Chicken or Beef?April 21 2010 at 7:27 AM
|Tony Borders |
from IP address 220.127.116.11
A friend of mine was unable to perform his magic show last night for a school family night. I filled in for him. My shows are typically an even split between Magic/Ventriloquism/Puppetry (which makes me an MVP). I didn't have a chance to speak to anyone about the "theme" but they were having a turn off the tv night, so I planned that.
The show went very well, but I was introduced as a magician and the principal mentioned just before hand that this is STAR testing week. I even threw in some reminders at the beginning that they should get plenty of rest and eat a healthy breakfast. (The bear was the expert there.) At the end I left feeling like a waiter who had served a chicken dinner to someone who ordered beef. They enjoyed it, but there weren't many words from the principal afterward. She did say that I was very talented.
Lesson learned: I should talk to the client beforehand and see what they are trying to accomplish that night. If she wanted a "magic show" I could have at least increased it to two-thirds. If she wanted a STAR test theme I could have done that as well. My mistake. I had looked at their website and seen "turn off the TV family night" and automatically went with that theme.
|April 22 2010, 9:35 PM |
Filled in for my friend again today and it went much better. They still introduced me as a "magic show" but I just emphasized the magic a little more. The bear was still the favorite part of the show (got some great new lines for him), but afterward the kids thanked me for the "magic show".
Re: Chicken or Beef?
|April 23 2010, 12:13 AM |
Tip learnt from Steve Kissell Workshop....Write your introduction out before hand and give it to the MC.
|April 23 2010, 6:30 AM |
Thanks, Colin. I'll do that. I'll run off a stack on index size cards and keep them with my sound system. Another option would be to record one with some fanfare or a theme song and let them know I do my own intro, but many schools like to make a little announcement prior to the show.
Re: Chicken or Beef?
|April 23 2010, 9:01 AM |
I have an intro and ending with voice over for all my shows.
Make sure you have you web address in the voice over.