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Logan
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Hey all!

I am planning to do magic for my whole school. There is an assembly every once a week and the Dean has given me the green light to do some tricks when school starts again on one of the assemblies. Anyway, we planned together (he seems to like magic! Smile ) that there would be a camcorder that would be held by someone who is standing on a step, so the camera is much higher than the table (this is card magic). The camera is connected to a projector which will project the image on a big screen for all to see Smile

I was wondering if there are any tips that could be given? The microphone on the camera will be muted so as to avoid the sounds of cards sliding, etc...

Thanx! Smile

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Logan Smile
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Logan,

I hope it's not too late for this to help. Try to do a full run through on camera with the camera hooked up to a videotape recorder.
You will be sure to have some suprises.

The first discovery is that you can't misdirect a camera. It just stares at whatever you are doing.

The second is that your cameraperson needs either to be carefully rehearsed or told to keep his or her hands off of the zoom control.

Anyway, make a tape and study it. Chances are that, after seeing it, you'll want to change a few things.

Good luck,

Sid
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Logan
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Hey Sid!

Actually it's not too late! I've done this kinda thing before and it's not too bad. I will definitely rehearse with my camera man, don't worry. I know what I want in mind and I've accomplished most of it. Just wondering if there are any extra tips.

Thanx all!

Cheers,

Logan Smile
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When working in front of a camera performing, you have to remember that you cannot make large gestures or movements with your hands or they will leave the shot. You are confined to a relatively small area as far as a camera goes and so you must make smaller movements with your arms and hands in order to keep them within the confined space of your "shot" area.

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Logan
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Yeah! Good point Paul!

I could also have the shot wider too right? Yeah, that would allow for a bigger image to fit in...but I guess I'll have to organize and rehearse the shots and when to widen and zoom in.

Thanx all!

Cheers,

Logan Smile
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Logan,

I did this a year and a half ago in our own civic auditorium for the D.A.R.E. (anti drug) program.

I performed:

Tabary's Rope routine (no camera)

Crazy Man's Handcuffs

Sponge Balls (with on stage spectator)

The Cups and Balls.

The all worked great, but the lighting was a bit of a chore. I jettisoned any card tricks because they just became abstract and frustrating--red and black contrasts are not a camcorder's favorite undertaking.

The coolest part was that my daughter filmed it from an audience seat, and it looks great!

Sponge balls kill- even on the big screen.!

Have fun, if you haven't performed yet!

--Ron Smile
Logan
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Hey Ron!

Yeah, I heard alot abt lighting and it's importance. I'll be doing the show in abt 2 weeks time and it'll be in the morning, the place will be pretty well lit thanx to sun-shine Smile , well, at least I hope so anyway Smile

Cheers!

Logan Smile
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