January Was All About Cards and Spamalot
How's that for an interesting combination?
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 24/01/2017 @ 8:00AM
Well, here we are, nearly at the end of the month. Seems to have whipped by a bit. As I said last week, I've been concentrating on magic and to that end have now done some short videos on how certain tricks work ...
Cards and Spamalot? It's been an interesting month.
They may seem easy once you know how, but many customers have seen the end result by me and others, but not the workings of the gag. Yes, each trick comes with instructions, but there is nothing worse than trying to wade through written instructions, is there?
There is a way to force a card onto someone with no slight of hand whatsoever, and that is with the Svengali Deck which is a clever pack of cards, and one that is always carried around by many magicians.
I've filmed an instruction of the setup of the cards to help. So when someone buys a pack then they get this short video. They really like it.
Once they have set them up, that's it, the pack is ready to use and after a little bit of practice you can wow anyone. So here it is. If you want any of the cards, or to even come on a workshop, then let me know:
The other bit of magic I've been doing is helping to bring Spamalot to the stage at Stantonbury Theatre. It runs from the 28th Feb to the 4th March this year. This is a pretty large show, and it's a real collaboration between me as the director, the choreographer and the musical director, not forgetting the production team, the actors and the dance troupe.
"The set is being built, the props and costumes are being brought in and we are getting there."
Like all shows, we are rehearsing in a much smaller area than we will have on stage, which makes it slightly tricky as there are some very big numbers in it. I'm really enjoying seeing The Knights of the Round Table routine rehearsed at present, which includes tap dancing and all sorts of moves.
I think I'm right in saying that none of our lead actors, many of whom are not used to dance routines, are bothering much with going to work out at the gym. I'm just about knackered at the end of rehearsals and I'm only watching them.
I might put a video out next week showing you part of the rehearsals as we video dance routines for actors and dancers to relook at as there's an enormous amount for them to learn and it's kind of interesting.
So whether you wish to do some card tricks, or come and see Spamalot at Stantonbury, let me help bring some magic into your lives. I think that's the worst line I've ever written, but hey ho, that's marketing for you.
Until next time ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.