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Philemon Vanderbeck
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I'm not too sure if this is the right place to ask this question...

What type of lecture format do you generally prefer?

a) Demonstration of effect, then explanation immediately afterwards.
b) Demonstration of several effects (like three in a row), then explanations. Repeat.
c) Demonstration of all effects, then all explanations afterwards.
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Father Photius
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I prefer C.
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Myself I always do C. That Way that way that get some what of a show! Before You show them how it all works!
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This is a great question. I've found that while it is a matter of preference I too have found your choice C to be the preferred method for a variety of reasons. What I've found best is it offers more of a flow in the performance of effects often including transitions between effects or demonstrations while keeping the audience in the same "performance" mindset, then switching to the "explanation" mindset complete with Q&A at the end of each explaination. I much prefer this to one big Q&A at the end.

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I, too, prefer "C" for the sake of continuity.
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Hey Phil,

I think B is the way to go... that way there is not to much time between the effect and the explanation as in C...

Method A does not allow the performer get in a performance mode or an explanation mode as you are constantly switching gears...
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Having been lecture chairman for Ring 9 for the last 5 years and coordinated over 30 lectures, I'd say the that best response has been with B just as Danny pointed out. (And thanks to Danny for helping provide so many of the lecturers through his lecture net!)

I would also advise that you practice and routine your lecture with the same attention to detail as you would any other performance. Your intros, segways (sp), explanations, points of view, etc, should all be well worked out for the maximum impact.

Happy New Year!
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My lectures have varied between B and A. B I think, is the best.

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My feeling is that A or B would be best as you do not want too much time to lapse between the performance of the effect and the explanation. With option C, I fear many would not recall the performance details of the particular effect that is being explained when it comes time to do so. When lecturing, I prefer options A & B for this reason. If I choose A, I perform the effect (normally an intricate one) then go into the explanation but offer some thought, psychology, and theory as to why I perform the effect in the way that I do. In this way, attendees can fully comprehend all of the details of that one particular effect. I only do this if I feel the effect is worthy of being broken down in this manner, or if requested to explain an effect in more detail. I most commonly use option B, as most of my magic effects are combined into routines and I simply explain the full routine. I assume, much like anything, that it is a matter of preference. But, this is what has worked best for me.


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I vote for B, as with C it is too long to wait for the explanation, and the effect may no longer be fresh in your mind.
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What about not explaining at all ... and giving the spectators the choice of what they want to know .... let the people come and ask you on their own time.
This format would only work at a convention .... giving the time constraints.
I wonder if it would fly?

See ya real soon!
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From my experience as a lecturer, I have to agree with Danny and pick "B". Give them a taste of the performance and then teaching them is a few far easier to stay consistent and on topic than with "C".

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