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Most of us here know that you change your audience and not your routines but that has always brought up an interesting question.

Where and for whom did you perform for so you could learn, practice, gain confidence or what ever label you want to put on it, the routines that you were working on before you got your first gig?
You stated in another post that you became serious out of High school so I am assuming that you had the same problem in school. I mean you can't change your classmates that often. Unless one of your parents were/are in the military and then you move quite often.
I remember Mike Close talking about a routine that he first performed at the restaurant he worked at before Illusions. I am at work so I can't look this up but my point is where and who did he practice this routine on before getting his gig. I can't remember the name of the routine but I think it was the one where all the cards become Jokers at the end. This isn't a beginners trick. It is a GREAT trick but not a beginners trick. You read in a lot of books, don't practice on your paying customers, you should already be ready.
Of course I don't expect you to answer the question about Mr. Close. I was just using that as an example.

I would really like to hear you experience, ideas and thoughts on this.

Thanks for putting up with my long winded question.

Tom
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On 2007-06-29 16:10, Thomas Okey wrote:
Most of us here know that you change your audience and not your routines but that has always brought up an interesting question.

Where and for whom did you perform for so you could learn, practice, gain confidence or what ever label you want to put on it, the routines that you were working on before you got your first gig?
You stated in another post that you became serious out of High school so I am assuming that you had the same problem in school. I mean you can't change your classmates that often. Unless one of your parents were/are in the military and then you move quite often.
I remember Mike Close talking about a routine that he first performed at the restaurant he worked at before Illusions. I am at work so I can't look this up but my point is where and who did he practice this routine on before getting his gig. I can't remember the name of the routine but I think it was the one where all the cards become Jokers at the end. This isn't a beginners trick. It is a GREAT trick but not a beginners trick. You read in a lot of books, don't practice on your paying customers, you should already be ready.
Of course I don't expect you to answer the question about Mr. Close. I was just using that as an example.

I would really like to hear you experience, ideas and thoughts on this.

Thanks for putting up with my long winded question.

Tom


Hi Tom,

Thanks for the good question. I think that once you've been in magic for a while, you start to know what's probably going to work and what isn't. Or at least you have a good idea. I mean, when I have a new routine I'm working on, and I've tried it on family and friends, magic buddies, etc, I know if it's about time to show it to a "real audience", and whether it's probably going to work or not. I'm not always right, but it's just not a huge risk to try it out. Of course, I wouldn't open with a brand new routine at a big paying show for a bunch of CEOs, if I wasn't sure about it. However, at a little banquet, or strolling gig, or private party in a living room, I do it all the time.

Take care,

Chad
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