The "Vault" contains past program themes with links to session recordings.
So, this month it's "Harvest Festivals" and "Halloween," haunted houses, seances, and pumpkin patches. Each represent opportunities for framing thematic shows, and certainly the magic vendor markets are well-stocked with the latest "must haves" to flesh out a good theme show. But while thematic shows compliment popular audience appeal, they also have their challenges. This month's discussion invites "seasoned seasonal performers" to address both the opportunities and the challenges of staging season theme performances.
Thanks to Jim Kleefeld, Randi Rain, Andrew DeRuiter, and Cinde and Dal Sanders, presenters!
All of us as magicians have wonderful moments as performers that, in retrospect, sometimes come to define who we are as magical entertainers. In the throes of lingering angst and grief in the context of the pandemic and so many other things that so easily divide us, this month we'll take a few moments to share those remarkable experiences as entertainers that have charmed our own lives as much as they have brought joy and gratitude to our audiences.
For magical entertainers who are committed to the principle of "24/7/365," preparing for impromptu opportunities to perform requires more than stuffing the pockets without some planning and forethought. September's meeting is devoted to discussing various approaches to organizing the "short show": order of climax, theme, context, audience, classical favorites, the "cute factor," etc. Please share your approaches and your tips and hints for organizing for your successful shows!
If performing virtually must, by its very nature, remain a "second cousin" to the ideal--live performing, we need to better understand all its aspects including the technical implications. The August meeting invites performers with Zoom platform experience to share their setups and to discuss the pros and cons of equipment and other challenges to the virtual magic show productions.