Lighting is pretty much a prop, but it is important enough that it deserves it's own section.

We all have to use it, and because of the material most of us use, transparen­t spheres, proper use of lighting can make a poor routine devastatin­g, or a great routine impossible to see.

Now don't get me wrong, I (Ferret) am not a lighting expert. I have however, noted over the years what I feel looks good.

If I have control over it I tend to favor low frontal lighting as in soft spot lights shining in my face from below, and head height, back lighting, behind me. Shining through the balls and down to the audience. As with the costume thing, if this lighting can be natural, as in fire, I feel it works much better.

I have had some bad experience­s with bad lighting on more than a few occasions.  There are still some tricks that are damn hard to pull off with a couple thousand watts of blue, red, and yellow spot light blasted in your face, and rotating.

Get a feel for how to use lighting, in as many ways as you can. Getting a feel for doing your whole routine blindfolde­d, sounds like a daunting task, but believe me it can save your ass when you are suddenly faced with something 3 times brighter than the sun, put on you by a light operator who doesn't know what the hell he's doing.

A quick note on the sun. You should not only get to see your stage as soon as you know where it is, but if it's outside, you should take note of where the sun is in relation to you and your audience, where it will be at the time of day, that you will be performing and plan accordingl­y.

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