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The Donster
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Is there any advice. I have a frien who performs but he wants to kind of do stand up comedy but has a stutter problem. any thoughts or advice for any words/patter he can use if he begins stuttering ?
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Maybe if he does not talk too much he will be able to do the tricks he likes
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I'll like him to do some talking and get over his stutter problem. but I'm not sure how.
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Rehearse the patter like the words of a song.

I knew a singer/comic who did this. The only time he stuttered was when he attempted to ad-lib.

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Few things came to mind. Therapy...a lot of speech therapy. It helped me out a lot!

Another thing is, he could use it as a comedy gag....depending on if he is sensitive are humorous about it.
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Use some NLP imbedded commands on the audience saying that if he starts stuttering during the performance, the magic is about to blow their mind.
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I was thinking of seeing if he was ok as using the stuttering as a comedy thing. but I was also thinking if anyone else in the audience who might stutter. how they might feel about it to.
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I think there's so many different things which cause stuttering, it's a difficut question to answer. He's brave to attempt stand up comedy in those circumstances. Could he go into a mime comdey sequence if it gets too difficult to continue? Like we might have an out routine if an effect misfires.
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BlackShadow I'll ask him. I think he stutters because he is nervous. but after about 5 minutes on stage he is fine.
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Mel Tillis comes to mind ... stuttering became his trademark. Though it was completely absent in his songs, he just kind of went with his stuttering during normal speech. I think the key was that he himself was so comfortable with it (stuttering).
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Support can be best to get over the problems. Maybe he could do some warm up effects to music (as a kind of short introduction) to allow him the five time to get confident and then when he speaks he will be over it. And at that point he will have grabbed their attention via his effects.
I think script practice may be best though.
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I told him to practice with his gf I'm hoping that this will help.
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I have some personal experience with this issue.

I suffered a traumatic brain injury four years ago and had to perform some contracted gigs just a few months after the injury. I was going through extensive physical, occupational, and speech rehab at the time but was still ill-prepared to perform. (tremors, vertigo, word finding, etc. etc.)

I found that by sticking to the blocking (by the numbers) and the script (*verbatim*) that I was able to perform.

I'm thankful that using a script has always been a part of my personal standards because it really saved me in this case. As long as I was speaking from a memorized, well-rehearsed script, I was able to perform to the audiences' expectations.

Granted, ad-libs were at a minimum, but this was not really an issue since I was doing psychic/seance shows at Halloween time. I was also fortunate that the style of the shows was heavy on atmosphere/presentation and light on handling/sleights.

I still have difficulty with day-today life, sometimes severe. But I find that when I 'get into the groove' of a scripted performance, a lot of my challenges are diminished significantly.
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Kenn what are your Thoughts on someone trying to make stuttering kind of Funny in a routine. I know some may laugh. but some may be offended by it to.
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On 2005-01-11 13:07, The Donster wrote:
Kenn what are your Thoughts on someone trying to make stuttering kind of Funny in a routine. I know some may laugh. but some may be offended by it to.


Okay, I'm not Kenn. But I saw something similar that might apply to your question.

Last year, Steven Bargatze lectured at the convention here in Colorado. He's got one doozie of a speech impediment, and he makes it part of his performance. He addresses it up front (he said if he doesn't, then through the whole show the audience wonders if it's real or an affectation). It's a pretty tragic story about how he got it, really. Very sad stuff. But he makes it funny, okay to laugh at, and then turns it around into a "look what you can overcome if you just put your mind to it" kind of deal. It suits the character he performs as, it works very well for his motivational speaking stuff, and no one in the audience seemed offended or upset by it.

The two magicians I know with speech problems both thought that that was a pretty good way of dealing with it. And I know no one who was offended by his presentation or his performance. (shrug)

Just a thought.

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... Last year, Steven Bargatze lectured at the convention here in Colorado...
Wendy

I recently emceed a show in which he was one of the featured acts. What a total sweetie!

Regarding the original stuttering question: as I understand it, stuttering happens for different reasons in different people, so different things are beneficial.
I'm glad someone mentioned Mel Tillis earlier. Another example of someone whose stutter disappears when he has a script is Nicholas Brendon of "Buffy" fame. http://www.nickbrendon.com/

Perhaps writing and memorizing a script would help your friend's performance, Donster.
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I think he is working on it. with his g/f .
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I think if anybody is good enough to accept your friend as a performer then they should accept that he has a speach impedament too , I don't see it as a problem we should all accept each other.

wouldnt it be boring if we were all the same?

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On 2005-01-12 18:31, gareth123 wrote:
I think if anybody is good enough to accept your friend as a performer then they should accept that he has a speach impedament too , I don't see it as a problem we should all accept each other.

wouldnt it be boring if we were all the same?

Gareth


I agree. I think we don't need to worry about what others think and how we are different. In a way, there is something weird about all of us.
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I agree as well but sometimes if someone has a problem it might bother them. as it does anybody else I tipped him off about this. and he said its good advice so I'll like to thank evreyone who commented on this. and encourage others to keep continuing.
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