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Topic: What do you think about Rachel? <-- short video
Message: Posted by: SnorkelMaui (Mar 30, 2009 09:12PM)
Rachel (in 4th grade, age 9) asked me to post her act, for all you experts to check out ...and maybe you can offer her some performance tips. Feel free to be candid / honest.

[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McpMgi2jsMI]Click her to view Rachel's act[/url]

..and in addition to any comments you might make in this thread,
it would mean a *lot* to Rachel if you'd type a short comment
just below the video player on the youtube page [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McpMgi2jsMI]here[/url].

thank you!
Mark (Rachel's dad)
Message: Posted by: gdw (Mar 30, 2009 09:44PM)
GREAT routine. Your opening was a better performance than almost all of the performers I've seen who are twice your age. I really liked how you used the newspaper for multiple effects. It made it more than just a prop for a specific trick. However, the ONLY things I would have done differently would have been including the newspaper once more, for example, instead of the change bag. I was also surprised you did not do a torn and restored Newspaper, lol. But these are minor, and you were great!
Message: Posted by: JoeJoe (Mar 30, 2009 10:13PM)
Rachel has real talent. That was outstanding!

-JoeJoe
Message: Posted by: martin1025 (Mar 31, 2009 12:00AM)
Good Job! I liked the ending with the flag.
Message: Posted by: karthik (Mar 31, 2009 12:51AM)
That was one delightful performance!
Message: Posted by: Daveandrews (Mar 31, 2009 05:52AM)
Rachel, I can only repeat what has been said above - delightful and refreshing.
Best of luck with your future in magic.

Dave
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (Mar 31, 2009 03:00PM)
Very good.

I would shorten the dancing hank routine next time. But also, clip the video at the part where the curtin closes.
Message: Posted by: Michael Paul (Mar 31, 2009 03:59PM)
That was absolutely wonderful!!! I LOVE the energy and body language she put in the dancing hank... GREAT JOB!!!
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Mar 31, 2009 09:40PM)
Uncle Harry upstaged by a 9 year old. Who woulda thunk?
Message: Posted by: SnorkelMaui (Mar 31, 2009 10:10PM)
Gdw:
Thanks for your great input,and that's a good idea
to keep continuity by doing Mismade Flag
with the newspaper instead of a change bag.
Oh and thanks for posting a comment to YouTube!

JoeJoe:
Thanks for your comments here and on YouTube!
About the floating necktie in your avatar photo,
is that similar to Ballerina Hank?

martin1025:
We retrofitted an "Appearing 8-foot pole" into a flagpole.
It's a little tricky to set it though, but once its set,
the performance is as easy as doing it without the retrofit.

karthik:
Thanks for your kind words!
Message: Posted by: SnorkelMaui (Mar 31, 2009 10:25PM)
Daveandrews:
The silly-looking creature really adds to your avatar photo.
And so does the elephant. (haha just joking, I'm sure
you've delivered your fair share of the classic vent
line: "hey who's the dummy here")
Anyways Dave, thanks man for your comments.

Justin Style:
Good suggestion to shorten the Ballerina Hank routine.
Rachel is definitely going to do that.
About your comment: "clip the video at the part where the curtin closes", do you mean after the appearing 8-foot flagpole?

Father Photius:
Rachel will love what you wrote. I assume Uncle Harry
refers to Blackstone. From the last line of your post [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/search_post.php?topic=278537&forum=24&post=6040398]here[/url]
I take it that Uncle Harry is up in your family tree heritage?

Michael Paul:
Thanks for your kind words. About the body language...
you may have noticed in the video that Rachel dedicated
her act to her magic teacher Diane Lane (here in San Diego)
who passed away a few months before the variety show.
Diane always encouraged Rachel to put style and flair into
hand gestures and body motions. I wish Diane could have seen
Rachel doing it on stage! (though I'm sure she was watching)
Message: Posted by: JoeJoe (Mar 31, 2009 11:33PM)
[quote]
On 2009-03-31 23:10, SnorkelMaui wrote:
JoeJoe:
Thanks for your comments here and on YouTube!
About the floating necktie in your avatar photo,
is that similar to Ballerina Hank?
[/quote]

It's actually something new I've been working on, I haven't really named it other than "floating knot" (need something clever to call it). You can see it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJlh5AluERk

-JoeJoe
Message: Posted by: kentfgunn (Apr 1, 2009 12:33AM)
Rachel was truly magical!

I can't thank you enough for sharing the magic your delightful daughter did for her school.

It was a wonderful demonstration of many great effects by a truly charming performer.

I was taken aback at the level of sophistication and aplomb in one so very young.

Bravo! Bravo!
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (Apr 1, 2009 12:43AM)
Rachael you are now my first lady of magic
the godfather.
Message: Posted by: MagicB1S (Apr 1, 2009 03:59PM)
Great job. I Have been performing for 25 years now and have never seen a 9 yr old with the talent that you Have. Keep up the good work.
Message: Posted by: gadfly3d (Apr 1, 2009 04:23PM)
I really like that, wish I was that good a her age. One bit of advice is if you must use a stand mic move it next to the table so you don't have to walk back and forth.

Gil Scott
Message: Posted by: markmiller (Apr 1, 2009 06:25PM)
Much better than the women I've seen on Masters of Illusion.
Message: Posted by: Eddini_81976 (Apr 11, 2009 06:31PM)
Mark without know this post here's my thread start

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=307974&forum=217
Message: Posted by: Eddini_81976 (Apr 11, 2009 06:37PM)
Yes in my post though her act was flawless really like her shaking her head and hand at the mismade flags, but yes get a headset mic. As I said that wasn't your girl's fault though. Yes I though it was a appearing poll with a flag attached. See my post Rachel too. Happy Easter...JESUS HAS RISEN ! Ed, (Eddini), C.H.
Message: Posted by: SnorkelMaui (Apr 11, 2009 07:52PM)
[quote]
On 2009-04-11 19:37, Eddini_81976 wrote:
Yes in my post though her act was flawless really like her shaking her head and hand at the mismade flags, but yes get a headset mic. As I said that wasn't your girl's fault though. Yes I though it was a appearing poll with a flag attached. See my post Rachel too. Happy Easter...JESUS HAS RISEN ! Ed, (Eddini), C.H.
[/quote]Ed:
Thanks man! Great to hear your wonderful comments and very specific input and suggestions. About the bad audio... during the performance the audio was loud and very clear. The audience had no problem with it. However I unfortunately I had left my camcorder's directional mic at home, and the built-in mic had picked up much noise from the audience to my front left and right. The audio on our video recording was pretty good, say A- or B+ however it seems even worse when hearing it out of sync with lip movements. (see below)

As for the audio being out-of-sync with the video: That's a common problem when uploading videos to YouTube. As many of us know, it can take hours, even up to a half day or more, to upload a 10 minute video. (this is addressed in YouTube's Help/FAQs) I believe the long upload times occur because YouTube has bazillions of uploads going on, and they multi-task their bandwidth among all current uploading processes. It seems that when my uploads take longer, the audio is almost always out of sync. But when the uploads go quicker, the audio comes out okay.



kentfgunn, vinsmagic, MagicB1S, and markmiller:
Thanks guys for your GREAT input and compliments! As I said before, your encouragement goes a long way
with Rachel.



Gil:
thx for your kind words, and for the mic stand tip.


thank you!
Mark (Rachel's dad)
Message: Posted by: Eddini_81976 (Apr 12, 2009 09:02PM)
Well I was one age off I said in my post no more than 10. No I haven't heard of a Diane Lane sadly. As far as the mic or youtube my 7 year old computer the modem is loud, nothing I can do about it, so if you ever check out my videos there's a small hum. Well my sister announced officially that for Christmas I want a camcorder. I'll show my uncle the type I want. I don't get though the video tapes are usually small too small for a VCR. I know you could convert them, but I doubt I could figure it out so more specifically I'll pic out a DVD recorder. Yes Rachel's act was great as I said. I had no problem, except that it was the school's fault NOT hers for not getting her a headset mic. If I did stage stuff which I don't I have stage fright and HATE speaking in mics. The sound of my own voice freaks me out BUT watching my youtube vids has curbed that. I even did a multiple handcuff escape and I had this girl I know memorize stuff as I handled the volunteers during the search and handcuffing that's have afraid of mics I am.

Anyway does Rachel do Close-Up, and if so what? Peace, Ed, (Eddini), C.H.
Message: Posted by: SnorkelMaui (Apr 12, 2009 09:41PM)
[quote]
On 2009-04-12 22:02, Eddini_81976 wrote:
No I haven't heard of a Diane Lane sadly.[/quote]Hi Ed,

Skip mentions Diane Lane in [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/search_post.php?topic=141387&forum=5&post=4361417]this forum thread[/url]. She was a local magician here in San Diego, she did table magic at two local restaurants, private and corporate shows, and had her own tv show called Magical Moments, aired on a public access tv channel. In this 30-min show, local and out-of-town visiting magicians would have an opportunity to perform on television. In recent years Diane served as president of I.B.M. A brief blurb about her:

[i]Diane is San Diego's foremost female Magician, holding the award "Stand-up magician of the year" for 2001. She received the prestigious award of "Magician of the Year" for the years of 2003-2004 by the "Fellowship of Honorable Magicians." Diane is also featured on the cover of the "International Brotherhood of Magicians" monthly magazine and "The Linking Ring" January 2004 issue.[/i]

Diane Lane passed away this last October, 2008.
She was a wonderful lady!

Mark
Message: Posted by: SnorkelMaui (Apr 12, 2009 09:49PM)
[quote]
On 2009-04-12 22:02, Eddini_81976 wrote:
it was the school's fault NOT hers for not getting her a headset mic.[/quote]
Ed you may have misread my previous post. The audio sounded absolutely great to the audience.
Booming loud and crystal clear. It was my camcorder that didn't record it well.


[quote]On 2009-04-12 22:02, Eddini_81976 wrote:
Anyway does Rachel do Close-Up, and if so what?[/quote]Some, but I don't let her perform an effect (for real people) unless she's absolutely mastered it. (and she likes that little rule of mine) So she doesn't have much close-up she can do, yet. Although she's very smooth with vanishing/reappearing silk (using a tip) if you'd call that close-up.


[quote]
On 2009-04-12 22:02, Eddini_81976 wrote:
Well my sister announced officially that for Christmas I want a camcorder. I'll show my uncle the type I want[/quote]For your purpose, I definitely recommend one that records to a Flash memory stick. This will save video to files, which you can easily transfer to your PC for editing. Check out the Sony DCR-SX40 (around $299 at BestBuy) or the Sony HDR-CX100 (which is HD high-definition) which goes for $699.Also search BestBuy's website for Sanyo's Xacti CG9 (around $200) or the Xacti HD version. The Sony is a bit more expensive, but has much better video quality and hands down performs best in low-light conditions.

Maybe you can convince your uncle to give you your Christmas present early this year! Especially after you let him know how frequently you will be using it.

Good luck!
Mark
Message: Posted by: Eddini_81976 (Apr 14, 2009 12:35PM)
Thanks, I love Card Work, Mentalism, and Hypnosis. No I understood about the camcorder. I was just suggestion a headset mic so she wouldn't keep moving back and forth. Some other good ones for her might be, Cut N Restored Rope, Professor's Nightmare, Scotch & Soda, French Drop, Svengali, & Mental Photography, Hot Rod, Nickel To Dimes, D'Light, 3 good card controls, a D.L., palming, a couple utility moves, MacDonald's Aces. Those might be something to look into. Great Rule. One I try to follow, Some might critisize me here, but laymen like it. Also I purposely put myself practcing up only for like 48 hours so people can tell me what I'm doing wrong, since no Magicians live close by really. Thanks, Ed, (Eddini), C.H.
Message: Posted by: Geoff Weber (Apr 15, 2009 09:14AM)
She did a great job!

Here's a few director's notes for her act:

*regarding the opening. If she is going to begin her act already standing center stage, than it might help to do a reveal; that is to say, she starts with her back to the audience, reading the newspaper, and then turns around to reveal herself. This is especially useful in situations like hers, where it took a few seconds longer than expected to start her music.

*I like to make magic actions motivated. If she is going to have a dancing hanky, than it'd be nice if she had a reason to bring it out in the first place... Perhaps something in the comics made her laugh and she needs to wipe a tear from eye. Or she drinks some of the milk that she has in that pitcher and needs to wipe her mouth.

*on the mismade flag, perhaps the audience can also notice WHY it went wrong.. The first time she makes the flag, the blue silk doesn't go all the way into the bag.. it falls to the ground and she doesn't notice until the flag comes out without the blue... She puts the blue back in and now the flag is fixed.