"A Night To Shine"

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RickEverhart, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. Last night I had the honor and privilege to entertain guests at a huge event called "A Night To Shine" which is an amazing night of dancing, dinner and fun for teens-adults with disabilities.
    It had everything from limos to party buses, photo booth, to catered food to caricature artists and lastly myself performing strolling magic and balloons afterwards.

    It was such a rewarding and unforgettable experience. I just wanted to share with you guys. ORG_DSC01608.JPG ORG_DSC01662.JPG ORG_DSC01675.JPG ORG_DSC01679.jpg
     
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  2. Awesome, Rick!
     
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  3. If anyone has any questions feel free to post and I'll do my best to answer them.
     
  4. I love it Rick.
     
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  5. Sounds like the best 'gig' one could get! I can tell by your pictures that you had fun and the special kids had a ball watching you perform....thanks for sharing with us!
     
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  6. Awesome!
     
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  7. This is incredible! Great work Rick!
     
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  8. Great work bud ... that is huge!!
     
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  9. Awesome Rick!!! Did you come across anybody with Schizophrenia?
     
  10. Cool experience!
     
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  11. Fantastic work! I'm curious of how to do something like this.

    What did your set look like?

    What is the best way to prepare for an event such as the one you did (people with disabilities)?

    Are there any special considerations that you need to keep in mind? Did you know all of what disabilities you would be working with? If so, did this change anything?

    What would you recommend for someone considering this for doing this for a first time?
     
  12. WOW!! That is Amazing! That must be such an honor!
    Is this the same event hosted by Tim Tebow?
     
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  13. 010rusty, Yes, it is. :)
     
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  14. That is incredible!!!
     
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  15. Great work! Thanks for sharing!

    // L
     
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  16. What did your set look like?

    Take everything you know about "sets" and throw them out the window. I had sets in mind, but after the first 2 tables I abandoned ship on sets and went with my gut instinct of what effect would work or be most impressionable for this particular person. Some of these people could not pay attention for more than 10-15 seconds at a time before being distracted by all the other stimuli in the room. (DJ, food, friends coming up to them and interrupting) etc.

    It was challenging at times.


    What is the best way to prepare for an event such as the one you did (people with disabilities)?



    Honestly this was the first time I have ever performed for students and adults with disabilities, but I knew some of them would be very low functioning so I tried to go in with a mindset of visual effects that were easy to follow much like I would for young children. Think professors nightmare, disappearing silk with a TT, mis-made bill, rubber band effects and such. I did not do any card effects that required remembering a card or signing a card. It would have gone way over their heads.

    Are there any special considerations that you need to keep in mind? Did you know all of what disabilities you would be working with? If so, did this change anything?

    I did not know what the range of disabilities would be. Some were very low functioning and some were very high functioning. It was like jumping into the frying pan and seeing what happened. It definitely made me think on my feet.

    What would you recommend for someone considering this for doing this for a first time?


    Most importantly be ready to HAVE FUN and be humbled. It is an AMAZING evening and just gives you a feeling that you truly are making a difference in their lives even if it is just for those few minutes entertaining them. You can also take some effects to perform for the caregiver who attends with the person, however, the night is really for the people with disabilities.
     
  17. Mad respect. Looks like you did a great job.
     
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  18. Thanks Chris. I appreciate that. They immediately hired me back for next year before I even left the building so they must have liked what I did. :)
     
  19. That's the most sure fire indication.
     
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  20. That is some AMAZING ADVICE!!!! Thank you for it!!!
     

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