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bluemagic
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How do you break the wall that between you and the people when proforming
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Perform not proform...
ROBERT BLAKE
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Make contact, ask them questions - give them something to do. let them hold a rope a silk etc. invite them into your intimate area.
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INVOLVEMENT/INTERACTION which is absolutely necessary, demands CONVERSATION.

Your "patter" should not be a "speech".

Talk "WITH" them! -- No one (child or adult) likes to be talked "TO" or "AT"!!!

Use correct grammar! -- ("proform" in your OP)

Avoid "word wax" ("you know"..."like"...etc.)

If it's a mixed adult group, be sure to ENTERTAIN THE LADIES!

If it's a family group, be sure to involve the kids!

See Robert's comments, just above.

"Make" them LIKE you!

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I don't "Break" walls. It tends to make people feel uncomfortable. Instead, I let them melt through it- I just start doing something interesting that catches their attention, they tend to stop and look for a second. That's my cue to start smiling and breaking into the full routine- that way they're relaxed and more happy to watch. Voila!
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Mario Morris myself and some others have a great conversation on breaking the 4th wall on this thread, well worth re-reading.

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There is "you". And there is "them". Breaking the 4th wall is the merging of those two worlds into one. Where the performer(s) become a part of the audience, and the audience becomes a part of the play.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_wall


My thoughts: there is no wall! Just like there is no spoon ... you have to build the wall before you can break it. Thus, "drawing a crowd" could be said as "building the 4th wall".

A blatantly obvious example would be laying down a rope for your audience to stand along, giving that imaginary wall a physical presence. A not so obvious example would be tapping your wand on the table while looking to the left while talking to a kid on the right.

Once the wall is built, you can then go through it.

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