From Cowboys to Astronauts

Vaudeville, the time when people packed theaters to see strange, mystifying, hilarious, and creative shows. It was the era where a

performer captivated the audience with clever dialog and allowed the audience to use their imagination to transport themselves to parts of the world never seen.  These early acts had its misrepresenting, but creative for its time.  Just as many of us grew up watching westerns on TV, we have Hollywood’s version of what the west was like.

The era of the Astronaut has changed the world. Kids play futuristic games on Xbox and watch videos on cell phones when texting is more popular then talking.  With a touch of a button they can see places in full streaming video and obtain an accurate presentation of what is going on. The audience that does treat themselves to see an entertainers perform are treated with IPod music, visual lighting effect with enough candle power exceed the usage of one small city in far off third world village.  The ability of the performer is no longer to paint a picture with words, but to deliver an experience that people can see, touch and smell. And when we think we have seen it all, 3D videos will give them less reason to see it in person.

Yet, the shows are higher tech each year; audiences have to do less each show, but for me the entertainer… I long for the era of the inquisitive audience and show, but clamor for the convenient life style of the Astronaut.

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