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Cory Gallupe
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Hello all! I didn't know where else to post this, so I am posting it here.
I know the difference between close-up, stage, and walkaround. But what is the difference between stand-up, parlor, and cabaret? If you guys could dispell this for me, and maybe give a description on each of the venues that would be great.
Thanks alot. -Cory.
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Ill do stage I guess.Stage is anything with a stage made off wood, metal whatever.While cabaret is more like your local performing arts center.A big stage with lights and sound.ALso stage tricks are more smaller than the cabaret ones.For example stage could be chatter box and cabaret could be shadow box.

Anyone correct me if I'm wrong.

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I think you have it turned around. Stage is usually much LARGER effects and grand illusions (think David Copperfield's show) and cabaret is much smaller. Cabaret is often performing surrounded, also! (whereas stage usually has audience is usually directly in front.)

Anybody else care to add to this? This is a great and needed topic.
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Cory Gallupe
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Yes, I kindof have a mindset as to what each venue is, but I would like to see actual descriptions. I am working on new shows, and I want to see what I can add, and what to call it. I want to see what the venue will be like. As far as I know, stage is as big as it gets. Grand stage illusions, (Sawing a body in half, asrah table, human vanishes.) Close up is in your face. Three feet in front of you. Walkaround is the same, exept as oppose to a show, you do little routines for different groups of people. But my confusion comes to parlor, stand up, and cabaret. What is the difference between these? Is there a difference?
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Parlor, or parlour comes from the days when homes had them. The current equivalent might be a den or living room. Parlour magic was often amateur amusements, similar to other parlour amusements such as, fortune telling, games, story-telling, small scientific demonstrations, puppets, music, etc. Formal soirees and affairs given by more wealthy patrons would most likely find hired entertainment, although it is likely the entertainer could often be brought in as an invited guest, as well.

See here for Parlour.

See here for Cabaret.

See here for Stand-up Comedy. (magic is also mentioned)

Stand-up is really a loose term used to cover a few things these days. It may be referring to stand-up, as in stand-up comedy, a small stage in a small room. Typically this is a show given in front of a group in an environment much smaller than the average theater with a proscenium stage, although is may still apply to larger venues if the act is more similar to stand up comedy, i.e., speaking informally with the audience, as opposed to large-scale illusions.

It can also refer to stand-up close-up, typical of the performance style seen in convention close-up shows, differing from table magic, as was popular in restaurants prior to the more current trend of "table-hopping".

There is really a lot of gray area separating some of these terms. Many types of magic can easily cross the line between venue sizes, so defining what tricks fit into each type of venue is ambiguous at best. For practical use, there will be very little difference in the types of shows that you can present in any of the three venues in question.

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So it can get very difficult to outline?
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Let's see if I can confuse matters a little. Smile

Close-Up is done in close proximity to the audience. Walkaround, Strolling, Table Hopping and Formal Table Magic are close-up. Overall this is best for smaller groups.

Parlor and Cabaret work is often done standing in a stationary spot or small stage and may use a table or not. Effects are usually more visible than in close-up. Smaller illusions are sometimes used here.

Stage usually includes illusions and effects that are too large for the above venues.

There are effects that overlap into the other venues thus the gray areas.
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A person could end up pulling their hair out.
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Cory Gallupe
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On 2006-06-05 15:58, daffydoug wrote:
A person could end up pulling their hair out.


Huh? What are you talking about???
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Well actually, myself, I can only speak figuratively because most of it went down the shower drain years ago.
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Cory Gallupe
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Wow, ok. I don't know about anyone else here, but you are confusing..
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