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Alexei Kee
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Hi, people!

It's been a long, long time since the last I wrote in the Café. Well, life happened...

Anyway, I'd like your advice. I have always performed talked acts in the past and I want to start the new year with a challenge, which is doing a musical act. Just music and magic. I've designed an act with a theatrical story accompanied by music, no words, of about 7 minutes already.

The problem I'm finding Is the rehearsal part as I find myself a bit overwhelmed and lost. The music I have chosen has places that accentuate the magic and, although all the thinking put in, I have a fear of not being able to get right on time to those, get lost in the music, etc.

I'd like to know if there's a process published anywhere that could make the rehearsal more efficient in the particular case of musical acts like this one. I've got The Ostrich Factor and it's a wonderful book but don't remember having read about this kind of acts there

I know the secret of magic is hard work and repetition, just wanted to hear some different points of view appart from mine.

Thanks a lot!!!

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Brent McLeod
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I having been using Music in my Professional shows for over 20 years, I change some music every few years as it keeps your act fresh.
During rehearsal I have 2 or 3 key points in the song that I should be doing a particular move etc and this is what keeps me on track during performance.
You must play this music over and over and listen as you go through the moves..you will in time finish the routine exactly on the last beat.

I now edit a lot of my music with intros, fades etc and create a final MP3 file so the sound tech guys have no work to do at larger venues etc, hit start and away you go, I can run my whole show from my phone on stage, so easy now...years ago I had cd players, discs etc, tapes and I recorded to tape as a kid from a record on the stereo...hilarious

I always open a show with 25 seconds of intro music then go straight into my opener effect to different music, it focuses the audience on you the performer on stage.
Some shows I have 4 music items and a majority of shows Its my opener & closing effects to music only, I have a very expensive PA system, mics & mixer I use as if you don't have sound you don't have a show. Its a lot of fun adding music to your show and certainly adds a few dollars to your fee for being Professional.
I use everything from Swing music to The Prodigy to Seal, modern fast catchy beats, that always get comments later.

You mention hard work & repetition...that is the key, good luck have fun
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