New Idea?June 18 2011 at 8:17 PM
|Chris Wintter |
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It's really hard to come up with something really unique, with so many people in the world. I must say that I do not get around much. I guess you can say I live a sheltered life. I've never been to a ventriloquist or magic convention.
I've never seen a ventriloquist's live act, and I've only been to see one real professional magician and that was David Copperfield.
I do not spend countless hours surfing the internet looking at videos of ventriloquism or magic performances.
So when I come up with something I think is new, it just might not be. That being said, this idea is actually my 10 year old grand-daughters idea, who has been my magic assistant for almost 4 years now.
I'm getting close to putting my gator puppet into my act. It is for older audiences. He has rabbit ears on and he is being interviewed for the job as a rabbit in my show. What is new is my Grand-daughter wants to play the part as the interviewer. She'll have a hand held mic and she'll ask most of the questions, moving the mic back from her to him for his answers. I'll of course will control the gator and do the venting. Every now and then I'll interact as well, but she'll play the part of a reporter so to speak.
She actually knows 95% of the routine, seeing my practice video.
I can't wait to practice it.
|June 18 2011, 9:01 PM |
The way to have her stand to interview the gator is to have one foot facing the gator and one foot facing the audience. This keeps her visible to both. Or she can face the audience and turn only her head.
What would be cute is to have her stand to the side and when she looks forward she can't see that the gator is trying to put his mouth over her head to swallow her. She could have a cue line, such as "For my next question..." and he would quickly move back.
Hey I love that
|June 19 2011, 4:33 AM |
It would be really funny if we practiced the gator almost biting her head when both her and I were not looking at the gator. Only the audience could see him almost do this.
I rewrote my script last night to include her, and printed it out. We have a Birthday show this afternoon at a location a little over an hour away. I do not plan on doing this routine until July 12th. The travel time to any out of town shows will give us time to learn the dialog for the routine. Today will be a good start.
Thanks for the idea Tony.
|June 19 2011, 6:48 AM |
I originally saw Jillybean (professional ventriloquist) do that with her gator. Her clown character for years was that of a 5 year old girl who played with her stuffed animals. The stuffed animals were Axtell puppets which came to life. The gator would try to swallow her head while she wasn't looking. It was a great crowd pleaser. So she gets credit for the gator 'bit'!
Re: New Idea?
|June 27 2011, 8:45 AM |
Love the gator bite bit. I may borrow that.