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PenEnpitsu
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Raven, that was exactly the kind of input I was looking for. Thanks! Smile
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Oh yes and I do like the story approach. I always try to package a routine around an "idea", even if that idea is as simpel as "the msot compelx card trick in the world" Smile

For the kids show, Im producing a stuffed tiger from an asian themed box, so the story is about how magic comes from Asia, and so do tigers Smile

Although my color changing CD routine is silent to music, I preface it with a (true) story about my friend Vicki who has perfect pitch and who sees colors when she hears tones.
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I like the "so I decided to be a magician to figure out how I do this" persona....I basically act like I have no idea how things are happening and I'm just as amazed as the audience.
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On 2010-10-02 20:50, danmarimba123 wrote:
I like the "so I decided to be a magician to figure out how I do this" persona....I basically act like I have no idea how things are happening and I'm just as amazed as the audience.


that's a great presentation approach if you can pull it off for an entire show Smile It catches people very off-gaurd.
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My stage persona is myself but isn't. It's myself how I would like myself to be viewed by others. It's myself, but with a lot more energy, enthusiasm, good humor, and up-beat attitude than I walk around the house with. The acting classes, improv classes, stage work, public speaking, and writing experience all helps in that, but it's still basically an idealized version of myself.

That said, I still take a little time to get into character before I "go on."

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Working...but still very much in "process"...

I think you'll find that your character will "morph" somewhat as you become comfortable with him and see what the audience likes.

In my own case I had two different "story teller" characters. One (Southern Colonel) was fun for me but only the adults liked it (bored the kids to death!) The other (Olde World Toymaker) enchanted the kids but was incredibly hard for me to keep smooth. They've merged now into a more fun "kid friendly" Colonel. (The other one wasn't what you'd call "adult", just targeted to people who'd lived through the sixties and seventies).

You learn and you adapt.
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Dan, that is hilarious! I'd think that'd go over quite well with kids as well. I guess my persona is going to be excited new guy until I get enough tricks down to share beyond my immediate family. But I've already noticed a natural kind of patter coming along, which is nice.
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