After the Show 2

November 22, 2010

A floating microphone would have come in handy.

What an exhausting, but great, weekend.  The show at the Arkansas Anime Festival went pretty well, with the exception of a few minor hangups.  For one, I had to work my normal job that morning and had to stay late throwing off my prep time a little, but not too bad.  The real problem came in mainly because I’ve never used a microphone before.  It sort of seems silly now that I didn’t really think much about it before the show, but, that’s all part of learning I suppose.  You never really realize what you do until restrictions are placed on you.  As it turns out, I walk around the stage a lot.  This is not great if you have a mic on a stand because it will not follow you around no matter how much you yell at it.  But, despite my lack of experience with mics throwing off my timing and scripts, it went surprisingly well.  The important thing is I made it trough and covered well when things got off.  I may still have some things to learn when it comes to magic on a stage, but the more I do it, the more confident I feel about it.  And being up there when things don’t go the way you planned is really great experience for me.  I’m learning to deal with issues without loosing my cool and learning that I’ll be OK if things go bad.  I’ve heard other performers talk about shows that didn’t go so well, and the things they learned from them and while this was by no means a bad show, it did teach me a lot about being on the stage.  Stuff you just can’t learn from books.  All in all, I call it a success.

New Show!

November 18, 2010

Well, it’s happened.  I got another show.  I really didn’t think it would happen this fast.  This Saturday, I’ll be performing at the Arkansas Anime Festival.  I’m super excited.  I met the people putting it on while I was wandering around at the Ren. Faire a few weeks back and I talked to them about maybe doing some walk-around close-up stuff.  They were interested and told me to stop by their shop here in Fayetteville to talk more about it.  So my wife and I went down to hash out the details.  Everything was going well until one of them came out from the back and said, “we just had someone cancel.  can you do 30 minutes on stage?”  I didn’t know what to say.  Luckily, my wife did.  Before I could express my apprehension about a 30 minute stage show, she said, “yeah, you can do that.”  That’s why I married her, she always knows the right thing to say when I might get scared and mess it up.  So, the last week or so, I’ve been hard at it reworking some pieces from the ren. faire show and adding some new ones, which is why I haven’t blogged about it before now.

The Ball, Fruit, and Flute tick will be making a reappearance, as well as the rope routine, paper routine, and linking rings.  In addition, there will be two or three new additions: a card multiple selection routine where 8 – 10 people from the front row all choose cards and I find them all in various entertaining ways, a very cool 3 card monte routine with cards I made that are 18″ tall, and, if technical things are in place, I’ll do the “Crazy Man’s Handcuffs,” probably my favorite trick of all time, on stage with my hands projected on a big screen behind me.  It’ll be way cool.

This show is breaking a lot of new ground for me.  It’ll be the first time I’ve ever been on stage that long and it will be the biggest audience I’ve ever worked in front of and has the potential to be even bigger than I think.  There are 200 seats in front of the stage and at the whole festival there will be over 1000 people.  It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time.  It should be quite an experience.

The strange thing is that I find myself much less nervous about this show than the last.  I don’t know if it’s because I don’t have as much time to worry about it or what, but it’s good.  I’ve also been assured that a crowd of anime fans is one of the best crowds ever and very understanding if things mess up, not that I think I will, but it’s good to know.  I really hope I can keep this momentum going and just keep performing because the more I do it, the more I want to do it.

After the Show

November 8, 2010

That's me in my fancy outfit! Ready to do some magic!

Well, I did it.  I did about  6 shows over the two days of the faire.  It was exhausting and difficult for me, but most of all, it was fun.  I had a blast.  I felt a bit of nervousness right before each show, but, thanks to all the preparing I had done, I was about to push through it and give a good performance.  Several friends showing up to support me helped a lot too.  And with each show I did, I felt less nervous.  I’m really excited about how positive an experience it was for me.

Saturday had a bigger crowd in general at the faire, but my audiences were smaller, less than 20 people per show.  But Sunday, I had the biggest single crowd (thanks to my lovely and very loud wife).  It was exhilarating being up there again.  By all accounts I did pretty good.   I had my doubts there for a moment, but now that I’ve done it, and felt what it was like, I feel like I might be able to do this.  Like I said, it’s going to be a lot of work, but it’s worth it.  Speaking of “doing this,” I handed out many business cards on Sunday and got several good leads on future gigs, which I’m super excited about.  I just can’t wait to start performing again.  There will be more pictures posted soon on my website and on Facebook.  And don’t think that this will be my last blog, just because the Ren. Faire is over.  Hopefully there will be many more shows soon that I can talk about.  I’m not quite a magician yet.  But I’ve taken the first step.

Four Days To Go

November 2, 2010

I can’t believe that there’s only four days left until the faire!  I’m getting really excited and things are coming together nicely, but there’s still a lot of work to do.  I’m in the final stages of finishing the scripting and sort of knitting all the separate pieces together.  I hope to have it all ready to do a complete run through tomorrow.  While the script for each effect was difficult in it’s own way, it’s proving to be more of a challenge to write the dialog that happens between effects, that moves one  thing into the next.  The segues if you will.  Doing a lot of intense thinking and brainstorming about it and coming up with a few good lines.  I’m also trying to work on close-up tricks to do walking around between shows.  Like I said, lots to do.

It’s kind of hard to believe that I’ve made it this far.  I know it hasn’t actually happened yet, but I feel like I’ve already accomplished so much towards my goal.  I don’t want to get all wishy-washy so I’ll just say “Kids, follow your dreams, and don’t do drugs (everyday).”

I’ve also jazzed up my website.  Check it out.