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Topic: Time Periods & Character Based Magic
Message: Posted by: Kym Diamond (Dec 19, 2006 01:30PM)
Howdy, Boss!

Well, here's a thought. How many folk out there work in various temporal zones? You know, Renaissance, Colonial, Old West, Swing Era, 50's/60's Lounge - further more - people who work character based performance - gypsy, pirate, cowfolk, space alien, politician - whatever - how about a subject header for us to delve and wander in?

Just a thought.

Message: Posted by: CJRichard (Dec 19, 2006 07:46PM)
I agree this would be nice and cast my vote in favor.
Message: Posted by: sibbie (Dec 20, 2006 04:28PM)
I think this would be a very interesting set of posts to read.
Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Dec 26, 2006 10:31PM)
Since I'm playing an 1800's Hillbilly Magician/Fool...

Yeah, I'll cast a vote for this, sounds interesting...

Prof. Piper
Message: Posted by: Steve Brooks (Dec 27, 2006 04:18AM)
This all sounds very interesting. What other things do you feel would fit in with this?
Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Dec 27, 2006 10:43AM)
I can see it functioning as a sounding board for other character-driven performances...

A place specifically to ask questions pertaining to 'in period' situation; script writing/patter advice in genre; tips on specific costuming (that would probably get lost amid the "Clothes we wear" forum)...

Basically a single location that would encapsulate all of the issues that this type of performance would generate...

My .02...

Happy New Year All!!

Prof. Piper
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Dec 27, 2006 01:34PM)
Hi Steve,

The Once Upon a Time and Bizarre Magic categories
have served well as a catch-all for this,
but it might be nice to have this niche.

In theatre classes they call this "Periods and Styles" (of acting),
So maybe "Periods & Styles of Magic" would be a broad enough theme title.

I see more and more magicians concerned with creating a specific Character,
or creating work for a particular venue.

This would be a natural fit for what I do and what my interests are.

My only concern is that there are soooo many categories all ready,
and sometimes it hard to know what to check out or where to post.

Message: Posted by: gsidhe (Dec 27, 2006 01:48PM)
I like the idea...If it goes up...I guarantee I'll be posting there!
Yes...The Bizarrist forum is very helpful for these types of acts, but there are many characters utilized in period work which would not be considered bizarre at all. There is a lot of nuance involved in period work that most other types of acts do not have to deal with- Authentic Costuming, language, personae, accurate knowlege of the time period being protrayed. Maintaining a solid character for an eight hour run (At least in Ren faires...Unless you go and hide in your tent/car/hotel room between acts, you are in the public eye. You may not be performing, you might be eating a bit of ham on a roll, but you are being watched!). I know a lot of Ren Performers stay on site camping out with their show so sturdiness and weather worthiness of props can be a big issue.
There is a lot of stuff that could be covered.
I am very excited about the prospect!
Thanks for considering it Steve!
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 27, 2006 02:26PM)
This would probably help with the confusion/overlap between Bizarre magic and Storytelling magic.

There is a lot to be said in favor of this.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Dec 27, 2006 02:44PM)
I beg to disagree Bill,

As the "Once Upon A Time" area is specially for
Storytelling Magicians,
as opposed to hard-core bizarre or the crypt.

While this could incorporate story,
the request seems to be for defined Character/Venue/Style.

There is a lot of cross-over in all the Café areas,
and it can be daunting to maneuver!

Message: Posted by: gsidhe (Dec 27, 2006 03:56PM)
Personally, I have never had much problem finding the sections I need. Occasionally, I need to re read the existing ones, but never really stumped.
Period performances are outside both storytelling and bizarre. I think that it would be fitting to have it's own particular section.
Message: Posted by: Jim Davis (Dec 28, 2006 11:21AM)
I'm all for it... all things considered.

Since the character is the basis for all my purchases, it would be a great way to have brainstorms as to how to make something fit, and fit well with who is portrayed.
Message: Posted by: CJRichard (Jan 5, 2007 08:46PM)
I'm just checking back on this thread, so I'll cast my vote again. I came to the Café, and have also joined a couple of other forums, in order to help develop a historical period act to perform here: [url=http://www.hometown.aol.com/fairhavenfort/myhomepage/index.html]FORT PHOENIX[/url]. I've learned at lot here in bits and pieces scattered about, but one area dedicated period magic would be great.

Along with passing on information about costumes and props, performance in historical venues, etc., we could develop some lists of typical effects that are known to have been performed at certain times in history. People like Bill Palmer who have performed period-style shows can offer great contributions to this area of magical study.

Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jan 6, 2007 06:44PM)
Is there a verdict from Steve Brooks?
Message: Posted by: gsidhe (Jan 18, 2007 12:25PM)
I don't know...But I await it anxiously...
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jan 27, 2007 02:36AM)
Someone just posted a "how do I create a persona" question
that is all ready developing into an interesting thread,
this is exactly the sort of post that would be perfect (and find-able)
in a "Periods, Character, and Style" section to my thoughts,
is this suggestion from 12/19 dead or still on the table?
Message: Posted by: Steve Brooks (Jan 27, 2007 02:45AM)
No, it's not dead - I just haven't had the time to get to this little project...it's on my [b] to do[/b] list. ;)
Message: Posted by: CJRichard (Jan 27, 2007 07:42AM)
Thanks for considering it, Steve.

Message: Posted by: gsidhe (Jan 29, 2007 02:28PM)
Yep! Thanks very much!!
Message: Posted by: DanielGreenWolf (Feb 1, 2007 11:14AM)
I would also like to throw in my "kudos" for this particular thread.

There's a lot of performers out there doing period venues (some say I take my choice of time period further than others) and would love to chime in on it if there was its own forum.

Much love,
Daniel GreenWolf
Message: Posted by: Sylver Fyre (Mar 2, 2007 11:14PM)
I'd like to throw my vote in! Sounds like a great idea!
Message: Posted by: airship (Mar 20, 2007 11:25AM)
This could also serve as a catch-all for all the 'acting and theater' advice that's bantered about on the Café. It's an important part of magic presentation, and fits hand-in-glove with character.
Message: Posted by: Mark R. Williams (Mar 20, 2007 05:34PM)
I too would like to see this space a reality. I like (and Perform) Victorian era magic. This would be great for that.

As airship has stated it would be a good catch all for acting and theater as well.

Be a great place to compare costuming sources as well............

Message: Posted by: gsidhe (Aug 14, 2007 09:19AM)
Any idea if or when this is going through?
Sorry to nag...Just excited!
Message: Posted by: Steve Brooks (Aug 25, 2007 04:53PM)
Better late than never. ;)

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