Technical and Other Considerations For A Successful Performance
Comedy hypnosis is both a visual and an interactive show. Your audience needs to be able to both hear and see the show clearly to fully enjoy it. Here are some simple suggestions to help you get the most out of your investment. Audience members will be sitting in chairs with rows of chairs and people in front of each other. In order to have all audience members be able to see the shenanigans on stage, the stage should be raised high enough for all to see clearly. We recommend that the stage be raised up from the ground by at least 5 feet – this will give all audience members the opportunity to see, hear and enjoy the show. (see suggested page plot graphic to the right) Chairs for the volunteers should be armless, and placed next to each other without any spacing in between. The chairs should be at least 3 feet away from the back wall (if applicable) for safety reasons, so that the volunteers do not hit their heads on the back wall while under. A small prop table should be placed on one side of the stage, 2 bottles of cold, filtered water should also be provided. There has to be an electrical outlet on the stage, or at least within 5 feet of it. The stage should be will lighted and there should not be any blinking, flashing or spotlights on the stage.
PLEASE NOTE: Speakers built into the ceiling of convention centers and meeting rooms are NOT acceptable. Microphones attached to podiums are not acceptable. Please provide a wireless, hand-held microphone if requested; corded mic’s are not advisable due to safety issues on stage. For local shows, SZELES brings his own PA system and wireless microphone.
If there will be a DJ in attendance for the entire event, give SZELES your DJ’s contact info so that he can contact the DJ prior to the event, to ensure that there will not be any sound conflicts with his system and ours.
– Visibility will be a problem if the stage is not raised high enough off the ground, or large enough for everyone to see clearly.
– Small Stages do not need stairs if they are 18 inches or less off the ground. People can safely get onto and off the platform if the stage is less than 18″ high.
– If the platform is less than 10 feet deep and 16 feet wide, the stage must not be higher than 18 inches off the ground for safety and because the area around the stage will also be part of the space used to do the show.
– Stairs are mandatory for volunteers to ascend and descend safely. Center-front is optimum position.
– A stage should also be 4 – 5 feet off the ground, or the audience will not be able to see clearly.
– The stage must be a minimum of 10 feet deep and 16 feet wide if raised over two feet off the ground.
We want your experience with SZELES to be a fun one! If you have any questions about the stage set up or safety requirements, please reach out to us. Our goal is to provide you with an unparalleled comedy experience, and we are happy to do anything that we can to help you reach this goal.
The safety of our volunteers is paramount and we don’t take this lightly! The stage area should be free from any debris, water, loose balloons, or any objects which could cause someone to trip and fall. Any wiring or cabling on the stage should be carefully taped to the stage floor to prevent tripping; we prefer that you use a brightly colored duct tape for visibility. If we are sharing the stage set up with a DJ, please make sure that the DJ is positioned as far back on the stage as possible, in order to safely allow the volunteers to move freely without accidentally falling off the edge of your stage.