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Umbrella Technique


I was playing around with the vest and an umbrella. I tried to copy what Lee Alex and Tommy Ng did in their video demos.

I found out that their moves are only applicable assuming that all your audience is in front and you are situated deep on the stage.

It was also easy to do this with a camera in front. But in real world situations, this is not always possible.

So I figured out a way to make the umbrella as close to my body as possible. If I had to face the audience frontwards, it was quite difficult because at some points, my vest would hit the umbrella rod.

So, I discovered that standing sideways on my left with my head facing the audience, and holding the umbrella open towards the audience is the BEST way to accomplish the moves. I also twirl the umbrella while doing so.

In this manner, you are completely covered except on one side as compared to two sides in the video demo. I hold the umbrella in such a way that my left shoulder is almost touching the umbrella, so that even that side, the moves are unseen.

I also try to combine my moves by turning twice to show the audience, there is nothing at my back, just to surprise them with another color change with every turn.

It is much easier to use an umbrella with a straight wooden handle rather than the hook type of handle specially for twirling.

Another tip is to lean a bit backwards to ensure the m****ts join specially under your shoulders. Or perhaps, keeping your stomach in for every move would also work. I also happen to have a slightly buldging belly for that matter and putting my stomach in helps.

Ok, now back to my practise session.

Last edited by Lou Hilario, 1/11/2006, 17:58
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Re: Umbrella Technique


Excellent tips Lou!

Thank you very much for your input - that is what this forum should be all about!

I find the face on is fine for stage as you can hold the umbrella away from you as much as you need, but in cabaret style situations I can clearly see how the method you described above would work.

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Re: Umbrella Technique


I've done four shows using the umbrella and have discovered that a bigger umbrella is much better than a standard size.

Recently, I flashed under using a standard size umbrella. With the bigger one, you can perform the vest 3/4 on all sides.

The umbrella should be positioned with you facing sideways and it is only exposing your face and knees. It should be almost touching your shoulder. In this way, you are completely covered for the change.

It is also good to practice twirling the umbrella when the top is facing the audience so they don't suspect you are doing something else.
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yOU ARE RIGHT, LOU. THE BIGGER THE UMBRELLA THE BETTER. I TRIED USING THE 24" PARASOLS AND DO THE COLOR CHANGE, IT DOESN'T COVER VERY WELL.
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