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Jack Gittings

Jack Gittings

Brief Biography

A former Colonel in the Army in the Second World War, he had a lifelong interest in magic although always an amateur. A stalwart of The Magic Circle and a top children’s entertainer par excellence, in his later years he became a familiar face on television and in film as an ‘Extra’.

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JACK GITTINGS: IN MY OPINION

Humorous intro – Vanishing cig in hank Jake – performing for lay audience – entertainment – dressing up – presentation – Michael Bailey – Presto mnemonic – rapport – practice x 3 – rehearse x 3 – wear your stage wear – rehearse entire act – straight through – breeds confidence – bad audience – bad performer – not complacent – analyse material – style – at start – audience attention – in a Hall – in a Club – Heckler’s – cabaret is only one part of the evening – old age pensioners concerts – great – unwise to use ordinary playing cards – or get them to show it around – speak up – bus passes – private dinners – Masonic – rapport in all conditions – theatre – don’t leave the stage – assistants – plump jolly woman – chair to sit at an angle – in cabaret you can circulate – thank assistants profusely – acting – stagecraft as applied to magic act – 4th wall convention – Noel Coward quote – your entrance – as far upstage as possible so audience can see you – or an arc from the wings – working the stage – Claude Chandler – upstaging tips – taking applause – circus people and ballet dancers – take the same way- seems natural – bow right the half left –acknowledge the musicians – then centre – speech – be audible – articulate – pronunciation – Francis White – in a large hall speak slower – and to the back – pointing and timing – speed – emphasis- tone – the pause – the gestures – facial expression – Tommy Cooper – timing – the mystery of timing – amplification – mic control – work our beforehand – on and off – Compere – Roy Roth – terry clips – Dennis King – check mic and clip before the show – tie clip mic – wears belt an braces – Pat Page – patter is integral – learn it by heart – different scripts – Chinese Compass Edmund Hilary – Dr. Fuch’s – Penguin speaks English – South Pole – developing patter – gag books – Orben – George McAthy – Paul Daniels – Terry Seabrooke – prime it – try it – prune it – adjust it – establishing personality – who am I? – be honest – understanding your natural personality – make larger – tricks that suit your style – originality – basic tricks to work on – find new presentation – Michael Bailey C&R Rope – scissors tried to open – released – work tricks – backwards – routines – old corn – Billy McCombs coin in bottle – most important trick is the opener – establishes rapport – nest is the closer for applause – avoid having assistants on stage for final trick – in between have contrasting effects – quickies and longer – magical throwaways – produce props and stuff by magic – Alan Shaxon – flexibility – don’t over run – be prepared to shorten or vary your act – list all your tricks and time individually so you can vary for flexibility – bag trick – card trick – one chopstick Rising Cards – spaghetti fork gag – dove pan – bacon eggs sausages and chips – Devano thanks.

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