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Spook Shows!

Postby Mandrake » Oct 11th, '19, 12:56



Courtesy of Magic New Zealand:

Gary Meyer has produced a superb article full of info, photos and embedded videos - well worth a look. Go to:

https://eatdrinkfilms.com/2019/09/30/gh ... more-23836

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Postby Lady of Mystery » Oct 28th, '19, 17:45

A great read! I'd love to conjure a dead Vincent Van Gogh and an apparition on Marilyn Monroe, although I'm pretty sure that they've got better things to do with their undead time than roll up on my stage. :)

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Re: Spook Shows!

Postby Ringo » Jan 5th, '20, 13:27

Everybody loves a thrill! My bread and butter is fake seance and spirit theatre.

I honestly believe that audience reaction and emotional investment in these shows depends upon which country you are in. I have (on other forums) discussed the perils and thrills of performing supernatural entertainment in Northern Europe. I'll write a bit here.

This is the frozen land of vikings, pagan gods and hell is an eternal cold instead of the Christian version of a burning hell. This is reflected in the souls of the people here. They too are cold, reserved and stiff. It's hard to make a Scandinavian person show an outburst of emotion. As oppossed to people from, South America say, who are wam blooded, open and invest emotionally in experiences.

As an excellent example, I watch a TV program here where lottery winners are surprised at work etc by an official handing out their prizes. They don't know they have won until they are surprised. I have seen people win millions and barely crack a smile. There is something quite disturbing about seeing a dour looking person holding a cheque for a million amongst confetti cannons. They maybe can muster a mumbled, "That's nice".

So anybody planning a spook show should definitely think about audience reactions - what is the probable reaction and match that with your performance. A huge finale greeted with quiet, polite applause can feel like a failure. A more discreet finish met with the same applause can feel dignified and fitting.

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Re: Spook Shows!

Postby Mandrake » Jan 5th, '20, 17:32

Excellent advice indeed. If, as we are constantly told, the idea is to entertain then research, homework and tailoring to suit each audience is essential.

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