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Topic: Performance notebook
Message: Posted by: Roberto Juan (Feb 27, 2021 11:33PM)
About 5 years ago I started a performance log. Even if I share a brief effect such as card warp, I usually jot it down in a notebook and take a couple of minutes to acknowledge what went well and what went wrong, and suggestions for the future. Notes about equipment, gimmicks, patter, angles, or other aspects of presentation. In addition to creating a helpful reference, it makes for a nice diary. I recommend this and assume some other performers engage in a similar practice?
Message: Posted by: JonHackl (Feb 28, 2021 12:34AM)
Great idea. I might start doing this.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Feb 28, 2021 02:10PM)
Take a look at "The Magic of Michael Ammar". He's got a whole section of the book devoted to this practice!
Message: Posted by: davfreeman (Feb 28, 2021 05:58PM)
That is a great idea.
Message: Posted by: Roberto Juan (Mar 1, 2021 05:04PM)
[quote]On Feb 28, 2021, gaddy wrote:

Take a look at "The Magic of Michael Ammar". He's got a whole section of the book devoted to this practice! [/quote]

Thanks for the tip!
Message: Posted by: Hybrid Hunter (Mar 4, 2021 05:52PM)
I do this with every gig I perform at, but on my computer/phone instead of in a notebook.
I list down my set list and the individual tricks, then do a reflection with the positives and negatives I experienced from that performance.
I work on the negatives to eliminate them and try to recreate the positives where possible for next time.

It's always good to be able to go back and see what worked, what needs to be refined etc...
Message: Posted by: michaelpenkul (Mar 5, 2021 02:24AM)
Idk about you guys but I'm at the point where I'm always forgetting some older but still great tricks I used to do; I've started keeping a journal of effects I know that I can reference whenever I'm looking to jog the memory.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Mar 5, 2021 03:12AM)
[quote]On Mar 5, 2021, michaelpenkul wrote:
Idk about you guys but I'm at the point where I'm always forgetting some older but still great tricks I used to do; I've started keeping a journal of effects I know that I can reference whenever I'm looking to jog the memory. [/quote]

LOL! When I hear people tell me about some of the tricks that I apparently did for them long ago I often think to myself: "Wait... I knew how to do that? Huh!"
Message: Posted by: Wizuriel (Mar 11, 2021 09:01PM)
Remember a video I watched also advised recording your shows. When listening back to the recording it can help you evaluate your patter and any downtime in your routines.