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flooglestreet
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I've heard of routines being presented in time to music. For example, someone did the misers dream to the Maple leaf rag. I would like to try it, and I want to hear from anyone who already has. I have an effect I can routine (linking rings) and music. This is in addition to copyright problems, I know they exist, what I want is some guidance on getting started. For example, should I stop doing my current (ring) routine while working on the musical one?
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Andrew E. Miller
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The linking rings can be done to music as well as a lot of other stage effects. My friend once did the McClintock Twist to music.

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Dang, flooglestreet! You must be into mentalism. Because you read my mind! I was toying with this very issue today.

My day job is writing and producing TV commercials, and music is one of the most difficult issues we wrestle with. Sometimes we edit to an existing piece of music. Other times we hire composers to score music to our edited commercial. It just depends on the nature of the commercial.

As far as music for my magic act, orignally, I was thinking about video-taping myself doing a routine and sending it to a composer to have him score the music to my routine (normallly this would cost lots of money, but since I throw a lot of my clients' dough at these people, I can get it done as a favor).

But then, while playing around with some existing music tonight, I found a great piece of zydeco music that works terrific for my act. It's by a Lousianna artist that I've hired for a gig before, so I'm just going to call him and get his permission.

So my long-winded advice is this: find a piece of music that fits your style and speaks to you personally. Then adjust any necessary order, timing and tempo of the routine to that music.

Unless you perform on TV or in large venues, I think the chances of someone taking legal action against you for using a song without permission (which I do not condone) is slim; it's more of a moral issue. There are, however, CDs with library or "needle-drop" music on them that are very affordable, especially for nonbroadcast use.
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