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On 2004-10-08 09:35, Michael Baker wrote:
The funeral home cracks me up! Anyone remember the funeral magic skit on SNL? Hilarious!


Seems to me they did one on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" once. I remember productions coming out of the coffin while Dan Rowan was giving the eulogy about the magician. The last bit was the pall bearers taking the handles and splitting the coffin into two boxes!
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Similar experience back in my college days:

Doing a frat rush party at an ice skating rink.

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On 2003-03-19 21:35, Vincenzo wrote:
I would have thought that a funeral parlor during a funeral would be the worst.


Not Magic

But in my videographer days I was booked to film a West Indian funeral - including shot of the guest of honor in his box.

Turned out ok and the people were very nice.

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Any show on New Years Eve, and especially an Army Club... or Plumber's Union (died both times).

How about out doors on a picnic table for a stage and a Santa Ana windstorm hits.

Or once when I was doing my juggling act and all of a sudden the crew TURNED ON TWO SPOTLIGHTS blinding me.

Showed up to work and the audience was all blind.
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On 2004-10-09 12:00, Pete Biro wrote:


How about out doors on a picnic table for a stage and a Santa Ana windstorm hits.

In 1989, an Atlanta magician broke his neck in a fall when the burning rope broke during his straight jacket escape. I was told the excessive winds from Hurricane Hugo may have caused this.
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Showed up to work and the audience was all blind.

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The smoke gets to me most of the time. I know its part of show business but it really bothers me and my clothes.
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If you were trying to show tricks to bowlers while thay were playing,I'm surprised you weren't invited to make yourself disappear.
Roller rinks are fun. I broke into show business on my cousin's portable rink in 1954. Two months away from my parents, my own posssum belly, magic lessons, all the sno-cones I could eat and free Chinese every Monday.(does anyone know a good rope trick with two rolling half-hitches?) I learned to preform most of the U.F.Grant and Hen Fench catalogs from a rollon table, no vest pocket magic. Teenagers would come from miles around to listen to the Billboard Pop and R&B top10 on 14" metal loud speakers. I believe it was illegal to own doo-wop music in Kentucky at that time.
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I've done a number of these same type of venues (bowling alley parties, psych hospital, windy outdoors events, and more). I know how easy it is to 'strike' out at the alley (I believe that this one is the only glaringly obvious pun missing from above. Smile ) Noise, moochers and the time pressure all combine to make it a tough show. It seems that the alleys sell short blocks of time, which makes it tough to arrive 30 minutes after the start to make allowance for the late-comers, and still have time for bowling, a show and ice cream and cake. Since they are not going to short change any of the other things, you are the thing that gets squeezed. It's the 'pits'.

Candini; yup, I agree about the smoke-filled venues. Yuck! You, and all the props come out smelling like you WISH that you had worked at the Lobster Pot. Smile

I believe that my worst venue was at a Hallow-e'en party in a large, darkened theatre, where the Jaycees (who put it on) had given out candy BEFORE the entertainers came on. The stage was already covered by the time I got out there. If you EVER are hired for a Hallow-e'en show, INSIST that the candy comes after you, especially if it is a large show where you can't see the one throwing it easily! Second worst: a windy outdoor party where the kids had to get off of the 4-wheel motorbikes to watch the show, and they couldn't go back to playing on them until I was done. Pool parties are also tough for a show, but I have enjoyed them for walk-around.

One of the Candid Camera TV shows (I think it was the brief one with Allan Funt's son at the lead) had a magician or magic clown on at a funeral parlor once. Funny, as they had the 'audience' play up their grief, big time. Okay, maybe it was funny because it wasn't me. Supposedly, they actually hired the entertainers to come out.

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The smokiest venue I ever worked in was doing two 20 minute escape shows in a C&W bar called, "The Possum Hollar" (!).

The place was in constant fog.

The shows went fairly well, though, and the manager wanted me back for a later gig. He said that his customers had totally ignored Johnny Paycheck the week before, but that I had held their rapt attention.

I did not jump at the option of a return appearance, though, and am relieved to say that The Possum Hollar is no more; an adult bookstore has replaced it.

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On 2004-10-09 12:00, Pete Biro wrote:
Any show on New Years Eve, and especially an Army Club... or Plumber's Union (died both times).


Pete's right on with this. I did a strolling plumber's gig near New Years. I usually start performing for women and move to the gentlemen after the first effect. All the men were extremely possessive and jealous. They were very uncomfortable about me performing for their ladies. This has never happened to me before or since.


[quote]("..usually one must go to a bowling alley to meet a woman of your stature..!!")
[quote]I know that quote!! Did you know that he won an Oscar for that movie? I have it saved on my TIVO.


The worst place for me was a nursing home. I did a free gig. My first one...
Almost all the spectators were catatonic/sleeping/snoring. Luckily the nursing staff attended and saved the day. I was panic-stricken until I realized they were going to stay after wheeling them all in.
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I'd forgot about this origional post!!

Glad to say...ALL gigs since this one have been great!! Got two coming up...one for a group of around 150-200! But "magic" is the "theme" of that get-together and it'll be an after dinner thing.

Frank, yea...lots of good lines from "Aurthur"...but I find I like the "Pulp Fiction" ones a lot too!!

Just yesterday at a friends cook-out..."...MMmmmmmmm...this IS a tasty burger!!" (but nobody there knew it...that's a good one to use to find if there's any other "P.F." fans around!!! Then I can have fun sharing lines and scenes!!)

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On 2004-10-10 23:45, Frank Starsini wrote:


Pete's right on with this. I did a strolling plumber's gig near New Years. I usually start performing for women and move to the gentlemen after the first effect. All the men were extremely possessive and jealous. They were very uncomfortable about me performing for their ladies. This has never happened to me before or since.


Yeah... what is it with plumbers??? I've only done one show for them and it definitely was in the toilet.
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The worst place for me was a nursing home.

Although catatonic audiences are cause for internal panic, the jazz band I was in as a junior high school kid played Christmas carols at a psych hospital back in the late 1960's, and I was attacked by a real goner who all but wrapped my trombone around my neck before being hauled off by the hair.
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...all but wrapped my trombone around my neck before being hauled off by the hair.


That beats mine!!!
That's got to be the funniest post of '04.
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...all but wrapped my trombone around my neck before being hauled off by the hair.


That beats mine!!!
That's got to be the funniest post of '04.
:rotf:


Yeah, the nerve of that guy trying to horn in on your act. Smile I always had an ok experience performing for the mentally ill; but maybe they didn't realize that I was a guest. Smile

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I know of a few guys (I won't mention names here) that tried to do close up at a McDonalds drive-thru between the first & second windows!!! (after they pay, & before they pick up food) outside. I thought that was really funny, I still laugh about it, & it's been about 10 years since then!! Smile I'm laughing now!!!
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Worst gig, working a restaurant/bar in Ontario when the Stanley quarterfinals are on the projector screen.


I tried for about ten minutes, found somebody that I knew well enough, and sat down to watch the game.


Funny thing was, the manager didn't give me crap about it. He actually complimented me on still being entertaining even though I couldn't perform magic.

(Little did he know that the table I was with were friends...)


Hockey and Canada= no magic at all!


(I know David Acer did magic at an Edmonton Oiler game but he entertained on a big screen and on breaks, and between periods.)
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[quote]On 2004-10-10 23:45, Frank Starsini wrote:
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On 2004-10-09 12:00, Pete Biro wrote:
Any show on New Years Eve, and especially an Army Club... or Plumber's Union (died both times).


Pete's right on with this. I did a strolling plumber's gig near New Years. I usually start performing for women and move to the gentlemen after the first effect. All the men were extremely possessive and jealous. They were very uncomfortable about me performing for their ladies. This has never happened to me before or since.


[quote]("..usually one must go to a bowling alley to meet a woman of your stature..!!")
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I know that quote!! Did you know that he won an Oscar for that movie? I have it saved on my TIVO.


The worst place for me was a nursing home. I did a free gig. My first one...
Almost all the spectators were catatonic/sleeping/snoring. Luckily the nursing staff attended and saved the day. I was panic-stricken until I realized they were going to stay after wheeling them all in.


I've done a couple of nursing homes. They were very nice. I remember one old guy who was supposed to deal cards on the table accidently dealing them into my black art well (Hey! The amazing vanishing cards!)
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Some superb posts - thanks for those!!

Most surreal place I've performed, (which was not my idea!) was in a casino in a ski resort in Switzerland.

I had been collared by an employee who has seen me performing the night before (just in a bar for a bit of fun). I thought I was going to be thrown out of the casino - a bit worried they thought I could be cheating!

Anyway, next thing I know I have the owner of the casino, and all his main staff, sat at a table with a deck of cards placed in the centre. The employee who had taken me over wanted me to entertain his bosses!! The only problem is, none of them spoke a word of English, I only spoke a few words of German, and had to do everything through my impromptu interpreter!

Amazing thing is, for casino owners, they had very little idea of card sleights! Managed to entertain them for about 20 minutes with a borrowed deck - couldn't believe my luck!

Well, got a free night on it, they kept plying us with free booze as a result! Great fun.

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Now I haven't been in a bowling alley in twenty years but if memory serves me correctly every alley I've ever bowled in, or been to, has had a coffee shop and/or a bar. Both of those would seem to be perfect venues for walk around and even some stand up magic, especially if you could work in a a bowling related effect.

Perhaps stretch a scoring pencil into a regular pencil and lead into the commerical effect "No. 2 Pencil".

Why would anyone ask you to perform for people while they are bowling? The selling point, I thought, of magic was to fill in the lulls in service while people are waiting for what they came to the business for...
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I had two jobs doing close-up in a casino's outdoor amphitheater. The music was so loud that you couldn't hear someone standing right next to you. The music was so loud it was making car alarms go off in the parking lot.

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