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DavidEscapes
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Hi guys

I am just editing some video, and I wanted to share some of the footage with you all. The filming quality isn't great so I probably won't be able to use it in a promo.

The Chinese audiences are reserved, VERY reserved, and this particular venue had the most reserved audiences I have ever come across. It seated 3000 people, and was full to beyond capacity, they actually ended up letting 3500 in as they oversold and a riot started outside! I have footage of that too. It was crazy.

Anyway, for any audience it would be scary to get up on that particular stage, as you will see, but for a very reserved group of people it would have been terrifying. So I thought you might get a kick out of how it went when I tried to get my first volunteer, and how I actually got someone Smile

http://www.thefreakshow.co.uk/china1.wmv

Have fun

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David,you handeled it very well!
Begging works sometimes...lol

Reserved is an under statement!

Great work,great crowed,well done,

Steve
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And if begging doesn't work, just grab someone and drag them onto the stage Smile

As a westerner it took a while to even begin to understand the mindset at work in an audience from an area like that. They have a way of thinking that is as alien as the language, perhaps more so. That show was in Central China, hundreds of miles from the much more 'proggresive' big cities. Another world. That stadium was brand new, yet the rest of the town, which surrounded it, was all slum buildings. This is the old communist China that the West rarely see's.

The stadium was the only thing that looked new in the whole town, and the only thing that looked like it was worth any money. The area was very very poor, a stark contrast to the China you see in photos of Shanghia. it was a sad experience to see people living in so much poverty.
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Dear David,

Wow, thanks for sharing! In Japan there is a popular saying, "The nail that sticks up gets hammered down." Nobody wants to stand out or get undue attention, kind of the mirror image of the escape artist. Thanks for acting as our cultural ambassador!

Yours,

Paul
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Glad you liked it Paul, I have had easier times getting a volunteer Smile

Hmm.. cultural ambassador, I like that. I will be coming to the US in Feb, then off to Eastern Europe a few days after I return to the UK. Taking escapes around the world!
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WOW what venue!!!

That looked like fun. Hard work, but serious fun (serious fun? can you have that?)!

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David I'm from indonesia one of asia region, well the ppl in asia is very shy if the ask to come to the stage sometime I have that kind thing if asking someone on the stage, but anyway great work. juat an idea if ur tour come to indonesia specily in jakarta I can arrange that if you want to. theres no EA here

oge
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When we were doing HLA, we had an easy answer for this.

I had an assistant in the audience getting the people for the various effects BEFORE I needed them. They were directed to a special set of seats in the front row, stage left.

The person in the audience dealt with any problems, and when it was time for people I just looked at the front row and said, will you come up now please.

No fuss and no stage waits.
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