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Todd Robbins
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Though I don't do a hyp act (but who knows what I might be doing down the road) I can speak a bit about performance. The problem with performing is its inherent ephemeral nature. Once you do it, it's gone. When I was working the sideshow in Coney Island we sometimes do fifteen shows a day. If one show went poorly, you learned not let it get to you because there was another show coming up in a few minutes. And if you had a great show, you learned not to fall in love with that experience because there was another show coming up in a few minutes.

This kind of mindset if vital whether you do several shows a year or several hundred. All you can do is learn from every performance you do (videoing as many of your shows as possible is great. And the ability to objectively analyze yourself on video is an important skill.)

A good performance can be the result of many factors, and some of them will be factors over which you have no control. The same can be said for a bad performance. So I guess the best thing to focus on is not whether a performance is good or bad, but what can learned from each performance so that you can consistently improve the quality of your performances.
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Well I for one am happy I dragged him in.
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On 2010-07-01 00:43, Todd Robbins wrote:
Though I don't do a hyp act (but who knows what I might be doing down the road) I can speak a bit about performance. The problem with performing is its inherent ephemeral nature. Once you do it, it's gone. When I was working the sideshow in Coney Island we sometimes do fifteen shows a day. If one show went poorly, you learned not let it get to you because there was another show coming up in a few minutes. And if you had a great show, you learned not to fall in love with that experience because there was another show coming up in a few minutes.

This kind of mindset if vital whether you do several shows a year or several hundred. All you can do is learn from every performance you do (videoing as many of your shows as possible is great. And the ability to objectively analyze yourself on video is an important skill.)

A good performance can be the result of many factors, and some of them will be factors over which you have no control. The same can be said for a bad performance. So I guess the best thing to focus on is not whether a performance is good or bad, but what can learned from each performance so that you can consistently improve the quality of your performances.


Great insight and wisdom in Todd's post.

In the late 60s I was doing night clubs in Canada. In one multi-month booking I was required to do three shows on Saturday night/early Sunday morning. The first two shows would usually go well but the third was uniformly a disaster and a waste of time as far as audience reaction was concerned.

Of course the question arose: was it me...or them? Well, after several weeks of the same experience I decided it was them...and there was nothing that I or any of the other performers could do about it.
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Perhaps that "waste of time" was an overload that simply lead to fatigue, exhaustion or burnout. Energy depletion seems likely having to be "on" for three-in-a-row performances. If not, it may have been the monotonous and repetitious nature of your hypnotic routine. How often were you able to vary the show? Did the sequences follow the same order every time? Spontaneity is challenging when flow is preordained.
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Spoken like someone who has never set foot on a stage.
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Sounds like ( and I am only going by the limited info in the post)that the time of the performance could have been a factor. If the dud shows were always on the Sunday Morning.

I only say that because there seemed to be a pattern. Although I agree generally you can do the best show of your life one night and the worst the next. You have no way of knowing what an audience will be like sometimes.

Over here though I could after a while predict from city to city how a show would go down most of the times. The further up north the harder the show. And my mentor always told me to avoid senior military. Of course I ignored hos advice and found out the hard way. Boy was he right.
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There are such things as bad audiences. I would imagine that the audience for this very late show on a Saturday night was VERY different than the early shows.

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On 2010-07-01 14:05, Doc Regal wrote:
Perhaps that "waste of time" was an overload that simply lead to fatigue, exhaustion or burnout. Energy depletion seems likely having to be "on" for three-in-a-row performances. If not, it may have been the monotonous and repetitious nature of your hypnotic routine. How often were you able to vary the show? Did the sequences follow the same order every time? Spontaneity is challenging when flow is preordained.
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More drunk probably..
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