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Topic: Industrial accident
Message: Posted by: TonyB2009 (Nov 27, 2015 07:39PM)
I had a lovely gig today, a wedding. As I finished someone distributed colouring books and pencils. I decided to do the pencil up the nose bit before I left. So I grabbed a pencil, forgetting that it is not a bit I ever do.

I pushed the pencil up my nose instead of doing the clever bits. It hit an artery and I struck the motherlode. Blood sprayed out in a merry fountain. The children, needless to say, were delighted. An unexpected bit of spectacle when they thought the show was over. I was less delighted. I will not be doing that bit in the future.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Nov 27, 2015 08:37PM)
Sorry for laughing, Tony. Ouch!
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Nov 27, 2015 09:00PM)

Sorry to hear that Tony.

A lesson learned.

Get better soon.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Nov 28, 2015 12:39AM)
Oh man! I feel your pain.
I almost cut my finger off when a car axel fell on it and peeled it open.
No health insurance so I tied a string round it till it had no feeling then stitched it together with carpet thread.
Message: Posted by: Hawkan (Nov 28, 2015 12:41AM)
Yeah. Don´t do anything remotely related to a coloring book.

Message: Posted by: jakeg (Nov 28, 2015 03:09AM)
Had a card in the balloon routine which used 3 balloons, each on a stick. The payoff had an arrow ride up the last stick to break the balloon. The thing released prematurely & went clear through the fleshy part of my hand, below my little finger. If you want the trick, you can find it in a land fill in Pennsylvania.
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Nov 28, 2015 05:41AM)
I which we could all post theses under a section called "and you thought it was easy"
Message: Posted by: TonyB2009 (Nov 28, 2015 06:54PM)
Jay, you win. Honourable mention for Jake. Great stories.
Message: Posted by: Zuke (Nov 29, 2015 01:20AM)
A fun thing to do during a rope routine is cut that bit of 'webbing' between your thumb and index finger. It also likes to bleed profusely without stopping throughout the duration of your show.
Message: Posted by: Gerry Walkowski (Nov 29, 2015 12:29PM)
I get queasy just thinking about this.

Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Nov 29, 2015 02:31PM)
Animal balloons and elecrtical tape can be used to wrap the offending part (cutting off blood flow) if you're in the middle of a show.
Then you put on a pair of black gloves and just continue.

Once I jumped a fence to do the Run A Round and impaled my hand on a sharp barb at the top. (I know I told that custodian several times to leave that gate unlocked) So I ran up the isle with my coat wrapped around my hand. It was the last trick.
Message: Posted by: bowers (Nov 29, 2015 09:10PM)
Glad your alright Tony.
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Nov 30, 2015 06:41PM)
Although this didn't happen to me it was two of my assistants.
Both of them were moving an illusion all the way upstage so it could rest against the back wall. The problem was that the rear curtain hid the fact that the stage was a foot away and there was a three foot drop. They both fell half way into the gap with the illusion following.

For the test of the night one of them had a limp on the right side and the other on the left.

A lady came up after the show and complemented me on using disabled people, that I was a nice man. :)

(There ya go Michael another fine story from the past)
Message: Posted by: Geoff Akins (Jan 2, 2016 01:57AM)
I have never cringed so many times while reading one thread! Ahh, the show must go on!
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Jan 6, 2016 01:39AM)
So Tony
Did you heal? I'm assuming you needed a few stitches. The nose and upper lip (philtrum) area is one of the most tender parts of an anatomy.
Message: Posted by: Ken Northridge (Jan 6, 2016 04:53AM)
What an Encore! Sometimes, after I've been paid, I will do quickly do the coloring book routine for the children. I would try that next time Tony!
Message: Posted by: TonyB2009 (Jan 6, 2016 06:36AM)
[quote]On Jan 6, 2016, jay leslie wrote:
So Tony
Did you heal? I'm assuming you needed a few stitches. The nose and upper lip (philtrum) area is one of the most tender parts of an anatomy. [/quote]
Jay, I am a man, and men in Ireland don't seek medical treatment until the undertaker knocks on the door. So I bunged a few tissues up my nose until the bleeding stopped. But thinking back, I had about three weeks of bad nose bleeding afterwards, so I may have done some damage!

All good now though. Until the next time.

Ken, that's a great suggestion for a follow-up. Magic red...
Message: Posted by: jakeg (Jan 6, 2016 07:29AM)
Tony, if all else fails, you could play Mr. Punch. 'That's the way to do it.'
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jan 6, 2016 12:32PM)
Tony! I should have gotten back to this thread sooner. I plead Holidays!

You scared the @#$% out of me. "Hesselbach's Triangle" is a "weak spot" (non medical, layman's description) in the nasal passage. (About an INCH from the BRAIN!!!)

I knew a lot of old carnys who did the "blockhead" bit. I won't go into detail, as you are aware, we don't tip the gaffs, here, but, for Pete's sake, BE CAREFUL!

IMO, You're one of the very few guys who really understand, about KIS MIF!!!

Message: Posted by: TonyB2009 (Jan 6, 2016 02:58PM)
The funny thing Dick is that I can do the blockhead bit. I just wasn't trying to do it that day. I won't be doing that bit again in a hurry.

Jake, you are right. As Mr Punch I would have fitted right in.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jan 6, 2016 04:59PM)
I'm glad it has apparently healed! BTW, I'm TYPE "O". hee hee
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Jan 7, 2016 12:12AM)
Is that "O" for Oslund?

Cause I'm type "O-" for having less then nothing of value.
Message: Posted by: The Great Zucchini (Jan 7, 2016 04:57PM)
Tony, I'm glad you're ok, my friend.