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Topic: Transistion between one volunter and another
Message: Posted by: will lane (Dec 28, 2018 11:09PM)
So I am working on scripting a stage/parlor performance just for the fun of it, and I have tried to work my tricks down to "the best" and order them in the best way possible. However, right in the middle of the performance, I have a situation where it is the [i]ideal[/i] time for the spectator that I've been working with for the past few tricks to take a rest and head back to their seat. However, immediately after that, the next few tricks require a spectator's help as well.

I have thought about re-working my trick order to create a larger break between the two sections, but I cannot think of anything. Of all the tricks I know and can do well, nothing really would fit in here. Basically, the first half ends on a 3-Fly, and the second half picks up on an ACR. I don't think it would be a good idea to use the same spectator for all the spectator-involved tricks, but I could be wrong.

I've thought about using a magical "interlude" of sorts. Something quirky and goofy like SilkCola to earn a few laughs as I'd need a "snack break". Or even an intro card trick. But in my mind, there would need to be a reasonable amount of time distance between the first and second spectator. If it was a Magic Castle-type parlor situation, with two spectators already up front, this wouldn't be so much an issue.

What do you think? Would having a single spectator up there most of the time diminish or help the performance? How would you handle the transition if there needs to be one?
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Dec 29, 2018 06:58AM)
First, what is the time frame of the whole act?

Second, you mention "...time for the spectator that I've been working with for the past few tricks to take a rest...", it is my opinion that if that person needs to take a rest, so does everyone, it's time for an intermission. By that, I am suggesting that once that person is dismissed, you do something that is a little slower that involves the whole group.
(Listen to some Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, listen to how the tempos change in one of compositions and how you react to them. )
After 'intermission' speed up your tempo and get a new helper.
Message: Posted by: will lane (Dec 29, 2018 11:38AM)
^Good thoughts. I've only got about 30 minutes of material currently. It's short and sweet. I don't mean real tiredness, just that I think the first spectator has "done enough" and it is time for someone else. I like your thinking on the intermission, which I why I think something like SilkCola would work well here.