One of the hardest things when performing for a group in a banquet hall without a stage is being seen. Here’s a picture from a corporate gig I did recently.
I sat down in a chair at the back to take this picture. Can you see the person up front talking? Look close, you can really only see them from about the shoulders up. What can we learn from this picture? If you magic is happening below shoulder level most of the audience cannot see it.
There are two ways to solve this visibility problem:
- Hold all of your props above your head: The problem with this is it makes doing sleight of hand really difficult and looks strange.
- Bring a your own stage: This is most obvious solution. However not always practical, especially when flying. So I travel with a folding stool. This fits in my suitcase and when I stand on it makes the show much more visible.
Next time you are at a show, even one with a stage, sit in the back and watch the act or speaker before you and see what you can see. You’ll be amazed at how little can be seen even with a stage!