7 Keys to a Successful Performance
In short, the performer needs to be close, visible to and heard by everyone for a successful performance – the tallest, brightest & loudest person in the room. There needs to be a quality introduction to grab people’s attention and no distractions during the show.
“David’s real magic is not the amazing illusions he creates on stage, but the looks of wonder and joy he brings to faces of all ages in the audience.”
Want a successful show?
Follow these essential tips & recommendations.
Since performing more than 1,000 shows, one thing for a successful show has become very clear to me: The closeness of the audience. Having the audience within 12 feet of the stage or performance area is essential. The closer they are, the more successful the show. Period. A guaranteed way to kill a performance is to insert a dance floor between the performer and the audience.
An ample quality sound system is crucial so the performer can be heard. David needs a wireless lapel (lavaliere) microphone. Though, a wireless handheld microphone on a stand can also work. It’s essential for an audience over 100 people. For an audience smaller than 100 – in a quiet environment – it is optional. For shows with more than 250 people in the audience, you will need to provide your own sound system and audio technician.
The audience must be able to see the performer. It’s extremely important. David needs a performance area at least 12 ft wide by 8ft deep. (He can flex with your needs but it may limit what he can do.) Stage risers are needed for mid-size to larger audiences. The general rule of thumb is for every 100 members in the audience, the stage needs to be raised 1 ft, up to a maximum of 4 feet. There also needs to be stairs going up to the stage. For example, an audience of 125 would need 1ft high staging; 275 would need 2 ft; and 80 people can usually do without it.
A performance of any kind requires proper lighting in order to be appreciated. The amount of lighting will depend on the size of your group.
For large audiences, video image projection is very nice, but not essential.
Like going to the movies or the theater, magic requires our full attention. People can’t truly enjoy a show while eating a meal or patronizing an open bar they divide attention. If a meal is served, tables should be cleared; dessert and coffee should be served in advance; and wait services should not be active during a performance. David will begin the show as soon these are done.
A good introduction can set the tone for the entire show. The one who gives it does something very important: quieting and getting audience’s attention. The introduction should be given by a person who is well-known to the group. Please meet with David in advance to plan how the show will begin. He has particular music to play to get the audience ready, and he needs a few minutes to prepare for his entrance.