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haugaas1991
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Hey! I did enter a small magic competition with an new act am working on.
I world like to hear your feedback, both good and bad ofc. I know there are a lot of bad loads and some mistakes, but I want to know what you are thinking in smallest details. Please give suggestion on what I should study and how to practice it. Smile

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6dxL3BZXnhE

Best regards

Alexander Haugaas
Bill Hegbli
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When making a steal, your misdirection hand should be a millisecond ahead of your second hand. Opening with a steal is not good, why not already have the silk and ball, there is not need to "convince" anything at this point.

Bring your hand forward when displaying the balls between the fingers in your right hand. The audience on your left could not see anything. It feels awkward, but you will get used to it.

When doing things like the ball split, do them chest high, or as near your face as possible. Being so low it was almost missed and lost a lot of visualization.

You step out and produce a ball, your left hand has such a large swing, it draws attention. Keep it near the body and as your body starts to move, then your left arm moves, you also overshot your steal placements. One reason is because you had your jacket open. Either button your jacket or attach the ball droppers in a different fashion, like from your pants or your belt.

Why such a serious none expression on your face when doing the moves, could it be because you did not practice enough and remember to show expression or smile and wonder at what is happening.

Boy nothing seems to go your way, pulling the silk out and it stuck as well. Could it be you did not study silk folds. It would have been more magical if produced the silk. Steal a silk ball like the BB and produce it.

The BB to card was meaningless without immediately going into something with the card. In my opinion, the production of card with the silk in the same hand is meaningless at this point. It is a sort of proof, you could not have anything else in your hand. Thus it is not an opening piece. Again production hand to far back. You should be looking at the edge of a fan, not at the faces. Why, because you have seen the cards before, but the audience has not. What was your thinking behind the taking of the card and dropping them on the floor? Makes no sense.

Okay, I am half way through and 3:18 time stamp. That is enough typing for me.

You hands going to your jacket pockets is distracting, when doing the balls. I don't even know what it was for as an audience member.

Why don't you have some kind of table or container. Really! Dropping cards on the floor, is that suppose to be cool or something?

Unless you have props connected to the vest, get rid of it and button our coat. Stand up straight and stay in that way. You constant looking back at your hands way upstage is wrong, no one wants to see the back of you head.

My advice would be to develop some showmanship and think what are your tricks suppose to be doing or saying. It just does not make any sense.

Your also a little slow at rhythm of the act. Move a little faster and stop with the long slow arm sweeps. You are a tall guy, thus big movements for you have to be pulled back a little.

Good job for your 1st attempt, but you really have to do something at what you are trying to convey magically to the audience. Notice the audience did not respond at the thing points and things I mentioned. Meaning they did not get it as well.

Then do more rehearsal in full suit, that is why so much went wrong, you have to practice and rehearse with you cloths on that you will be using in the act.
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I could see the cards and balls properly when they were in front of your waist coat. I recommend you to get a black waist coat or change color of the balls and card to red or any other more visible color. Do the act slower, I couldn't see the half you were doing. Get a music that fits your act. Don't take silks out of your pockets, produce them, you're a magician. Perform the act to audience, not yourself. That's it for me!

RJH
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I like the body language and timing as you initiate audience feedback.
haugaas1991
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Thank you so much for the feedback!

Just keep going if anyone else has some more.
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Dear Bill Hegbli, RJH and chrisontour.

I'm sorry I have not had time to answer you properly until now. Thought I'd just like to thank you for the feedback so far on the previous message.

so, here I go.

Bill Hegbli: first, I'm not "One of those guys" (I think you know what I'm talking about)

second, I am very happy for the incredible constructive and direct feedback that you have given me. That I appreciate.

ok, my thoughts behind the act. I would really like to do an act which brought out my personality. I did not want to have any table so that I would always be in focus. I have always fascinated me over manipulations and wanted to do a clean act that had no significant impact, but pure entertainment. I have put together parts I think looks good and has practiced in larger premises with a camera recording. I knew there were many places that needed work, but is difficult to be critical when practicing by myself.

I see you ask me a lot of rhetorical question, and will choose to respond to them as follows:

I realize that you ask these questions so i´ll think about what I REALLY do. Your question reminds me of what I should do. There is plenty I would change after reading your feedback. I will move around the stage a little more natural. And I really want to get the steals properly. I read some advice on what I should read about stealing loads. I think I end of reading books Ascianio as you surely know why.

I hope I can make a new video with the improvements and hope I can still get feedback.

I hope you do not think you wasted your time.

RHJ:

I completely agree that I should change colors. At first I had even a white shirt, but switched it out quickly when I saw it on the camera Myself.

chrisontour: I'm really glad you liked the body language. To communicate with the audience is something I've been working on for a long time. thank you for your feedback.
haugaas1991
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Anymore comments? Smile
Ron Reid
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Hello haugaas:

I just had time to watch a couple moments. When I have more time, I'll sit down a watch it and give you my opinion.

Let me just say that you have a very likable personality, which is huge. The moment I saw you on stage, I sensed that you were at ease. I was definitely hoping you would success, as was your audience that night, I'm sure.

I had a teacher in magic who once told me to remind myself that I'm among friends anytime I went out on stage, and that mindset really helped me project a humble attitude that audience members seemed to pick up on. I sensed that attitude with you.

Ron
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Wow, Ron! Thank you for well picked words.

Im looking forward for your feedback, both ups and downs.

Kindly from

Alexander
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Yes, I think Ron Reid said it well. The fact that you had this filmed and then asked for opinions on it says a lot about you. You obviously want to improve. I think by watching your presention you can probably judge for yourself where the weak spots are and to be frank there are many.

I won't go on about how your routine can be better put together as Mr.Hegbli has summed it up quite well in his own way. Mr.Hegbli suggests a container or table would be of use. He's right. A table of some kind makes for a bigger look to the routine. It can provide another method of steals, depending on the type of table. A hat or some sort of container on the table can do the same. Having more then just your apparal for this purpose is the way to go. The more methods you have at your disposal the better. A hat or some container will also provide a place for things other then the floor, which only makes for a mess. Anyway Alexander keep on working.
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Quote:
The fact that you had this filmed and then asked for opinions on it says a lot about you. You obviously want to improve. I think by watching your presention you can probably judge for yourself where the weak spots are and to be frank there are many.



So true!

I will take your advice and work on some of your ideas. This is very helpfull for me. Thank you so much! Smile
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You do, indeed have the “likability factor”. You have plenty of advice here, so I’ll just add a quick thought.

It is easy to see the enjoyment in tossing cards so freely. Really fun! But, if you plan to work with the act, many agents and/or producers will not consider an act that has so much to clean up. Don’t get me wrong … I had fun just thinking about that much freedom. But, commercially speaking it can hurt you. Artistically speaking, the littered stage is kind of a turn-off, too. You can get the same flourish and fun in getting rid of the cards by tossing and releasing them into a hat or other receptacle, with practice.

You are not alone. The task of finding an unobstrusive and satisfying solution for the practical realities of an act is as vexing an issue as any. But, it is a task we all face.

In closing, it is such detail to our act that gives the act polish. Just don’t lose that sense of joy that you have now!

Good luck to you.

Cordially,
Paula
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I agree with Paula about the problem of the mess created by tossing cards onto the floor. I remember at the Gold Medal contests at the IBM convention in Norfolk last year that glitter and confetti all over the stage after numerous contest acts was a problem. Then there are the acts that release flutterfetti (or whatever it's called) onto the stage. "Snowstorm in China" can be a real mess to clean up, too. And you wouldn't want someone in an act following you to slip on a card that was dropped on the stage,

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