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Topic: What is the wildest circumsantces you have ever performed in.
Message: Posted by: TJs Magic (Mar 3, 2012 10:40AM)
Last night was the wildest circumstance I ever performed in. As I started my show,"Are you ready to see some magic!" The tornado sirens sounded at the fire station alerting us of the dangerouse weather that was headed our way! But as they say in the theatre "The show must go on". Honestly the show I was doing was for one of the fire fighters daughters who was keeping a constant watch on our safety. Also there was a storm shelter located directly behind where I was set up to perform but it was a bit distracting. I really had a good show but my wife,who is my a assistant,did not like the sirens going of while she was tucked away in a doll house. We've had a lot of laughs over last night so I wanted to see what anyone else could come up with. Mabey a funeral home perfomance"ha ha" that's not really funny. No disrespect for those in mourning intended.

Have a Magical Day!
Message: Posted by: SmithMagicMan (Mar 3, 2012 06:14PM)
It's not as extravagant as yours, but I was on a school trip to some adventure place (I'm 15 btw)

Basically, we were told to go back to our dorms and everyone else had gone (i was chatting up some german person) and when I walked back, I was like stopped by a load of drunk people. There was a netball convention and these people were totally bladdered, and I started to do a trick.

I got halfway through, then they decided to do a mini pile on, and I was like being crushed by these people, then my teacher came and dragged me out, and then all the people started to Boo her because she took me away from doing magic to drunks.

One of the most enjoyable and scariest times of my life(:
Message: Posted by: davidpaul$ (Mar 3, 2012 08:49PM)
I was hired to perform at a company party. My job was to be a magician Jack-In-The-Box. They had a box built and my job was to appear from the box, perform for about 15 minutes and then go back in the box, wait for about 10 minutes and come back out of the box to perform for another 15 minutes. They also had the jack-in-the-box music when it was time for me to come out (This was a 2-hour gig) I had to wear a top hat, black suit and some make-up on my face to look the part. They had many activities going on and people would cycle through, thus the reason for my multiple performances from the box....

Boy was I glad when that was over but I smiled when I cashed the check :)
Message: Posted by: Seamus Airgead (Mar 4, 2012 03:41PM)
A tavern/club where the "event" was a pretext for the producer to sell a lot of cocaine. He paid cash upfront and the audience was wildly enthusiastic -if a BIT distracted. I actually did that gig a number of times, but I avoided any sampling of the "product" for obvious reasons of health and safety...

Should that ALL of my bookers behave so professionally as this criminal did!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 4, 2012 04:48PM)
Out on a pier over water with the wind blowing.
Message: Posted by: Payne (Mar 5, 2012 11:05AM)
For the farewell party of a week long Bondage and Discipline camping event.
Message: Posted by: AGMagic (Mar 5, 2012 12:29PM)
Payne, I'm guessing you didn't do any "challenge escapes" at that one!
Message: Posted by: Vick (Mar 10, 2012 10:00AM)
Hmmmm .... performing under challenging circumstances will make you a better performer. When starting out I sought out challenging circumstances.

For a year I was a hawker for Magic Zone, basically a kiosk (in malls and heavy traffic tourist areas) selling D-Lites, UFO's, sponge balls plus a few other items. I was getting paid to rehearse 8 hours a day, I learned to draw a crowd there.

After that for 3 years I was part of the live entertainment at a Movie Theater Multi-plex (24 screens). The theater complex was very popular but had patrons waiting upwards of an hour to see their movie. The theater thought live entertainment would be a good idea. We (myself, another magician and 2 stand up comics) did some crazy stuff. At first it was incredibly challenging, walking into a theater of 500 who have been waiting in their seats for 20 minutes for the film to start, they have no idea what you are there for and then try entertaining. After 6 months we were (somewhat of) a hit (patrons would come in and ask for us and the company tried to replicate what we were doing in their other multi-plexes). For the next 2.5 years it was just myself and 1 stand up comic. We created characters and played characters from hit films (launching a side business of appearing as Professor Snape). We were given free rein to preform what we wanted. We wrote our own scripts, become more skilled at improv and did our own costuming. There is nothing like the expereince of performing a new routine 25+ times a day, 3 days a week for live audiences. On top of that we had to keep the material fresh as there were patrons who came to the theater every week.

For 6 months I was the featured illusionist in a 1940's theme weekly burlesque review at a nightclub in Washington, DC. Imagine being the act on before the very popular featured burlesque artist, in front of inebriated patrons, in a DC nightclub where patrons are paying $40 for a seat. 2- 3 times nightly. I was lucky and it went well

None of those 3 positions paid extremely well but .....

The key thing is, these challenging situations gave me great experience that you can't get any other way.

Wild? ... maybe ... Rewarding? ... beyond measure
Message: Posted by: whiteoakcanyon (Mar 10, 2012 04:04PM)
My wildest circumstance was on a street in southern China. I was performing a card effect where the name of the selected card is revealed by rubbing ash on my forearm. I had the spectator write the name of their selected card on a napkin; then fold the napkin concealing the name of the card. I burned the napkin and there were no ashes! It was a good size napkin and yet no ashes. Come to think of it, I should have imported those napkins and marketed a vanishing napkin trick.