Thursday, November 29, 2007
THE SET SHOW
IF YOU’RE A BEGINNER THE FIRST THING YOU'LL NEED IS A “SET SHOW”!
You need to create a set show and I’ll explain why and what it is, in a minute.
If you’re gonna go out there for the first time there are 3 huge mistakes you wanna avoid.
#1 don’t ask people if they want to see a trick! - just tell them to watch and begin your trick…DON’T ASK!
#2 don’t plan to do a new trick, no matter how good it is! -only begin with tricks that are tried and true, the one you can do in your sleep and have been doing for ever. And do it the old way. NO NEW ADDITIONS TO IT!
#3 only do “improv” after you have a SET SHOW! that’s the real secret to “improv“!
A SET SHOW, is a show that is scripted, memorized, has a beginning, middle, and an end.
It is the same show every time except for the occasional “improv” that seasons it.
I once saw a film of a show done by Gazzo 20 years ago and it was the same show pretty much that he does today.
I’ve talked to old timers who saw Cellini’s show 20 years ago and they described the same show I saw recently.
The list goes on, even and especially to T.V. and stage shows….you think David Blain or Chris Angel aren’t doin a set show?
think again! They are!
For most of my life I did improv magic. I’d look at the people and judge what I thought they should see then I’d reach into my bag pull out the props and do that trick when I was done I’d look at em again and decide which trick was next and on and on…..
I got away with it for a lot of years and made plenty of money, but that’s not gonna work here if you want to make a living or a career or get any better…..
If you want people to watch and pitch like some of those statue guys who don’t do any thing this might work for you but if you want to be any good at this you need a set show. Even the good statues have a set show they do in between standing still.
The way to create this set show is put it together and practice it out on the pitch over and over wether or not somebody stops and watches….you’re like an infomercial.
ONCE YOU HAVE THIS “SET SHOW” YOU HAVE A PERSONAL BELONGING, THAT TAKES CARE OF YOU AND YOU CAN TAKE IT ANYWHERE AND SURVIVE…IT’S YOUR SHOW.
After you have made this set show you will start to see how much it is capable of paying and you’ll we begin making adjustments for it to pay more.
IF YOU LEARN NOTHING FROM ME OR ANY STREET PERFORMER PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS THE MOST IMOPRTANT FOR BEING A PROFFESSIONAL BUSKER!