Richard Kaufman wrote:I think we were at different conventions.
This comment is particularly annoying: "Eric Mead (doing juggling), Chad Long and David Ben all of them doing filler material."
I was somewhat surprised to see Eric Mead, who has plenty of great material, do a fairly average juggling routine (the highlight in it was his "Going for the Juggler" bit from the May-92 issue of Genii). But I assumed the airline had lost his props and that this was his emergency out, so I was fine with it.
Other than that, I don't agree with Carlos about the parlor show, but I understand why he might think so. I thought each individual act on its own was perfectly fine. But there was something odd with the line-up - the combination, the order or something - that made the show feel more like a magic club meeting rather than an actual show. One conversational act followed another, with no up-tempo piece to separate them. As a show, it didn't really take off until the last act. A problem with structure rather than the content.
Most of the technical problems Carlos mentioned boiled down to one thing - scheduling.
My first tech rehersal was scheduled in the 30 minute gap between two other events in that room. But the preceeding event went 12 minutes over time, then it took some time to clear the stage, and then it was necessary to set up for the next event. So my total tech rehersal time shrank to exactly zero seconds. So since the crew had absolutely no idea about what I was going to do in the show, they had to guess.
For the stage show, I managed to get 3-4 minutes tech rehearsal. 10-15 minutes would have been better. So the curtain opened at the wrong moment etc. But that's all right. Sh!t happens and you make it a part of the performance. Life goes on regardless.
The only thing that made me really annoyed and angry was when the crew threw my props out in the audience after my act. That made me decide not to perform Benson Burner at magic conventions again.