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drwilson
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If you are an established escape artist doing regular shows, you are probably performing on Saturday, October 22.

If you are an aspiring escape artist, what better way to draw attention to your work than to participate in the Worldwide Escape Artist Relay 2011?

Please see the WEAR 2011 Registration Page and sign up if you have not yet done so.

I.B.M. Ring 362 has set up its show for three participating escape artists with a poster and press release. Please see the press release for Bo-Dean Jimmy-Don Baker's Magic Hoedown & Thrill Show.

The world needs heroes!
Cliffg37
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Missing WEARiors:

I noticed on your site (great job btw) that several of our regular WEARiors have not signed up. Anyone know where they are or what they are doing?
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Sorry. Running late on registation. I'm in.
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I'll be registering this evening! Can't wait to participate!!!
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Okay--I'll break silence and become the proverbial 'wet blanket.'

When this whole business began, the goal was to garner GLOBAL publicity, the original 'hook' being a Guinness Book record.

Didn't happen.

We did this three times, garnering a smattering of local write-ups, but not the global attention the event was intended to generate.

We suggested bettering the odds by focusing on some important charity or cause.

That quickly fizzled.

To have the desired effect, the WEAR must grab the attention of the major media chains, focusing on the scale of a global event, not simply local write-ups for a few performers.

We have yet to find an effective 'hook' to make the larger media organizations take notice.

If individual performers want local coverage, they can get it without the WEAR, and probably with greater success, not being tied to a fixed date.

I strongly suspect the low turnout to be based on a sense of irrelevance and apathy on the part of prospective weariers (myself included), a sense of irrelevance and apathy largely shared by the media at large.

Until we find a global 'hook' to grab widespread attention, WEAR is stuck being little more than an escapologists' 'feel good outing.'
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Steve, I didn't want to rain on everyone's parade and post on this subject but since you have done that very thing, I will now voice my opinion on this matter. I have been scratching my head lately asking what in the world is this thing about/for anyway???? I tried to talk Steve Santini into doing something for WEAR back a few years ago because it was an exuse to go out and perform and that can't hurt anyone who is looking to perform, draw crowds, get publicity, etc. However, I have found that this event is not what it was first intended (as Steve has stated), we have not gotton any publicity, into the GWBR, or done anything productive. The last minute setting of the date in 2007 screwed my show up horribly and I ended up having to wing a performance for about 3 people with a multi-hour set up and tear down instead of a packed house (indoors) with ability to get some paying gigs from the exposure. There has been problems galore every time I have participated.......venue problems, assistance problems, video problems, you name it. I did a HELL of a lot of work to make the 2007 performance happen and never even got reconized as having been a part of it (managment issues with those running the event). The whole WEAR thing has left a bad taste in my mouth and I don't think I will be going out of my way to participatethis year.
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Hi Steve, Glad you brought up the topic, I thought I was the only who thought the whole idea wasn't going any where and didn't meet it's expectations as 'global relay.'
Between the WEAR and youtube, it appear to me to be just for people to be self indulgent and say “look at me”.
It doesn’t do really anything to promote escape as the bulk of the participants don’t have a clue. The message boards are full of people who pass on misinformation to the naive and it really is the blind leading the blind.
It’s rare to see someone post where they are actually performing and giving dates so those close enough may wish to drop in.
It would be far better to get a week of real escape work with an audience than to have three minutes in the back yard with friends and call it good for the business or that one calls themselves an escape artist.
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"It�s rare to see someone post where they are actually performing and giving dates so those close enough may wish to drop in. "

If a performer is doing the show for money and he/she is in business to make money then it is not in their best interest to let people who are in the same racket go to their show. I, for one, never liked seeing other magicians at my shows, sizing me up and possibly looking to hone in on my business or steal my ideas and/or routines. Then there is the issue of some "fellow performer" making the all-too-familiar call from the audience, "I CHALLENGE YOU!!!!"

This is a very competitive business, especially for people who live in the same area or at least living in driving distance from one another. No thank you......I do not wish to see any fellow EA's at any of my gigs, paying gigs or not.
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Hi Michael, You amused me once again. Oh' how I can see why you would not like another EA at one of your shows.............
What world are you living in with the idea that there is "making the all-too-familiar call from the audience, "I CHALLENGE YOU!!!!"
That type of thinking went out early last century.
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To all of our nay-Sayers...

You are either 100% correct or certainly close to it. I have no argument with anything you have said. I will however choose to keep going. Why?
Well, just becasue some thing does not take off right away doesn't mean it wont. We have the disadvantage of happening only once every other year. I am not suggesting more often, I am only pointing out that any of you who have started a business of any kind know you will not be an overnight success. So far we basically have nothing as far as building of momentum. I am still hopeful that one day there could be a global special on TV called WEAR or maybe "The WEARiors".

I also agree that while WEAR has given me great personal success, this is only because I am not a man who makes a living doing magic. to those of you that are professional, you probably gain considerably less than I do over this event.

Still you and I never know when some major theater player or network exec will happen to take notice of our little efforts.
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"The definition of insanity is doing the exact same thing the exact same way and expecting a different result."

Without SOLID thought, planning and a VIABLE HOOK to grab widespread media attention, the odds of WEAR 'hitting' by blind repetition are akin to winning the lottery--it could happen, but the odds are astronomically against.
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No offense Guys, But Do you really want it to be for something Bigger? Is that not MORE of a "HEY LOOK AT ME" message than just doing it for the fun of it?

I unfortunately wont be entering this year as I have just moved to Thailand recently and am not settled enough to do it this year, But I think it is still a nice thing to do. Entertainers in the same profession, doing what they love to do on the same day. I personally think it is a pulling together of Colleagues. Who CARES if GWR or Ripleys B O N is not interested in covering it. Just because they will rather cover Gross things than a Community of entertainers around the world pulling together to try bring their art back to the spotlight, does not mean we should just give up and not do it.

I cannot Guarantee I can do a Show, But if I can, I will try. Because I support the SPIRIT of Escapes and what it stands for.

Regards
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On 2011-09-29 08:20, Ian McColl wrote:
Hi Michael, You amused me once again. Oh' how I can see why you would not like another EA at one of your shows.............
What world are you living in with the idea that there is "making the all-too-familiar call from the audience, "I CHALLENGE YOU!!!!"
That type of thinking went out early last century.


Ian, tell that to all the EA's who have done it or have had it done to them in more recent times. The guy who calls himself houdeny has made it his mission to challenge any and all EA's who dare to call themselves EA's to ridiculous contests to force everyone BUT him out of Escapes......he has even, according to one source, came to Steve Baker's house, beat on his door, and challenged him right on the spot. Vienno (spelling-?) got blind-sided by a fellow EA at a place no more than 50 miles from where I am presently sitting and challenged over the fact that he was using a gaffed straitjacket in his show (while he was injured and trying to recover no less)!!!! And don't get me started on Steve Baker and Norm Bigelow! Norm had special cuffs made to trap ****** who would try to publicly challenge him while on stage......I know because I heard all about it first hand AND I was sent a blueprint of the "King Breaker Cuffs" and was asked to create a cut-away model of them (which I did). This field is full of jealous, mean, cynical people who believe they are the only ones who deserve to be in the art. Truth be told, Houdini was kind of the same way but Houdini actually brought this art to life and invented his own thing which was copied over and over again......so I guess we can forgive HH a little bit for his ways. Maybe they do things a little differently down under??? Maybe all the mean EA wannabes are here in the US?
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On 2011-09-29 11:12, Cliffg37 wrote:
To all of our nay-Sayers...

You are either 100% correct or certainly close to it. I have no argument with anything you have said. I will however choose to keep going. Why?
Well, just becasue some thing does not take off right away doesn't mean it wont."




Cliff, thank you for pointing out that we (the nay-sayers) are 100% correct about this issue......now I don't feel so bad for pointing out some of the flaws. Also, one small thing; you said, "just becasue some thing does not take off right away doesn't mean it wont." TRUE! However, this thing started in 2005.......how long til we know weather it is going to take off or not?

I am sorry if I sound cynical but I am growing very disillusioned with escapology and magic in general. Please don't take anything I have said as a personal attack; it is not meant to be like that. This started out as a great idea but it just kind of went in the crapper in a big hurry, despite a lot of effort to make it into something special.
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Don't worry Michael, I am not taking any of this personally. I still say that without any of the original proposed successes, that WEAR favors the non-pro in a big way. For a professional Escape artist, you have your publicity and marketing machine running well and constantly. What ever it is you do to get gigs and pack the house, it must be working. If it never worked, or stopped working, you would no longer be a pro, you would be bankrupt, or finding a new line of work. For a part timer like me, I have no machine running of any kind. I am dependent on the venue of the show to help spread the word. WEAR is a way for me to drop the name "Houdini" (a name everyone knows, and a name that builds excitement) without comparing myself to him. This is good becasue it gets attention without my having to try to fill his shoes. I have a radio spot coming up, that I got only becasue of the event. "Oh, a magician is doing a show" is an uninteresting yawn producer. A world wide event is another story.

I do not expect you, or anyone else, to agree with me. I suppose I could build publicity through creative processes (lying) but I prefer not to do that.

Those are my two cents.
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Cliff, just to clear one thing up......I (at the request of so many people) have never quit my day job (tongue-in-cheek)=P. I was a professional, doing up to 12 shows per week at one time while still working in the factory during the weekdays, but in recent years, shows are FEW and FAR between!!! I don't like to do very many freebies or stuff for my own amusement......my time is short and I like to make money if I take my time and effort to perform. However, with the economic collapse in this country, people do not hire magicians like they use to. So, one might consider me a semi-retired, semi-pro who doesn't like to put on a show unless someone is ponying up some dough. =)

Good luck with your show and I wish nothing but the best for you and everyone who decides to participate!

Cheers, Mike D~C/
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I don't just think it is the Economy. With TV, Satalite, Internet and all the other things. No one watches live entertainment anymore. We are a Dying Breed.
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Live outside shows have kept me for many years,,,,there will always be speckies to see the unusual and sensational.

Regards WEAR,,,it just requires a tag to put it on the map,,,,,ie,,,,if one of you guys died doing a practise escape for WEAR it would give all the rest of us more than ample backing and gain international coverage in a matter of hours.

So those who wish to offer up for this worthy cause,,,,pm me,,,,it can be arranged.

The above although in jest is sadly true >>>>> Had huge press prepared for a stunt in the making last year,,,,on the day I was out staged by a major rape crime which took the front pages from me (Still it had its rewards as I was on page three !!!!).

Ken.
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I think that the idea that WEAR was going to get 1) worldwide coverage or 2) world records for everyone was naive.

Let's deal with the record organizations first. I was contacted by Record Holders Republic to take the link off the WEAR 2009 page, because they were tired of getting submissions from people with non-standard or gaffed equipment. They felt that it detracted from their mission of promoting records of real skill. The other record organization (the big one) isn't interested in the most people doing something on the same day scattered all over the world; that was settled long ago.

As for worldwide press, what's the story here? Many escape artists get great press. The stories are variations on the same theme. A performer tells his or her story. He or she was inspired by Houdini. The nature of the escape, whether historical, or dangerous, or record-setting, is detailed. Perhaps there is a charity hook. People buy tickets. The cycle repeats. These are stories about unique individuals. A story about a mass of rugged individuals doing something on the same day is not a story. It is never going to be a story.

So what good is WEAR? If you are doing a show, it is a publicity hook to something larger. That's all. It improves your local or regional coverage.

I have had a lot of fun with WEAR every time. It has been a good thing for me. I am sorry to see people being negative about it, but it doesn't keep me up at night. People who do great shows or other great things are positive people. I guess that some of the successful people who are negative about WEAR are positive about other things, and I hope that those endeavors are going well for them.

For those of you are in, I hope that you are looking forward to October 22 as much as I am!

Yours,

Paul
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