Published: 19 Aug 2012 by Lenny | Comments: 8
I touched on this on previous blogs but I want to talk about scripting because I always hear magicians using the same patter or jokes repeatedly in all their performances. It’s fine to keep to a set script especially if you are just starting out in magic. But if you want to take it to the next level, you need to be creative and really try to bring something unique to your audience.
Here are EOM’s top 4 tips for scripting and performance:
1. The script should suit your character and the situation
2. Type out your script so when you go back and review it after every performance, you can easily edit it
3. Like a dancer choreographing their performance on the stage, you should choreograph your speech. If you can plan out your physical action ahead of time, and practice it similarly each time, you can eliminate nervous, unfocused movement.
4. Video record your performances.
This one is hard because you will need a camera and might need a friend to record for you. But if you have both of these, we HIGHLY suggest you do this!
After one week, that’s right ONE WEEK, review and evaluate your recorded performance. If you watch it too early, you are at risk of being highly critical of yourself and too long you will find it hard to recall your performance.
The first time you review your performance watch it without sound. Notice how you move and what your body is doing. Are your movements nervous, and unfocused? Do you use gestures and body language to enhance your lines? Are you using strong and committed gestures that are comfortable for you? Some people like to place their elbows onto their ribs like they’re sewn there. Free yourself up and extend those arms. Don’t hold back.
Next watch it without picture and only sound. Listen to yourself and notice what you sound like. This your opportunity to review your script. Are there moments where your speech is not clear? Is what you’re saying engaging?
Then watch the whole performance as a whole. This is hands down the best way to review your performance. See if your body language enhances the meaning of your words. This is what Vinh, Jeff and myself do when we review our performances. We sit down and say a few good and bad points of the performances so we know what to improve in and also what to continue to excel in.
There you have it....EOM’s secret to performing like a pro! Remember to push yourself...that’s how you’re going to improve each and everytime.
Let me know below if you found this helpful in the comments. How do you currently practice? WHAT DO YOU DO TO IMPROVE ON YOUR PERFORMANCE?
Until next time...
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