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Recently I had the opportunity to perform at a comedy club, had a blast. Attached is the brief video:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbWT2fZtI0c


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I would suggest you not make such a mess, as a courtesy.
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I agree, this is why comedy clubs often despise magic acts. Very disrespectful to other acts and the venue itself. That performance seemed very flat (other than the wide laughing) and low-energy, and kind of inappropriate for that type of adult venue.
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I wish I remember the magician who gave us this tip at a local convention years ago.. I can't remember, he is a cruise ship performer who mixes magic with juggling.
And he also has his signature salt pour routine, in which he'll have a black tarp/cloth he laid on the floor first, and at the end, he can pick everything up clean by his assistant.
Could be your solution there my friend, cheers Smile
Don't give up, don't EVER give up.

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Are you asking for help or just want us to look at it?
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That's what I was unsure too.
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Basically just look at it, this seems to be the category to place such a thing, I really do not need help and did not ask for it. I can see why members are reluctant to post videos..( I have been told so ) ..it is amusing the criticisms of being disrespectful to low energy, I really do not have to explain myself but FYI a person with me cleaned everything up at the conclusion of the evening, I play such clubs approximately four months out of the year when not performing schools, malls, etc...for over thirty years. In this performance received many compliments from comedians on the bill...would love to see your performance infront of a live audience at a comedy club....any takers....I didn't think so! Keyboard warriors hard at work..
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Wow! Here you go Anverdi=museum. Here is one of my clips. Please notice the laughter during the set. I believe your wife was your biggest fan there and she sure did laugh the loudest. You mean to tell me you do this act at comedy clubs and get paid? I was going to give you a few suggestions but, it sounds like you already think you know what you are doing when it comes to comedy and comedy clubs. Keep up the work for guys like me. Here is one of my short sets it has some adult content in it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wdFs-mpFmQ
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On May 30, 2019, Anverdi-museum wrote:
Basically just look at it, this seems to be the category to place such a thing, I really do not need help and did not ask for it. I can see why members are reluctant to post videos..( I have been told so ) ..it is amusing the criticisms of being disrespectful to low energy, I really do not have to explain myself but FYI a person with me cleaned everything up at the conclusion of the evening, I play such clubs approximately four months out of the year when not performing schools, malls, etc...for over thirty years. In this performance received many compliments from comedians on the bill...would love to see your performance infront of a live audience at a comedy club....any takers....I didn't think so! Keyboard warriors hard at work..


I can't understand why you would post a video here or anywhere online if you were not expecting thoughts, insights, and responses after doing so. So what was the point? Just to say look at me?

Then to criticize comments that the post generates when most were willing to offer assistance and guidance.

THEN to offer an uninformed criticism of those willing to take the time and assist you, not to mention you have no idea who you are talking to or about. Bairefoot performs comedy clubs regularly, and I have owned, booked, produced and promoted comedy clubs, comedy nights, and comedy tours nationwide for over 30 years, including owning an agency representing over 300 comics as well as being a national headliner in comedy clubs myself as well for decades.

It was a poor performance that I would think you'd be open to receiving constructive criticism and assistance on from those with more experience in an effort to assist you and help you grow. Instead, you choose to sling comments at the very people willing to help, without any consideration to who you're speaking to.

As I said, this would never be tolerated in any clubs, comedy nights or venues of mine. The performance was weak, juvenile, the only one laughing was your wife, and the mess should have been dealt with BEFORE the emcee ever came back up. There is so much more that could be mentioned on this but it's clear you are unwilling to be open to learn, which again brings me back to the original question, why post the video, just to say look at me?

Also one does not need to post a video of their own for offering comments on what was problematic or they didn't like. That would be like saying you could only say you didn't like a movie you just saw unless you could make a better one yourself. That's crazy!

So as someone with 30 years experience, did you think this video was funny?

Perhaps if you're basing how well your act went over to this performance from just some of the comedians on the bill that night, perhaps you may be listening to the wrong people. That's the first rule of being a professional entertainer is knowing who and what to listen to and what it really means.

Who are you playing for - other comedians or the paying audience, booker and venue?

Then to call our posts disrespectful? I could say the same about you here - how disrespectful it is for your to take our thoughts in a negative light when we A.) actually took the time to watch the video and B.) then offer some helpful and constructive insights in an effort to help and assist you. That seems far more disrespectful and unprofessional than constructive criticism from other professionals.
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MIndpro you hit a home run on this one. I was just too lazy to write all that. Like we both said he sure is not making any money with that act in a comedy club. If so I would be rich. By the way when you wrote "I didn't think so! Keyboard warriors hard at work.." THAT WAS FUNNIER THAN YOUR WHOLE ACT!!
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LOL!, so true (not to mention completely inaccurate - no Keyboard Warriors here, just working pros doing this 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year for decades). Once again, huge difference between facts and opinions.
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I guess you scared him Mindpro or saw my set and just gave up. Its hard for some people to understand that we are only trying to help. I was wishing he would see how he was talking to us and understand I guess not.
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Yes, too bad. I would have really welcomed a great discussion on performing in comedy clubs and details related to that market and venue. It, like some other markets, is often so misunderstood by many. Plus, if you specialize in other markets, comedy clubs are great venues for pick-up bookings and opening spots for national acts, and so many other benefits that are present that can help your performing business in many ways.

It always bothers me how OPs never return to their own posts to further the discussion, as it isn't always just about them as others become invested in the posts and thread as well.

Plus it goes back to my original question - what was the point of posting such a video in the first place?

If the OP is not willing to share or return to his own thread, maybe others that work comedy clubs or are interested in such will chime in and we all can use this posted video as a learning tool?
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Wow... what an interesting thread to stumble upon! Smile

For starters, I am a strolling close / parlour magic / children's magician (although working to pull away from that last part). I have never done Comedy Club magic but have always wanted to... I just don't think I'm funny enough yet...

Anyway, great routine Bairefoot! I thought it was very funny! (I definitely felt a bit uncomfortable with how far you pushed the ethnic jokes, but I still laughed - just uncomfortably. Smile )

As for the OP, I'm torn on that one... His routine was definitely flat and the stage was definitely left a mess. Also agree that this isn't the place to post a "watch me" video (that's what youtube and instagram are for). But... I also didn't like how directly (and maybe harshly) the negative feedback was. I'm not suggesting that we need to provide feedback with "kid gloves", but we need to remember that we're all human and that we all have an ego and feelings! I actually didn't watch every minute of the performance, but I'm sure there was a thing or two in there to actually complement! For example, he definitely seemed like he felt comfortable on stage!

So... just my Smile Smile
Tada!...

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