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Thom Bliss
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Somebody broke into my car late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. The contents of the glove box -- car registration and insurance information, business cards, playing cards, napkins, a few bags of cheese crackers -- was strewn all over the front seat.

As I was putting it back, I noticed that my folding roll-on nightclub table, which had been resting flat on the back seat, was now at an odd angle. One corner was resting on my dolly, which was behind the front passenger seat. My Milson-Worth balloon-to-bunny box was still in the car, as was a wooden box with a few of my props.

But a fake-alligator bag was missing. It held most of the props I used in last weekend's shows, including two rainbow silk streamers about four inches wide by about 30 feet long, some silk handkerchiefs of different sizes and designs (including a dragon silk and a butterfly), a replica of an old-fashioned offering bag, a very sharp mattress needle about 18 inches long (for the needle-thru-balloon trick), and a rubber chicken. It also had my magic zone tape (which I use to separate my performing area from the audience), a nearly-new opera hat, a few props for tricks I am working on, tablecloths, and bungee cords.

The thief also took my tailcoat.

It was the bag itself that I was most upset about losing. Of course having my props is important to my livelihood. But I have duplicates of almost all of my props, so I'd still be able to do my show. I'm in southern California, so I hardly ever wear a tailcoat; but I do have another one. And I could always use another bag or box to hold my props. But I wouldn't be able to replace that bag. And I really liked that bag.

Of course I wanted my other items back too. Thinking that the items might be abandoned once the culprit realized that the items were of little use to him or her, I drove around the neighborhood looking for them. No luck.

Then my wife took the dog for a walk. They found the bag down the street, a few yards from our house. As I went through the bag, I found my tailcoat. I also found out that the thief had taken another small bag that had a few personal grooming items, like a hairbrush, comb, hand mirror, and lint brush. Those items were now mixed in the other items in the bag.

Off hand, it looks like only one item is missing: the rubber chicken.

Fortunately, I have a spare.
ed rhodes
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Maybe it was Fozzie Bear acting to free the rubber chickens of the world.
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Sorry to hear about that Smile. But glad you got most your stuff back Smile

What did they want with the rubber chicken? The mind boggles Smile
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“He could do things with a rubber chicken you wouldn’t believe!” - Harley Quinn on the Joker
"He was born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." - Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche
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Lol, cool quote Smile
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I learned EARLY! NEVER, NEVER leave your props in the car! Just think if you were on the road in "West Baggy Pants, Wyoming", and, the thief TOOK your props, and, didn't abandon them, where they could be found! You could be out of work for several weeks!

It takes a few extra minutes, and a bit more effort to schlepp stuff into the motel, but, you'll sleep better!
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(singing) "There must have been some magic in that old top hat" ... If it could bring Frosty to life, then why not the rubber chicken?! It crossed the road, disguised in your tail coat. When the bag got to heavy, that ol' bird flew the coop!
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Agreed. roll your props inside -- Another good reason to have cases on wheels.
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That's awesome you found most of your items. I remember I came home from a terrible gig (Comedy Night in LA for 2 attendees) and didn't want to haul everything upstairs to my apartment when I got home at midnight. When I awoke, my car was gone. Somebody stole it, cleaned it out, and rolled it. Most of the items weren't high priced items, but I had a ton of throw away gags I had collected over the years. So I had to decide if a random joke was worth my spending $25 here and $40 there.
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