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fredr500
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I try to improve myself by analyzing weaknesses and determining how to strengthen them. I really need to be a better story teller. I started as a magician, then mentalist and am now becoming more Bizarre and realize the story is more important than any effect. While it will kill the magician inside me that is struggling to get our I understand that having the OE Deadwood sitting as a prop in the corner will just make a bell ring once, or Pandora will be relegated to an mp3 player that plays a 2 second knocking sound once, I'm learning that that may be the best use of the props.

So how can I improve my story telling? I see this http://www.storytelling-in-business.com/shop/ but am wondering if that is more just how to add a story to a business talk.

How did you improve your story telling skills?
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Hie thee hence to ECSS II in January. You'll learn more there in a weekend than in a year on your own. Otherwise, find a decent drama course at a local college or community center.
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Thanks Winks. I was at ECSS I and am all set for January. I'll be selling my Funeral Sampler as well as attending every session with notebook, pen and backup pen. You are absolutely right and I wouldn't miss it for anything.
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You can also come to The New England Gathering of the Magi. It's coming soon - Nov 12-14, 2015
http://www.icbmmagick.com/gathering-2015/

Leslie Melville will be in attendance. He IS A MASTER STORYTELLER. He performs storytelling shows. You'll get to see him in action a number of times during the Gathering and can even pick his brain for advice when you see him in the hospitality suite.

I believe he runs this storytelling site: http://www.thestorytelling-resource-centre.com/


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On the storytelling site: William Warlock is Leslie Melville.
by EVILDAN....
"The Coin Board Book" - moves and routines with the coin panel board. - http://www.lybrary.com/the-coin-board-book-p-827955.html
"SLASHER - A Horror Whodunnit" - a bizarre close-up routine based on Bob Neale's "Sole Survivor."
PM me for more info.
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I spend my life writing bloody scenarii so I would advice reading a lot IS the key. Your brain will "record" what it sees and becomes filled with the atmosphere. Our master of us all is Mr. Stephen King of course, but also read older things to learn the ancient words of storytelling and acquire a rich vocabulary. The lexical field used and the language register are important.
Of course, like said before, a few acting lessons might be useful.
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Write scripts! Don't just wing it when you perform. You'll find that as you write your scripts, you'll put more thought into it and refine it after each performance. I picked this up from Eugene Burger. With that said, I think less is sometimes more. A great opening line and a great closing line is needed for every routine. I also like to make a statement and then stop and let it sink in, or maybe even repeat that line over again and let silence work. People get uncomfortable with silence.

Oddly enough.. after I posted the above, I went to listen to Episode 1 of the seance and spookshow podcast and it's about script writing...
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Thanks. I always script my shows but thanks for the reminder.

I am now about 30 minutes into the podcast. Thanks for pointing it out.
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Don't rush -storytelling is in the pacing
don't be afraid to pause, sometimes silence is more powerful than words
make sure the story fits, the costume, your persona , and the props should all fit together (watch for red flags) or things that the audience will pick up as out of place
make an attempt to blend all the senses sight, sound, smell and feel into the presentation (the more immersive the more they will loose themselves in it)
just thoughts
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On Nov 2, 2015, Sneaky_Pest wrote:
I spend my life writing bloody scenarii so I would advice reading a lot IS the key. Your brain will "record" what it sees and becomes filled with the atmosphere. Our master of us all is Mr. Stephen King of course, but also read older things to learn the ancient words of storytelling and acquire a rich vocabulary. The lexical field used and the language register are important.
Of course, like said before, a few acting lessons might be useful.


Stephen King on writing is a good read. I'm not a massive King fan, but that was a very entertaining and useful read.

There are a lot of good TED talks on storytelling with plenty to influence our work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxDwieKpawg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpjVgF5JDq8
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One way I was able to improve mine was to buy souvenir cups and plates at yard and estate sales. When people come over, I tell the most wonderful stories about places I've never been. You can also do it with sports trophy or run off pictures of celebrities and autograph them to yourself. Just remember that no body, literally or figuratively, can dispute your experience so be creative.
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Once we begin an oral story, we are no longer magicians but storytellers. Learning to TELL a good story does not necessarily begin with WRITING a story. Study formal storytelling. I recommend "Storytelling: Process & Practice" by Livo and Rietz. Cheers.

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Thanks Christopher, I just reserved this at the library. Will make buying decision after reading it.
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