Standing Ovations and You…

My favorite part of the Southern Side Show Hootenanny was how different acts punctuated what they did.  It’s the showmanship aspect of it that I find interesting, and one of the things that makes all of the acts unique. That’s also something  (one of the many things) that separates the amateurs from the pros. One … Continue reading “Standing Ovations and You…”

My favorite part of the Southern Side Show Hootenanny was how different acts punctuated what they did.  It’s the showmanship aspect of it that I find interesting, and one of the things that makes all of the acts unique. That’s also something  (one of the many things) that separates the amateurs from the pros.

One great act was the Tinderbox Side Show.  They had three performers and they did a high energy act that ended with a knife triumphantly stabbed into a table.  The could have stopped there, and it would have been a great ending, however, Trashique, put one hell of a punctuation on it.  She paused, picked up the table and smashed it on the ground!  It made the audience jump to its feet and got them a standing ovation!


It’s the little things like smashing a table, or holding an applause pose for just a second longer that makes a huge difference.  People love it when you triumph, that’s why escapes are such a popular ending.  I’m a big fan of things like mic drops, balloons popping, confetti, etc. Go see a circus show whether a tent show or a more modern circus show and see how they end their shows.  Then apply what you’ve just seen to your show.

Last Night I Pulled a Kreskin…

Several years ago I went and saw Kreskin perform a the Pantages Theater in Tacoma, WA. He’s an amazing performer and I highly recommend checking out his show if you get a chance. At the end of the show he got a standing ovation from the audience! He deserved the standing ovation, and he worked … Continue reading “Last Night I Pulled a Kreskin…”

Several years ago I went and saw Kreskin perform a the Pantages Theater in Tacoma, WA. He’s an amazing performer and I highly recommend checking out his show if you get a chance. At the end of the show he got a standing ovation from the audience!

He deserved the standing ovation, and he worked for it. By worked for it, at the end of the show, he stood, arms outstretched and waited. People clapped, eventually some stood. Kreskin didn’t move. Eventually everyone was standing clapping!


That’s something very important I learned from watching Kreskin. You have to wait for them to stand up. They aren’t going to instantly leap to their feet like other performers bragging will make it sound like. Go see virtually any show that gets a standing ovation, it’s a slow burn. Some stand, then others, it’s a wave that takes a few moments. My advice is that if you feel a standing ovation coming, wait for it!