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LaurensMalter
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Hi,

I made some video's during the Christmas Circus, please let me know your thoughts.
These were the cleanest versions I had after 2 weeks, someone always ended up walking in the picture, as seen in the 2nd video..)

Doves: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9A98m24rPw&feature=related
Illusions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWfPCsH2uTo
dahih beik
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I like your style of presenting the doves .. each effect is clear cut .. slow and deleberate . your posture is nice as well . the illusions are well presented .. very good job . I like it .
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If I may be so bold- I stopped watching the dove video after 3 minutes as I was bored.

you magic up to that point was performed well but for me way too slow. I fear also for the audience as I did not see much clapping.
however you must perform your own style but I feel that it was too slow and needed a bit more "flash"

the only real piece of advice I want to give is that you turn your back on the audience multiple times and that is NOT good. you should never turn your back on them. you walk back to your stand several times thus we are left looking at the back of you.

maybe move closer to the stand or move the stand closer to you. work out how to move properly so that you are not turning your back to the audience over and over again. you are the start of the show they need so see your face not your butt. as well as it is just rude to turn your back on them.

just my thoughts and congrats on the show it looks fun and seems that you are doing well with it so keep up the good work.

sam
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LaurensMalter
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On 2012-01-20 11:55, Sam Sandler wrote:
If I may be so bold- I stopped watching the dove video after 3 minutes as I was bored.

you magic up to that point was performed well but for me way too slow. I fear also for the audience as I did not see much clapping.
however you must perform your own style but I feel that it was too slow and needed a bit more "flash"

the only real piece of advice I want to give is that you turn your back on the audience multiple times and that is NOT good. you should never turn your back on them. you walk back to your stand several times thus we are left looking at the back of you.

maybe move closer to the stand or move the stand closer to you. work out how to move properly so that you are not turning your back to the audience over and over again. you are the start of the show they need so see your face not your butt. as well as it is just rude to turn your back on them.

just my thoughts and congrats on the show it looks fun and seems that you are doing well with it so keep up the good work.

sam


Working in a circus is new for me, so I kept worrying on my angles. Circus rule is: it's a ring, a circle, so stand in the middle of it Smile
I absolutely agree on turning my back to the audience, but you have to know, there were also horses working before and after my act, for the illusions they put a wooden floor, but for the doves they just put a rug, so I have to walk in the sawdust and if I don't watch my step I'll walk in a hole or hill and trip.. (It has happened during practice.. I prefer showing my back than falling on my back) Smile

You clearly have never performed in Belgium or Holland, the audience is HORRIBLE! All artists I've met so far say the same: "If you come from France or Germany where the audience is AWESOME and then you work in Belgium, you get depressed."
I'll give you an example, a few months back I went to see Hans Klok here in Belgium (1 day only), after he did the Blackstone Lightbulb, I believe I was the only one clapping.. A lot of akward silences all through the show and Hans did great.. People over here don't clap, they wonder how it's done. A bad juggler will get more applause than a great magician and I'm not saying that to justify anything Smile

But thanks for the feedback, I'll work on it.
Sam Sandler
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Completely understand.

I could not possibly know all the conditions merely commenting on what I saw and noticed.

I think it is cool that you are performing in the circus and doing what you love.

you are right I have never performed in Belgium so I have no clue what the audiences are like.

keep up the good work and have fun

sam
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Rolf Reiner
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Hi Lauren,

It is difficult to work in a circus. My own working conditions normally have 180 degrees and I know how it feels.
Some points about the dove routine.
You can choose if you want to do it faster or keep it like that. It´s a live act, not a TV show and does not have to fast-paced. The only time that seems a bit long is the rolling up of the sleeves, and the fact that you place the silk in the pocket only to take it back later.

Personally, I would eliminate the card sequence entirely. You signal that the act is over, only to restart it on the staircase with the cards. It is a weak position and does not add to the act, rather it steals energy from your finale.
Also, by eliminating the cards, you free yourself completely from angle restrictions. I know it is tough to give up on something that took time and effort to achieve...

Finish the dove act with the double doves, then immediately have your assistant bring the water bowl to center stage and perform the snowstorm, or even better, integrate the snowstorm with your act. Since it is a bird act, you could take or produce an origami paper bird and proceed from there. Whatever. If you need to fill the time lost with the card part, make the paper bird sequence longer, or other transition sequence.

After producing many birds, making the paper bird appear could be funny. Just a thought.

RR
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Sam is right on. I got the impression to see a rusted Lance. With respect Don.
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