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Tyler
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Think it depends on the situation/audience and ofcourse your style. Good answer Pete!
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Hi all,

I presume you're talking about a stage act as opposed to a close-up show. Personally I do only half hour acts in which I manage to squeeze about 6 effects into. It really depends on the style of the performer and personally I patter a lot. I think its more important actually to get attention with a visual opener and establishing your character early in the show rather than worry about how many effects can be squeezed in.
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I perform 9 effects in a one hour show. I guess that would be about 6-7 in 45 minutes?

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I have sad it before and I say it again
Its not the quantity you selling it´s the quality
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I agree with Trixy.
But would like to add to that with, remember who you're doing it for. Put yourself in the place of the audience member who has come out for a good night, or whatever the situation your performing in.
What effects do they recieve?
Is it all productions?
What are the colours of your props/costume?
Music? Patter - is it all the time?
Is there space for the audience to breathe and enjoy what they are seeing?
Is it all comedy? Could you squeeze some tragedy magic in? (I have no idea what that is!)
The balance is yours....
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If you're just starting out, don't try to add more tricks in to fill up the time, take the time to routine your tricks, develop interesting stories and funny jokes if that suits you, and try to use the existing tricks to stretch it out... it's a lot harder to go slower than faster, but you may find you'll connect better with the audience if you slow it down.
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I use 4 effects in a half hour show, so for 45 minutes I might add one more, but probably not. I use one mentalist effect that takes 10 to 12 minutes by itself and gets me a standing ovation quite often. It is NOT the effects that make a show, it is the ENTERTAINMENT.
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On 2006-12-23 11:43, Paddy wrote:
It is NOT the effects that make a show, it is the ENTERTAINMENT.


Ok, then ... how much ENTERTAINMENT should be in a 45 minute show? Smile

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[quote]On 2006-12-24 08:22, johncesta wrote:
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...Ok, then ... how much ENTERTAINMENT should be in a 45 minute show? Smile

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At least 60 minutes worth. One thing I learned from busking is "funny is money." The more you entertain and have them laughing, the more they will pay.
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Well for my kids shows I usually perform 6 effects with 2 spares just in case. For adults in a 45 minute show, its always 3-4 routines. Never more than 5.
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I think from reading the above posts a good average might be 6 to 8. Dan Harlan recommends 9, (three groups of three) in his packs small plays big DVD, and that is also a very reasonable number.
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[quote]On 2006-04-27 15:44, johnobryant wrote:
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First of all A show should be one long routine which blends together. In my shows I like to use props but change them a little bit. For example...If magicians were to watch my show..They would see me pull out cups and balls (of course they have seen them) Well, I like to take them and put a twist on the end of the routine and make them my own.

My show requires props that I blend together into one big routine.

I hope you understand, It was kind of hard to type it the way I want it to sound.

-John


That depends on your style. Vito Lupo has a show that works like that, lasting about 15 minutes. It's tight and effective. But a 45 minute act that was one themed item that blended into everything else that came after it would become very dull very quickly. There needs to be transitions, contrasts, peaks and valleys.
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I do 11 tricks in my 45 minute show, but if they are really laughing at my jokes sometimes I have to cut one, or two tricks out. I don't know how I could possibly get away with doing only 6 tricks, and hold thier attention for 45 minutes, it just sounds like a lot of dead time to me. I guess it is a matter of style, my philosophy is I get in their face, and never shut up until I take my last bow.
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