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Jay Are
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Hey guys, tell me what you think of my new website, from a mentalist perspective. This is a proof, by the end of the week it will be setup under the adress intothinair.ca

http://www.calypso-design.ca/intothinair/


check it out! Tell me what you think!

ICY
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Persoanlly I think it's not the best for search engines- Flash header links at the top doesn't show up on google or yahoo or whatever- now I know you said from a mentalist point of view- but the whole idea of the web site is to sell

The experience link in the bottom left is unreadable due to the black background

persoanlly I find the links not the best at the top- I can view flash but I have to click the screen on each page to get the flash working
If your links at the top are in flash- you may as well make the entire site a flash presentation and have little (print page links to word or html documents)

The Title Into thin Air from a mentalists point of view is counter productive- Menatlists don't really make things disappear- I would suggest something more salesy and grab peoples attention- or shove a quick comment from a client instead

The intitail photo should be looking at the camera- and I would probably try to turn the black and white to color to stand out and get rid of the background of the photo- the sean and lighthouse or whatever the building is doesn't do anything for me and I'm sure that it doesn't do anything for anyone else.

Now from a business point of view

What market are you trying to attack
If you are going for corporate- Remove the Students give you 2 thumbs up comments and any relation to performing for children, schools or students from the site
Your photos outside- I would cut you out and put you on a white background and blend you into the background.
The links at the top whilst they have a nice roll over effect- I would simplify it at say what it is
Contact, instead of experience- the less the customer has to mouse over and click the better

I would get rid of the scroll bars boxes on some of the pages- whilst I do like to keep people from scrolling the whole page- I do not think it adds to the site
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Thanks! We're working out the kinks, the site isn't live yet -- so I wanted to run it by some experienced minds first.

The title into thin air... comes from my magic background -- and I am billed as performing both magic and mentalism.

The color scheme on the site is supposed to be black, white, grey and red.

And the pic -- the background is the Saskatchewan Legislative Building. I want to cement myself as being "homegrown" talent in my city. this pic does that I think...
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The biggest problem may be the magic & mentalism angle.

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Sack subs, ok Ross?
We miss you asper.
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Ah the age old debate...

I am a magician and mentalist -- and have been billed as such for quite some time. People I work for have no illsuions as to how I achieve my effects,..
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Cool site man! All the info you need is there and easy to find. I like simple sites but with some flash to it and you nailed it.
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Thanks!! That was the goal -- what does everyone thing of the magic/mentalism angle?
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It depends on your claims in your act.

Do you claim to create the illusions of special powers? or ACTUAL powers?
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Jeff,

I'm not quite sure where you want me to go in your website.

Your navigation is mystery meat. Until I've done a mouse-over, I have no idea what question... believe... and experience... are.

Pictures - I might forgoe the self-portraits and add some of those with spectator reactions. You've got them on your gallery site, so just switch them up.

The flash on the main page - so what. Big deal. It did nothing for me.

BTW - who said you were "the next David Copperfield?" And what does that mean anyway?

Oh ya - your quotes could be perceived as a load of BS unless you add to the part about who said them (and who that person works for)

Your show info page sounds like a short paragraph from your bio. Those are two different things. Why not take that opportunity to really tell about the show?
-Is it self-contained?
-Do you provide your own sound system?
-What about lights?
-Background?
-How long are your show(s)?
-How many people can they accomodate?

Your media gallery - how cute - stuff from when you were 8-years-old.
Got anything current?

Also on the front page: "See for yourself - photos, videos, links and articles."
...where's the video? I was hoping to see you in action.

Just some thoughts there. Good luck and much success to you!

-Robert
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Rob:

this is a work in progress...
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And rob -- critiquing the flash is like me critiqing your blog -- what the heck does that have to do with your biz?
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Icy,
The website has a nice look, and with some of the polishing mentioned above, you could really have something great. I thought I would comment on your pictures, since that's what I saw most of. It seems a lot of your pictures are of yourself, doing nothing or holding a card. That's alright for a model, but I think people who visit your site definetly get the idea you're into yourself. The pictures with audience reaction, spoon bending, or things like that got my attention. It's not that you don't look nice in a suit, but ask yourself why people would want to see pictures of you. What things can you show in a picture? How about WHERE you've performed (like you said about pictures in front a particular building). People also might want to know WHAT you've performed (pictures of the actual tricks, or situation) People want to know HOW you've performed (what types of venues, what circumstances, etc.) Pictures can be a powerful tool, use them to let people DISCOVER who you are and what you do!
Keep up the good work, the site is good, keep polishing!
-Kevin
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Good points...

there are more pics, and a performance viceo comming..
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Great! I'd love to see the video clips! Good luck!
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Quote:
Icy: this is a work in progress...


Precisely why I gave you advice. Glad you took it into consideration.

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Icy: And rob -- critiquing the flash is like me critiqing your blog -- what the heck does that have to do with your biz?


You asked for input on your website Jeff. I gave it to you. I think the flash animation on your main page is slow, antiquated, and ego-driven. It has nothing to do with improving your site - or your business.

The reason it has nothing to do with my blog is because I DID NOT ASK for public comment about my blog.

You however DID ask for public comment on your website.

And I remind you...


Quote:
Icy: Hey guys, tell me what you think of my new website,


Or did I misread that?

Dogging people for giving advice, when it was YOU who asked for it is poor form.

Robert
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Rob:

Not dogging -- your advice just seemed a tad abrasive, but all is taken for consideration....
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Hi

Like the design of the site. I disagree with iceentertainment's suggestion of makingt the pic colour as opposed to black and white, black and white goes with the colour scheme, and personally I think black and white looks more interesting.

I agree with Rob about the navigation. I understand what you're doing with the Question... Believe... Experience... but imho it would be best left as a tag line and have the buttons say about the show, media gallery and experience.

In regards to the flash intro, I like the idea but have a few recommendations. Firstly I would space the line spacing between the words at the start, you will likely have to increase the character spacing on impossible to match this, I would also then make the character spacing of the other words match this. The red impossible needs nudging over to hide the black letters underneath. Thirdly I would make the word impossible fade out where it is rather than slide off then fade as this seems a bit pointless. lastly I would make all the fades a bit slower.

Hope all this helps and please bear in mind that no offence is intended by any of these remarks, I do this stuff for a living, with flash being my speciality so it's just sharing the benefit of my experience.

Will
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A flash site is ok for someone who already knows that he'll be driving traffic to his site thorugh googleAds (expensive) or through established links.
Otherwise people won't find you.

You have a good photographer. some of the photos look like you're modelling the suit. I suppose there can be some merit in that. Looks can do a lot to sell an act, as long as you've got the goods to deliver, which it seems you have. (but comparing yourself to David Coppperfield?) Ok, if you think that's what it takes to get attention/
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The Copperfield quote came from a quote that was in the local newspaper.

Thanks for the advice!
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Oh, And thanks for the photographer comment -- those pics were taken by my fiance on a simple digital camera (5mp) proof that you don't need to spend big bucks on photographers...
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