“Nothing to Hide,” the Off Broadway magic show directed by Neil Patrick Harris, has recouped its $400,000 capitalization in eight weeks, according to producers.
That $400,000 price tag is barely a drop in the bucket for Broadway (much less Hollywood), but in Off Broadway theaters, where revenue is strictly limited by smaller seating capacities (and therefore reduced ticket inventories), recoupment tends to be viewed as something of an achievement. It took long-running Off Broadway musical “Altar Boyz” some three years to recoup, and the buzzmagnet revival of “Our Town” needed its entire 20-month run to make it into the black.
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Multimodal speech synthesis, or audio-visual speech synthesis, deals with automatic generation of voice and facial animation from arbitrary text with the facial animation being lip-synced to the generated audio. Applications span from research on human communication and perception, to tools for the hearing impaired, and to spoken and multimodal interfaces in human-computer interaction. A view of the face can improve intelligibility of both natural and synthetic speech significantly, especially under degraded acoustic conditions. Moreover, facial expressions can signal emotion, add emphasis to the speech and support the interaction in a dialogue situation.
Now, a quick little clip from magician Troy Cini. It is a well presented bit of fun that shows how you can make any effect, even a well known old classic, relevant. Be sure to visit his YouTube page to see some of his other videos (like linking flip flops!).
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