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Dennis Michael
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What types of Children Entertainer "Characters" have you seen?

Some I Could think of:

  • Classic Magician: (Tux or Tails with and without Cape)
  • Wizard: (Wizard Hat & Costume)
  • Jungle Jim (Zoo Keeper)
  • Clown Magician (Complete Clown Outfit Performing Magic)
  • Silly Magician (Colorful Outfit without the Make-up, ie: Silly Billy)
  • Balloon Magician (A Balloonist who add magic to his Balloon Act)
  • Zoot Suit Magician (A colorful "Zoot Suit" Magician
  • Vest Magician (Magician who Performs in a Vest Outfit, Colorful or Plain)
  • Suit Magician (Standard Suit and Tie, Performing Magic)
  • Blaze Magician (Suit Coat is a Bright Color, Red, Blue, Yellow, Odd, Etc.)
  • Fairy Magician (Outfit is a Winged Fairy Costume)
  • Princess Magician (Outfit is a Princess outfit "Princess Parties")
  • Mary Poppins (Nanny type outfit: ie: Trixie Bond)
  • Fire Safety Magician (Outfit is a Fire Officer: Themed Show)
  • Police Officer Magician (Outfit is a Police Officer: Themed Show)
  • Dracula Magician (Looks like "The Count" for Themed Halloween Shows)
  • Elf Magician (Elf Costume for Christmas Show)
  • Pirate Magician (Pirate Costume for Themed Show)
  • Comedy Magician (A strange Unique outfit that reeks: Funny Man)
  • Cowboy Magician (Cowboy Costume with related rope tricks: "Mini-Pony Production?")
  • Singing Magician (Entertainer in an appropriate costume and his Guitar/Musical Instrument)


I would Love to add to this list....Got any Character you think might work?
Dennis Michael
Tom Riddle
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I have a friend in America who does many of these. Check this out:

http://www.comicmagician.com/page_childrens_pictures.html
"Yes, Virginia, there really are people named Riddle...isn't that AMAZING! And to think of all the royalties I'm missing out on! SCANDALOUS!"

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I shall neither confirm nor deny that when performing I may resemble one of the people on that list.
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Are you looking for children's entertainment characters or magician characters? There is a difference.

I book myself as Princess Lexiloo, yes, but I specialize equally in magic and balloons, and have a few other activities (games, face painting) up my sleeve. However, I am NOT a clown.

I guess I fall into many of those categories.

Alexa
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Dennis, I would like to add another dimension to "character".
I am talking about the character the audience sees.
In other words, "Who are you?"

I think the problem today is, all the performers who try to be "many of those".
The saying goes, Jack of all traits, master of none.
If you are the "magician for all occasions" or have "we do it all" on your website, I think you are sorely missing an important bridge that takes you across to professionalism. (along with that comes professional pay as well).

Remember, "a magician is an actor playing the part of a magician".
If your not in that mindset from the second the curtain opens, then you are merely a product demonstrator who appears overly-prideful at all the things he can do and the audience can't.

A really good character takes years of trial & error.
It is the sign of accomplishment when you can be known in & out of your area as the __________ magician. Can you fill in that ________________ for yourself, or do too many adjectives come to mind?

I believe the one thing that makes them remember your name, the one thing that makes them tell others about YOU and not your magic is they clearly identified with your character. Your character is unique because it is a small part of who you really are, but more importantly, it is a large part of who you see yourself as onsatge. Let that "kid in you" loose on stage and you will begin to develop an alter ego, known as the _____________ magician.

Important: it's not so much can you fill in that _____________, but can your customer fill in that ________________ ? That is when, I believe, you have succeeded with character.

Although I am far from perfect and have much to learn, I have many client reviews that read almost the same. That means that I am consistent. Many of todays major corporations are striving for that word, consistent. They have found that from Apple to McDonald's, there is success in being consistent.

Your show should be littered with surprises, but your character should maintain consistency. It has been said that an audience does not identify (or become comfortable with) a magician until about the 25 minute mark of the show, well I believe that if you change hats during the show, that timer has to start over again. Therefore in a 45 minute show, you may never connect with your audience.

Look at Chris Capehart, look at Silly Billy...two different styles, two different characters. However, they remain constant. And they remain successful. You could easily fill in the ______________ on them after having seen only one show.

Well, those are my opinions on your show character. I believe it is the element I see most missing in performances today. Let's face it we all do tricks, many do the exact same tricks as the magi up the street, so what is the ONE thing that makes you stand out and become successful?...Your character!
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Gee, my character isn't on the list...bummer. That would be "Normal funny guy magician".

I break it down like this:

Good kids show magician
Bad kids show magician.
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I would agree with Ashley, Dennis' list is certainly full of interesting ideas but only fits a small part of character with some of the options being merely clothes.

Whether you wear a vest or a suit is a very small part of character.

Some of them are a good starting point for developing a specific character (princess/zoo character) something I have considered in the past (I am thinking about performing adult routines as a retired army colonel) but theres still a lot more work to it than a set of wings or an elephant dung bucket.

Myself, like a lot of others use amplified versions of their own character. I sometimes have trouble switching Magic George off after I finish. Which can be quite annoying.

George
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There's a scarecrow entertainer, I think that's a fantastic theme. Also, a policeman would work, or a fireman. What's important is that you BECOME the character that you're portraying. No doubt a character entertainer is more memorable than a magician (sorry guys!) And can be far more endearing. Definitely food for thought.....
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Character in itself is really a skill which actors develop. There is a lot to consider when playing a character.

I Did not want to go into detail as to develoment of character because below are a few things one must consider when he chooses to play a character.

Lots of items won't fit me because of my age.

CHARACTER CHART
Date this chart was completed:
Character's Full Name:
Reason or meaning of name:
Nickname:
Reason for nickname:
Birthdate:
Astrological Sign:

PHYSICAL APPEARANCE:
Age:
How old does s/he appear?
Eye Color:
Glasses or contacts:
Weight: Height:
Type of body/build:
Skin tone: Skin type:
Shape of face: Distinguishing Marks:
Predominant feature:
Hair color:
Distinguishable hair feature (bald, receding hairline, etc.):
Type of hair (coarse, fine, thick, etc?)
Character's typical hairstyle:
Looks like:
Is s/he healthy?
If not, why not:
Physical disabilities:

FAVORITES:
Character's favorite color:
Character's least favorite color:
Why?
Favorite Music:
Least favorite Music:
Why?
Food:
Literature:
Expressions:
Expletives:
Mode of transportation:
Daredevil or cautious?
Same when alone?

HABITS:
Smokes:
What?
When and how much?
Drinks:
What?
When and how much?
Hobbies:
How does character spend a rainy day?

BACKGROUND:
Hometown:
Type of childhood:
First memory:
Most important childhood event that still affects him/her:
Why?
Education:
Religion:
Finances:

FAMILY:
Mother:
Relationship with her:
Father:
Relationship with him:
Siblings:
How many? Birth order:
Relationship with each:
Children of siblings:
Extended family?
Close? Why or why not?

ATTITUDE:
Character's greatest fear:
Why?
What is the worst thing that could happen to him/her?
What single event would most throw character's life in complete turmoil?
Why?
Character is most at ease when:
Most ill at ease when:
Depressive or SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)?
Priorities:
Philosophy:
How s/he feels about self:
Past failure s/he would be embarrassed to have people know about:
Why?
If granted one wish, what would it be?
Why?

PERSONALITY:
Greatest source of strength in character's personality (whether s/he sees it as
such or not):
Greatest source of weakness in character's personality (whether s/he sees it as
such or not:
Character's soft spot:
Is this soft spot obvious to others?
If not, how does character hide it?
Biggest vulnerability:

TRAITS:
Optimist or pessimist:
Why?
Introvert or extrovert:
Why?
Drives and motivations:
Talents:
Extremely skilled at:
Extremely unskilled at:
Good characteristics:
Character flaws:
Mannerisms:
Peculiarities:
Biggest regret:
Minor regrets:
Biggest accomplishment:
Minor accomplishments:
Character's darkest secret:
Does anyone else know?
If yes, did character tell them?
If no, how did they find out?

SELF-PERCEPTION:
One word CHARACTER would use to describe self:
One paragraph description of how CHARACTER would describe self:
What does CHARACTER consider best physical characteristic?
What does CHARACTER consider worst physical characteristic?
Are these realistic assessments?
If not, why not?
How CHARACTER thinks others perceive him/her:
What four things would CHARACTER most like to change about self? (#1 most important,
#2 second most important, etc.)
1.
2.
3.
4.
Why?
If change #1 was made, would character be as happy as s/he thinks?
If not, why not?

INTERRELATION WITH OTHERS:
Is character divorced?
Has character ever cheated on significant other?
How does character relate to others?
How is s/he perceived by...
Strangers?
Friends?
Wife/Husband/Lover?
Hero/Heroine?
How does character view hero/heroine?
First impression: Why?
What happens to change this perception?
What do family/friends like most about character?
What do family/friends like least about character?

GOALS:
Immediate goals:
Long range goals:
How does character plan to accomplish these goals?
How will other characters be affected?

PROBLEMS/CRISIS:
How character reacts in a crisis:
How character faces problems:
Kinds of problems character usually runs into:
How character reacts to NEW problems:
How character reacts to change:

GENERAL:
Favorite clothing:
Why?
Least favorite clothing:
Why?
Jewelry:
Other accessories:
Drives:
Where does character live?
Where does character want to live?
Spending habits (frugal, spendthrift, etc): Why?
What does s/he do too much of?
Too little of?
Most prized possession:
Why?
Play musical instrument?
Which?
How does s/he learn?

UNCATEGORIZED:
Person character secretly admires:
Why?
Person character was most influenced by:
Why?
Most important person in character's life before story starts:
Why?
How does character spend the week before the story starts?
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I choose the Classical Magician for my Birthday Party Shows because I thought about these questions:

Why is the prospect looking for a Magician?

What is a Magician to a child supposed to look like?

What kind of Magic are they expecting?

Would a Rabbit make a difference?

Would an Illusion make a difference? (Chair Suspension)

Why did they Call me opposed to the many other magicians in the area?

It is these questions which develop the Birthday Party Magician Character.

Asking these same question related to a daycare center and the classic magician may not be as strong as a story telling magician.
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There is only one character I can pull off and it is an exadurated, over the top version of me.
Al Angello The Comic Juggler/Magician
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Like George, Santa and Al, my character is just my own personality turned up to 11. I wear all black - either a suit or black jeans and a short sleeved shirt. Somehow it seems to work. I suppose that as a vent I have to create and sustain numerous characters within a show and it's my job to be the 'normal' one.
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I'm just me.
Tony James

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I fear Dennis may have induldged in a little too much merryment over the New Year! Analysis to Paralasis leaves no room for the creative flow.
"Yes, Virginia, there really are people named Riddle...isn't that AMAZING! And to think of all the royalties I'm missing out on! SCANDALOUS!"

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Creativity Is another issue.

Is Kimmo a vent that does magic or a Magician that does vent? His Character escapes me, his website screams of ventriloquist that does magic. Neither is meant to be right or wrong, only of choice in character. He is a "Suit Entertainer" which fits well since his Characters are the puppets which are colorful and engaging.

"Being Yourself" is part of a character. It makes the job easier if your personality fits that character as oppose to creating a character that is "NOT YOU".

The way Tom and Tony look (thier Avatars), how can anyone take what they say seriously? Their visual display of their "character" says a lot about them.
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I feel quite guilty now that I've given this so little thought!! Luckily I don't have to worry so much, since I only portray myself, and I know me pretty well!

Joking aside, I disagree with Tom's remark - I'm impressed by how much thought and effort Dennis has put into creating the character he portrays as an entertainer. KNOWING your character inside out probably aids the creative process rather than hinders it. There is so much more to BEING a pirate or a clown than just throwing on a costume.
His checklist will prove invaluable to many who are creating a character from scratch - it's great for us vents as well! Certainly food for thought.

Thanks Dennis!

BTW - Nowadays I consider myself a vent who does magic, although Charlie is so real to me that I usually think of myself as a double act! Late last year I dared to drop my rabbit from the show and added another character, who is fast becoming as popular as Charlie with the kids, so I've gone even further down that road.
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I am sorry, Dennis, that you take neither myself or Tony seriously. It is hard to take you seriously...........especially when your original words are not your original words. Check this out, all of you:

http://www.eclectics.com/articles/character.html
"Yes, Virginia, there really are people named Riddle...isn't that AMAZING! And to think of all the royalties I'm missing out on! SCANDALOUS!"

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Quote:
On 2008-01-05 14:54, Dennis Michael wrote:
I Did not want to go into detail...


LOL, Dennis, if that's not going into detail we all have a lot to live up to.

Quote:
His (kimmo) Character escapes me, his website screams of ventriloquist that does magic.


Kimmo has videos on his website so you can clearly see the he has character and is one! The essence of your character is surely something that bookers will see in the performance and is too intricate and complicated to describe on your website or use as a selling point, Unless your character happens to be encapsulated in a theme. Even then you will concentrate on the theme rather than what makes it work. i.e Theme: he's a scarecrow=makes good selling point. Character: the performers views and background behind the actions of the scarecrow= makes good performance and strengthens the character. The bookers just need to know Kimmo is a talented and funny vent/magician they don't need to know why (even after the performance)

George

P.S. I tend to take people more seriously with funny avatars. When I see ultra-professional avatars I always want to poke fun a bit. Don't know why. I'm just naughty I suppose. My gookie avatar was great fun I got a shout out from all the Marx Brothers fans on the Café.
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Quote:


The way Tom and Tony look (thier Avatars), how can anyone take what they say seriously? Their visual display of their "character" says a lot about them.

Are you in elementary school, Dennis?
The Winner of the Dickingham Award for Best Children's and Family Entertainer on EARTH as voted by a bunch of stodgy, self-important hobbiest hacks and the children they tricked into attending a sad, boring event at the Mastication Lodge in Nosepick, Gree
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I agree with magic santa - what ever happened to being a normal well adjusted human type person that is an excellent model of what an adult could and should be (when it comes to the areas of being kind, joyful etc.) Instead of another of the many human cartoons.
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