Systems For Magicians: The Magic of Good Sound.
few weeks ago, I posted an article warning you away from some of the
pie-in-the-sky marketing programs for magicians and other entertainers.
I received many kind emails, thanking me for the article and also some
horror stories from others who have bought these things.
I even received some good questions on marketing. I have decided to
write a series of articles with marketing and general business ideas
for the magician and performer. The first will deal with P.A. systems.
of the most important pieces of equipment to provide a quality show
is a good sound system. Even with small groups of 30 students, I like
to use a sound system. I know several actors that do school shows, (Abe
Lincoln, Mark Twain, etc.) who do not like to use microphones even in
auditoriums because they have been trained to use their voice, and don't
think they need it.
I disagree. Not only is this hard on your voice, but you are missing
out on a great audience control tool. I have noticed, both with children
and adults, when I use a sound system, it changes the atmosphere of
the room. The amplification of my voice draws positive attention and
gives me authority over the audience. Whoever has the mic is in charge.
Watch Jerry Springer work his audience. The microphone in his hand means
that no matter what else goes on, he is in charge.
The microphone also gives you more vocal flexibility, you soften your
voice or raise it. You can be dynamic or conversational. Most important,
the audience must be able to hear you clearly. If they can't hear you,
their minds will wander, they'll talk to each other and the young folks
can get really wild. Don't skimp on sound.
You want a good sound system. One with enough power to fill an auditorium
or a gymnasium. Ideally, you want at least 600 watts. I currently use
an Anchor Explorer. Anchor has some very good portable P.A. systems
that work on A/C or built-in battery. Many other performers swear by
the Fender Passport 150 and 250. Brian Flora used to use a PigTail Amplifier
with a microphone and claims it would fill a gym. You can find these
on Ebay for about $70.00.
You also want a quality microphone. For magicians, hands-free and wireless
are a must. I use the clip-on Lavalier style mic and I get great sound.
Others like the Garth Brooks’ headset. The opinion of some is
that the headset style gives better sound because the mic is closer
to your mouth.
I recently saw a Countryman E6 microphone. It is virtually invisble,
but is a headset. You can find them at www.geartree.com and I am seriously
considering getting one next year.
To have a great show, you need a great sound system. Don't skimp in
If you have other ideas or questions on sound systems and microphones,
please email me.
Regling is a professional magician,
author and lecturer. He performs educational programs at over
250 elementary and junior high schools every year. Additionally,
he performs gospel magic programs at church camps, Vacation Bible
Schools and other church events. Dennis has authored over 12 books
for magicians. Dennis currently resides in Freeport, Ohio and
performs throughout the east and midwest. Contact