Don’t Speak Up…

Whenever possible I try to go out and support magic shows. Last night I went out and saw a friend’s show. The show also had a musician and burlesque dancer in addition to my buddy’s magic show. It was a fun show. My main critique of the show was that lack of the use of … Continue reading “Don’t Speak Up…”

Whenever possible I try to go out and support magic shows. Last night I went out and saw a friend’s show. The show also had a musician and burlesque dancer in addition to my buddy’s magic show. It was a fun show.

My main critique of the show was that lack of the use of a microphone. There was a handheld mic, but only the singer used it. Using a mic is an important thing to do, it makes the show so much easier to pay attention to. My hearing is reasonably good, but I’m always amazed at how much I have to strain to hear an unmic’d performer.


Using a mic in whatever form is pretty cheap right now, compared to 15 years ago. You can get a cheapo headset mic and wireless pack and be good to go for probably less than about a hundred bucks. Would it be the best mic…no. Would it be better than no mic…probably.

Do It Now…

If you notice a problem in your show and it’s an easy fix, fix it. I know this, yet I didn’t do it yesterday. During my preshow I knew my mic cord was going bad, it was making crackly noises. I also had a new cord in my case, so I really didn’t have a … Continue reading “Do It Now…”

If you notice a problem in your show and it’s an easy fix, fix it. I know this, yet I didn’t do it yesterday. During my preshow I knew my mic cord was going bad, it was making crackly noises. I also had a new cord in my case, so I really didn’t have a good reason to not replace it. Then about 5 mins into the show, the crackly noises were too frequent and I had to stop the show to change the cord.


Had I decided to change the cord before the show started the show, I wouldn’t have had to stop the show as I was beginning to build some momentum. The lesson is take the minute and fix things that you know you will have to fix and not put it off. Nothing good can come of putting it off…especially when you have time to address it before it’s a problem.


Replacing the cord has put me in a situation where I now only have one back up cord. So the question is, do I order more now, or later? I do have a back up, but will eventually need more…

Mic Technique…

Last night I went out and saw a mentalist perform, and one of the things that stood out to me was how much audio can affect a show. I guess what I mean is that audio problems can really affect the show in a negative way. When sound works correctly, you don’t notice it as … Continue reading “Mic Technique…”

Last night I went out and saw a mentalist perform, and one of the things that stood out to me was how much audio can affect a show. I guess what I mean is that audio problems can really affect the show in a negative way. When sound works correctly, you don’t notice it as an audience member, however when it fails it’s very obvious.


Let’s start with one of the things that I hate, and that’s starting a show by saying, “can you hear me?”. That’s the worst opening line ever. You should just start talking and the sound guy, or audience will let you know if that can’t hear you.


The next thing is to be aware of your mic. The mentalist last night wore lapel mic clipped to his shirt (not jacket) at right in the middle of his chest. It was much lower than most people would wear it on their jacket. During the show he kept reaching into his inner jacket pocket and rubbing his arm across it making a loud scratching noise. For people in the audience, this is not comfortable on the ears.


The moral of the story is if you are doing a real show, and charging real admission, then get a real mic and learn to use it. The audience will never notice this, and that’s a good thing!