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Pizzazz
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Hi everyone,
I have a question for you. How long should an opener be in a stage show set to music with things like productions, vanishes, ect.?
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Daniel Faith
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It would depend on your act. I have never heard of a set rule.
Usually they are rather quick. Mine lasts for 2 minutes.
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Dennis Michael
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You could have lead in announcement from Tim Hanning DVD, Pre Show build up, and a flash appearsnce, moving into production of your assistant. The timing is variable based on the routine, music selection, speed, announcement and othe similar variables.
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rtgreen
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My opening piece is just under 3 minutes. However, the first effect happens right away (A silk production) there are then 4 more effects that happen in the remaining time.

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Richard
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Any length is the correct answer.
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Steven True
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Very good advice Kregg!
mws7020
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My opener is 2 and a half minutes but after about the 2 min. mark I start walking through the audience trying to find a helper for my first trick.
MAGISHAUN
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There really isn't a right time its just whats right for your style. If your flashy and want to amaze them then you can do a quick opener that's colorful and mesmerizing. Or something mysterious and breathtaking. I went to a show once where it was about 2 min if that and was spectacular. Then went to one that was over 5 min long. Now normally that's long but it was pretty amazing.
Steven True
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Well I guess if you flash the audiance then they would be amazed...Opps you said flashy,just reread it. Sorry ..hehehe. Couldn't help it.

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Magic Patrick
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Steven,

Too funny. Flash the audience Smile. Depends on the person but the opener of this sort could be very short. Just kidding. There is really no magic number for an opener. Just as long as it is something that really catches the audiences attention. Good luck Pizzazz.

Patrick
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Opps, I was kind of hopeing that would just slip by everyone. Patrick way to funny with the add on, and now we return you to your regular family forum. The opening is really a tough one for some people. It really all depends on what you are trying to set as the pace for your show. I am working on an opener that will be almost 4 mins. and will have 4 different silk effects in it with a bunny production as the climax.

Steven
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What is the Tim Hanning DVD?
Kent Wong
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My opener is 3 minutes, 27 seconds. In the first portion of the opener, I run up on stage and get the audience clapping to the beat of the music. Then I produce a silk and change it into a cane. The silk reappears in my pocket where I take it out and move into a multiplying ball routine. From there, I move into a Jumbo Square Circle production, with the last item being a victory cube. I pop open the victory cube to produce my assistant.

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Bairefoot,

Dennis meant to say cd, not dvd.

Anyway, here is the link: http://behindthecurtaindvd.com/page1/page1.html

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Regan
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I think it really depends upon the routine itself.

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I must agree with many others here. There are no rules that frame the opener Smile
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There are no rules except don't be boring. The opener should set the pace and the tone for the rest of the show. It should be exciting and make everyone sit down and shut up to watch. If you can make their mouths hang open with awe, so much the better. The opener says that you are a magician and you are GOOD! Don't make it any longer than necessary to make that point. They didn't come to see your opener. They came to see your show! Now give them a heck of a good show to follow the great opener and follow up with a whiz-bang finale so they leap to their feet cheering and applauding. Got it?
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Payne
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Agreed, there are no set rules and one must find their own voice. My opener is eight minutes long and a good four and a half minutes in before anything magicial occurs.
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