Magic Choral Trick #45 The Weight Shift Thing Before During and After

In Magic Choral Trick #11, I wrote about the Subtle Weight Shift that the whole group can do before the song begins. This telegraphs excitement and interest to the audience.

This is a terrific effect as long as there’s still some movement after the singing begins. It will be quite shocking for the audience if all this eager anticipation dissolves when the first note is sung.

The impression that the Subtle Weight Shift gives – no matter when it’s done – is that the singers are vitally interested and involved in the performance. So ideally, there should be at least slight physical involvement from the moment the curtain opens until it closes again.

Even ‘freezes’ (during pauses, or after the last big chord) can be part of the choir’s whole physical repertoire and can be very powerful.

Because today’s audience does much of its listening with its eyes, the time of the choir that stands absolutely still – with eyes glued to the music, while appearing to take itself very seriously – may be done.

As audience members in this fast paced, time starved world we want to see that the choir members think that listening to them will be something worth doing.


About janetkidd

I've been waving my arms in front of choirs now for more than 35 years - and these are descriptions of all the very best things I've learned. I direct a Women's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Men's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Med School choir, and for a few weeks each year - Big Choir (about 100 voices) - which performs at an annual fundraising concert. Hope at least some of these Choral Magic Tricks will be useful to you - and thanks for reading. Janet

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