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Benji Bruce
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Hey guys I would like to share my performance of the magic square with everyone here on the Café. It's a combination of slam poetry (aka spoken word) and the magic square.

At the start of the show I had everyone think of a two digit number and singled out one person. Then I moved onto other routines like The Relic (which is a great product at Outlaw Effects) and a stage Invisible Deck routine. And I finished up with the magic square...enjoy!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epZuZpZmZWI
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VERY COOL !!!!!!
I hate the magic Square but this I can deal with Smile
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Thanks. I've hated the magic square for a LONG time as well lol.
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That was simply brilliant. It gave me chills.
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Benji,

My brother that was TIGHT.

Take it deeper.

Pick up some of Jerome Finley's material.

I'll PM you later.

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A great example that a "simple effect" can be brought to new levels and standards using great showmanship. Thanks for sharing, this gave me lots of new ideas.
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One of the best presentations of the magic square I have seen, very inspiring! I have seen your other clips on youtube, keep up the good work
Benji Bruce
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Thanks guys. And any ways to improve it are welcomed so I'll be expecting that PM Natural Mystic.
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"Take it deeper." I understand the thinking but do not know if I agree with it, the presentation is light & entertaining & seems to strike home with the audience, if anything I would look at pacing & tag lines.
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That was excellent! Absolutely an original presentation that you can almost be guaranteed no one will try to copy. Good job.
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Dope.

Was this filmed at a slam? Or another event?
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On 2009-04-23 12:55, Davit Sicseek wrote:
Dope.

Was this filmed at a slam? Or another event?



It was filmed at an awards banquet that I was hired to perform at.
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Gotta say this is the best performance I've ever seen of this effect...

Very well done.
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A lot of people throw up crap on YouTube with the excuse that it's just for fun, or it doesn't play in front of a camera or whatever.

This is the exact opposite of stuff like that.

It's original (as far as I know), it's professional, it's memorable, it's truly art.

I scoped out your other stuff too.

Whatever charisma, stage presence, whatever is, you've got it. Very impressive.

Two problems in my opinion:
1.) Your youtube page has a website of http://www.bbmagicworld.com and this website doesn't have a DNS entry (unless there are upgrades going on). Having such a spectacular youtube video is somewhat lost if people go to a non-existing (or non-working) website.
2.) http://BenjiBruce.com seems to have a flash (or other active run) front door. I would recommend having an html front door as well. Many workplaces have blocks on flash or other issues and cannot access your website because of this. I am one of those people.

You'll notice that the problems only exist because you did a great job. I was actually going to see where you were located and recommend you to some people (at least to look at your vids and webpage) but can't do that now.

Thanks for sharing.

Lem
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Since Lem is talking practicalities, and since I'd be happy to offer constructive criticism to Usain Bolt - I'll add that purely for promotional purposes, it would be worth filming yourself properly at another event, perhaps with a direct mic feed.
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On 2009-04-23 15:15, Davit Sicseek wrote:
Since Lem is talking practicalities...


LOL

It is show business after all. Business is a big part of it.
Benji Bruce
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Lem thanks for letting me know. I forgot my youtube page has the wrong address. That was my old website and I will definitely consider html for my new site.

Davit, you're right. I will eventually hire professionals to film it but right now it was just something for me to record and take notes on. Thanks for the input.
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Just one thing, I didn't mean HTML instead of flash or whatever, but maybe something like a default flash with a link for HTML if desired/required. I know it's not insiginificant in terms of time and effort and thanks for listening either way.

Good luck!

Lem
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Benji,

That was great. My only recommendation would be to have the board facing away from the audeince during the writing of the numbers.

This does several things.

It allows you to face the audience when you deliver a lot of your lines. A major rule to follow is NEVER turn you back to the audeince especially if you are trying to deliver a thought, idea or emotion. Think poetry jam were everyone performs with the back to the crowd ???.

It also allows you to get a laugh when you ask what number they are thinking of and you turn the pad to show that you have written 16 numbers.

Depending on what method you are using for the Magic square it may also allow you to have some of the numbers pre written therefore speeding up that process.

and it removes some of the confusion when you are writing the numbers and replaces it with suspense.

I understand that you talking about dividing the mind and then you draw the lines. I still think people will know that you are dividing the paper even though they do not see the lines being drawn.

I personally just connect with you so much more when you are facing the crowd.

I know in our craft we are always turning our back. Lets just think about how to avoid this or at least how it effects our performances and the way people connect with us.

Just my thoughts,

Brent Braun
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Benji find some way not to turn your back to the audience as you fill in the square. The loss of eye contact makes the presentation less effective.
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