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Dick Oslund
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I had forgotten about the "ILLUSIONIST" & "MASTERS OF ILLUSION", TOURING SHOWS that play casinos, etc.!

I didn't mention magic conventions, since they are "one night stands".

In either case, well established, professional acts, generally would be booked, rather than unknown performers, unless that new guy had something "new"!

Maybe if the new guy wins FISM!?!?!?
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Regarding the question of performing a dove act in the middle of an hour-long show, rather than at the beginning... why is this even important??
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On Mar 30, 2017, Michel Fouche wrote:
That's the thing. You often have to open with the manipulation because of body loads. You couldn't very well do a dove act halfway through an hour long show.

Actually, what you are saying, is that, you can't do your idea of a dove act, with the gimmicks and methods you want to use, halfway through an hour long show.

Methods that can be used, is hiring an assistant, develop different methods, and/or use different props to produce the birds.
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This question comes up periodically in this forum. You might check this thread from three or four years ago:

In that thread I give the example of my friend Joe DePaul who did his manipulation act at "The Venue"--a small nite club in Norfolk, Virginia. Joe is a part-time pro. He finds places that have live entertainment (usually a small band) and talks the management into booking his act, which includes an interlude of billiard ball manipulation. You can see his routine on youtube:

Live magic is so rarely seen by the public that they don't realize how entertaining it can be.

Take a tip, too, from the late great Will Rogers. He didn't go around looking for places where trick rope artists could work. He found places that were looking for stand-up comedy. Will Rogers was such a great, iconic entertainer that actor James Whitmore had a successful act portraying Rogers on stage. Where there's a Will, there's a way. (Sorry. Couldn't resist!)

Here's another example: Victor Borge would not have been the great entertainer he was if all he did was play the piano. He added comedy to his piano skills and became a star.

Another example: Red Skelton was a very successful comedian and TV star. His show was a typical talk comedy show. But he saved part of his show for a special pantomime vignette:

Denny Haney is a very successful pro who does a strong stage act with illusions like the Sword Suspension and the Sub Trunk and apparatus tricks like the Multiplying Bottles and the Egg Bag. But like Skelton, Denny saves a spot in his show where he does an interlude of card manipulation. And Denny gets top dollar for his show.

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