One thing I was working on over the weekend at the fair was freezing and holding for applause and for the effect to sink in longer. This can be hard to do, just standing still and waiting for the audience to do something.
I need to be better about this at the end of the effect and after telling a joke. Letting the effect or punchline marinade with the audience for a little bit. I’ve noticed the difference between the first day of this fair and the last day in the amount of applause and laughs I’m getting.
Doing this can be hard if you have a dead crowd, as you’re standing and waiting for very little audience response. One thing I’ve notice is that it builds throughout the show.
The last week I’ve been performing my version of cards across in my preshow. My version is different from most stage versions as it’s just me onstage, I don’t have people hold the cards. There are seven red cards and ten blue cards. The two piles switch place, so the seven red cards turn into … Continue reading “Getting More Applause…”
The last week I’ve been performing my version of cards across in my preshow. My version is different from most stage versions as it’s just me onstage, I don’t have people hold the cards. There are seven red cards and ten blue cards. The two piles switch place, so the seven red cards turn into ten blue cards and the ten blue cards turn into seven red cards.
The end of the trick always gets applause. The reason for that I think is that the audience gets to catch up with the trick. I have to count the two piles and that let’s the audience’s brains catch up. When the second pile of cards is being counted, the audience is up to speed as they know what to expect, and have fully processed the trick, and are ready to applaud!
This is the opposite of problem I’m having with the silk through coat hanger. The first time it goes through, it’s very fast and unexpected. It’s great to watch the audiences faces when I do it, they react, but are clearly momentarily stunned as they process what they’ve just seen. After the first penetration, I have to stand there and wait for what feels like an eternity onstage.
This maybe one of those tricks where initially it doesn’t get a reaction and I just have to deal with that.