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Celloboy
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Hey guys.
I was wondering how many of you out there had ever done improvised comedy as either a separate thing or indeed with an express interest in improving your magical performance. I've heard time and time again from people that have done it that it has been a great tool for their performance, but it seemed from my straw polls the amount of people who have actually taken the leap into theatre sports in the massive minority.

If you have done improv how have you found its help? And if you haven't done any improv, what has stopped you? Do you not see the connection to magic, or just logistics of not having a class?

I personally am running an improv course specially for magicians in a few weeks time ( http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/734065 ) but would love to hear what people's opinion are, and then maybe the next piece of information I design on improv can address some of these concerns.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts!
Alexxander
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I am part of a improv theatre group at my university.
It's a lot of fun and quite a challenge. Smile
We do short improvised scenes, scenepaintings and music improvisations.

We did 3 gigs up to now and I did the emcee-part of the shows, interacting with spectators for inspirations and leading through the programme.

I'm still beginning though, but I already feel much more confident on stage and my voice sounds clearer.
The most important part is, it really gets you out of your comfort zone.
I can recommend improv to just about every entertainer, it really is a great way to build confidence and get a feel for comedy and drama.
TimonK
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Improv and theatre in general definetely up your performances; there's lots to learn from theatre for us.

I'm attending an academy for cabaret & entertainment in the Netherlands where improv is one class of many. Since beginning I have, like Alexxander, felt my voice grow and witnessed my shows becoming more theatric and dramatic. The school teaches me the necessary skills to not only do something cool, but create art around it and make it an actual theatrical act.

Definetely recommended - not only improv, but also voice coaches, theatre in general, mime classes, dancing, ...

How cool that you're holding a course for improv for magicians! Enjoy & success with it Smile
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tmoca
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I cannot recommend it enough.

I trained at Second City here in Detroit. I took improv and writing classes...both for the sole purpose to improve my magic. Money well spent. Over the years I have been in a couple of troupes that toured locally, doing long and short form improv.

Later I took to the Stand-up comedy classes....the improv training, writing and troupe experience, made the stand-up much easier....in turn, both the improv and the stand-up experience, improved my magic performance far beyond what I thought they would.

In the end...any formal theatre training and/or experience can do nothing but help.

If you have any questions about it, shoot me a PM, I am happy to help.
landmark
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I took improv classes and was in a theatrical improv group before I was interested in magic. Looking back, it certainly helped with being in the moment and working with an audience.
Celloboy
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Couldn't agree more with what has been written here. Improv has informed everything I have ever done on stage and is such a powerful tool in getting used to dealing with having to think on your feet and creating new material.

I'd still love to hear from anyone who just simply thinks it is stupid or unnecessary. You won't be chastised, I just want to see if there are concerns or criticism that I can address on my next project on the subject which should be coming soon

Cheers
TonyB2009
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I have done improv comedy and impromptu public speaking and found both experiences invaluable.
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