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Outline your show

August 6 2007 at 9:47 AM
Tony Borders 
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Response to Organisation?! (organizing your show)


You will find it easier to write new shows if you have an outline. Here are some from performers I've seen, but first some general thoughts.

1. Open with your second strongest routine
2. Routine with an audience volunteer. Very non-threatening so future volunteeers will want to come up. Ex. Please hold this silk by the corners.
3. Something with music.
4. Novelty ventriloquism. (talking cup, genie in a bottle, etc.)
5. Humorous dialogue.
6. Endearing moment with a puppet. (Your cute little critter here.)
7. End with your strongest routine.

Note: People come a few minutes late at many venues so be ready to have a "pre-show" routine or audience warm-up before doing your second strongest routine.

I know a ventriloquist who essentially does:
1. Introduction of theme with main puppet
2. Magic trick: point a
3. Second puppet
4. Magic trick: point b
5. Third puppet
6. Magic trick: point c
7. Review with main puppet

This outline has worked for her for several shows and it is definitely easy to remember.

Mark Wade has an outline in his book. He suggests adding a novelty vent routine to each show.

Here is my outline:
1. Axtell Bear- Introduce lesson
2. Puppet skit behind stage- Point A
3. Puppet song
4. Magic trick 1- Reinforce point A
5. Vent skit- Point B
6. Magic trick, drawing board, or object lesson- Reinforce point B
7. Puppet skit or song- Point C
8. Magic set or drawing board- Reinforce point C
9. Axtell Bear again- Review lesson

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Response TitleAuthorDate
 The SandwichRobbieAug 7, 2007
  outlinesTony BordersMar 14, 2012
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