4 Types of Stage Lighting

Whether it is a professional or amateur production, lighting is an essential part of the set-up and based on creative inspiration and logical decisions. The stage lights are part of many different categories, such as those related to beam quality, shape, and size. Here are four of the most popular types of stage lights:

Flood lights

The quality, shape, and size of the beam emitted from flood lights are rigid with no option to make adjustments. It is a popular choice for illuminating skies or backgrounds, but not so desirable for highlighting the actors. Flood lights can operate as a single light or combined with three or four other lights to provide a color mix. Most come with a reflector to make it easier to provide an even wash across a large space.

Soft spots

Soft spots are easier to control with the ability to adjust the beam shape and size. The quality of the light emitted is soft and even edged, and has minimal light spillage outside the intended area. This type of light is more practical for the short throws, and is generally unsuitable for long throws.

Profile spots

The use of profile spots is suggested in the areas of stage lighting that needs precise control. Profile spots can be combined with shutters (hard edge) and iris diaphragm (round edge) to help create the desired shape and size. Also, purpose-made masks can be applied to help build the more unique shapes. Plus, the quality of the edge is adjustable by making changes to the lens setting.

Profile spots can vary from the standard beams to variable beams. A variable beam profile is helpful for those productions that intend to use a lot of edge qualities and beam angles. Also, the ability to make adjustments is more efficient and faster when using the variable spots.

Other options include the profile spots with a cool beam feature which has the ability to increase the output of light and lower power use.

Beam lights

Most of the stage lights are designed to emit a conical beam which means the light spreads wider the further it travels. But this light remains consistent with a beam that remains parallel no matter the distance it is thrown. Plus, this light emitted from this type of light is a lot brighter than a spotlight of comparable strength. Beam lights are great for throwing deep colors because the light creates a deep haze in the air.

5 Tips for If You Get Nervous When Doing Pro Magic Tricks

Pro Magic Tricks are very amazing to watch and perform for audiences. Every magician and performer can get nervous. This is a very uncomfortable thing. There are many solutions to it. This article will teach you the solutions.

Nervous means easily agitated or alarmed; tending to be anxious; highly strung.

“a sensitive, nervous person”

The opposite of nervous is relaxed:

defined as: To make or become less tense or anxious.

TIP #1 – Cover your Mistakes

“A good Magician is also judged by how well he can deal with mistakes”: – Robert Houdin, Dai Vernon, etc.

A good way to cover the mistake or problem of the spectator says the wrong card is to carry an invisible deck on you,

Also you can say I don’t have a 5 of hearts in here as you quickly Hofzinser/Marlo Prayer cull the card and do The Allan Ackerman sideways prayer cull to full bottom palm and then produce the card from your pocket or wallet!

TIP #2

Famous quotation from Bruce Lee: “No matter what you want to do, don’t be nervous (you should not let your muscles nor your mind be effected by nerves).

Just keep calm. No illusion and no imagination, but to apprehend the actual situation you are in and find a way to deal with it. No excessive action is needed. Just keep your body and mind relaxed to deal with the outside emergency.”

TIP #3 – Meditation

Famous Pro Magician Doug Henning used to meditate before every magic show.

Meditation is very relaxing for your mind and body!

TIP #4 – Practice and Rehearse more!

Work on just the script separately &

Work on just the actions separately

then put it all together and video tape rehearse the routine, then review the video to look for ways to improve!

TIP #5 – Showmanship

*Perform for the audience, Not at them!

*Don’t look down at your hands too much!

*Work the audience with eye contact and interact with them from the left to the right!

*SLOW DOWN! DON’T RUSH THE PERFORMANCE,

LET THE AUDIENCE ENJOY THE MAGIC MOMENTS!

USE OF PAUSES IN SPEECH & ACTIONS

MAKE EYE CONTACT & SMILE

Some good books to read on Magic showmanship:

Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber
Magic & Showmanship by Henning Nelms
Fitzkee Trilogy

Remember: Perform every chance that you get but practice, practice, practice First before you Perform! The more you perform the less nervous you will be.

The harder you work on your Magic the easier it gets to perform Pro Magic Tricks.