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I don't know. They already have the carrot in one hand. And the goat might eat the mic!
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A lavalier microphone works extremely well, and just a quick switch when necessary.

So to reply to OP, hand held or head set? My answer is simply none of them.
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The best option for me is also the handheld. Sometimes I use a stand, sometimes I use a Gimrack, but with proper structure and staging in the performance, there is no worry.

We need to remember that the mic is a symbol of power on stage.


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A lavalier microphone works extremely well, and just a quick switch when necessary.So to reply to OP, hand held or head set? My answer is simply none of them.


How to you amplify a participant's answers to your questions with a lavalier?

Also, you can't move a lavalier to modulate tone and volume, nor is it useful as a place to hide cribs, cover various moves, etc. As I said, I only use a lavalier when I'm on TV, where everyone's voice is amplified, either by lavaliers, booms, or additional hand-held mics.
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A lavalier microphone works extremely well, and just a quick switch in case I want to use the Dunninger ploy.

So to reply to OP, hand held or head set? My answer is simply none of them.


How to you amplify a participant's answers to your questions with a lavalier?

Also, you can't move a lavalier to modulate tone and volume, nor is it useful as a place to hide cribs, cover various moves, etc. As I said, I only use a lavalier when I'm on TV, where everyone's voice is amplified, either by lavaliers, booms, or additional hand-held mics.


I have a hand held microphone on a stand or resting on a table to hand to an participant joining me on stage.

Tone or volume? I use my voice for that, I do not scream on stage. The volume is set at a pleasant medium which allows me to speak normal tone with no fear of not being heard and also when I want to talk louder it won't be too loud since it already is on a pleasant medium.

I don't store cribs on a microphone I have them on the inside of the bag"door" on my open suitcase.

I don't use moves that needs to be covered by a microphone, I rather like to have my hands free while doing moves. I sometimes cover up one move in my newspaper prediction by grabbing a trashcan for them to throw in the discarded newspaper pieces.

The only problem with lavalier is that if you have a tie it sometimes can block the mic and make a swisching noise.
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I also like to have my hands free to be able to gesticulate properly.
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It's just as easy to gesticulate with a hand-held. (Not sure what "proper" gesticulation is, though. Smile)

A hand-held, with proper technique, is far more versatile FOR ME. If a lavalier works better for you, that's great!

I've just tried to give all of the reasons why I use a hand-held.
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I love my Countryman E6 earset mic. Wireless, of course. But I also have a handheld mic handy for clients and masters-of-ceremony to introduce me.
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It's just as easy to gesticulate with a hand-held. (Not sure what "proper" gesticulation is, though. Smile)

A hand-held, with proper technique, is far more versatile FOR ME. If a lavalier works better for you, that's great!

I've just tried to give all of the reasons why I use a hand-held.


I've seen you perform and you look very smooth with a hand-held and use it almost as if it just was a part or extension of your hand. You gesticulate naturally despite holding a microphone. I'm not as ...ehm.. fortunate. I tend to get sloppy with a hand-held mic and look more like a stand-up comedian with zero persona.

I ment "so I can gesticulate properly." - I spoke for myself. Sorry for the bad wording.
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I would imagine one con would be when you need to use both hands. As in standing back-to-back with a spectator with a drawing board in one hand and a pen in the other, ready to draw a duplicate of what they are drawing.
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Hmm a microphone stand would solve that
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Then how do you hold the mic to your volunteer's mouth for reaction to your comments/questions?
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Then how do you hold the mic to your volunteer's mouth for reaction to your comments/questions?


Two microphones and two stands Smile
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In that case, I don't have to. They are close enough to the mic to be heard.

Arthur, I've been doing it this way for over thirty years and have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn't. Obviously, when it is not convenient to mic the participant, I simply repeat anything she says for the benefit of the audience. Besides, most of the reactions are visual.
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Bob, I would never doubt your experience. Just pointing out, perhaps to help for less seasoned performers, one of the possible cons to think about when deciding to use a hand-held mic. I'm not advocating against it. But there have been times when I've watched other performers (including mentalists) fall short when relying on a hand-held mic (even on a mic stand). If someone is going to do it, they'd better rehearse well and include the positioning of the mic in their blocking.
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Absolutely. I've always emphasized the importance of studying and learning proper mic technique. If you look back through this thread I've explained in detail the many advantages I believe a hand-held has for mentalists.

And I'm certainly not arguing that a hand-held is the EASIEST to use. But, what is easiest, is not something I necessarily consider to be the best. Very often, as Henry Hay once observed, the hard way is the easy way in the long run. (and sometimes the best way as well)
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Headset- DPA corporate, Countryman for the rest. Sennheiser bodypack a with a mute switch. Sometimes I'll wear two with one used to communicate to a stage crew.

Most shows I have a headset on my girlfriend for added humor.

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I do sometimes mute the headset and use the handheld because of the larger pickup pattern and proximity effects.
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I also like to have my hands free to be able to gesticulate properly.


The funny thing is that this is the main reason I STOPPED using a lavalier! My wild gesticulating would often bump the mic on my chest resulting in horrible rustles and booms. I liked what my hands were doing, so the answer was to change the mic rather than change the movements.
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On Jan 28, 2015, Johannes Lindqvist wrote:
I also like to have my hands free to be able to gesticulate properly.


The funny thing is that this is the main reason I STOPPED using a lavalier! My wild gesticulating would often bump the mic on my chest resulting in horrible rustles and booms. I liked what my hands were doing, so the answer was to change the mic rather than change the movements.


You might have had a over-sensetive lavalier or placed it incorrectly.

It also depends on how frenetic you gesticulation is. Smile
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