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Of Music and Magicians: pt 2.5 of 2

(seriously sorry for so many long posts right in a row… waaay too long for a single post, but I want to get this out there, and figured might as well just chuck it all out!) Welcome to part four of the two part series comparing a cappella to magicians. This one is short. featureimage: 

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Of Music and Magicians: pt 2 of 2

(remember, the point of this is to think about how, or if, this applies to a cappella groups) Question: What sets the great, super-successful magic acts apart from the less-successful ones? In pt 1.5 of 2 I discussed what I meant when I said there are only so many tricks.  The content of a magic show is not going to be that different from one act to another.  So what makes some great, and others less so? featureimage: 

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Of Music and Magicians: pt 1 of 2

Hypothesis: Within the entertainment industry, a cappella groups are more similar to MAGICIANS than to any other act (including bands). Read below for details, and get ready to discuss! Remember, this is just a hypotheses... even if it’s not totally right, is some of it right?  Use your critical, scientific mind. featureimage: 

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A Cappella Originals: the Joy (?) of Editing

Sitting with Wes Carroll in a small café in San Francisco, listening to an acoustic guitar-strumming singer/songwriter.  He leans over to me and asks, “Do all of us singer/songwriters sound this monotonous?” The answer: yes. (and by yes, I mean, the vast majority). The bigger question: do ALL songwriters, not just the acoustic artsy singer/songwriter types, sound that monotonous? The answer, you better believe it, is YES (the vast majority).

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Inside View: America's Got Talent

I auditioned for America’s Got Talent three times this year.  With three different groups.  Each group had it’s own path to the contest, and each had a different result. So now I’m going to give you the raw, unadulterated, inside scoop on the whole process! [REDACTED]