A few years ago I watched the juggler Wally Eastwood's DVD. It had two shows and a little biography piece with clips from his youth. It was really good, but the thing that struck me was how much overlap there was in the shows. Even in the clips from his youth he was using the same props and the same songs. It seemed like he came up with a 20 minute show when he was 18 and just stopped. This seemed sad to me, but actually, it was probably the key to his success. Instead of always trying to come up with something new each year, he took what he already had and improved it a little bit each year, and eventually those little incremental improvements added up to a world class show that he could take to Vegas and tour the world with. Despite the effectiveness of this method, only having 20 minutes still feels crazy. However, we have about an hour and half of stuff, so think I am ok if we take a little bit of time to focus on making tiny improvements to make routines 1% better. Below is a list of all our routines and ways to improve them. In my mind, this will be a living document that I will update with ideas to improve routines, and occasionally add a "check" beside something. This probably won't be very interesting for anyone else, and it is mostly just for me (in that way, it is just like most of K Anything). However, if you leave any ideas in the comments, I will try and add them to the list.
new ending (in process)
Cha Cha Slide
figure out how to make audience participation work
Five Balls with Ladder
Lofty trick (in process)
Cross bounce ()
Could we make this shorter?
Could we go to 11?
could we make the ball replacements more magicish
Bye Bye Bye
try and get more synchronized
4 behind the backs (in process)
8 clubs (in process)
Solo part planned or something
Add Darren's carrot trick
New and improved costumes
More tricks that we do together
Could we have a better end? (this would probably just be for Themes, where Darren needs to win)
Just get better for now (in process)
Yell Forever each time
work in the magic high five?
Dropping the Ball
Microphone for volunteer
Figure out how to do it with less mess
under the leg trick with 4 or 5
4 ball back shower (in process)
Hats vs Frisbees
Improve walk around trick
I think we could do way more with balancing, but it probably would move it to the category of new routine instead of improvement.
poiggling (in process)
throwing and catching
The K in the DKers