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Stevethomas
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Anybody else catch Robert Baxt (one of the funniest entertainers around) on the show "30 Seconds To Fame" (or whatever it's called), over the weekend? Plate spinning and a couple sight gags... what else can you get in 30 seconds? right?

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If you DVR the show as I tend to, you will see that people can cram a LOT into 30 seconds! I'm always amazed at the number of real pro acts that have been on the show. Some do ok, and others get cut by the audience in the first round, it's always interesting to me to see what plays in this venue.
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Stevethomas
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Guy last weekend was doing cigar box juggling, and was good. Audience boo'ed him off! Hard to believe.

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Nope, it's really not. This isn't about talent but popularity. You may be really slick but if you're not instantly likable and connect to that particular audience and demographic, you won't get through. I know many friends who have done this show including some of the top performers in their field that got the boot as well. It's a great study. They might be great after 3 or 4 minutes in the real world and win an audience over but on this show, it's about instant likability above all else.
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I haven't seen it in a while, but from what I remember, the crowd's mood had a lot to do with it. I remember watching, and the crowd being encouraged to boo...if too many "good" acts got through in a row, the crowd antsy, and would start booing, even before the act started some times. Again, that's just my recollection...

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Yeah, Ken...I DVR every episode and study it. Generally acts that would have a High Q Score will do better no matter what the act. You have to look at the trends on the show and what appeals to that target demographic although I've seen young hip kids get through while others fail as well as older people that are certainly not hip or cool get through and fail equally, too. It all boils down to instant likability and connection to the audience, which makes it a great study for magic.
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