Make Your Show “Christmasy”

Make Your Show “Christmasy”

    I don’t think that’s a word, “Christmasy”, but it surely takes in the feeling for the Holiday season. As entertainers we need to make our show reflect the spirit of the holidays and help get our clients in a mood of celebration. How do we do that? It’s...

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Is A “Freebie” Right For You?

You had it happen… I’ve had it happen… and if you stay in performing long enough it WILL happen to you! The phone rings and it’s Mrs. XYZ calling to ask if you would be willing to donate your show for a fundraising event in their (not your.) city. The cause is right;...

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The Magic Words

The Magic Words

Magicians have magic words that they say in their performances to make things happen. Whether it be “Alakazam”, “Hocus Pocus”,or something as simple as “Presto”, it made things appear, disappear, or change places. We ventriloquists have just four magic words that we...

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NEVER STOP LEARNING…

NEVER STOP LEARNING…

The title of this column sounds like something we should all ready know, but you’d be surprised how many forget this. Age has nothing to do with you stopping your learning about our craft, neither does expertise. You can learn from any source and from anyone, if you...

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There’s Gold In Small Towns !

There’s Gold In Small Towns !

I'm sure you've heard the old prospectors saying "There's gold in them hills!", well, I'm here to tell you that there is gold in them small towns as well!  Playing big cities and towns is rewarding but not as much as playing the "small time".  Let me explain.. Small...

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“But They’re Stinking Up The Territory!”

I know that is a shocking headline to start this blog but it is true, especially if you have been performing or want to start performing in a given area. A bad act coming into your area CAN "stink up" the place with a terrible act, making it almost impossible for you...

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Are “Kidshows” Real Show Business?

Anyone who knows me and knows my work can answer this question in ONE word...YES! Kidshows are a legitimate part of show business. The clientele is different, granted, but the same good principles of show business apply, whether you are doing kidshows or corporate...

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Are Themed Shows Important?

Are Themed Shows Important?

I've been asked by many when I lecture "Are themed shows important?"...and my answer is always YES! In this age of specialization the "generic" show has almost lost it's place in school and library settings. Even corporate events want special material added into the...

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Special Trunks Needed For Traveling By Air

Special Trunks Needed For Traveling By Air

I often travel by air when going to do shows and I've learned (the hard way!) that you can't just fly using your regular trunks or suitcases and expect your act to arrive in one piece. You actually need to have special cases constructed so your ventriloquist partner...

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“NO” Doesn’t Mean “Forever”!

“NO” Doesn’t Mean “Forever”!

As entertainers I think many of us are a soft skinned bunch. I know I can be, although I've gotten much better over the last few years. But do you remember the first time you were rejected or told "no" when you went back after a repeat date? Herein lies the idea of...

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