Chris Kenner who is the EX producer to Copperfields show says that people who come to the show are different than in other cities. Meaning when David plays a city people are going out of their way to book a ticket to see him. They are going to the theater to see him and make an evening out of it. In Vegas some the people who come are compt by the casino. People sometimes just say "hey do you want to go see this show" and buy a ticket right then.

There are so many shows in Vegas beside magic shows. but I am sure that playing the same place night after night might get old sometimes. I think we all go through times when we just run through the motions of our shows. Happens to everyone.

But to the question I too thought Lances award winning dove act was cut a lot shorter then when I have seen it in the past. Still kills.

Ken
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See that's the thing - it did not kill this time.

In fact, Joseph Gabriel's dove act in "World Greatest Magic" killed much more than Lance's did in the show I saw last week.

Yet, in the past, Lance's routine killed. It is interesting to hear that others have noticed that it seems to have been cut short. I like the idea of changing the show to keep it fresh but I think this really detracts from it a great deal.

At the end of the show, many, many doves fly from back of house to the stage. This seems odd since he only produced 2 doves and a parakeet now throughout the show. It made more sense when Lance's dove routine was longer.

I think I'll write to the Lance Burton show and try and get the official word on this. If I hear back I'll let you know.

--Jack Smile
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I mentioned Chris Kenner as the Ex producer to Copperfield Ex= Excutive Sorry.

Ken
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