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MrMajestic
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Hey guys. This is a rather crappy video of my first professional performance. I volunteered my service for a carnival event being held at my school. I had an audience of somewhere around 30-40 people and I was nervous beyond my wits. It's in two parts and is half as long as an average show needs to be, it's not well scripted at all, but I'm working on it. I'm just looking for people's opinions on how the performance looks, how the effects look (the card sword thing kinda got screwed up, and I flashed one part of my rope routine but as far as I could tell it did nothing to inform my audience), and what I can do to make it better (what effects might string things together, ideas for scripting, etc.) Thanks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwQ4wveNeqA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfBbruuMMmQ
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Not a bad first outing, you have a lot of potential. Only suggestion I'd make is don't walk behind the table so much, let your assistant bring things out to you, or take it from the front (if possible).
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For a first time, you did really well. People were entertained and that is truly the bottom line.

I would work on getting a table to work with as opposed to setting up on a table wherever you perform. Especially since your character seems refined.
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Only watched the first video but for a first outing that was good!

The technique is there, the character is fine

You're already on to thinking how to make "the show" flow better, perhaps think about it is a stage (play) performance. Where do you want to be when - like sword stage left with participants line stage front left. Then think of the reasons why for each staging and what works best for audience participation and reaction.

Maybe work in a little history of the character. I see him there, I know why he is there but where did he come from?

Also it has been mention about a table, how are you going to place and work around your props? Make them a interesting, inviting and attractive part of your stage setting

The only possible technical issue I saw was the end to the zombie routine, after all the levitations and moves you simply placed the zombie back on it's base.

Again you're doing well

Best of luck to you
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P.s. The nervousness will pass with gaining more confidence from performing more shows. You opened with solid, confidence gaining illusions. Good start

As time goes by your may incorporate different illusions in your act. I like the idea of a different than usual card sword
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Hmmm....I've been thinking about the table, but I honestly don't know where to get one that would be portable, magician friendly, and suitable to my show.

As for the zombie I'm working on some moves from the Jeb Sherill DVD and will incorporate them in soon for a more...full performance.

As for the character, the story I'm workign on is:

I start with an appearing cane that also vanishes (the cane as a complement to that "old time look"), then I'm looking for a good silk effect to do with the remaining silks, as a result of the disappeared cane. Then I move into a sword through card effect, demonstrating the skill as a swordsman I have picked up in my many dangerous adventures across the globe. Having discussed my general self and shown a bit of my credentials as a true swashbuckling individual, I show the first of the items I've picked up in my journeys: 3 different sized pieces of magical rope that become one length, and then one long rope (prof. nightmare into quad-rope-lets into Tabary's rope routine). I then show them a set of magical cards which were designed to be lethally sharp by dangerous poker players who would use them to "get out of a losing hand;" so delicate are these cards that they can be, if gently done, inserted into a balloon without popping it.

And that's where I'm at so far.....


THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL THE ADVICE!!
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Very well done! Beautiful job at holding the accent. As someone who works in accent, I know how difficult it can be!

I have very few suggestions, and I think based on our conversation further down the board, you are already exploring those ideas...
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I enjoyed watching those, MrMajestic. You're an interesting performer.
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Good job for your first time.
Great advice from the above Café members.
Thanks for sharing.
Good luck.
~John
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