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Umm...I would suggest to everyone to record their shows from time to time, if not all the time. There is a lot to be learned.

First let me say that I don't script. I have written scripts. I have performed in shows where I had scripts. I have read scripts. But I just don't care for them.

My routines have a backbone and there is a pool of lines that I pull from as the moment dictates, but I don't let a script dictate the moment. I respect those that work out a tight and well thought-out script. George Carlin, if I may be interdisciplinary, is an extremely scripted comedian and he is completely faithful to that script. I like him very much.

On the other hand, there is Eddie Izzard. Extremely talented and bright and extremely unscripted. I like him very much as well. Both seem to work in the realm of comedy, and both I think can exist in magic as long as the considerations in magic are accounted for.

Sorry, completely off topic.

Record, record, record.

If you are speaking off the top of your head, record it, and listen to it. The first thing you will find are habits of speech that you don't know about. Everyone else does, but you don't. This could apply not only to your performance, but in everyday life. We all have patterns of behavior, thoughts, and speech that we don't recognize because in our heads, everything feels inspired and fresh. Record yourself, become aware, and slow down. If you take each moment as it comes thoughtfully, you will be better prepared to choose the words you use and less likely to speak out of habit or nervousness.

One of the first times I recorded myself in a show, I learned that I said this volunteer's name 42 times in eight minutes. FORTY TWO TIMES. You can probably imagine the embarrasement I felt after hearing that recording. BUT... I don't relentlessly repeat names anymore.

Another reason to record...What if you word something in a clever way, or say something original or funny. During performances that are really good, I usually forget most of what I have said. I think this is because I am so caught up in the moment that I am not paying attention...I am flowing. When the shows are recorded you can go back and hear all the great things you have discovered.

Sometimes I go into a performance situation and try to present something in a completely new way. The mechanics are the same but I change everything about the script/patter/conversation. Granted, I do this with tricks that allow for this type of latitude, but it is a great exercise to break habits of presentation and find a renewed freshness. If it is recorded, you may find some hidden gems.

If you script, if you are an articulate artist of aliteration, bless you. Still record. You can learn about your voice quality, timing, tempo, and et cetera.

In conclusion...Daryl, if recording doesn't work, do a silent act.

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