Originally posted by David Fletcher:
If you are bored, your audience is bored. If you are alive and amazed and convey this to the audience, they will be, too.
I saw the great Professor Irwin Corey enter a ballroom stage, come down to the apron and not say a word for eight minutes. The audience was rolling in the aisles. All he did was look at the audience, but he know how to look at them.
Suggestion - get someone to act as "director" for this routine.
Advice from a director is good, IF the director knows what he's doing...and that means he has knowledge of how to present magic. I've seen directors who didn't know squat about magic give bad advice to eager believers, sending them in the wrong direction.
I once saw a PhD in theater lecture to a magic group. In the first few minutes of his lecture he demonstrated that he didn't know anything about walking on a stage, grabbing the audience's interest and entertaining them. I was standing in the back with a good friend, a very famous magician. We looked at each other and said simultaneously, "This guy doesn't know [censored]." We turned as one and walked out.
Be very careful of who you take advice from.