psychology of a standing ovation and little tricks on it

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fabricemagic
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psychology of a standing ovation and little tricks on it

Postby fabricemagic » May 13th, 2018, 2:57 pm

Hi ,
I always wondered if there are books about this subject,
Each performers has his own way and technique to get it start ( of course the first rule is "Be a great performer" but sometimes or whit some specific kind of audience maybe some little tricks will help to get a standing O.

May some persons will think that this mine topic is not important ,
but don't forget that for many Producers /Theatre directors /Cruise ships /Casinos etc.etc. get a standing O . Mean " good show " so may get a Standing will mean book a show again or not,
So as you can understand this is very important for an Artist's life,
are there books on this? Little tricks that you use or know?
Thanks
Fm

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Re: psychology of a standing ovation and little tricks on it

Postby performer » May 13th, 2018, 4:38 pm

I think this is a cultural thing. I have never seen once in my entire life even the top variety acts in the UK getting a standing ovation. And certainly not a magician. You have to be an opera singer to get one of those in the UK.

In North America however, you can get a standing ovation for sneezing. All sorts of daft people get them here. I even got one myself although it was just a bunch of excitable students watching my hypnotism show on orientation week. Mind you, I only saw one magician get one but that was a magicians convention where they have no idea what is good and what isn't. Oh and some daft L and L video somewhere which of course doesn't count.

My advice to fabricemagic is don't worry about it. You are never going to get one and hardly anyone else is either.

fabricemagic
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Joined: October 16th, 2013, 2:40 am
Favorite Magician: G.Jarrett

Re: psychology of a standing ovation and little tricks on it

Postby fabricemagic » May 14th, 2018, 10:27 am

Thanks for your replay,
Yes it's also a cultural thing but it could be "helped" a bit,
It's very very important the performance offered (if is not a quality performance .....maybe ....nothing to do .....maybe) ,

but also are very very importants some little big details to"help" the S.O. ,

Paul Daniels was having a special way
A very natural way to recall for a S.O. ,
Really nobody care about ?
Really there are no study about such important thing that help to sell a show a lot more ?(especially on Cruises / or Casinos , anyway venues where the shows are not payed directly as tickets sold but are included ..... )
thanks
FM

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Re: psychology of a standing ovation and little tricks on it

Postby performer » May 14th, 2018, 12:58 pm

I have seen Paul Daniels perform live many times and go over very well indeed. However, I have never ever seen him once get a standing ovation!

Perhaps he may have done at a magicians convention but of course that doesn't count as magicians always get excited over the wrong things. After 60 years of magic and seeing hundreds upon hundreds of magicians performing I have never seen a magician ever get a standing ovation outside a magician's convention and even there it is rarer than hen's teeth.

I shouldn't worry about it.

However, if you insist on ignoring me there is indeed a book which has two pages of advice on the matter. I am very lukewarm about this book but I am a hardened old cynic. Most magicians are head over heel in love with it. On pages 238 and 239 there is advice on the matter.

The author is Ken Weber and the title of the book is Maximum Entertainment.


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