When working as a trade show magician, you need great magic and a great voice. I’ve got the magic, but last month I damaged my right vocal chord during a show, and the road to recovery has been a bumpy ride.
What Went Wrong
On May 4th, 2013 I was doing an outdoor show for about 75 people in Rancho Cucamonga. It was my 2nd show of the day, and it was hot and windy. When the microphone I was using failed, I decided to “power through” and project instead.
I was performing at the top of my lungs, and after 20 minutes, towards the end of the show, my voice gave out. I couldn’t speak. Not a whisper. I was in pain.
After the show I was virtually silent for days and had to cancel all of my performances for the next two weeks. When I did speak again, my voice was a fraction of the volume it used to be.
Back in the Saddle
Last Wednesday was my first trade show performance since my vocal misadventure. I was representing NACE – The National Association for Catering and Events at BizBash – a convention for event planning professionals. Like most trade show magicians, I used magic gathered a crowd and sell them on becoming NACE members.
Tradeshow magicians talk a lot during the day, and while my voice wasn’t quite as loud as it used to be, I still had my trusty mic and speaker to help out. My Countryman mic cost me $500, but it’s worth every penny. The sound quality is top notch and crystal clear, and it’s also practically invisible.
I shared the booth with some truly great people – Richard from Luxury DJ’s, Eliza from The Sky Room, and Julia Bogen, chapter president of the LA & OC NACE chapter and founder of Small Wonders Events. Check out their sites – they do fantastic work.
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