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Tony Thomas
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There is an event at my church this weekend called the Joy Prom. It is a full scale prom for individuals with special needs. There will be about 900 attendees, about 400 volunteers. People will be serving and entertaining in a lot of ways. I want to do some juggling and enteracting with the crowd. I'll be in the grand hallway, high ceilings and the halls are ab 50' wide, so there is plenty of room. This is not a paid gig, BTW, just volunteer, no pressure, having fun.

But, I don't want it to be dumb. I would like to have a plan or strategy. I have been juggling for years, but have never incorporated anything into a show, nor have I ever done walk ariound. Any thoughts or guidance? Are there is public domain type routines out there. Not wanting to steal people's routines, but looking for some fun ways to interact with folks. What should I do? Any ideas...
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Stephen Wilbury
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Juggling is kind of hard to introduce into a walkabout conversation. When I'm doing walkabout I have a few tricks up my sleeve and kind of give them a choice about what form their entertainment would like. That way you've at least got an in to a conversation which you can have fun with and a relationship rather than just walking up to people and juggling in their face. Saying that I've also had gigs where I'm just juggling somewhere like really expensive wallpaper. It depends on what the client wants and also your own performance style.
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Just saw the event already happened! How'd it go?
Tony Thomas
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Thanks for the reply. I set up, but never did my thing. I either chickened out, or used good judgement to bail because I felt like the folks around my little stage area would not respond well to what I had planned.

Keep in mind, I was in charge of the overall event basically, so I didn't have a client to disappoint. Also, the event was a tremendous success. More than a thousand people in attendance. It was great. It morphed in my mind from a walk around thing to a 10ish min repeating show to folks while they sat in the couches outside the dance area. There is a small stage there and I sat my box up with a sign indicating the next show time. But the folks who ended up gathering at that rest area were the most disabled of the special need crowd. They sat on the couch throughout the dance. What I had planned relied on good interaction, so I bailed.

I definitely believe that someone with the right mojo could have pulled it off, but I Doubt what I had planned would have been a hit. Half of me wished that I tried, the other half thinks I used good judgement. What I had planned would have worked fine for a typical children's audience.
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Stephen Wilbury
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Glad it all worked out. Finding the right crowd segment to work can be a bit challenging sometimes. Especially when you're stuck in one space
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