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Topic: I'm not a Germaphobe, but...
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Jan 2, 2019 01:36PM)
The idea of touching someones Smart Phone grosses me out. Since people use their phones everywhere; to include the toilet and I seriously doubt they ever disinfect their phones, touching one has the same appeal of touching the business end of a used toilet brush.

The reason I'm bringing it up is (other than the lack of activity in this section) I subscribe to the L&L video library. I've been going through the videos of different performers and started watching Richard Osterlind's videos. He did a neat calculator effect using someones Smart Phone.

It grossed me out as (the way my mind works) I imagined the person who provided the Smart Phone sitting on the toilet playing some silly App game while having a plop. So there is Richard just tapping away with the same phone.

Everybody has a [b]thing[/b] and toilet Smart Phones are mine. So what is your I'm not a Germaphobe, but... trigger?
Message: Posted by: R.S. (Jan 2, 2019 05:04PM)
Mine is escalator handrails. I never touch them.

Message: Posted by: tommy (Jan 2, 2019 06:03PM)
It's no wonder magicians would prefer a talking frog.
Message: Posted by: HeronsHorse (Jan 4, 2019 03:43AM)
Just have a little squirt of alcohol nearby for before and after. Don't be scared :D
I agree though, phones must be minging. Alcohol gel is great!
Message: Posted by: will lane (Jan 4, 2019 06:53AM)
About phones: I've seen people eating oily finger food (snacks, chicken strips, etc.) and without a beat in between, go to touch their phone or something else. You can see the oil accumulate on their phone in a layer, swiped back and forth on the phone. That's not so much germs as it is just nasty. Wash your hands or at the very least, wipe your hands with a napkin.

That's where I'm at. I don't like germs as much as the next person, but my thing is avoiding oils/hand sweat. I wash my hands a lot because they get kind of sweaty pretty fast. It started from two things when I was younger: avoiding playing my guitar with sweaty hands to keep the strings fresh and reduce corrosion, and keeping my hands clean to reduce acne. People accuse me of being a germaphobe, and sure I don't like germs. But I don't want to be touching some oily, nasty surface, and if I do, you bet I'm probably going to go wash my hands.

There is also something else; I have a cousin with young kids and every time I've touched their kid's toys, they don't feel clean. They have this small layer of grease-like substance or something on the toys. At Thanksgiving my close family went over to their house and most of us came back with a cold, so that doesn't help. When you touch an object and it feels like that, you know something is up.

I'll also use the bottom of my shirt/towel to turn a doorknob/handle if I can. Especially in bathrooms. People don't wash their hands.

EDIT: Just read my post and yep I'm a germaphobe. Whatever. :nod:
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Jan 5, 2019 03:41PM)
I don't like cards or anything from Magicians mouth, eyes or any orafice.

I hate to see Magicians put a hat, glasses or a bow on Kids' heads.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Animated Puppets (Jan 5, 2019 07:47PM)
[quote]On Jan 5, 2019, Mary Mowder wrote:
I hate to see Magicians put a hat, glasses or a bow on Kids' heads.

-Mary Mowder [/quote]

How about plungers?
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Jan 5, 2019 09:38PM)
Message: Posted by: John C (Jan 6, 2019 08:26PM)
How about making them take the beginning, middle or end of a mouth coil?
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Jan 8, 2019 02:36AM)
My headphones (nice Bose ones) fell out of my backpack on a train before Christmas, but multiple checks would seem to suggest that whoever found them decided to keep them rather than turn them in to lost and found.

Who would want to wear used headphones? That's completely disgusting to me.

(Of course, it also disappoints me in my fellow human beings.)
Message: Posted by: The great Gumbini (Jan 31, 2019 11:47PM)
Always use a napkin to push down on a bottle of sanitizer.
Good magic to all,
Message: Posted by: landmark (Feb 5, 2019 07:58AM)
Hold the napkin with a sterile cloth.

Folks, if you use money, there's plenty of germs. There's a point where germ caution is overkill. BTW the newer thinking about allergies (I know that's a different subject) is that it's important for babies to be exposed to potential allergens--that's how you build immunity--by controlled exposure, not avoidance.

That said, no, I have no desire to pull a mouth coil out of someone's mouth.