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John,

Do you have any advice for talking performers on how they can improve their stage presence?

Who have been your biggest influences in your parlour/stage performances?
Have you found much inspiration from non-magic shows? If so, what type of shows?

Thank you

Simon
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Simon,
You said a mouthful!

Improving your stage presence is a matter of trial and error...... Going on prepared, doing the best you can, then making adjustments. Confidence comes from repetition and from working under lots of different conditions. You won't learn as much from comfortable, perfect conditions........you learn from taking your lumps. Then, don't beat yourself up.........just focus on the areas where you can improve.

So......experience, experience, experience. Penn Jillette says that a performer's ability is dictated by his "flight time". Not how much time he has spent thinking about flying, but how much time in the air......practical experience.

Without the stage time, you are doing what Bruce Lee used to call, "dry land swimming". Great in theory, but if you are thrown into the deep end.......well, you get it.

I have mentioned comedy influences on another thread. I love movies and stage shows and plays. As I have said before, I love when someone can take next to nothing, and make something magical from it.....and I'm not just talking about magicians.

Elvis Costello for his work ethic, his courage of adventure, his intelligence and creative spirit. And he doesn't just sing, he performs! Without any of the jumping around or flash pots other performers use. Simple, but powerful........Lily Tomlin and writer Jane Wagner – here is someone talking on stage without props, or the support of other actors, making you laugh, cry and think without any safety net. It is rich, provocative theatre without any gimmicks.............

Magic.........Charlie Miller's charm, Roy Benson's wit, Penn and Teller's creative and powerful performances.......and on, and on........

I try to see all kinds of shows to get a perspective and to see how different approaches can work......and why some don't.

hope this helps.
Carney
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Thanks John!

Simon
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