Making An Impression

How to Make Your Appearance.

The first impression which your audience forms of you is very important in your future success. You must, of course, be very careful of your magical properties. They must be kept in good condition so that they will be attractive and convey the impression that you have high standards in your work.

As to your personal appearance, I believe it is unnecessary for me to reiterate that you must be neat and careful about your clothes, your hands, your hair.

When you enter, walk in briskly. Do not shuffle along unless you are doing a comedy act and do it for effect. Walk directly to the center of the stage without looking at your audience. Do not bow and scrape and nod as you come in. Do not notice people until you are at the center of the stage. Then turn and face your audience and direct your attention to them. If you are to perform at a dinner or some other special occasion, do not get the attention of the guests until the time for your performance arrives. Only at this psychological moment must you make the audience notice you and keep their attention focused on you until you are through.

Always study your opening very carefully, for remember, you will sell yourself or harm yourself at the first moment of your performance.

Excercise Magnetism on Your Audience.

Keep your eyes! on your audience most of the time. Talk directly to them. Now and then for effect you may pick out one or more spectators and direct your attention to them. Talk convincingly to them and impress them, and you will find that this is a means of impressing everyone in that audience.

Talk distinctly and convincingly. Talk loud enough for every one to hear you and give enough force to your words to send them straight to the mark. Be careful of your language. Use judgment in what you say, and above all, speak correctly. Put expression into your voice and face -- avoid a monotone and a blank look. Put LIFE into your performance.

Create Interest in Your Spectators.

Your problem is to arouse and to hold the interest of your audience. Be snappy in your work and your audience will be interested in watching you. If you give a slow, long-drawn out program your spectators will fall asleep -- and that spells tragedy. You must not, of course, go to the opposite extreme and work so fast that your audience cannot follow you.

The next factor in creating and holding interest is attention to what the public demand is — what they want you to give them. The wise magician, just like the wise merchant, studies the trend of the times and the kind of things people are clamoring for. He then capitalizes on this. He presents to the people the things they want and are willing to pay for and presents them in attractive packages, that is, in a pleasing form.

Study your program from the standpoint of the particular occasion and the particular audience. Try in your effects and in your "Patter" to come within the experiences of your spectators. Do not do things and say things that are absolutely foreign to their own lives and that they will not understand. Enter into their own lives and their own knowledge a little and they will give you their understanding and appreciation. You will then have their interest and the success of your performance is assured.

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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