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TonyPorter
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Hi folks, have ever of you had television experience? The reason I ask is that I have a spot coming up at the end of the month and I'd really appreciate any little tips or advice from those of you who have experience doing this.

Many thanks

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Having been on tv for many many years...here is some advice. First, get with the floor director or director. First you need to know the time you have. They may say 2 minutes, but you could get cut if things are running long so make the effect(s) simple and direct and have places to bail out. You need to know what cameras are going to be used when. Also you need to know how the hosts react to magic. If they see something will they bust you or let it sllde for the sake of the audience.

When Michael Ammar went to do local tv in Dallas during IBM, he was going to do Pressure, but with the remote camera, I suggested not to use it because of the angles. Instead he did CMH which worked well...it was up, showed his face and involved the hosts. Good luck.
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Thanks very much Mowee, that was just the sort of advice I was looking for. Much appreciated.
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Tony,

I work at a news station. I can't speak for other stations but at our station the producer would only give you 2 - 2 1/2 minutes top. By the time the anchor intorduces you, you will have less time and you will need to do things that are quick. Over the past couple of years our weekend meteorologist did several remotes from the local magic shop to promote the S.A.M. annual magic show. In this case the magicians get about three, 45 second hits. When we have studio interviews the director will rotate between three cameras. If the producer you are dealing with is like our producers, half the time they don't know much about what you do and there won't be much time to explain to them what you need. So you should pick tricks that have no angle problems and are visual.

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Exactly Steve, and you can count on the director picking the wrong camera at the wrong time. Murphy was an optimist when it comes to tv.
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