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Paul
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Good luck with the show Sam, lovely web page too. Next time I get into NY I'll try and catch the show.

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He is not playing on Broadway, He is playing off-0ff broadway. The only mentalist to play a Broadway theatre in the last decade is Marc Salem. He amy also be the only one period. Gerry McCambridge played in an off Broadway venue.

Such distinctions deal with house size, location and contract

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Actually, I'm playing in an Off-Broadway theater (199 seats). Over the last two years the show has moved through two Off-Off-Broadway locations and is now in its second Off-Broadway location. It is nice to have an address in Times Square on Broadway and share a home with the historic production of Perfect Crime (almost at 9,000 shows and counting), but it's still a long way from being on Broadway. What I have is a nice little show. Come and see it if you get a chance.

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On 2007-06-22 00:16, magicalsongwriter wrote:
I wonder... It seems like nobody has ever heard of Sam Eaton yet he is charging $45 per ticket in a New York City venue. How is it possible that an unknown guy is playing Broadway NYC? Just wondering.

He could be 4 Walling it like Chris Angel did years ago, and lots of performers are starting to do as well...


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On 2007-07-24 18:14, thequantumeye wrote:
It as a full time job getting people in the seats all by yourself and I don't recommend it for the faint of heart, but I'm having a ball.

Yep, sounds like 4 walling... Break some legs... Comic, George Wallace 4 Walls at the Flamingo and has done so for several years... Great way to reap almost all the profits, but the risk when you first start out is huge...
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With the exception of Lance Burton (and I don't know exactly what his agreement is with the Monte Carlo) all Vegas shows are 4 wall productions, or at best, 2 wall.

For anyone that doesn't know what Riley and I are writing about, a 4 wall production is someone that goes in and rents the theater. This means that you provide the production, do all the marketing and get to keep all the profits after paying the rent. All Riley pointed out, the profits can be greater, but so are the risks of losing money.

A 2 wall agreement is where the casino provides the theater and some marketing money, and the producer provides the show and the rest of the marketing budget. The profits are then split between the two parties.

There are some headliners, like David Copperfield, whose shows are brought into the showrooms by the casino, but this has become rare.

In NYC, all productions are in essences 4 wall, unless the show is being produced by a theater company that has their own space or by a producer has the lease on a theater.

It sounds like Sam is self producing. It is a rough road to take, but it looks like he is doing it well. I look forward to seeing the show soon. I have heard very good things about it.

The problem for me is the commute. I live at 46th and 9th Ave. and Sam's theater is so far away.

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Todd,

Get your lazy *** over to a show. I am not performing in the lobby of your building.

In answer to the speculation, yes. I am 4 walling it. I've kept the show running for close to 2 years with one or two shows a week. I began in a very modest setting (low expense) and have moved up as the audience and opportunities justified it. The current address (50th and Broadway) doesn't come cheap and it is a full-time job bringing in the audience, but as Riley and Todd have said, both the rewards and risks are entirely mine.
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I will add that all the materials and the marketing Sam has done for this show have been first rate and a class act. I am certain the show is of the same quality.

Okay, I am starting the process of getting ready to begin the journey to find a way to make the effort to bring myself to finally get to the point of experiencing the show. Man, after writing that last sentence, I need to lay down and take a nap.

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On 2007-06-21 15:25, magicalsongwriter wrote:
I was wondering if anybody has either heard of Sam Eaton or seen his show called the Quantum Eye which is playing in Soho in NYC. Any info would be appreciated.
http://www.thequantumeye.com/
Thanks, Jeff Blum

Jeff,
No doubt you must be proficient at your art and perhaps have performed somewhere. But, I haven't seen your video clip either. I have found that not all mentalists, peerformance artists and magicians self promote thru magic venues. Just as there are Magicians and pros who do not go to club meetings or even associate with other magicians.
Experience dictates that avoidance of compeers is generally wise. Perhaps we might find out that there is an entire world outside our little "Café Clotch" who deal with real world entertainment on their own terms. Entertainment first.
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Sam - how long does your show run? I'll be in NYC 3/15 and have evening plans at 8:15 PM at Bar Boulud on B'way btw 63rd and 64th. Can I swing attending your 5:00 show (if tix are still available) and still footin' it up to 63rd/64th in time for dinner?

(BTW - my high interest expressed in this post does not necessarily equate to my attendance - would need to convince the better half.)
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Ecunited,

I appreciate the interest. The show ends by 6:30pm at the latest which would give you plenty of time to say hello after the show and make it to Bar Boulud.

Good luck on convincing the better half. I call in those cards sparingly.

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Sam Eaton
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On 2008-02-26 11:06, Todd Robbins wrote:
There are some headliners, like David Copperfield, whose shows are brought into the showrooms by the casino, but this has become rare.


But I heard that even David Copperfield might be in for a 4-Wall run soon. Though the good news is, if so, he'd have a captive audience.
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On 2008-02-26 11:50, thequantumeye wrote:
Todd,

Get your lazy *** over to a show. I am not performing in the lobby of your building.

In answer to the speculation, yes. I am 4 walling it. I've kept the show running for close to 2 years with one or two shows a week. I began in a very modest setting (low expense) and have moved up as the audience and opportunities justified it. The current address (50th and Broadway) doesn't come cheap and it is a full-time job bringing in the audience, but as Riley and Todd have said, both the rewards and risks are entirely mine.


I wish I'd known about your show when I was in NYC two weeks ago (stayed at W. 58th and 7th, saw a staged reading of a friend's musical at the York Theatre on 54th and Lex). I'll make a point of catching your show the next time I'm in town.

$45 for an off-Broadway show isn't out of line at all. I can't imagine what you're paying in rent.

Best wishes for your continued success!



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On 2008-02-27 07:59, thequantumeye wrote:
Ecunited,

I appreciate the interest. The show ends by 6:30pm at the latest which would give you plenty of time to say hello after the show and make it to Bar Boulud.

Good luck on convincing the better half. I call in those cards sparingly.

Regards,


Sam:

The wife acquiesced. Ordered the tix and we'll be seein' ya on the 15th!

Really looking forward to it.

Eric
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Sam has a super web site, but its screaming for some clips or promo stills. I will be in NY, hope your there or somewhere in July.
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Eric,

I'll make sure you are in the front row! Thanks for the support.

Ian,

Yep. I am working on a new version of the site with photos and video from the new theater. One of the problems with doing it all yourself is that you do it all yourself...
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I really appreciate the feedback I 've gotten from so many of you about the website and blog. If I haven't gotten your two cents yet, please take a look and PM me about it. More feedback is good, especially specific criticisms. Both sites are works in progress and I'm very open to change.

<www.thequantumeye.com>
<www.thequantumeye.com/quantumthoughts>

Thanks,
Sam Eaton
Website: www.thequantumeye.com - Blog: www.thequantumeye.com/quantumthoughts
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCk-s41vmvg
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Folks:

Saw Sam Eaton's Quantum Eye show yesterday in Manhattan, and got the chance to meet briefly with him as well.

Sam put on an excellent show - my wife's jaw was continuously dropping (as was mine quite frequently).

For a hobbyist/performer-to-friends-and-co-workers/hopeful-working-mentalist-one-day such as myself, watching Sam was a great experience. I was familiar with some effects/methods, had no clue about many others. Of the few I knew, he put a very nice spin on things that kept the presentation fresh for the audience. He used a variety of fun "reveals" that elevated the "wow factor" of many effects.

He also did a switch on ME that I didn't notice (later that night when it hit me, I was like "Argghhh - he got me!").

One of the many things I got out of Sam's show was his great use of audience participation as misdirection. Definitely will incorporate this "principle", if/when I have an act to do so.

Also, I really liked his performance style. Light and fun, well-paced, kept the audience engaged. He made it clear near the end that he was not a mind reader but an entertainer. This type of "disclaimer" has been talked about quite a bit on this board, and I'm in the camp that it's the right and ethical thing to do.

Finally, it was great getting a chance to speak to Sam - a true gentleman. He talked frankly about the business side of things, how he's kept a show running for almost two years now and the real value of keeping it going.

For any NYC-area hobbysist or working mentalist who wants a nice night (well - early evening) out and a chance to see nuances of a true pro, I can't recommend checking out Quantum Eye enough!

ECU
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Sam I love the site and the music. It has a really nice vintage, vaudeville, feel to it. Reminds me of a silent movie. Keep up the good work!

Chad
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I saw the show on Saturday night, in the compnay of Ian Rowland (an old friend) and Todd Robbins (who I'd never met previously), bumping into our own just-married David Meade in the lobbby after.

Sam has a gentle stage presence, banters well with his volunteers, and was good with the several little kids who he got onstage.

There were some technical difficulties (new guy on light/sound), but Sam handled them well. I've seen some performers get really annoyed and thrown off by such things, but Sam laughed them off and kept the show moving.

See it of you can!

And I spoke for a little bit with Sam afteward, and he's a very nice guy. He doesn't have one of those crazy showbiz egos; he's very down to earth and nice to chat with.

Be well, Sam (et al).

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Thank you Rory!
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