After years of not really belonging to any specific magic organization other then the International Magicians Society, I’ve decided to become a member of IBM. I’ve kind of avoided the different fraternities of magicians because I really could care less about performing in front of other magicians. They are not the ones paying my bills or booking my act. I’ve decided to go with IBM because of the many things they have to offer! One of them is the $1,000,000 liability insurance coverage. This is worth having by itself not to mention the monthly publication of the Linking Ring Magazine. I look forward to being a member of this amazingly huge fraternity of other magicians and upholding the values and code of ethics as expected for its members.
Within the last year or so, I’ve learned the value of outsourcing for professional help. When I say “professional help,” I’m talking about the people who are incredibly good at what they do. I’m sure after Googling for tutorials on how to build a website or design my own business cards or even attempting to record my own voiceovers would result in mediocre results and meet my needs as a semi-professional entertainer; however, I am looking to broaden my horizons and break out as a professional comedy magic entertainer. All the time I would have put forth in learning to develop a website or making Low-Fi recordings of my show’s introduction would be wasted on just that; therefore, I would rob myself from the time needed to fine tune my show.
I feel fortunate to have used the services of some extremely talented people and the results have exceded my expectations tremendously. Some of my sources include:
- SpikeSperris.com – Website, Promotional Material Design (business cards, posters, etc.)
- Ron Geisecke- Voice Over (show intro) Work
- ZooPrinting.com – Printing of my business cards, banners, posters, and glossy photos, etc.
- Harried’s Music Supply- All of my PA System/ Sound needs
Its a weird thing.. several performers have asked me what kind of equipment I use for my sound for shows.
As previously mentioned, I want to help others through this blog… I figured I could share some of my personal sound set-up.
- Fender Passport PD-150 Plus
- Shure PGX4 UHF Receiver
- Shure PGX1 UHF Body Pack Transmitter
- Shure PG30 Headset Mic
- Virtual Soundman 7.5
- Sony MZ-N51CK MiniDisc Player/ Recorder
It’s a pretty basic set-up and has been reliable for me through many shows.
I hope this will help others with constructing a basic sound system for professional-quality sound in their shows!