Advice on Castle Auditions

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Postby David Thomas » 09/14/08 12:59 AM

I wanted to ask you all what material I could perform from the complete works of derek Dingle or the classic magic of Larry Jennings that would impress both laypeople and magicians. I will be doing a card trick, a coin trick, and another close up classic. please I would really appreciate some advice on what to show from those books.

So far I have in mind rollover aces and either too many cards or technicolor all backs and some coin trick and another close up classic. Remember, to impress lay and magician audiences.

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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 09/14/08 09:05 AM

Aside from the book-source of the material is there a theme or idea you want to get across in your act? Will you be mentioning Derek Dingle?
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Postby David Thomas » 09/14/08 11:36 AM

Yeah probably I'll say "This is an effect of Derek Dingles'. He was a huge influence to me in close up magic as well as many others." Do you have any advice on what to perform from those books that would impress lay and magician audiences it would be much appreciated.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 09/14/08 04:10 PM

Good presentation is the most important element: the audience has to like you and be entertained by what you do. The tricks are secondary to that.
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Postby David Thomas » 09/14/08 05:02 PM

Exactly what tricks would be best???
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 09/14/08 05:03 PM

You have to figure out what tricks best suit your personality and the person you wish to be seen as when you perform. None of us know you: it's very difficult to suggest good tricks.
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Postby Brian Glicker » 09/18/08 02:22 PM

The most important thing that you can do is, whatever material you choose, do it competently. You will not fool the people at the auditions so don't even try. The audition committee tell you that they will not react, applaud or laugh - so don't go for applause or laughter. Just do whatever you do - but do it well. It must be smooth, practiced and staged (yes even close up must be staged)
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Postby Randy » 09/18/08 06:52 PM

As Brian noted above, don't be thrown off when you hit your applause cue and you hear nothing but silence. Don't take it personally, it is what it is....an audition. Also, don't start to freak if they cut you off half-way through you set. Once they have seen enough (either good or bad) they've seen enough. Enjoy the experience and the very best of luck to you.
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