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BrianMillerMagic
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Hey everyone,

This week I was on Connecticut channel 8: CT Style. The host, Teresa Dufour, was absolutely wonderful with magic. She reacted like a normal human instead of that fake on-air personality nonsense.

Here's the link: http://youtu.be/O6b-IiSDoSE - We talk magic for the first couple minutes and then I do 3 quick tricks starting at 3:00 min mark, if you want to skip ahead.

Would love to hear your thoughts on doing TV spots, because they are SO difficult (I've done many of them). Have you been on TV? What was your experience? What is your favorite aspect of it? Least favorite? What do you find challenging about being on TV doing magic?

Best,

Brian
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Fantastic. Great interview as well. You came off quite nice. Good for you.

She did step on the final reveal, but it is fantastic. Congrats.
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Very nice, Brian! One small criticism: Since you are doing the ring off string on TV, you may want to check yourself in a 3-way mirror for that "move" when you drape the ends of the string over your hand. It could be smoother. (I myself need work on that, too, so seeing your performance reminded me to spend some more time practicing that)!
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On 2014-01-31 13:44, arthur stead wrote:
Very nice, Brian! One small criticism: Since you are doing the ring off string on TV, you may want to check yourself in a 3-way mirror for that "move" when you drape the ends of the string over your hand. It could be smoother. (I myself need work on that, too, so seeing your performance reminded me to spend some more time practicing that)!


Yeah, I noticed it too, thanks. Chalk it up to the pressure of doing TV in a sterile studio, and also with the clock ticking down on the performance. Thanks for watching!

Danny: Appreciate the kind remarks. Thanks!
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Nice job, Brian!

I find the sterile environment the most challenging. It's difficult for me to find the right flow to my routines when I don't have a proper audience. The added pressure that you usually only have one shot at it and then it goes to air, doesn't help either. The best part is the bragging rights you receive letting people know you'll be on TV.

Once again, congratulations!

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Way to go Brian, nice job. I do not understand why this got moved from Tricky Business as because it seems t.v. appearances should be approached just as much from a business perspective as a performance perspective.

Television spots are tricky as you have an added layer which to be done properly must be taken into consideration. It must play for the home viewing audience AS WELL as playing for the host and any live audience. This is where many performers mess up or miss the point and is also a main point of contention on shows like America's Got Talent, etc.

While I enjoyed your performance my two immediate thoughts and critique, since you asked, were you should practice answering and speaking in shorter sound bites. Long-winded, unthought-out answers often can slow a segment down and be perceived as rambling or uncertainty. You know the questions they are most likely to ask (or that you've given them to ask-tip), so prepare brief but to the point answers including any positioning you desire (comedy, drama, mystery, etc.) The easier, quicker and more fluently you answer interviewers questions, the more time you have for the performance of your effects. 9 out of 10 times an inexperienced entertainer doing news or talkshow appearances end up rushing their performance pieces or even worse not getting to one or two of them at all due to the time spent on the longer unprepared answers in the interview. Then being rushed in your performance pieces results into improper timing, reactions, and uncomfortable performances, etc. Also when a producer wants to wrap up a segment and is giving "the sign" or cue to the hosts, they will ALWAYS, pull out to a long-shot, usually right at the moment of payoff in a performance which can weaken the performance and be terribly frustrating.

Also, although it wasn't your doing, the camera crew was lost. They didn't have any closeup shots when you were doing the performances. When doing television appearances always talk to the Director or a PA before your segment and tell them how to best cover your performances. They usually appreciate it and are able to have a much better looking segment if they know what's going to happen and what to expect.

Also, your effects played rather small. When on television I've always found it best to perform bigger, easy to physically see and understand effects. When you use coins, rings, ribbons and smaller things, unless there is a rehearsal with blocking to cover these closeup performance segments, much is lost to the viewers.

I would advise anyone interested in doing t.v. or radio appearances to hire a media coach for a few sessions to learn about many of these aspects about performing on television as well as radio (a different approach all together). Having experience in over 3500 media appearances including radio and television, this can be most helpful and worth every penny and the brief time invested can result in the difference from being good to great.

Also media appearances such as these should really be part of your business operations and there are ways to get the most out of these appearances and to monetize these opportunities. Don't view them as just a chance to perform on television, but as a promotional opportunity to generate predetermined and calculated results that you wish to gain from the media appearances.

Again, nice job. Btw, I think she liked you.
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Mindpro, thanks for the feedback. I agree I could have been less rambling in the interview section, although it wasn't unrehearsed. Those were things I planned on and wanted to say. I really don't enjoy giving the same one sentence, witty, "sound bites" in every interview. This time I wanted to say something more meaningful. Could have been tighter, alas.

I spoke to the producer and camera crew before the show. My main concern was that I actually wanted them to stay long shot for the Rubik's Cube, because when it's tossed into the air, most shows zoom in close and then the Cube goes out of frame and comes back in. They did exactly what I asked them to, which was great! But then they stayed long shot instead of coming in closer for the next two routines. Oops. The pen routine got lost, and the ring/rope was hit or miss. Still, the host reacted really well and I think that helped me along.

The specific reason I was on the show was to promote voting for the award I've been nominated for, so the purpose was indeed calculated.

I didn't feel rushed during my performances in the least. I hope it didn't come across that way.

Anyway, thank you for your considered feedback, and for watching!
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Brian,

I am glad that they treated you well there, too! Teresa is a great audience for magic and the whole crew there really wants you to look good! Nice job with the segment.

Sincerely,
David
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Nice job Brian
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Nice job Johnny depp I mean brian
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