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asif
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Hello guys, it has been a long since I posted something. So in between I did a stage show for paraplegic patients. It was my first show. So guys please watch it and help me in improving my magic.

Here's the link :
https://youtu.be/4yz-RX7ik4M
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Very good - the audience enjoyed it, and that''s the main thing. If you will watch this video several times, you will be able to see what you want to change/improve. I would have preferred a stronger ending - maybe put the rope through neck last, and finish on your knees with you arms outstretched. Just my opinion. Brace yourself for more opinions to come! Jim
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That was a lot of fun. As Jim said watch the video a few more times. you will start to see things. A few things I would say are
- There was a lot of effects there. I think you could do a little less. It wasn't to long as your crowd stayed with you. Make things tighter and punchy,
- Connect with your crowd they like it when you spoke at the begin. give them a bit more of you.
- Keep doing it live. Do as many acts as possible. film them all and keep a note book of what works and what dose not. Things you can change and how the changes go down.

The main thing is you got there and did it well done.
Enjoy your magic,

and let others enjoy it as well!
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Thank you sir for the advice. Actually I had very little idea on how to plan a show. So what I did was I allotted 1 min for each magic trick. And it was planned that my show should last for around 10min. So I chose around 8 tricks. Also due to some family problems I couldn't practice or plan well. The whole thing was planned and executed just a day before the show.
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Hi Asif,

I'm just an amateur, with no stage experience, so take my advice with a grain of salt.
First of all, congratulations! I can imagine how hard it is to put your first act together! I really enjoyed watching it, and clearly your audience felt the same way!
Regarding the ball manipulation act, at least in the video I felt that the (lack of) contrast between the balls and your outfit made it harder to follow the routine at some points. Maybe with white balls, or different outfit this could be solved.
Regarding routining the show, you might want to take a look at Dan Harlan's "More than meets the eye". You can buy it or get it as a "gift" when you buy his Tarbell lesson on routining a show (Tarbell 24, if I'm not mistaken). He gives good suggestions on how to organize your tricks in a way that makes the most impact for your audience.
Anyway, congratulations and keep us posted about your next experiences. It's always an incentive for the ones here who haven't started performing yet to see others having their first successful experiences!
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On Dec 9, 2016, pmarzionna wrote:

Regarding routining the show, you might want to take a look at Dan Harlan's "More than meets the eye". You can buy it or get it as a "gift" when you buy his Tarbell lesson on routining a show (Tarbell 24, if I'm not mistaken). He gives good suggestions on how to organize your tricks in a way that makes the most impact for your audience.


Actually is Tarbell Lesson 34 (first lesson of Book 3)

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/5894
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Can you tell me the name of the chapter because I'm having the pdf version of the book. And in that chapter 34 is impromptu effects with cards
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Can you tell me the name of the chapter because I'm having the pdf version of the book. And in that chapter 34 is impromptu effects with cards


I believe that the PDF Version is for the original correspondence course, not for the 8-volume book, right? In that case, I don't know if there is a Routining chapter. In the Vol. 3 book the name of the chapter is "Routining a Magic Show".

In this case, I would recommend you to specifically look at Dan Harlan's lesson on this chapter, as he shares basically all his experience in routining a show, with some concepts that might work better for you than the ones in Tarbell, which, in this specific case, might be a little outdated...
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Hey, nice first performance! You seemed a little nervous at the very beginning, but got comfortable as the show went on, am I right? A few things you may want to play around with, you could try opening with the ball slight of hand you ended with. Then maybe end with the rope, but as Jim mentioned - a more dramatic illusion around the neck would be impressive. Also with the bandana sleights you opened with where you make some objects appear, maybe try to milk it a little more... what I mean is take a 2-3 second pause and really display the object you pulled out. (Imagine someone was to really quickly snap a picture of it, so like a quick pose.) Again you don't have to make these changes exactly, but you can play around with it, they may inspire other ideas.
"A play does not take place on stage but in the minds of the spectators."
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You did a great job!

And you had a very appreciative and energetic audience which is worth it's weight in gold for your first show. Looks like that wind was causing a few problems. I know all to well about wind during performances. I do outdoor parties all the time and where I live we get 20-30 mph gusts just about every afternoon during the summer. And of course it just happens to always start blowing the moment I start my show. I can't count how many times I've chased or kissed silks goodbye due to winds. Taught me to always keep a backup on hand that I can go to at a moments notice. Always be prepared for the unexpected when perform outside!
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Asif,

Nice show. I especially liked the cane and the rope routines.

I do have one comment: I found your constantly (between each feat) turning of your side to the audience, as well as drinking water, somewhat distracting. In essence, they disrupt the flow of the show. I suggest you find a way to better position the table so that you are always facing the audience, or turn no more than about 45o. The show had a kind of "now let me show this" kind of appearance (if this makes sense) and lacked a flowing of one routine to the next. As for the water, I get thirsty too!

I have a question: Was there anyway to involve the audience? I realize that you had a special audience in which this type of involvement would have been difficult to say the least, but I do think you should consider this in the future.

I hope you find these comments useful.

HLT
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Asif,

A couple of other comments regarding the water.

Perhaps you could work drinking water into the routine. I am thinking like a lotus vase--empty the vase, drink the water, let the vase sit a couple of minutes, pour out the water again, drink it.

Alternatively, there is the routine whereby a glass covers a coin, the glass is covered by a handkerchief, and voila! the glass vanishes. Perhaps you could conclude the vanishing by causing the glass--full of water--to reappear, and in triumph you drink the water. A comic beginning to this routine could be to announce that you are going to make a glass of water disappear. Then you pick it up, drink the water, and it has disappeared! Then you could carry on with the feat above, this time concentrating on the coin (which is how the trick works), and at the end, having caused the glass of water to disappear, take your bow for having "really" caused the glass of water to disappear. In this case there would be no need to cause the glass to reappear.

I hope this helps,

HLT--And yes, I get thirsty too!
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I have a question: Was there anyway to involve the audience? I realize that you had a special audience in which this type of involvement would have been difficult to say the least, but I do think you should consider this in the future.


I of course did not mean the patients. Rather, I was thinking staff.

HLT
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Just a note - we did a show for 'basket cases'- that is NO LIMBS- but we had them help us - when I did the 20th centry - I layd the tied two on the belly/chest of one of the patients(with permission of course-'could you help me??') made the 3rd. dissapear and - poof it appeard tied between the two the patient was holding on his belly - Dr. and Nurses appreciated it along twith the patients - THEY don't have to HOLD things --also we've done several programs for crebral palsy patients - NEVER use shock,loud, surprize, etc. type effects - We were doing our program (calmly) - when a Bus load of clowns came, jumping out, yelling whooping it up- it took a while to calm the patients down as there limbs jerked and jerked - it wasnt plesent - .Ralph(russo)Rousseau
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Russo,

Interesting post.

HLT
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This was really a great show. Your audience enjoyed it. Keep it up.
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On Feb 21, 2017, Russo wrote:
Just a note - we did a show for 'basket cases'- that is NO LIMBS- but we had them help us - when I did the 20th centry - I layd the tied two on the belly/chest of one of the patients(with permission of course-'could you help me??') made the 3rd. dissapear and - poof it appeard tied between the two the patient was holding on his belly - Dr. and Nurses appreciated it along twith the patients - THEY don't have to HOLD things --also we've done several programs for crebral palsy patients - NEVER use shock,loud, surprize, etc. type effects - We were doing our program (calmly) - when a Bus load of clowns came, jumping out, yelling whooping it up- it took a while to calm the patients down as there limbs jerked and jerked - it wasnt plesent - .Ralph(russo)Rousseau


AMATEUR "CLOWNS" can really screw up a show! Very few (is any) of them have any idea of how to act (behave!!!). Either they are "on" all the time, or they sit in view of the audience, like window dummies. I could tell some stories, but, there's no real need to do so here.

I'm not just "talking"! I've clowned in a circus or two. I was producing clown with the late Wayne Franzen's show, way back in the mid '70s.
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Well, it was OK for a first timer, (here comes the but:) BUT, you need someone experienced in directing, to direct your actions. At least you didn't stand BEHIND the table.

The water drinking "trick" was a distraction. See Henry's comments, above. The "act" stopped and started, every time you drank from the bottle. (Every trick became the "opening trick".) Henry's comment about using a Lota, could help tie the routine together. The Lota came from India, so it could fit in.

The ball bits were almost invisible (background). In general, one of the "three T's" was MISSING! --(TIMING!) Learning when to PAUSE, and, for how long to PAUSE, is absolutely essential.

You need to learn how to MOVE on stage! See Henry'a first post for his comments about too much profile.

Henry's comments re: "...now let me show this..." were important. The act must "flow"!

Why are you kneeling at the end? Cf. Roy W. Hull's "Fifteen Minutes With A Piece Of Rope". Learn from Hull, how to tie a knot before jerking the rope through the neck, and, how to display the loop of rope to get the applause.

Audience INVOLVEMENT was missing. Involvement is critical to the performance. Otherwise, spectators are passively sitting. Talk WITH, not TO or AT them.

I think that you have potential! Henning Nelms' "Magic & Showmanship" would be very helpful. It's a "college course" in stagecraft.
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