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kippteacher1
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I typically perform at kid shows, but have been hired to perform for about 30 adults in a small room with chairs. I have 20+ of experience,but not with adult shows. Any suggestions on where to look to help me develop a 45-min act? Any tricks that you would definitely do for this size of audience? Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Subcontract with a magician who performs adult parties.
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So you took a booking for a crowd with which you have no performing experience?

Dynamike's a smart guy, do what he says!

I'd find someone qualified in your area and pass the booking along to him.
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On 2014-01-10 20:33, Dynamike wrote:
Subcontract with a magician who performs adult parties.


Surely someone wanting to break into the world of close up magic who has 20+ years experience of magic/kids shows will be better qualified to do a show for adults than a close up magician who is just starting out with zero performing experience.

Everyone has to start somewhere...
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On 2014-01-10 20:33, Dynamike wrote:
Subcontract with a magician who performs adult parties.


Surely someone wanting to break into the world of close up magic who has 20+ years experience of magic/kids shows will be better qualified to do a show for adults than a close up magician who is just starting out with zero performing experience.

Everyone has to start somewhere...




I agree. Look for routines that provide mystery, and you won't go wrong.
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Everyone has to start somewhere...


Yes, but not with paid shows!
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On 2014-01-10 20:33, Dynamike wrote:
Subcontract with a magician who performs adult parties.


Surely someone wanting to break into the world of close up magic who has 20+ years experience of magic/kids shows will be better qualified to do a show for adults than a close up magician who is just starting out with zero performing experience.

Everyone has to start somewhere...



Start small. Look at how much time he mentioned. Look at how many people he mentioned will be there. That can lead to an embarrassment to the purchaser and the magician. Everyone will leave unhappy that way. If it was a short 5 minute act, that would be different for a start. A few adults are better for starting off with. It is a paid show as Kevin verified. Take it step by step.
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Is this a close up show? I didn't get that impression from the original message. The nice thing about having a small audience is that you can do anything from card magic to parlor magic. The biggest problem that I see is trying to come up with 45 minutes of entertainment. I would start out by seeing what routines can be adapted from your regular show, and go from there. I would use stuff like sponge balls, invisible deck, bill in lemon, thumb tie, sucker torn & restored napkin, maybe some mental tricks if you have any. I just hope that you have enough time to prepare properly.
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The client is expecting a parlor sized show.
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You've never done a show for adults?
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I am a childrens entertainer at the moment, But I am putting a list together for some Adult close up work. is there such a dvd that gives advise on starting in close up. cheers from UK.
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I have a question...

is it a bachelor party in which they are expecting a rowdy and raucous high energy show? That takes one type of skills, in which the magic can take a back seat to the off-color humor.

Or, is it a corporate banquet where they expect to be quietly amazed, and the magic should take front seat. It makes a difference.

Don't steal anyone's material, but you could check out you-tube performances for the style you are looking for...

Just a thought.
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My advice is it is not about the "tricks" you suggested, it's about the entertainment. Very few adults get excite or entertained by your "tricks" as much as they will with you, your personality and your entertainment value.
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My advice is it is not about the "tricks" you suggested, it's about the entertainment. Very few adults get excite or entertained by your "tricks" as much as they will with you, your personality and your entertainment value. Are you an entertainer or a magician?
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I am a childrens entertainer at the moment, But I am putting a list together for some Adult close up work. is there such a dvd that gives advise on starting in close up. cheers from UK.


You may like to check out http://www.vanishingincmagic.com/ for helpful training resources. I'm not paid by them, I just like what they do and how they do it. (And UK-based Andi Gladwin is one of the co-founders) Smile

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My advice is it is not about the "tricks" you suggested, it's about the entertainment. Very few adults get excite or entertained by your "tricks" as much as they will with you, your personality and your entertainment value. Are you an entertainer or a magician?


I suspect he is neither. This is one of those threads where the OP asks a question and then withdraws from the conversation. He claims 20+ years experience yet asks questions that reveal no appreciation for performing.
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On 2014-01-13 17:26, JustCraig wrote:
Everyone has to start somewhere...


Yes, but not with paid shows!

My first show was a paid show. I don't believe in performing for free to build up experience.

Mindpro is right about the distinction between an entertainer and a magician. If you are a magician, Kippteacher, then you will have to learn a pile of new routines. If you are an entertainer, you will find it easy to make the transition. Just pick a few good effects (or perhaps adapt some of your kids routines for adults) and you may be all right. Best of luck.
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I was one of those guys that charged for a show when I got started back in 1981. I had no clue what I was doing, I was an amature and very ignorant. Not only was I highly embarrassed, I'm sure the person who booked me did as well. Let me explain that I learned my lesson very quickly and became friends with a mentor who took me under his wing and taught me the correct way of entertaining an audience. Anyone can open up a trick deck of cards and do the trick, but doing just the trick is not the reason why we took on the title "Magician." If you can't entertain than you have no right taking on the title "Magician." Entertaining makes up the majority of who we are as performers, not the trick. Check out this link of my dollar bill switch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hqjmzL5Xb0
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As mindpro stated it is not the magic it is the entertainer when it comes to adults. they want to relate to you. and you need to relate to them

Michael finny comes to mind. I mean he does card on forehead, and a rope trick and gets 30 some minutes of laughs and fun out of it and every one has a great time. the magic is all stuff we do but it is his routine and patter and presentation and the relating to the audience that makes it so fun.

and where is the original poster!!!?

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