As many of you already heard on Facebook, I recently learned that my evening show on Friday, December 21 is not for another holiday party, but for a Mayan "End of the World" event. The client has asked me to incorporate this theme into my performance. What fun! The ideas are spinning in my head and if you'll beg my pardon, I'll think out loud a bit here. (This is all preliminary, brainstorm stuff that's subject to change.)
My friend Fred Betzner gave me a couple of great ideas for opening the show, talking about how this is my final show. I'll point out the new suit that I'm wearing and bought that day and laugh at how I used a credit card. I came up with an idea of how the host said that he would pay me tomorrow as well as one where I turn over my tie and show a shoplifting tag - "I thought, what the heck, I'll live a little - what are they going to do to me?" (yes, I already own a gag shoplifting tag that attaches with magnets).
The following 15 minutes is my standard stand-up show. For the closer, I've been brainstorming about using some quote about the chaos at the end of all times or something along the lines that improbable things will be occurring at the end. My plan for now is to merge three mentalism routines with three successive (hopefully building) revelations. (These are routines that I have performed in the past.)
The short finale will be a "spelling bee" style effect where three letters are freely chosen and they are revealed to spell the word "end." (I haven't decided on a method yet,) I'll close with: "That's the end of my show and that's the end of the world as we know it. Thank you for being the greatest audience that I have ever performed for, and this time, I mean it. Good night."