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mastermindreader
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I wonder if he took that name to protect his privacy?
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Only if he was a member of the Café.
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Nah, he's just following in the footsteps of T.R. Loon.

Same town!
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On 2012-01-09 21:23, mastermindreader wrote:
I tried that once, but Baghdad Bob didn't work out too well.


I feel that. I tried marketing myself as The Amazing Foreskin and my Bar Mitzvah bookings plummeted...
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On 2012-01-10 13:08, mastermindreader wrote:
I wonder if he took that name to protect his privacy?


I think he changed his name after seeing Doo-Doo the clown and having a little bit to much marijuana^^
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I used 'Long Duck Dong' for awhile !
I know!...it was not as impressive as you would think!
They started calling me Duck,for short!
Then one night a sassy little thing called me Ducker...so you know the rest of the story!
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On 2012-01-09 11:26, mastermindreader wrote:
This reminds me of the old story about the guy named Larry Lipschitz who went to court to have it changed. The judge asked him what he'd like for his new name. He replied, "Joe Lipschitz."


lol
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I went from Renzo to Mr.Renzo, but I think it had a lot to do with hitting 50, lol
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Much like the names of bands and singers , the purpose of stage names is commercial: to provide a simple, easy to remember hook so you will more likely to be booked later. Hopefully you choose something that isn't hokey (however if someone had mentioned the stage name "Lady Ga Ga", 50 Cent, Usher, etc.... 20 years ago, they would have been laughed off the planet). In the former examples, the performers justified the use of the stage names. Sometimes we get so bound up in the magic and mentalism circle, we forget to look at how successful people in other art forms got where they are. Some stage names are silly. Sometimes the silly name works, sometimes it doesn't.
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I went to that stage name generator Magicus mentioned and typed in "Bob Cassidy".

As a stage name it came back with "Wade Turner".

"Wade Turner" sounds like a gas station attendant who's not allowed to live within 500 feet of a school or playground.

You made the right decision Bob.
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For some reason ever since I took up the stage name Dr. Crow, no one will pay me until after I perform bank nite.
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My stage name is Greg Otto. My real name is The Amazing Charles.
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On 2012-01-10 21:54, Jerskin wrote:
My stage name is Greg Otto. My real name is The Amazing Charles.


May I call you "The?"
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On 2012-01-10 18:45, Rocketeer wrote:
I went to that stage name generator Magicus mentioned and typed in "Bob Cassidy".

As a stage name it came back with "Wade Turner".

"Wade Turner" sounds like a gas station attendant who's not allowed to live within 500 feet of a school or playground.

You made the right decision Bob.


I went to that same site and typed in "Sid Helkule" and it returned the name "Luke Shield". Rubbish stage name if you ask me.
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The computer came up with Money Rhyme for me. I'll stick to Tony Black.
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Interesting, Tony. I just went there and got the same name, "Money Rhyme". No joke. Wonder what their algorithm is based on?
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Based on a few tests I think that "Money Rhyme" is a default name that comes up when the first or last name entered isn't in their data base. (I typed in "Boris Carney" and it, too, got the name "Money Rhyme."

I tried my own name again and it still comes up as Wade Turner. My girlfriend's still comes up as Nickie Dark (which she likes). So the name that comes up doesn't appear to be random.
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I tried my own name again and it still comes up as Wade Turner. My girlfriend's still comes up as Nickie Dark (which she likes). So the name that comes up doesn't appear to be random.


Well, ok^^ that's the same name I get. Does this make me a girl?
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For a guy I imagine that would be spelled "Nicky." Maybe they're subtly suggesting that you would do well performing in drag. Smile

There's some kind of an algorithm here that gives you one of a given number of "stage names" that they've created. It's certainly a very finite list of possibilities.
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Stage names can sometimes be a necessity. For instance in the UK if you with to join the actors and variety performers' union, Equity, you can cannot do so under the name of a current member. (Unless they give their permission) In such circumstances a stage name is an obvious solution to this.

Also a stage name can have advantages. If your actual name is one that is repeatedly either spelt incorrectly, mispronounced or just for whatever reason, not easily remembered, is unlikely to stand you in good stead throughout your career.

Finally, the rather marvellous, late stand up, from the UK, Linda Smith had a great opening line: "Good evening... my name is Linda Smith... of course just my stage name... my real name is actually Wanda Starburst."
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