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Should the Live Audience Stay Connected Online?


At the Magic Castle, it is well-known you can’t have your cell phone, i-pad or other devices on during a show. You cannot take photos or videos. No texting. These rules are posted at the front door, and repeated in each showroom at the beginning of each show. It is increasingly hard to enforce.

Do people in your audience stay connected to the internet during live performances?

Do you try to stop it? Encourage it? What do you think?

What is changing in live performance?

The Pop Haydn show in the Palace of Mystery at the Magic Castle last Spring tried a different tack:

We may be moving into an era when people are always with divided attention. In vaudeville, the audience talked, ate food, walked around, sometimes threw stuff. Our audiences may be more like that in the future, and less like the passive movie and television watchers…

Sometimes, people are tweeting to their friends what a great show they are watching.

People will be secretly videoing shows with their cameras–this will be streaming online at the same time.

It is a new world.

Are we planning for it?

What was a Shakespearean audience like? Quiet and respectful, you think? Or rowdy hecklers?

I don’t think this is going to change. The distracted audience–half here/half connected to the online world–is here to stay.

It is the new reality. People will not go to events where they must disconnect from the hive. Live entertainment may need to incorporate and accept the presence of distracted audiences.

We need to learn to deal with it and to use it. I think we ought to develop strategies to take advantage of it.

“Say something nice about us on Twitter!” “You can buy that right now at…” “If you were to Google magnetized water…”

Perhaps live shows need to find a way to incorporate the digital world, rather than trying to fight its encroachment.

We may be applying the standards of the second half of the twentieth century to the situation we are in here in the 21st.

Do we learn to take advantage of the new “expanded” live, or do we try to force a new and different audience into an old bottle?

If we want to reach the younger audience, we will have to bend to do it–I think they will not go to live entertainment if they have to cut their umbilical cord to the online.

I noticed that only a couple of people in each audience actually utilized their devices, but when we told the audience to light up their I-phones if they wanted, the reaction was almost always clearly pleasant and relieved. They get tired of being lectured and told to do things–especially at the Castle where they get it in every showroom.

What is the alternative?

Here Disney is using the Second Screen concept to give everyone in the theater an app that allows them to interact online during the movie.

http://movies.disney.com/the-little-mermaid/second-screen-live

What ways might we be able to use the internet to enhance our live performances?

The show has to be designed to accommodate this. You can’t do the same kind of things as you did in a darkened house. This really has to be a “second screen”–one that enhances the experience of the live show and extends it into the after show.

I think the idea of a passive audience, quietly sitting in the dark with their full attention on the stage is going to be more and more rare. It will be a special thing like Jazz or Opera–for a more disciplined audience. The world of live performance is going to increasingly be an interactive happening shared online in real time. We need to think of ways to adjust and benefit from these changes.

Using the internet, it is possible to enhance and enlarge our characters and backstories, connect with the audience in new ways, and even sell them stuff. We can hook them into our content-oriented websites, as a way of getting them to spend time with us, to want to come back and see more, and to want to come back and join us in a live show.

Live show business will be immersed in the online world. We should be looking for ways to take advantage of it, not shut it down.

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Can’t Make It to the Show?


We will be pitching my wonderful Amazing Miracle Oil at Pop Haydn in the 21st Century! and will have bottles on hand for sale.

If you can’t make it to our show because of great distance or infirmity, don’t worry!

You can still purchase the Amazing Miracle Oil online HERE

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Pop Haydn’s Amazing Miracle Oil


Pop Haydn does his Amazing Miracle Oil pitch at the 3 Clubs, Hollywood for Diamond LIl’s Gold Rush Follies at Monday Night Tease, 2012.

Pop Haydn’s Radio-Medicine Show


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The Pop Haydn Radio-Medicine Show is now being distributed by Jagger Peyton Entertainment Group in association with Radio Submit (RadioSubmit.com).
 
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Seasonal Items


Howdy, Friends!

Football season is here.  Let Pop keep you warm during the game with one of his big stadium blankets, available in five beautiful designs.  They’re soft & snuggly (like Pop himself) and are a generous 50″X60″.

Get yours at Pop’s Dry Goods and be ready for the cold weather!

–Nancy Magill

Miracle Oil Pitch from the World Steam Expo


Here is my Miracle Oil Pitch from the World Steam Expo in Dearborn, MI in June, 2011:

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