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Topic: Practicing a group routine
Message: Posted by: Dapperdan (Jun 2, 2018 12:41PM)
Hi... Looking for thoughts on this...

I am working through Bill Abbott's Pack Smart Play Anywhere show. One of the routines he uses in there is called "Pokerface", in which he has 5 guys come up and he essentially does a TOD routine, but really playing up the "reads" and "tells" of the 5 male volunteers. My question is, how the heck do I practice that? I record my "technical stuff" with my phone and watch it and perform any single assistant stuff with my wife... but how do I get the experience of doing this effect with 5 people? Do I just make sure I have the moves and the patter down and learn the assistant interplay during real performances?
Message: Posted by: Dapperdan (Jun 22, 2018 12:22PM)
I'm replying to my own post to try and bump it back up. Come on... someone must have some good suggestions on how to practice group routines... What do you do?

- Call a family reunion and practice magic the whole time?
- Go to the local bar, buy a round of drinks, then perform?
- Be "that guy" at work (for those of us that have a day job)?
Message: Posted by: Brent McLeod (Sep 29, 2019 01:25AM)
Hi Im a Professional Corporate performer, I practice TOD & Banknite or Bill in Lemon etc routines by going through the whole routine based on what happened at the last show,,pretty much action & word for word, I always allow on the night obviously for comments,audience interaction & other spontaneous comments etc, I find in rehearsal it works really well as you have a basic format to the entire routine, just make sure you speak in your normal voice & imagine the interaction.