December 1, 2010

Isaac Newton

Hair at rest tends to stay at rest, hair in motion tends to look awesome.

Isaac Newton said, an object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion.  That’s the law of inertia.  It’s been over a week since my last big show and I’m trying not to loose my inertia.  I have a few bookings next year and am working on a few for around new years, but I need to keep going or risk loosing my steam.  Now that I’ve reminded myself what it’s like to perform for real people again, I’ve spent the last few days going back through all my books and videos looking at material with a fresh eye.  I’m finding lots of stuff that I might have passed over before, and finding a few things that I thought would be cool but are actually not going to work.  It’s all a matter of style really.

You know, it’s funny, I used to think that style was something that I had to decide on before I began performing.  But the more I’m out there, the more I realize that your own personal style isn’t something that you can decide on before the show.  Your style is already there in your mannerisms, and the way you move and the way you talk.  I guess what I’m trying to say is: you don’t need to define your style to start performing, rather, performing will show you your style.

I’m really trying to keep things natural looking.  I don’t want to handle the props like, well, a magician.  The word that comes to mind is “soft.”  I want to handle the props (for the most part) “softly.”  “A light touch” might be a better way to put it.  But then I think about some of the things I do on stage like the rings.  Is that soft?  Could it even be soft?  These are things I’m still working on but my gut tells me there could certainly be some soft elements to the ring routine.  The point is, it’s an ongoing process.

It seems that I rambled a bit there, so, back to the point.  I’m going through all this stuff trying to find the material that I can do and do well, and will be a fit with my personality and style.  It’s tough work, and a little frustrating to have to disregard 90% of a great book just because it’s not quite right for you.  It’s editing, my friends, and that’s important.  I’m hoping to blog more over the next while in hopes that doing that and going over material and practicing will keep me motivated and ready for the next thing.  There’s no stopping me now.