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It seems that most of us here at TMF do mostly close up effects and strolling performances going from table to table or, from group to group.
Can your close up material be done on stage if need be ? Or, do you need bigger "props" on stage, if you do mentalism with no props at all, what do you have to adapt for ? Or, do you have your close-up set and then another set for stage ? Logan,
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I have a combination of both. I do a close-up set for stage using a GoPro camera overhead attached to a projector, and project it onto a screen beside me on stage. If I don't have room for that setup, I also have some larger props for stage work (such as B'Wave and Monte) that use huge cards to create a "close-up trick" feel for the audience.
The only close-up on stage I do that I think plays to my local theater (seats 400) is spongeballs. It's an intimate trick that's visual enough for everyone to follow along with, and if you can find the right spectator you have 5 solid minutes of gold on stage. It's funny that you mention this because just this past week I was trying to consider why one of my favorite openers has never had that "punch" that I wanted it to with the crowd, even though it's a killer trick. I finally tried it this week with a jumbo deck and my wife could easily see what was happening from 20 feet away, whereas up until that point people up front saw the miracle, while the rest of the audience knew that "something" was happening at the end, but they couldn't get the clearest picture as to what. It was a minor tweak that probably seems obvious to everyone else, but it kept me thinking for a long time. __________________ Brian
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Logan Five, I always separated the two. But that’s because my primary magic income was from educational school shows with colorful props, a sound system, backdrop, etc. My close-up act was reserved for much smaller, private gatherings.
However, sometimes when I’ve lectured at magic conventions, I participated in the close-up shows. And I was always pleasantly surprised at how well my close-up act was received, even though it was either onstage for 300+ people, or on the floor in front of 100 attendees sitting in “bleacher-style” seats.
That said, I still think I would separate my close-up act from my stage act. On a personal note, I prefer doing close-up at a table for just a few people.
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Just saw the Mat Franco show in Las Vegas. I wouldn't recommend it for magicians since it's largely standard close up material that we all know very well. His presentations are solid and his ability to have fun with the audience is excellent too. But the magic is mundane for magi.
The reason I mention it is that the show pretty much consists of close up magic. There are screens when needed. But it's a close up show. The Xavier Mortimer show is awesome, BTW. Mike
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I went to see Jerry Sadowitz do a parlour type performance. He was doing entirely close up magic and was meant to have a camera and projector but he admitted that he had forgotten to bring it.
I was sat on the front row to his right. And he was performing for people somewhere in the middle of the audience which meant I could never actually see what was meant to be happening. So for me and my non magician friends we had to try to guess what the effect was. And I suspect this may have been true for people at the back as well.
Plus from my angle I could see quite a lot of stuff that I wasn't supposed to see (like under the cards for his dice matrix routine, and into his hands every time he was palming something), this was a real shame as I like to try to switch off my magic mind when watching a show - something I often fail it, but this time I had no chance!
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Here is Uri Geller doing a stage show performance with his " seed germination " effect, he apparently has a camera following him around, Uri has been debunked many, many times, but he still keeps going.