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Awhile ago I posted about how I managed to totally blow the ID at the start of a show.

Well, last night I opened with the ID again and this time it played *perfectly* Smile

(I do however drop my paintball in my paintball catch at the end. Ah well, that was my first time in public with that routine and it still went off well. Next time it'll be perfect Smile )

Mistakes are for learning from, and you always need to get back on the horse if it bucks you.

(Video of the show is here http://gallery.me.com/jeffpk#100058)
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Congrats! Way to get back up there. Ride 'em cowboy!!

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Hi
What want wrong with your ID ?
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Roflol. Rather then tell the whole story again, I'll just link you to the sordid tale. It does have a happy ending, though....

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=41
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Way to go. The first time back after a rough outing is the hardest.
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Hi
Sorry for making you relive that experience. Very nice recovery.
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By the way, this is a GREAT example of why video is such a good way to study your own act.

This was a very informal setting where I had had no rehersal time to block out on stage. Nonetheless I see some things to improve besides that:

(1) The crossed arm position, which is part of the deck appearance method, looks awkward if held too long, which I did. Its closed body language which is not good for stage and very opposite of my normal stage body language. Conclusion. Do it for a shorter period of time, just enough to accomplish what I need to do there.

(2) In the period between the crossed arms and the deck appearance, my right arm is too stiff. Again it doesn't look natural. Need to practice that in a mirror more with an eye towards a relaxed posture.

(3) Dolly was visible to the whole audience while I was standing on the lip of the lower stage. carrying her down into the audience was a mistake as my body blocked 1/3 of the audiance's view.

(4) I had made a mistake putign Dolly away the night before wich mde her hard to operate. I know the mistake and wont do it again.

(5) When I laid Dolly on the couch I let her hair hang off. This resulted in my having to reposition her in the middle of the cover, which looked bad and suspicious.

(6) In handling the paint ball gun I need to take mreo care to handle it like a real gun, which means keeping the barrel pointing at the ceiling and not at the audience. I should also cover the barrel mouth with my let hand whenever its tilted horizontal.

(7) That routine needs some real blocking thinking to keep me facing the audience as much as possible. NEVER talk with my back to them unless its absolutely necessary.
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