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dlachance
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Was wondering if anyone is doing I.T. work in restaurants. I am worried about audiance management, visability of the I.T., lighting, types of effects, ect. Any advice on this subject would be much appreciated.

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Lighting is a priority factor. Audience management isn't really an issue from what I've found....but it depends on what your doing with it. I rarely bring it out to be honest. When I have I've more used it as a subtlty. I'll usually use the spectators signed card and toss it, vanish it, and produce it - If I happened to bring IT with me, I'll throw in the hummer card as a part of it. Again, I don't use too often or on a wide variety of effects, but it has always gone over well.
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davidpaul$
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I just started using the LOOPS at the restaurant I perform in. Workrd out very well, and don't know why I haven't tried them out sooner. Performed Haunted Pack,
and a fork routine. With the LOOPS, audience management wasn't a problem at all, neither was the visibilty of IT an issue.
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As said above lighting is the major issue. Most restaurants that I have been in have fairly dim lighting, so it hasn't been a problem. Also watch out for white tablecloths. I found that I didn't really enjoy doing any kind of floating effects, relying on the IT is very stressful for me. However I do like Henry Evans 'Automatic Queens' which is a completely different approach to using IT. He has a lot of great stuff, he is great at taking old principles and making them new. Automatic Queens is on Vol. 1 of his Something More Than an Illusion series.

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To get comfortable doing thread work in a restaurant, start by doing some loop work.

There are many magic effects that you can do with loops that don't require perfect lighting if you provide proper thread management.

Plus many of the effects look like REAL MAGIC!
Magic_Steve
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Ellusionist has a dvd coming out soon all about loops. Daniel Garcia, Justin Miller, and a whole bunch of other people too. It should be something special, and I am planning on picking it up.

As for loops in a restaurant, haven't tried it much. I did walk around floating a dollar bill, but it was just for fun and more of an 'attention getter'. I might try to do some loops work in my routine, but I will have to watch things carefully with it.

Thanks and Good Luck!
Steven
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Regarding I.T. in restaurants...I've found that lighting IS critical...especially flourescents. Places like IHOP, and the like use flourescent lights, and I.T. shows up like NEON in those situations.

For ease of audience management, I'd recommend the LeClair hookup and presentation. In that instance, you are less likely to have someone walk by and break your rig. In low-light situations, I find dark blue Wooley to be the most invisible.

ITR situations are different. The various hookups possible, present a few desireable walk-around ideas, not the least of which is the basic horizontal.

I would lean towards the LeClair, though...your mileage may vary...

Doug
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Take a look at the Losander DVD on impromptu levitations. There is a great deal of good advice, as well as at least one routine that can be performed under very tough conditions. I'll probably resume IT work, after seeing his lecture. He has a great deal of practical material that looks great!
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On 2007-02-03 13:14, Magic_Steve wrote:
Ellusionist has a dvd coming out soon all about loops. Daniel Garcia, Justin Miller, and a whole bunch of other people too. It should be something special, and I am planning on picking it up.

As for loops in a restaurant, haven't tried it much. I did walk around floating a dollar bill, but it was just for fun and more of an 'attention getter'. I might try to do some loops work in my routine, but I will have to watch things carefully with it.

Thanks and Good Luck!
Steven


I heard it from Daniel Garcia's mouth... I am looking forward to this as well... He was kind enough to show myself and some buddies some things at the just past MagiFest. I use LOOPS in my restaurant over and over again. Never get called on it, even when people ask if you have string behind your ear or in your mouth (people with some magic knowledge)...... Haunted deck, floating/rising card...now ring disappearance and floating, thanks DG (late night in the lobbies at conventions sure pays off "Bombs Away", vikings, and dunk green man)........

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I for the most part I perform in upscale restaurants, which are usually a little darker that others. I do a lot of IT work. To include "Spooked", Loops and a unit called a "Spooler" which was at one time put out by Kevin James. I have yet been called on any of the routines I perform that uses IT. I say go for it.
Michael Baker
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Lighting is always an issue, but I have found that you can locate the hot spots where directional lighting is the brightest and work just outside the perimeter. Sometimes shifting one direction or another as little as a foot can make all the difference.

Specific type of IT can be the deciding factor, as well.

Just as critical as the lighting is the background it will be viewed against. Some can work very well in even the brightest lights. Examine each venue individually.
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