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BIGmagiclV
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Carl, Steve is a close friend of mine and has helped me immensely!
AS for setup, I have everything set up in my lefler case with a few items tht I put on a small table. I'm ready to go!
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Three keys to maxing out the number of shows are:

A case with a well rehearsed show full of quick instant reset tricks.
Organization - a well planned route with clear arrival and departure times.
LIVE IN A URBAN/METRO AREA WERE YOU CAN BOOK SHOWS NEARBY!
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[quote]On 2010-04-09 14:21, Potty the Pirate wrote:
I think the message is, to get to the point where you don't need to work that hard!
HERE, HERE! Quality vs. Quantity.
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I did a career day at a local elementary school a couple of months back. They assigned me the pre-school and kindergarten kids, aged 4 to 6. I did six shows, back to back, no re-set time at all. The shows had to be 25 minutes, counting the time necessary to get one group out and the other in. I stayed in one room, so I didn't have to move my stuff. The groups were small enough that I didn't need the mic at all. It went great, I hardly even broke a sweat and they loved the act. So under those kind of circumstances it's very do-able for me. If I'm having to travel from party to party across the city, doing a full 45 minute show, or an hour with, balloons, I would most definitely break a sweat, the schlepping and travel would be the hard part.
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[quote]On 2010-06-27 10:16, magicguyri wrote:
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On 2010-04-09 14:21, Potty the Pirate wrote:
I think the message is, to get to the point where you don't need to work that hard!
HERE, HERE! Quality vs. Quantity.

Ironically, I now work a few contracts on Brittany Ferries - and do five shows a day!
Of course, there's no travelling, and I get fed, watered, etc. To be honest, I really enjoy these ships - I worked cruise ships for ten years, and miss being at sea. When you're doing all your shows in one place, it's not hard to do five a day. It also keeps you on your toes - the audiences are VASTLY different from one crossing to another.
At home I won't take more than 2 in a day, though!
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On a good week I will get 2, 2 hour shows Saturday and again on Sunday. Sometimes I can fit 3 in a day, but I do tend to hit the Red Bull about half way through
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Unless you are performing all the shows in one venue 3 shows is plenty without working yourself into the ground. I am lucky enough to share the work load with my wife so it is a lot easier to set up and peform for us than a magician by themselves. We have such a big show to set up for the larger bookings that we could not fit in any more than 3 if they were all this size.

Does anyone else work with a partner in the show. Do you find it easier ???
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Julie, do you do an actual two hour show, or do you mix it up with balloons, games or facepainting? Also, is the bear a vent puppet?
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On 2010-06-27 11:59, Mr. Pitts wrote:
I did a career day at a local elementary school a couple of months back. They assigned me the pre-school and kindergarten kids, aged 4 to 6. I did six shows, back to back, no re-set time at all.


I just arrived home from something similar. I was hired for carnival day at a local elementary school (grades 1-6), and I had to perform 9 shows in 3 and a half hours. Each show was 20 minutes long, with just a couple of minutes break in between each (between 20-40 kids at each show). Some shows only consisted of three tricks, and others four. Depending on the ages of the kids, I chose from among the following effects: Hat Tear, Card to Mouth, Sword Through Neck, Coloring Book, and rabbit in the hat routine. It was a great day.

Brian
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