Making Speeches for the Harry Potter Festival - Part 4 of ?

My dueling demonstration has had its ups and downs, but it's coming together.


I have authentic muzzleloading pistols. But, I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to use them. Rebecca, who runs events in Sparta, is checking into it, but she hasn't gotten back to me and we're only a few days away now. I may end up getting cap guns or something.

The owner of Griffin's Rest in Muskegon, Kiel, is letting me borrow the staffs and swords for the demonstration, so that's great.

I met with Laura and we did a little walkthrough. I'm used to giving speeches by myself, not giving demonstrations. So it's a little different, but it will go well. (The other three speeches that I'm giving will just be me.)

I was going to get my temporary tattoos on Sunday from my friend Jay, but something came up so I still don't have those on yet. I have to get them in the next couple of days to let them darken for the event on Saturday.

Here's the basic idea of the muggle dueling presentation.

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Laura in crowd.

"Have you ever seen muggles fight?"

Story of seeing muggle fight

Story of starting research, connecting with a history buff that's a reenactor

Call up Laura - Professor Whitestone, who teaches Defense Against the Dark Arts

Griffin's Rest of Muskegon lent us muggle training instruments

Staff - trade blows in kneeling position, Jeff down

Sword - classic kid's style, Laura down

Gun - get the crowd involved. Back to back 10 paces, turn and fire. Split crowd, one half says pow and one half says boom. Jeff down. Laura comes to check.

Ongoing research is important. The next time you see muggles in an argument, ask them if you can watch them duel.

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I'm not sure if I'll have a headset or a handheld microphone. I'll make it work either way, although the headset would be convenient.

I like to have a good idea of where I'm going in a speech, but then create the full thing in the moment. Some people don't like doing presentations like that because you're constantly confronting the unknown, but that's why I like it.

I'll have to scope it out when I get there, but I'll try to set something up so that I can keep track of the time. If there's time I might do something like assigning homework. But, I think this one will be tight on time. It's only a 15 minute slot. The times for events aren't finalized for the event. I thought they would be by now, but alas, I am in limbo on that.

If there are hecklers of any kind I'll probably take points away from their house. (Everyone from Ravenclaw will only get warnings though.)

People assume that since I give speeches that I don't get nervous. I do, actually. That's part of why I like it. Now, I've become quite comfortable in many speaking situations, but this one is a bit different, so I think I'm probably going to be a little nervous. Confronting that anxiety is what allows you to expand your life, so I'm looking forward to it.

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