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Postby Jeff Eline » 07/20/04 06:59 AM

In September I'll be the MC for a two day outdoor festival. For the most part it will be introductions and announcements.

However, I'm anticipating a few gaps (two, maybe three) where I'll need to fill. Any advice on gags or stunts for MC's that gets the audience involved.

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Postby Pete Biro » 07/20/04 09:09 AM

Get Jay Marshall's book, "How to MC and Put a Show Together."

Be confident. Be the host, NOT THE SHOW.

Keep it moving.

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Postby Pete Biro » 07/20/04 09:10 AM

Oh, seriously, work from your OWN REPERTOIRE... take the two or three BEST items you can do that work in the timeframe needed.

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Postby Jeff Eline » 07/20/04 01:35 PM

Pete,

Thanks for the response. And I agree about being the host and not the show - 100%.

However, the problem with doing mostly my own material is that I do mostly card stuff and I don't think the venue (outside) is conducive to do ambitious card (or I'm not that skilled!)

I'm looking for stunts or bits - for example getting four kids on stage, arranging four chairs in a square, each person takes a seat and then leans back on the next person. I then remove the chairs and the formation remains.

Again, thanks Pete, I will check out the book you recommended.
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Postby Ray Banks » 07/21/04 05:57 AM

Personal opinion only, of course, but if you do something with four chairs and four people I think you are taking too much time.

The real purpose of an emcee is to keep the show moving and provide some light entertainment between acts.

I prefer running gags such as clippo. Something you can do at each break with a little difference from the time before. Something quick and simple.

And don't do anything similar to what the performers do (assuming there is some other magic on the program).

As was stated above Be the Host not the show.

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Postby Joe M. Turner » 07/21/04 06:18 AM

I have had an increasing number of opportunities to MC shows lately, especially magic shows.

I recommend Seabrooke's "Beyond Compere" -- a very helpful little book.

I understand Colombini is working on a book of MC tips... with perhaps a chapter (or more) by Bloch... that will be a must have.

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Postby Bill McFadden » 07/21/04 07:49 AM

Jeff,

Sage advice from all. You may want to obtain Kevin James/Gaeton Bloom's Inexhaustible Sponge. This could be used as a running gag, especially since you'll be outdoors and "sweating." Denny usually has one or two in stock. Good luck!
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Postby Jeff Eline » 07/21/04 12:56 PM

Thanks guys. Luckily the other acts are all bands or solo musicians. I will check out the references given. I appreciate it.
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Postby Pete Biro » 07/23/04 10:08 AM

I had forgotten about Seabrooke's book... a must have.

Some almost self working tricks greata for MC

Chinese Sticks
Six card repeat
Any rope routine (keep it short)
Tossed out deck
Card fans flourishes etc. with talk
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Postby Guest » 07/23/04 12:24 PM

Try out Algonquin McDuff's M.C. Bit Book, Here
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