I want your opinions. I really do. You can email them to me through the blog. Or my personal email if you have it. You can leave a comment here so everyone can read it (the best option). Whatever. I want to know what you think. You’re answers will inform my actions.
I work a lot of cruise ships which comes with it’s own unique problems and benifits. Lately I’ve been trying to capitalize on the unique aspects of cruising. One of the things that is unique is performing different shows for the same audience. Often I perform a full length evening show and then later in the week split the bill in a variety show or sometimes I’ll do a second completely different full length show. It took me a long time to realize that I could take advantage of this and make my shows episodic. Set up things in one show and pay them off in another. Some of it has worked and some of the ideas have been a complete failure. For example: The finale of my cruise ship show is the Balloon Pop! Mouthstick trick. I knew I’d be doing another show the next day so right as I popped the balloon I had the lighting guy do a blackout. When the lights came back up I was gone and the cruise director told the audience that I’d be having another show the next day. The next day I opened the show with a blackout, when the lights came back up I was on stage about the pop the balloon. I thought this was a great idea. People hated it.
If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of Andy over at the Jerx. A few months ago about he wrote about conducting focus groups for magic. I thought it was a great idea. I also couldn’t imagine a situation where you could realistically do that with juggling and then I realized that one of the worst things about cruising (being stuck with your audience for days or weeks after a show) might also be one the best things about cruising.
After you do a show you are in a unique position to talk to people about your show. To ask them questions. On a cruise you are in the unique position of having them all around and looking for activities. You could, in theory, have a talk back the day after your show. Where you invite people to come and have a “peek backstage” and to start a dialoge. You could give them a little backstory about the routines you do, talk about some interesting experiences you’ve had, and then ask them to share their thoughts and feelings about the show. It’d be a planned, relatively formal thing. The idea of it is super interesting to me. You could do that. Some guest entertainers do talks post show about their travels or their expert sudoku tips. So, you can do it. But, should you?
Why not? What are the reasons to not do this? What are the cons?
If you did do it, what questions would you ask? What would you want to know?
How would one structure it?
Could one juggler doing this benefit other jugglers? What questions/answers would interest the comedy juggling community at large?