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.

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