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 Post subject: How can I get on stage?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:18 am 
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hello,
I would like to know how I will eventually be able to preform on stage?
Do you have to get an agent that will set you up with gigs, or do you set yourself up? Also, where can I get on stage, and how? I would eventually (not now)like to preform at themeparks, or something not HUGE but not small either. Can someone tell me how they worked up to the stage?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 5:11 pm 
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Well I started with a big annual talent show at my high school. I obviously had to sign up, but after that the school invited me to do 1 or two more shows. Now I work with the high school to have frequent shows.
I have also done a local show outside for a corprate event, so far i have become quite sucsessful booking my own shows. In order to start you also have to have good material and get long hard hours of practice under your belt and youll be ready.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 6:04 pm 
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How can I get on stage?


I usually use the ramp or step-ladder which is next to the stage. If you're lucky, it might even have doors.

Brucelee


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:38 am 
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Thanks. What material do you use? What kind of tricks do you have that I could look into purchasing?
Thanks =)


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:16 am 
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First, forget about performing right now. You first have to develop a routine, as well as a character.

First, what you want to do is ask yourself, "Who am I?" This is quite important, so you can determine what type of performer you are, as well as develop a character. You need to know this before you can even begin thinking about performing on stage.

Next, you need to create a wonderful routine. You do this by examining what type of performer you are, what type of magic interests you, your character, and what you actually want to achieve.

You need to find magic effects that fit your style, and that you can build a great presentation to. Don't try to just slop something together, because it won't work. Now, it's really important to decide if you want to be more of a comedian magician, a sleight of hand/manipulation magician, a large illusion magician, etc. Once you decide, it's easier to find effects. But that's something you must do yourself. I suggest watching videos of other stage magicians, and pick and choose what you like.

Once you have gotten that part done, you can move on to getting booked. There are various ways of doing this as well. One, you can rent a theater yourself, and produce your own show. It takes a considerable amount of money off hand, but you gain in back in the long run; that is if you promote the show correctly, and do a good job.

Another way is to find an agent who deals with booking stage shows. Some people don't care for getting agents or managers. Personally, I will deal with an agent, if it's a must (for instance, getting into some comedy clubs). Otherwise, I would rather do it all on my own. It's a choice you have to make.

The last way I will mention is to start calling places that do stage shows. These can include churches, dinner theaters, schools, colleges, hotels, and casinos. That's not a complete list, but just a starter. But be aware that you really have to sell yourself. And you will be getting a lot of rejections. That's just how it goes. It's going to take you a lot of hard work, and a lot of time.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:49 pm 
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By the way...I would stay away from agents...I have had bad experiences with 3 already...be causious of them!

Stage magic is fun...I just kind of fell into it myself...After performing for birthday parties and advertising for a few years, I suddenly started getting calls to perform at festivals and large events and such...now I am doing theatres, elementary schools, festivals, coporate shows, and convention work on stage.

we can't tell you what kind of material to use...you must decide that yourself by examing your stage persona and discovering which tricks and effects would best fall into your performance style.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 3:39 am 
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My first stage show was a promo show at a used car lot. I wasn't paid by the lot, it was a mutual "promo" event. They provided space, a sound system, and refreshment I provided a stage and a show. It worked out really well, lots of birthday bookings came from that.


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