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BarryFernelius
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I've tried posting a few presentations over in the 'We Double Dare You' section, but it appears that few people read those items. So, I'm posting the words here, hoping to get some feedback and response.
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Cutting the Apron Strings
(A presentation for the Gypsy Thread)

Let's talk about some real magic. I'm a Dad with three children, all girls. And my oldest child, now a medical student, assures me that having nothing but girls was entirely my fault. Starting at birth, I've formed relationship with each girl, a thread that connects us together. But eventually there's an inevitable crisis - puberty (snap!)[1], and the start of the process that's called 'cutting the apron strings.'

“I don't care what you said, Dad. I'll wear whatever I want to.” (snap!)[2]
"Dad, there's no way that you could ever understand." (snap!)
"Don't ever touch me in front of my friends." (snap!)
"You're nothng but a liar!"(snap!)
“Him? No, he's not my Dad.” (snap)

And eventually, she moves away, and becomes self-involved. [3] We like to pretend that everything is still all right, meeting from time to time on birthdays and holidays. [4] But sooner or sometimes later, she finally grows up. And, then a miracle occurs; with a little humility, love, and time, the relationship can be restored [5] - real magic.

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Stage Directions
[1] The magician unwinds thread from a spool and breaks off a long piece.
[2] With each (snap!), another short piece is broken from the long piece.
[3] All of the short pieces but one are drawn into the other hand and rolled into a ball.
[4] The ball is affixed to the center of the short piece.
[5] The hands have slowly separated, showing that the thread has been restored.
"I don't teach people stories about the coyote for them to tell. I AM the coyote. They tell stories about me."

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Where would this be performed?
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

..........John Greenleaf Whittier
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Great presentation Barry.

We're at the can't wait til she moves out stage. Hard to see her as a grown up. . . there's a glimmer now and again. . .there's hope.
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Being a Dad with two grown daughters, I can tell you this struck a chord with me. I love it. Wish I could offer some constructive criticism, but so far I have none. I think it's terrific and appreciate you sharing it with us. I intend to try it out. In fact, I've read many of your posts and always find them enlightening. Hope I can reciprocate sometime.
BarryFernelius
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On 2005-01-27 22:18, MagicChris wrote:
Where would this be performed?

It's a fair question. Because of the very visible yellow thread that I use, this could be performed as part of either my close-up or parlor/stand-up shows.

Right now, I'm performing the piece as part of my dinner theatre show.
"I don't teach people stories about the coyote for them to tell. I AM the coyote. They tell stories about me."

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