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Jeff Jenson
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Shane,
Your effect should also be formed around what your going to be wearing and music! Are you going to have any props on stage, how are you going to be dressed what kind of music are you going to be performing to? That's the question you should be asking yourself. But if you have any doubts about the music or effect or even the cloths you wear, think twice and put your self in the crowd and think how you would react!
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It is much more then just the music you are using or what you are wearing. You first must start by thinking creatively in regards to what do you want to present to your audience? What do you want them to walk away with at the end of your routine? What feelings should they think about you and what you just presented?

Everything stems from this basic concept of just how do you want to entertain your audience. Then the music and the costuming and the effects all start to derive and build themselves around it.

You can not begin to pick music and costuming out before you even have a vague idea of what it is you want to present in the first place. Build up the character... build the routine and themes.. Figure out what your style and mannerisms will be when on stage.

Once you have this, then your costuming and your music and the props on stage will all tie in nicely and relate to it.

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Everyone has their own stratigies, what works for you may not work for someone else. I'm just sharing my way of working out a rountine.( It's good that you have a pattern you can rely on )
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Kyle has given you some great advice. I hope you heed it.

Here's another bit of advice. You can rehearse eight hours a day in your room, but the real learning doesn't start until you get in front of an audience with the material.

Don't wait until the audition to try the act out for a live audience. Arrange as many performances as you can for live audiences prior to the audition.

Contact every nursing home in your town and offer a free show. Do it for your local Rotary and/or Kiwanis luncheon group. Get feedback.

You might even try a local scout troop - although a show for 10-12 year olds should be different than one for a casino audience, and they could rattle you. Don't let it throw you. Just run the routines for differenc audiences as much as possible.

Work on developing bits of business that evokes positive audience response - laughter and wonder. If you can find a local theater director, ask him or her to help you.

Then, prior to the audition, check out the room, the staging, and the lighting. If possible, attend some of the previous auditions and watch the other performers.

Walk the stage if possible until you feel comfortable with the space. Be aware that you will may have bright stage lights in your eyes for the show an it can throw you if you are not prepared for it. Make friends with the tech staff if possible. They can help you on audition night. Act as professional as possible.

Don't forget wardrobe. Get the best quality outfit you can find and afford. Polish your shoes. Polish them again until they shine like mirrors.

Arrive early on audition night. Meet people in the audience before your set and make a few friends, or bring some with you.

And most importantly, even if you don't get the gig, hold your head up high because you did your best. Learn from it and look for the next opportunity.

Best wishes.
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Thanks Mr. Snack, Kyle, Partizan, Jeff, SethB, and everyone else who helped me. I have read these posts several times and am going to follow the advice. I am currently writing a script for the routine, not only words to say (Which is only during the cell phone calls), but actions.
I'm also looking for a good way to produce an orange and bottle. I'm getting Done By Misdirection soon, which I heard involves a lot of sleeving. Does this DVD have any good methods of producing the said items?

Thanks again everyone, and thanks Kyle so much for the idea. Like I said, I'm writing everything down, and will add new material where it fits. I might add an egg routine, which would fit nicely.

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Jeff,

I hope you did not think I was arguing with you. It certainly was not meant that way at all. You have some great points and you are right. Too many people forget even about the music or their character.

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Kyle,

I did not think that you were arguing with we both have great views and I agree with you 100% and I tip my hat to you in a job well done. I feel that you have great views and ideas, keep them up.

Jeff
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Shane. Please think about this...

Speak aloud all of the time you are rehearsing, Say the things you will say in your act, out aloud.
Do not fear people looking at you strange as you rehearse. they will not be infront of a paying audience and will mosy likely be family.

If there is a line that you use to point out an item you are about to magic, say this line out aloud over and over until you are comfortable.
Use a video camera to tape 5 performances and then look at how you come over, what was different and why!

When you speak aloud, you can start to play with how you emphasize and accent your dialogue. Does this sound right? would it sound better if I shouted it?
How about an accent to compliment an effect? All these things can be worked on only by doing them, not just thinking about them.

Jeff & Kyle, If you guys do want to argue, see my thread in "not very magical...still", have fun!
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