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Bill Ligon
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When I was a teenager, young and foolish (I'm still foolish), I did a show in a mental hospital. In a serious error of judgement I did an escape, the Siberian chain, I think. After the show I found myself surrounded by a large group of patients insistently wanting me to teach them how to get out of restraints. Actually, it was a frightening moment, and I had to be rescued by the staff.
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Tyler_Magician
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Haha. That is a great story. Atleast you didn't do a straight jacket escape.
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David Bilan
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My favorite psychiatric hospital experince was doing a Christmas show and having one of the female patients want to dance with me.

I was willing to oblige, but found it hard to dance like Fred Astaire to "Silent Night."

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Bill Ligon
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>>I was willing to oblige, but found it hard to dance like Fred Astaire to "Silent Night." <<

LOL! I can just picture that!
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David Bilan
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Oh yeah.... After my show, I changed into a Santa Suit. So I was wearing a beard and Kris Kringle outfit at the time. Ho, Ho, Ho!
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Chris Stolz
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I too have performed in a mental hospital. Most of the time, it is for a few of the well behaved addmittants and usually their grandkids or children. I had one show for them where half way through the zombie routine, a man stood up and started screaming at the top of his lungs, "SAMANTHAAAAAAA!" He then ran to the table and started furiously eating cookies.

I sh#t you not this is 100% true. I found out after the show that Samantha was his wife and that whenever he had his moments of lost control, he called for her. It was kind of sad to see, but frightening beyond believe.

On the other hand....if you could set something like that up, you would have a very strong piece of misdirection.

-Chris
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" One guy kept yelling "go home, go home!" I looked at him and said "Unlike you, I can!"



that's funny, who came up with that line?
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Whoa, this brings back a few memories.

One, I was doing a summer camp for special needs folks (all adults) in the late 80's and I did the bra trick on one of the nurses. It turned out that one of the campers had a strong crush on her and thought that I should be punished. It was quite tense for a few moments, but he was eventually calmed down and I was able to leave unharmed.

Another, more pleasant memory involved a prank I played on a friend. A very talented performer and magic lecturer who I have been friends with for many years told me a story about performing in an institution where he was the second performer on a bill of about 6 or 7 acts. The residents of the institution were a polite audience. One in particular could only remember my friend's first name, Dave. He would call out during the remaining acts, " Yay Dave, amazing!"

I was in the audience of one of Dave's shows many years later, unannouced to him. It was a large soft seater theatre. Dave was doing his signature manipulation act, coins, candles et al. It is a wonderful act, very professional and done in a classy style. About 9 minutes into his 11 minute routine, I from the back of the hall, shouted, "Yay Dave, amazing!" His expression did not change, but you could see his body shutter as he tried to suppress his laughter. I should point out, that Dave and I, along with Gerry Frenette of Magic Makers Illusions, were all quite good friends and used to tour together exclusively at the time. He confronted me after the show and we had a good laugh about it.

All the best,

Rob
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I did one once,i was asked if I would go along with our magic club,so I thought the experience would help,we got to the hospital we went through to the reception and met the man in charge i,ll show you where you are performing,so he led us along corridors up stairs through more corridors ,downstairs,out the back door,along the side of the building,back into another door up the stairs through the coridoors in and out of rooms past walkways until we found the place where the show was to be,the lady said we thought you would have been here earlier,we was, we came straight here with the help of the manager,,,he,s not the manager he,s a patient (he seemed just like a person in authority)we had a few laughs after.
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That's sooo funny, I think WE ALL have mental hospital show experiences.
I have two; 1980, I pull out a spring bunny, and then juggle it (one of my oldest comedy bits, still doing it), and a patient in a rolling bed/gurney started screaming uncontrollably and had to be rolled out.
Then in late 80's, I was at Creedmore (u new yorkers know where that is), and I was arranging the plastic furniture to make room for my show, pushed a big plastic couch from the wall, and there was somebody living behind it! oy! I knew this was gonna be one heck of a show!
~ tc ::--.---( )
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