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Topic: Vent Mask Routine--Instructions for participants
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Sep 22, 2009 05:43PM)
Hi, Gang:

I've decided to add a mask routine to my act (just awaiting delivery from Wanlu), and I was curious about instructions you give to audience members whom you "use" for the act.

1) What do you say to the audience to entice people to come up on stage? Or do you just select people who look like they've been having a good time and have them come up? Or something else?

2) Do you give any off-mic instructions to the participant(s). Something like, "We're going to have a lot of fun. The more you 'ham it up' the better the show will be for them." Or something else.

Thanks. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Sep 22, 2009 07:22PM)
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On 2009-09-22 18:43, Bob Baker wrote:
Hi, Gang:

I've decided to add a mask routine to my act (just awaiting delivery from Wanlu), and I was curious about instructions you give to audience members whom you "use" for the act.


Bob
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Hi Bob,

Do you have a pending order I might have missed? :)
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Sep 22, 2009 07:23PM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-22 18:43, Bob Baker wrote:
Hi, Gang:

I've decided to add a mask routine to my act (just awaiting delivery from Wanlu), and I was curious about instructions you give to audience members whom you "use" for the act.

1) What do you say to the audience to entice people to come up on stage? Or do you just select people who look like they've been having a good time and have them come up? Or something else?

2) Do you give any off-mic instructions to the participant(s). Something like, "We're going to have a lot of fun. The more you 'ham it up' the better the show will be for them." Or something else.

Thanks. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Bob
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No special instructions prior to the routine...their reaction which usually shows they have no idea what they look like makes the routine more funny :)
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Sep 27, 2009 05:27AM)
I just watched Terry Fator's TV Vegas Special, where it is obvious the guy is given instructions by Terry's assistant. One of the instructions was to shake his head No when asked a question.

Later when the volunteer was dressed in a Cher outfit, he was probably told to "Ham it Up with arm movements as if he was singing the song".

If you get to see this special, it makes you want to go out and buy one of these masks. It was the highlight of the special. Yes, given the right simple instructions can make a world of difference.

As an example, Ken Scott's Fantasy Magician, the volunteer through-out the performance is given instructions (whispered in ear from behind), making the the routine more powerful. Scripting makes for possible changes and additions to make an act improve over time becoming a powerhouse routine.
Message: Posted by: JimbosMagic (Sep 29, 2009 12:25PM)
Quite true Dennis
It can be played straight with no instructions and just let the volenteer do their own thing, but if you instruct them a few simple things you know the reaction will be better.