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davidpaul$
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Hey Jim,
When getting prepared for a gig, are there effects you would not perform for a Black Tie event that you would perform for a less formal situation?
What do you consider when choosing effects for certain gigs. I'm not speaking in terms of "blue material". For me that is out of the question in any venue...........I guess what I'm trying to ask is, how do you pack for a specific gig. What is your selection process?
Thanks for your time !!!!
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I will respond soon. This morning I hosted the Young Magicians of Dallas meeting in my home and now I'm preparing for a private party for tonight.
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Thanks for your question. For strolling gigs I have a case that is packed with coins, cards, rubber bands, dice, sharpie markers, t-tips, business cards, and a bunch of other gadgets. There is enough material inside that I could perform about 50 different effects. However, I typically find myself doing the same 12 routines regardless of the attire people are wearing. Most of it depends on what I am wearing. I like to load up every pocket with something and sometimes more than one thing. I don't like going back to my case until the gig is over. In my mind I've got two hours to make it to as many as possible and to hand out lots of cards for future work. Plus I try my darnedest to make them scream or laugh.

For standup gigs it depends on the audience as to what goes in my table.

For the most part I like to perform routines where I can tell stories or ones that I have integrated jokes or humor in to.

I'm still on a high from last nights gig. I was to do 2 hours of strolling magic at a very cool venue called the House of Blues. It was a private party. The client must have been made of money to rent out this place on a Saturday night. Anyways, at the end of my two hours I had not made it to half of the people there. So I told the client my time had expired but I'd be willing to work overtime if they'd like me to do so. The client said "everyone is raving about you so stay as long as you want". I worked another hour and then I knew it was time to go. Ten years ago I never thought to ask that question and probably missed out on a lot of extra money. So the tip is gang, ask when it seems like the right situation, if they'd like you to stay longer.

I know I got off on a tangent but hopefully I answered your question and then some. Let me know David.
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