As producer and emcee of Derby City Magic, I’ve had the pleasure of introducing hundreds of magicians to the stage over the last six years. At first, I didn’t put much thought into it, but I soon realized that a poor introduction could make or break a performance.
You see it’s my job to make sure the audience is attentive and ready to enjoy a great show. If there are disruptions, I’ll stay on stage until things settle down and only then, bring up the performer. Likewise, it’s my job to “take the bullets” for the performers. By this, I mean breaking in the audience and getting the atmosphere ready for the upcoming acts.
When I’m introducing the acts, I’m “pre-selling” the act to the crowd. I cover their performance credits and their hometown. I might explain how we met and why I think they deserve to be on stage that night. I let the anticipation build until the time is just right for me to bring the act to stage with a loud applause. Then it’s up to the act live up to the introduction.
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