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MurdaBox
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Ok, First of all sorry for my English...
I wanna make my first magic show(in magic about 3months). Can you suggest something for show ? How many tricks ? What kind of tricks ? I'm in card magic only. and some Coin tricks. Please suggest something.
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If your show is coming up any time in the next 2 months, then don't learn anything new. Now is the time to prepare what you have already learned and make a show out of it.
You need to consider your costume, your magic case/table. You need to decide on a sequence for your tricks, and make sure that you can move from trick to trick smoothly.
Consider your show. Can you put a theme to it. Make sure you grab theit attention with your beginning. Entertain them in the middle, and WOW them with your ending.
Make sure that you can cary on a conversation while you perform the tricks that you already do.

And have FUN!!

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First of all, you are going to have to expand your horizons beyond just cards. People want to see a variety of routines and effects...not just card stuff.

And "What"...I see you are in No man's Land in Lehi....lol.
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And "What"...I see you are in No man's Land in Lehi....lol.


Lehi is not quite at the "end of the world", but you can see it from here.

Mike
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Hmmm. I'm from Lithuania. It's near baltic sea. Show is coming up in 2 weeks. Something more ?
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How many people will be in your audience?
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Have fun. It really doesn make a cifference. Do things you are confortable doing. on your first show don't start with anything complicated in method.

But most importantly is to have fun. It's very hard not to enjoy somoene having a good time while entertaining.

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Try to stay within 30 minutes max. Whatever effects you have at your disposal try the follow simple formula that I have used and taught for over 30 years:

Opener: Select a solid magic routine that you KNOW you can do and be successful at no matter how nervous your may be. Whatever the routine make sure that it is SOLID enough to establish YOU as a magician right from the start. No messing around here. If you do NOT have such an effect you are ahead of yourself in planning a show.

Closer: Select a strong, punchy routine here. Something that is impressive enough to leave them wanting more. A good Signed Card to Wallet routine is a classic example when well executed, but there are many more that fit the bill.

Middle: You are going to BUILD you act upward. For the middle though you can take some more time. This is the point at which you may want to do a longer audience participation routine.

Ok, now fill out the act to the following formula: Always perform an ODD number of effects. For instance, let's say the you have 3 killer routines that take 30 minutes to perform well. There's your act. But, if like me you need some filler do it thus:

Opening, trick 2, Middle, trick 4, Closer: Here you have a classic 5 trick/routine stack. Need to add more material? Place the tricks/routines needed to either side of the trick 2 and 4. To follow the formula slavishly you would have to add 2 more to keep to the odd number formula. Do you have to? Nope, but I have found that it works better if you can. It's something like writing a book: Beginning, Middle, End and looking for balance.

Take a piece of paper and write: Opener at the top. Middle about half way down and Closer or Finale towards the bottom....well, you get the idea. Now, fill it in and start rehearsing asap. Best luck,

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Thank you all ! I was planning about 10 routines. And if public want more I have 2 more routines ... There will be about 20 people. If I will screw up in some routines ;/// ? What you are saying ?
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Dear Murdabox:

Try to stay within a fairly exact time frame. If you offer a 30 minute show it should be 30 minutes in length with 'maybe' a 1-2 minute over if necessary. There are professional reasons for this. The most important is that many venues will NEED to know that the show will go a very specified length so they can plan, etc. There is nothing and I mean nothing worse than a supposedly professional performer who is supposed to do 30 minutes or whatever length of time and who then goes over by 5, 10, 15 minutes or more! Most beginners tend to think in terms of more being better as if they are adding value, but that is not the case. Any pro should be able to modify their show at pretty much a moments notice. What happens if the show director comes to you and because another act has gone over 10 minutes asks if you can cut 10 minutes from
your act? Can you do it? I'll tell you this: The performer who CAN will look like the cat's behind of pros in the eyes of that person trying to run the show.

Remember that generally speaking only very, very, very large shows do encore routines. Do your 30 minutes, accept your applause (hopefully) and get out of there.

Best,

Brad Burt
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Take an acting class on improvisation
"When we are on stage, we are in the here and now."
"The eye is the window of your soul."

"The PERFORMER must BELIEVE in everything that takes place on the stage, only then will the AUDIENCE BELIEVE!
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Good luck
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Have FUN!
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