In Seattle we recently got our first NHL team, which is exciting. I finally made it out to a hockey game at our team’s first season. At the game for the preshow and the filler during the intermissions, they used the ice as a projector screen
This got me thinking about how to use space like that in a magic show. The rough thing is that in most venues that I would perform in the entire audience wouldn’t be able to see the floor.
They did a bit where they played bingo with specific sections, it was produced well, they lit the four sections that were playing and the bingo cards were projected on the floor.
It was a great use of the ice as a screen and the way they lit the audience made it play well.
I wonder if for a magic trick you could have essentially a bingo card that was projected onto the stage and people stand on numbers. You then have some process to eliminate people and end up predicting the final person standing. -Louie
For the last few years I’ve been thinking about how to make my show play bigger. It’s a good thing to have in the back of your head when you’re working on your show. A good example was last week I saw my friend Matt Baker perform at a gig for about 80 people. Normally that’s not a huge show…however the gig was in a 15,000 seat venue!
It’s easy for a solo act to get lost on a stage like that. Matt did a great job at that show, and managed to make it work in the venue.
It comes down to how can you make what you do play bigger. This particular stage wasn’t any bigger than many stages I’ve performed on, but visually it made the performer look small. There were a couple reasons for that, the big one was that they wouldn’t turn off the venue’s lights and use the lights on the stage for the show. That meant he had the 5,000 empty chairs behind him which broadens what people are looking at, making him look tiny.
Honestly, I think most illusions shows would have looked small on that stage with the conditions he was working in. With that in mind, something like a normal card trick would be virtually invisible on the state. Little things like trying to make your card tricks work with a jumbo deck won’t hurt for smaller venues, but will really help when you find yourself in situations like this! -Louie
One of the things that really dislike about a lot of mentalism that is performed is size. The props and predictions are small, and I can’t see or read them from the fourth row of the theater. Sure there’s always video projection, but it’s not always used, or can be used due to the method. … Continue reading “Play Big or Go Home…”
One of the things that really dislike about a lot of mentalism that is performed is size. The props and predictions are small, and I can’t see or read them from the fourth row of the theater. Sure there’s always video projection, but it’s not always used, or can be used due to the method.
Here’s an example, someone locally in Seattle does the Kurotsuke effect, where you have five marbles, four are one color and the fifth is another. Then five people reach into a bag and grab a marble, and you tell who has the odd colored one. The problem of the trick is there is no visual payoff for the audience as we can’t really see the marbles. Sure, it’s how you play it, but the center of the trick is the prop, and we can’t see the prop.
Personally I’ve been working hard to make my props play a lot bigger, so the whole audience is doing the trick, not you doing the trick for one person. An example of the difference would be a prediction written on the back of a business card, versus a prediction written on a sheet of paper that’s three by four feet.