Facebook LIVE #1

Facebook LIVE #1

yesterday I did something I never thought I'd do. Then again, none of us ever thought we'd be doing what we are doing now.

My local newspaper asked me to do a live show from my studio. Now, I've had the technology for a while but I never wanted to broadcast a performance from my living room - so to speak.

More than 50% of what I perform RELIES on audience interaction. I can work without applause (sadly a lot of us have) but without the direct feedback, let alone participation, from an audience, there really isn't a show.

But I said yes.

And then it settled in. What was I going to do? Luckily, I have a number of pieces that are non-verbal (ie, done to music). I found out later there was a hitch in that idea.

I could also teach a couple of tricks but they would have to be easy and with stuff from around the house because my audience was self-isolated.

And because I'm a chld of the TV magic boom of the 80's, I have a catalogue of 'through the screen' tricks that the viewers can perform at home! I'm all set.

There were a couple of technical glitches in the preshow - the title card was reversed. Note to self - don't use selfie mode. Plus, because I couldn't use selfie mode as a monitor, I had to use my ipad and the feed to it was about 30 seconds behind!

The biggest glitch, however was something I didn't anticipate. When you go out live, it's as you present it. But, when you're done, Facebook archives it on your page and it become a 'real' video. In less than five minutes I got a message that parts of the video were muted because of copyright. In live performance it's not an issue but when you record it - save it to video - it's a copy, the algorhythm caught it - in less than 5 minutes!

So if you go and watch it on FB, all of my music is off. However, if you download it you get the music back - go figure!

I took the liberty of doing that for you.



About Peter

Magician Peter Mennie is a veteran Corporate and Special Event entertainment professional presenting a Clean Comedy Magic Show for After Dinner, Gala, Awards Banquet, Corporate and Family Audiences across Canada.
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