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ColinDymond
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None of the worlds best entertainers need a big stage and lighting and dancing girls to impress people but they all have them.
I've seen photos of my show with and with out a back drop, the ones with the backdrop look more professional, more professional means more money!
More money means less shows for the same money, less shows mean less petrol so therefore backdrop are eco friendly!

Go Green, Get A Backdrop!
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That's funny. Those Magic Backdrops are just American DJ tripods.

I mentioned them back in 2005.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/searc......=4136724

People taught I was crazy.

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Everything you do, say, wear, and bring to a gig is a reflection of how professional you are and how much you value your clients.
John Breeds
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I think a professional looking backdrop makes a world of difference to the way an audience perceives your act. Mind you it’s not always possible to erect a backdrop in someone’s lounge.Smile

One of the sections in my book, ‘How to Create Kids’ Magic and Triple Your Income!’ shows how to DIY an inexpensive, yet effective backdrop.



(see reviews for more information)

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On 2009-05-20 03:25, g0thike wrote:
That's funny. Those Magic Backdrops are just American DJ tripods.

I mentioned them back in 2005.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/searc......=4136724

People taught I was crazy.

G0THIKE


On your post to this link it doesn't work..
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Kevin,

Sorry about that, its a 2005 link.

But here is the current link:

http://www.americandj.com/ProductDetails......ds_Truss

I use those Light Stand Truss for a backdrop in windy conditions.

It works for me. Just expect a 5 minute set-up.


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On 2009-05-20 13:39, John Breeds wrote:
I think a professional looking backdrop makes a world of difference to the way an audience perceives your act. Mind you it’s not always possible to erect a backdrop in someone’s lounge.Smile

One of the sections in my book, ‘How to Create Kids’ Magic and Triple Your Income!’ shows how to DIY an inexpensive, yet effective backdrop.

Image


Image

(see reviews for more information)

John


John,

Just received your book and it's nice to see a color version of your backdrop!
Can't say enough about your book, I look enjoy reading it every time I pick it up.

And I play peek-a-boo with your face on the cover with my 2 year old Smile she gets a kick out of it!

All the best and thank you for the valuable resource.

Sincerely,
David
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On 2009-05-20 01:44, Futureal wrote:
School shows, bigger functions etc then I could imagine using one of these.

But birthday parties?

It's another trip from the car, you have to carry it into the house, set it up (often in front of the audience), tear it down (same thing), take it back out to the car.

Then multiply that by 4 or 5 birthday parties.

On Saturday.

And Sunday.

- Not for me.

To me the birthday business is about getting in quickly, zero setup, doing the simplest show that you can do with minimal props and minimal reset (yet still being strong to have the children and the parents raving about you), pack down, and onto the next one.

If you need a backdrop to impress people, more power to you. I don't.

.... not wanting to sound too arrogant here, but it's the truth.


As has been said before, if you're happy to work 4 or 5 parties a day, and offer very little in the way of "professional presentation"....you will find a huge market for your services. Truth is that there is a smaller market for those with a big show, backdrop, PA, and all the trimmings. But I only work 2 shows a day, and that earns me more than four of five, or even six small shows. I'd rather carry in my backdrop twice a day, than drive around the county rushing from one show to the next.
No one "needs" a backdrop to impress people. Those who use a backdrop are aware that the client has certain expectations, and wish to deliver the best show they can. Those who carry in a briefcase show, which is designed purely to give the performer an easy time, tend to have a rather lacklustre show. I'm not saying this is true in your case, but you certainly don't seem to "get" what clients may expect.
There is only one reason I don't perform my briefcase show all the time - my clients pay a LOT more for a bigger, and much more unique show.
BTW, my Magic Backdrop DOES go up in virtually ANY front room, though more often I work at larger venues.
My 2c.
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John,

Just received your book and it's nice to see a color version of your backdrop!
Can't say enough about your book, I look enjoy reading it every time I pick it up.

And I play peek-a-boo with your face on the cover with my 2 year old Smile she gets a kick out of it!

All the best and thank you for the valuable resource.

Sincerely,
David


Thank you David for your very kind comments. I'm so pleased you're getting something out of the book.

My only reservation is you using my face for peek-a-boo on your 2yr old daughter. You DO want her to grow up normally don't you! Smile

Thanks again and Good Cheers from little ol' England

John

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http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......um=110&0

http://magicboxcapers.com/createkidsmagic/PeepInside01.pdf
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http://magicboxcapers.com/createkidsmagic/PeepInside04A.pdf
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Guys,

Even though the backdrops tripods are American DJ.

The actual backdrops are F*%king beautiful.

G0THIKE
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Yet another reason for using a Jeff Jones backdrop... you can use it to perform my recently released "Vampire Levitation" from The Wizards' Journal #17 which requires a backdrop of the very type produced by Jeff and allows you to perform a real levitation (not just a suspension) at living room parties up to a full stage auditorium. Of course, you don't have to buy a Jeff Jones backdrop if you already have a suitable backdrop, or can make one yourself, but his style of backdrop is particularly suited to my Vampire Levitation, so I highly recommend it!
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John Breeds
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PLEASE NOTE; This is a re-posting from May 20 due to an incorrect image upload.

I think a professional looking backdrop makes a world of difference to the way an audience perceives your act. Mind you it’s not always possible to erect a backdrop in someone’s lounge. Smile

One of the sections in my book, ‘How to Create Kids’ Magic and Triple Your Income!’ shows how to DIY an inexpensive, yet effective backdrop.

Image

Image

(see reviews for more information)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......um=110&0

John
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Paty hit it right on the spot with

"As has been said before, if you're happy to work 4 or 5 parties a day, and offer very little in the way of "professional presentation"....you will find a huge market for your services. Truth is that there is a smaller market for those with a big show, backdrop, PA, and all the trimmings. But I only work 2 shows a day, and that earns me more than four of five, or even six small shows. I'd rather carry in my backdrop twice a day, than drive around the county rushing from one show to the next."

So many people focus on quick small shows that we forget the operative word is a show. Believe me I have out lived more of the quick hit brithday party guys, make more money and rerpeat business because I Have all the "real Professional Magic show equipment"
Ill put it into perspective This weekend
you four shows @ $150.00
me One show with backdrop and sound $750
do the math. jeff's back drop paid for iteself in one booking.
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Wow! An in-home birthday party show for $750. I'm impressed.

- Donald

P.S. One advantage of a smaller show / less expensive birthday party show, is that because you are doing more shows, you have more customers you work for and more audience members who see your show, and therefor, more word of mouth working for you.

That, in addition to the idea of a lower price point, creates a different dynamic for your business & marketing. (Assuming that both the shows are hilarious fun for the kids.)

I'm not commenting if it's better or worse to use a backdrop and PA system in an in-home birthday party show... just different. It's like comparing apples and oranges.
Donald Dunphy is a Victoria Magician, British Columbia, Canada.
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I don't work cheap donald! lol
seriously I'm my market Im getting nearl twice the rate for bday parties and Coporate shows are doing well.
Believe you then that I do strange things
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I forgot to add the following link in my previous post

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