I Need Structure

October 4, 2010

Well, it is now October 4, and that means I’ve got less than five weeks till the big show.  Since I’ve already decided on the set list, it’s time I began more structured practice sessions.  The last few weeks, in my practice, I’ve mainly been “playing,” getting used to the props, trying out a lot of different moves and such, but now it’s time to buckle down.  I’m going to pick one effect from my act and work on it and it alone each day, giving equal time to each piece.  No more funny business. In the week and a half or so before the event, I’ll move to the next step, rehearsal.  Then I’ll run through the entire show start to finish without stopping.  Rehearsal is really hard to do for me.  In the past, I’ve mainly focused on practicing each trick individually.  This can lead to some major problems when it comes down to showtime.  You’ve got to not only perform each trick seamlessly, but the tricks need to flow together seamlessly as well.  In other words, it needs to feel like a complete show, not just a bunch of tricks.

Also as I practice,  I’ll be refining the scripts for each effect.  Learning them together will help in the naturalness of the whole thing.  While scripts are really important in any show, they are particularly important here because of the venue.  At the ren. faire, I’ll be expected to sound authentic to that period.  Or at least like I’m trying.  Short post today, I’ve got a lot of work to do.

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