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Ok that is fine. Just need to be able to vocalize well and have people here you easily and clearly. I often will use at least a boom box with background music so that I can have some of that playing prior to the show as people start gathering around. However, that depends on where I am located and who is around me. Since you are doing a seeking only show, you will really want to work up your warm-up or ballyhoo. It is great that you are going abut this the right way.
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Thanks! I like the background music idea.

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Yeah just something you can have to draw a crowd or attention as well. It also would not distract too much either. You could even have on it a voice over of "show in 5 mins" etc.

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Good thinkin' with the pre-show music and countdown warning...

A radio guy I know did a voice-over recording for me...
7 minutes...
5 minutes...
3 minutes...
1 minute... until showtime...
and "Ladies and gentlemen, It's showtime!"

If you like, I can drop these vocals over some music for you, using this editing program I have... Just let me know what tunes / type of music would work best for you and I can throw that together for you, and e-mail you the MP3s. No charge. I like playing with my toys. Same for you, Kyle, if you're interested.
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Kyle,

I cannot thank you enough for the advice.

Nathan,

That would be fantastic and incredibly generous of you!

-Vinny
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My pleasure. Thanks guys. =)

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First of all this is a great post vpatanio. Loads of good advice here cheers guys. I did two festivals last year and got a few more this year. I have also work festivals for the Museum I work for. Can I just add about the ballyhoo. I know plan to get my stuff ready to preform and work out what area I am in and what needs to be done. Once I am happy with doing the gig ill go out with one or two effects an go around and chat to the crowd advertising my show. Some festivals can have a slow part and I like to much as I can do to get a big crowd this is good for me and the organiser walking around a quiet festival sees you working hard its all good.

I feel a bit cheeky posting as I to have just started in this field and we have such great advice from pros but I hope it helps.
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Good stuff and great ideas. I usually do my ballyhoo right from the stage area before the show. This way people hear it and come over and gather at the area where the show will be taking place. It draws people inwards.

Now you certainly can do strolling style magic between the shows. I do this all the time and act as a roving MC for events that are going on at the festival. However, keep in mind that this is a value add for the festival and they love it. So, if you want to do this, make the festival pay for strolling magic as an add on to your festival package.

This is what I do. I have a package that consists of 2 30 min stage shows and then another that consists of the 2 stag shows and then 1 hour of strolling magic in between the 2 shows. The festivals love it, I get more income and I get to also have fun strolling and promoting my shows and the othere festival events as well.

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So...I did a practice run today of all of my routines strung together and timed it and the effects I mentioned (without crowd interaction) only added up to about 15 minutes...should I add to try to reach 20-30, will the crowd interaction most likely bring me to that length, any thoughts?

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Seems too short for me. Keep in midn that when you rehearse you will always tend to go faster. One thing you can do is instead of adding in more effects, work on making the routines longer. You do this through comedy and interactions. I might also learn 1 or 2 new routines. This way you have them if you need to add them in. It also helps so that if you want to change the show up, you have the ability to do so.

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Great, I'll do that and keep ya posted.

-Vinny
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Sounds good my friend.
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