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You are most correct in your thinking. It might be safe to say that your movement on stage needs to have a purpose and a reason for happening. If you minimize your movements, that is find as long as it makes sense to your character and what that character is trying to convey on stage. Stage movement then does reflect a lot on just what you are trying to convey to your audience through the manipulative routine you are presenting. Nice thoughts.

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On 2006-11-01 11:40, Dynamike wrote:
In one television performance entitled "Top Secret", Burton performed a stunt where he appeared to be tied to the tracks of the Desperado roller coaster in Primm, Nevada, "escaping" within seconds of the roller coaster train hurtling past him. The stunt either went wrong or the time cut too close, and the train came within about a tenth of a second of hitting him at high speed as he lept out of the way. He stared at the camera with a shocked look and repeated "That was stupid. That was really stupid." before cutting to commercial.





thanks for the great history. heres a link to a video of that escape you were talking about.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRcPcwnyQZs


thanks for the awsome thoughts you guys it is turning into a very helpful thread.
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On 2006-11-01 11:40, Dynamike wrote:
In one television performance entitled "Top Secret", Burton performed a stunt where he appeared to be tied to the tracks of the Desperado roller coaster in Primm, Nevada, "escaping" within seconds of the roller coaster train hurtling past him. The stunt either went wrong or the time cut too close, and the train came within about a tenth of a second of hitting him at high speed as he lept out of the way. He stared at the camera with a shocked look and repeated "That was stupid. That was really stupid." before cutting to commercial.





thanks for the great history. heres a link to a video of that escape you were talking about.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRcPcwnyQZs


thanks for the awsome thoughts you guys it is turning into a very helpful thread.
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Outside his Skill. I think Lances strongest point is his ability to be personable. I've watched him many time both live and on TV. He present himself in such a way that you kind of feel like you know him personally. When in a live audience you can almost feel you're the only one in the crowd.

Watch his face. He's not "performing" the act. He's living the act. Although he spent so much time preparing for it. While it's actually being performed he doesn't appear to be "Performing" anything. Just a guy enjoying what he does.

I also agree that every movement has a reason.

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Great stuff Ron and James. I believe that it is about him fully understanding his character on stage and making that character believable to the audience. He is not portraying a character that is unnatural. The moves and what he does is smooth and fluid and his pacing is beautiful. he knows jus when to slow down and pause and when to look at the audience and nod. All the little things that allows the audience to be drawn into the performance and become engaged in it.

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Jax is right on in his assessment of Lance's personality. Last year when my wife and I went to Vegas, we saw his show. He seems to really love what he does rather than just going through the motions.

Before he did his manip routine (which was cut short) he talked about how it was his favorite thing to do and how he been doing the act for over 20 years, it was his bread and butter etc. You could tell he was thrilled to be on stage. That made his show so much more enjoyable.

We were fortunate enough to get to meet him after the show and he is quite charming off the stage as well. I think had it not been our wedding night, my wife might have been tempted to kidnap him and fly off in his Corvette Smile
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I really love this topic.

Thank you guysfor all the posts,i'm really learning a lot from them.
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Wow! What a great thread... Smile

Lance Burton is not only a brilliant manipulator and a class act, but I think that the "thing" that he has which makes him stand out is based on the fact that the audience truly cares about him.

Have you ever seen a movie that was either not very well written or poorly edited? Something dramatic happens to an underdeveloped character and the viewer couldn't care less. Why? Because they haven't developed an emotional bond with the character in question. The same can be said for an obnoxious magician who is insulting and demeaning to the crowd and his volunteers. The audience may admire the skill, but if they don't care about the performer as a person, they certainly aren't going to give anything more than polite applause. Basically it is our job as entertainers to respect and honor our audiences in such a way that they are thrilled to see us succeed rather than secretly hoping that we fail.

Lance makes a cigarette appear and people are awed. A silk from a flash garners extended applause. A dove apparently comes from nowhere and we believe... because, as others have so eloquently stated, Lance is a nice guy and the fact that he truly enjoys every performance is clearly evident. The audience likes him and therefore connects with him, making everything he does more meaningful in their eyes.

My 2 cents... Smile
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In short: the thing that makes Lance Burtons act so charming and delightful, is Lance Burton.

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On 2006-10-28 15:00, C Christian wrote:
I have to some what disagree with Kyle which I am sure will lead to a 3 page rebutt ( I say that as a joke ). I do Agree that Mr. Burton created his own Persona on stage. But how differnt is his manipulation act from say Channing Pollock as far as style is concern not much and their have been many many others before Mr. Burton that have used that same ease and zero props. (You only have to look into the Cabaret act's of the 50's-60's) I am quoting somebody who is much wiser then I. "It is easy to watch Lance Burton do is Manipulation act because he is so darn good" Know why is he sooo good?
Economy of Motion!
Not one move is wasted he turns to the left for a reason he plays with his hair for a reason every move he makes has a reason and purpose to fuel the next move.
There also is Lack of movement or should I say movement that nobody sees. Combine all this; wined Lance Burton up and let him go and you got a Great Act!!
You can talk about layers, staging, persona all you want but when you strip it all down to the bare knuckles what you have is....
Lance Burton is an Expert not only in Slight of Hand Manipulation but also Economy of Motion.
Take a look at your act see how many times you bend over to drop something in your case and see if you can't cut it out. Even if you cut out just one move your act will go faster and smoother...Economy of Motion. Thank you for reading this far and now I must go to work cheers Chris


I believe Bob Fitch would describe the movement as "organic." That's what I'm trying to learn right now and it is very difficult to do without a director. Having a director really makes a difference - an outside eye that is trained to catch things you would not on your own.
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A great book and read for anyone doing any act is "Foundations" by Eberhardt Resie (sp) It is absolutely brilliant and a wonderful read. he covers off on so much of what goes into any act and what you need to think about. He talks about character development, who you are on stage, originality, proper lighting, stage movement, conflict, themes etc. Wonderful information that really can open your eyes to what can be done with an open mind towards creativity.

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