First of all, I'm Daniel new to the forums. Been reading a lot and deceided to get my own account to
. I have been practicing magic for over 7 years now. Been doing it casually mostly (and for free). I preform basically everywhere I go (I always have my deck of bycicles/Tally Ho's ready). I'm 17 years old now and I need to find a job (quoting my parents here
). Instead of working a 5 euro per hour job in the local grocerry store I want to do something with my magic. I got multiple routines ready, have willingless to learn and ''tighten up'' my preformance.
I have been scavanging the forums, seems one of the best ways to get gigs is to call, e-mail, even drop by. All I have been doing untill now is handing out buisness cards to everybody I preform for (no succes yet). I want to start calling and E-mailing. But a video portefolio seems crucial. problem is: I have none. And I also have no idea how to create one/what it should include
Thus my question
How do I make a good video portefolio
- What should it include?
- How do I make it (who films it?)
- What should I film?
- How long should it be?
- Where should I film?
- How do I ask people neatly to give a short comment on what they saw or something similar?
Any other advice on creating a portefolio would be amazing.
Some more information about me
- Your regular assortiment of card tricks (impromptu)
- Sponge balls
- basics coin magic (small routines)
- A very light (Derren Brown-ish) mentalism routine. I like to keep it clean and real. And simply explain it is a trick. Often this gives great reactions.
- Getting the hang of XCM, not preforming it till I perfected it though (would have to do an aerial and drop all my cards ^_^.
I would say my greatest strenght lies in card magic. I know enough effect to ''wing it'' and got multiple routines at the ready.
I have taken a few ''preforming/acting/speaking'' classes to enhance my preformance.
I really make an entertainment show. Its not like ''hey wanna see a trick? amazing huh''
I dont like to brag whilst doing a trick.
I walk away from tough cookies. (credits to Ellusionist for teaching me this technique). I treat magic as a gift I give.
I hope this suffices, should there be anything else you need to know feel free to ask!
Thanks for the advice in advance! looking forward to it!
ps: It would also be awesome to have a kind of ''template'' of E-mails i can see. How do they look, how do you adress people etc. (naturally they differ per situation but at least there should be some similarities). Maybe a/a few examples of send (succesfull) E-mails.
- Daniel Langeveld
From The Netherlands