Sunday, October 7, 2007
bright and shiny vs. bright and shiny
your props should be big bright and colorful, like red, yellow, white, etc.
for instance your silk vanish should be one of these colors instead of lets say a black silk. and you should use the biggest silk and t.t. you can and if your doing the color change at the end you should use a much large silk then the silk vanish and it should be a brighter color for impact.
when you produce, a good judge is wether a bad video camera can pick it up from a distance.
now of course this is going to make it harder to manipulate and thats the point the audience realizes this.
NOW THE VERSUS IS IMPORTANT,
alot of guys going on the street for the first time think they are museum curators and keep all their props clean and unscratched....this is upsurd.
you are a street performer your tools should be durable AND SHOULD BE USED TO DEATH BY YOU.
when ever i see a guy with a set of cups that are clean undented and emaculate and he is afraid to hit them, i know he just came outdoors.
if your gonna be a street guy be a street guy!
don't get me wrong you don't wanna be a bum but you wanna have a perfect feel for your props....how do you treat your tooth brush?
by the time you wear out one of these props you should be well versed with it and its capabilities.
you should always have back up or replacement props for when you've distroyed them, through use or lost them.
look at a constuction guy's tools they look used, he takes care of them but they look used......this adds credability on the street to the audience.
you look like a worker.
but not clean and shiny, not on the street.
clean and shiny might indicate failed indoors and forced to go on the street.
so bang that wand on those cups and make a noise, a loud noise and don't be an uptight freak because thats not fun entertainment.
but try not to look like a bum or a rich guy because people don't like getting close to bums and crack heads would love the opportunity to rob a rich guy. there's a wierd balance there and i'll write about it later.