"Shrink the room"

Question: Without a microphone, how close should you be to your audience?
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Answer: As a performer, you need to speak and project your voice loudly enough to be heard by the people furthest distance from you. In the back of the room or whatever. So, the more loudly you speak, the larger the audience you can effectively entertain without a PA system, and the greater the separation between you and the closest members of the audience. Room acustics have alot to do with this, too, of course, but the general rule is the same. With a PA system (very valuable to the ventriloquist) you can "spread" the room. Without, you need to "shrink" the room.

Speak to the entire audience, especially to those on the last row.

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