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Topic: Need a name for my act
Message: Posted by: avimagic (Apr 23, 2004 03:41PM)
When I was 15 and started performing, I was The Amazing Avi.

In college, I started working the comedy clubs, and went by The Magical Comedy of Avi. (At some point there, I was also calling my show "Prestidigitation and Other Big Words," but emcees had too much trouble with it, so I went back to The Magical Comedy of Avi)

Later, I got into big illusions, and went as The Astounding Magical Illusions of Avi.

Now, I'm selling my illusions and going back to a nightclub-type show with a lot of comedy in it-- I will not be doing any kidshows.

I'm thinking of going back to The Magical Comedy of Avi, but it just seems blah to me. Is it because I used it for so long, or is it truly blah?

Does anyone have any better ideas?

Thanks in advance,
Message: Posted by: The Donster (Apr 23, 2004 03:51PM)
How about the Magic and Comedy of Avi.
Message: Posted by: Cabrera (Apr 23, 2004 08:33PM)
I like the name Avimagic. "The Hilarious Comedy of Avimagic"
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Apr 23, 2004 09:29PM)
There is a difference in using a performing name and having a slogan for your act.

If you change your act you don't want to change your name each time, do you? I guess if you like the single name like 'Cher' or 'Fantasio' then you simply call yourself 'Avi'. Your reputation tells the rest, as does your slogan, and mission statement.

As the following:
Avi is a magician
Avi is humorous
Avi seen most the time at Comedy Clubs and Adult functions.
Avi interacts with his audience.

I don't think you will sign your contracts or tax forms "The Amazing Ali" or would you.

Tony Kardyro changed his name according to his act for his niteclub act, his close-up, and his other character changes.
Message: Posted by: avimagic (Apr 26, 2004 06:03AM)
Thank you all for your input.

wmhegbli, I like what you said about just being "Avi." It fits nicely into Donster's idea of calling the show "The Magic & Comedy of Avi."

I liked the idea of using "Avimagic" but it didn't score any points with my biggest critic: Mrs. Avimagic. So, at this point I'm leaning in the direction of calling the show The Magic & Comedy of Avi.

Again, thanks!!!

Message: Posted by: prospero (May 6, 2004 10:31PM)
Simply Hilarious: The Magic of Avi

Hi-larious: The magic and comedy of Avi
Message: Posted by: MichaelKent (May 7, 2004 03:26PM)
Beware. While I've always performed under the name Michael Kent, the name of my production company is KentMagic Productions. Before I started typing intro cards for those intriducing me, I was introduced on more than one occasion as "And now enjoy Kent Magic!" Yikes! I'd like them to identify with my name rather than the production company name, so I've recently changed letterheads and promo to downsize the KentMagic Productions and play up Michael Kent.

I dunno if this even pertains to your topic anymore. Sorry!
Message: Posted by: Joe Mansfield (May 7, 2004 04:32PM)
In the comedy club setting, I kind of like the name you had...Prestidigitation and Other Big Words.
It's funny and catchy. If the MC's can't get it right, you could always have a canned intro.
Message: Posted by: John Breeds (May 11, 2004 12:54PM)
The Magic & Comedy of Avi.

Switch Avi around and you have via.

So it now becomes:- The Magic & Comedy Via Avi.

Oh well, back to the drawing board!!

John Breeds
Funjurer Extroadinarre
Message: Posted by: Rob Johnston (May 11, 2004 01:25PM)
Keep it simple. People remember simple...
Message: Posted by: 0pus (May 12, 2004 11:08AM)
I agree with wmhegbli. Bill yourself as "Avi." It's short, simple, unusual and memorable.

I would actually stay away from "magical" or "comedy." When I hear a performer introduced with a statement like "the magical comedy of _________________," my gut reaction is generally "I'll be that judge of whether he is magical, funny or neither."

I did like the "Prestidigitation and Other Big Words" title, but I would tie it more into your act. For example, if your style is "in their faces" magic and comedy, use "Prestidigitation and Other Words You Can't Pronounce." Or, if your style is self effacing, use "Prestidigitation and Other Words I Can't Pronounce."

Not being able to pronounce certain words could be a source of continuing one-liners or gags. For example: I said to my psychologist, "Doctor, I'm depressed because I can't say some words correctly." The Doctor said, "Oh, you have an inferiority complex." I said, "I can't say in-far-ee-ear-it-ee complex."

Message: Posted by: avimagic (May 12, 2004 05:36PM)
I want to thank everyone who has posted some really great and very thought provoking replies to my request. Although I've been sitting back quietly since my last post on this thread 2 weeks ago, I have been 'listening' and really appreciate everyone's input.

Opus, I LOVE the idea of Prestidigitation and Other Words You Can't Pronounce. I envision it in a "Raiders of the Lost Ark" kind of font, like it's introducing that Next Best Thing. Very funny. I think that's where I'm headed.

Again, thank you all!!!!

Message: Posted by: markis (May 13, 2004 06:45AM)
Just don't let the name come off as arrogant or pompous.
Message: Posted by: Reis O'Brien (May 20, 2004 07:59PM)
"Vanish This!"
Message: Posted by: Amazing Binky (May 27, 2004 07:41PM)
If you get an assistant you could be Avi/Maria!
I wouldn't call myself Minnie Moore 'cause it gets lost in the translation (e.g. "It's a magical spectacular! Starring Lance Burton, David Copperfield and Minnie Moore".) People hear "Many More."
Message: Posted by: Sociomagi (May 28, 2004 01:49AM)
I like Prestidigitation and Other Words I Can't Pronounce. That makes me laugh.

Peter Goode