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Following is one of the promo videos I am putting together for my new website. It is aimed more for kid parties. Any suggestions/comments/criticism?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXPSaShgCNA
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My first thought is there is NO CONTRAST in your show. Knowing you as I do, your magic is solid...but nobody can see it! You have all these elaborate backdrops that you BLEND RIGHT INTO.

Jeff Hobson talks so much about CONTRAST during his lecture. If people can't SEE what you're doing, then why do it? If you're going to use those loud backdrops, you need to POP in front of it.

As for the video itself, you need to be lighted better. Your skin tone is very DARK. So when you are being shot on video, you need to have much better lighting so we can see your face better. Your skin tone is similar to Chris Capeharts. Watching all of Chris' material, he's very well lit and I can see him very clearly.

I know your friends with Chris so you may wish to ask him about his lighting set up.

I would also add some kind of voiceover to the demo.

Keep up the good work!

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Here are three more:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOk4d177cZ4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRGD6hu3jGE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNFZ5QYAhgY

I am really just a magician and not a videographer. Most of the clipping required me putting the camcorder on a tripod with no one operating it. It saves a lot of money. I will agree about the contrast on video. But in person, there is no problem. Remember the camcorder is farther back than the audience.

Chris Capehart videos are shot by Kozmo's videographer. I met him before. I also seen his apparatus. Take my word it is very expensive.
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You don't need an expensive videographer to get quality video work done. You'd be surprised what a well lit area and a camcorder could accomplish. Don't just have a stationairy shot. Lose the tripod. Have someone who knows something about video work shoot your magic. It lacks any dynamic in its current state.

I watched the other videos...again...no contrast. You wore a blue suit in front of a blue backdrop. You blend right in. The best contrast I saw was your RED SUIT with the black backdrop and the black and white checked floor when you did your rings.
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The number one thing I need is a camcorder light.

And I do have clippings of others shooting me without a tripod. I hate the jiggle movement. And many time they are off focus from what is about to happen because they never seen my show before.

Chris, do you think I should retire doing magic because of my color is too dark, or use "White Art" backgrounds for now on? Smile
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I agree with the voice over suggestion. I'd also suggest including some testimonials if you can. Alternate between you and shots of the audience. That will help people know how much fun they'll be having at your show.
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The testimonials will be on a different clipping. I want the prospect to have a choice of opening each one separately. I do not want everything on one long clipping.
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On 2009-09-26 11:08, Dynamike wrote:
The testimonials will be on a different clipping. I want the prospect to have a choice of opening each one separately. I do not want everything on one long clipping.


Mike,

If you can't sell your act in less than 30 seconds, then you can't sell your act all. The majority of folks who watch demo's won't sit and watch the entire thing. One thing about yours is they're quite LONG for a demo especially since there isn't much going on.

Agents usually won't watch more then 10 seconds unless something grabs their attention right from the get go.

An example of this is Bizzaro! He has two demo's that feature differnt things. One demo is for his Sleight of Hand work...another is for his Stage Act.

His demo's are heads and tails better than most everyone's. However...they were all shot on a standard video camera. It helps that Bizzaro knows exactly what he wants and is the pimp ninja when it comes to editing in the Adobe Premier Suite...but BOTH of his demo's right from the start make the viewer WANT to watch all 2+ minutes.

Needless to say, Bizzaro books a lot of shows for himself.

Sleight of Hand Demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GcrhsHj4S0
Stage Demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Nm1Pwvh8......nel_page

Not comin' down on you...just think you need to focus your enery and cut out several mintues from each and give the demo's focus and make them entertaining. Again...my 2 cents....

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Dynamike

Reading your previous post, you are charging a professional fee for your show, so have a professional videotape your show... Smile

As time progress you will have tons of nice clips to create a great demo video!

At this time, Christopher Lyle hit it on the nose many times...

Good luck....
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Lights are cheap, Mike, go to home depot and just get a couple of cheap clip on reflector lights and clip them to the back of a chair for more light. A lot of what you are shooting is under florescent lighting and the camera is more inclined to the temperature of incadescent lighting.

I would also agree with Christopher, the demo tapes while nice are just too long, especially for a computer site. Just think Television. Most commercials are 15 to 30 seconds long. A long news story might run 45 seconds. Keep it short, just quick clips of high action type moves and audience reaction. If it runs over a minute, you have run way too long, 30 seconds is better. If you are trying to promote multiple types of shows (kids show, illusion show, caberet show) then do a 30 second on each and label accordingly.
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I would only add some food for though since this IS the ‘Tricky BUSINESS’ section;

From a MARKETING and Success RESULT perspective I only would challenge you to think in terms of delivering real information that help the buying relationship advance the real plausibility of actually HIRING YOU "because" you have made it irresistible to do so with you video marketing.

REMEMBER:
What Do THEY want, need and desire?

REGARDLESS of any of the techno-things; “Does your video marketing help advance the service and support process FOR THE BUYER?”


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My target with the above video links are prospects for children house parties. I can understand they would not mind spending 3 or 4 minutes watching something dealing with what they might purchase. Now agents are a different category for me. I do not mind spending the big bucks to have my illusion act recorded. That will be the video promo I will hand to the agents. But I am not near that area yet, just the local house parties.

Posted: Sep 27, 2009 3:32am
I do appreciate your support, guys, but I want to make sure we are on the same track. Those promo videos I listed are for my website. The prospects are going to first open my "home" page to read about me. There will also be a video page. I feel the music and video clippings will be entertaining for the prospect. The words from other pages help sell my show. The photos from the "photo" page should help please the prospect too. There will be a "contact" page for the prospect to read also. Of course I want the video clippings to help influence, plus help entertain the prospect the same time. I do not think the prospect can focus on two the same time, ("voice over" and entertainment). If there were a "voice over", the prospect might say to herself, "I like watching his video clippings. But the 'voice over' irritates me."

My primary target for the present website I am working on is for local kid parties. Mothers are going to be the primary prospect. The number one thing that will convince them is how the kids enjoyed my shows. I want to guide the mothers to focus on the laughter and smiles from the children on the video having a fun time. I want nothing to distract the mother as she watches the video clipping. I can understand her reviewing the clipping to watch the children having a happy time. But she might mute the audio because of the irritation from the "voice over".

I can understand a video clipping not on a website having a "voice over". The "voice over" will help give more information. I can also understand a video clipping on You Tube having a "voice over". But my website, once done will supply all the information needed without a "voice over."

If you still think a "voice over" will be a good idea, let me know how. Since I am not an expert with "voice overs" I am still willing to listen.

I think 3-4 minute video is not too long for a mother prospect to watch. I believe she feels she wants to see as much as possible before paying an unknown entertainer come near her child. I agree with you guys on the length of the clipping, but if it was for an agent. None of the above clipping are intended for an agent. I would only send clippings of me performing illusions to an agent.

Thank you very much, guys.
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I'd suggest a birthday mother isn't going to sit down and watch half a dozen clips of nothing-in-particular.

Do ONE professional looking video, even for that market.
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On 2009-09-26 10:44, Dynamike wrote:
The number one thing I need is a camcorder light.

And I do have clippings of others shooting me without a tripod. I hate the jiggle movement. And many time they are off focus from what is about to happen because they never seen my show before.

Chris, do you think I should retire doing magic because of my color is too dark, or use "White Art" backgrounds for now on? Smile


hi dynamike,

contrast is a thing that is in generell important, not only in this videos - always!

there are 2 at this video ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOk4d177cZ4 ) that are good and very good. the very good one starts at second 43. this is the way to dress in this dark environment ... that is perfect!

I think it makes your impression much more strong and I would suggest to keep that in mind for the future.

on the other hand there is fotage where you wear blue in front of a blue backdrop, that is not ideal, because of the already known reasons.

what i´m speaking about is important every time, not only geared to the video. I would be happy if you would consider it in the future, because I think it makes your magic and impression much, much stronger.

it is also not conected to your colour of skin, it is also important to any person doesn´t matter wich colour they have. I think what is important is the contrast between the outfit and the enviroment and not the contrast to your skin.

in regard to the shooting without a tripod:

it is an old tip, but find someone at the univerity who is into a field where they work with cameras and editing. put a flyer or something at the blackboard.

for exemple a friend of mine is in design, but he specialised in this direction, so I asked him.

here in this video, you can see it has movment and is not static and doesn´t jiggle.
they do know how to do it at the tripod. so just find someone and work with him. I think they don´t take the big money!

here the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoRjyAFZ2CI

I would say in generell, use your videos for the moment, but try to find someone in a univerity, who will help you to do the work! don´t forget to show a lot of the reactions of the spectators in the future.

I hope my comment is of any help to you!

rené
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Does anyone know of a company that makes portable spot lights? If not, I will go along with Father Photius' idea.

Posted: Sep 27, 2009 11:01am
Someone PM'd me more information dealing with "voice overs." I am working on that now.

So far you guys convinced me on the ideas with the lighting and "voice over".

"Get off your butts and keep the ideas coming guys".

Thank you.
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Mike:

I will echo much of what has been said. The video segments that you stand out in have a lighter background behind you.

Video length: People are impatient. You've got about 30-60 seconds to get your video "message" across before the person will bail out to continue their web surfing elsewhere. I would encourage you to entice your visitor with a visually powerful 60 second video, and then make other video available to them if they like what they originally saw.

Do you use Google Analytics? This will give you an honest evaluation of just how long people who visit your site are spending there, which pages they are looking at and for how long. Google Analytics convinced me that my awesome flash intro page was driving people away - a high percentage never made it through the flash intro onto my site.

My point is people that visit your website are going to give you precious little of their time, measured in seconds, not minutes! So you need to hit them hard and fast, and get to your point, which I presume is "book me for your event".

My 2¢

Chris
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Claps for Christopher!
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On 2009-09-27 15:28, magicofCurtis wrote:
Claps for Christopher!

You spelled my name wrong. (just messing with ya.)

Guys, look at the videos Christopher Lyle mentioned Bizzaro has. Each one is over two minutes long. And you guys are telling me mine should be 30 - 60 seconds. That's not fair. This is supposed to be to be an equal country. I want my pacifier. Smile
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Great work by the way DM
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Ok, guys, since you had the nerves to step on my territory, I am not going to let you off unless you do me a favor. We are going to take a vote on what clips are the best. Later we will talk about shorting the favorite clips to the best length of time. We will start with Video 1. You type only what letter clippings should be kept in the video.

Video 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXPSaShgCNA

Clip A 1 - 7 seconds
Clip B 8 - 21 seconds
Clip C 22 - 32 seconds
Clip D 33 - 36 seconds
Clip E 37 - 38 seconds
Clip F 39 - 42 seconds
Clip G 43 - 54 seconds
Clip H 55 - 1:06 seconds
Clip I 1:07 - 1:19 seconds
Clip J 1:20 - 1:32 seconds
Clip K 1:33 - 1:37 seconds
Clip L 1:38 - 1:55 seconds
Clip M 1:56 - 2:01 seconds
Clip N 2:02 - 2:06 seconds
Clip O 2:07 - 2:13 seconds
Clip P 2:14 - 2:22 seconds
Clip Q 2:23 - 2:32 seconds
Clip R 2:33 - 2:47 seconds
Clip S 2:48 - 3:05 seconds
Clip T 3:06 - 3:24 seconds

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On 2009-09-27 16:44, johncesta wrote:
Great work by the way DM

Well it's about time. That is what I wanted to hear since this thread was started.

Posted: Sep 27, 2009 6:36pm
Select the clippings worth keeping on Video 2.

Video 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOk4d177cZ4

Clip A: 1 - 14 seconds
Clip B: 15 - 20 seconds
Clip C: 21 - 42 seconds
Clip D: 43 - 58 seconds
Clip E: 59 - 1:12 seconds
Clip F: 1:13 - 1:34 seconds
Clip G: 1:35 - 1:41 seconds
Clip H: 1:42 - 1:46 seconds
Clip I: 1:47 - 1:55 seconds
Clip J: 1:56 - 2:21 seconds
Clip K: 2:22 - 2:37 seconds
Clip L: 2:38 - 2:50 seconds
Clip M: 2:51 - 3:17 seconds
Clip N: 3:18 - 3:45 seconds
Clip O: 3:46 - 3:54 seconds
Clip P: 3:55 - 4:03 seconds
Clip Q: 4:04 - 4:20 seconds
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