The Luck Of The Draw

Do you consider yourself to be a lucky person? I think we all probably have a view on whether things generally work out for us or not, and I suspect it is more to do with a positive (or otherwise) mental attitude to life than it is to do with whether you are truly lucky or not.

Anyway, I have always thought of myself as being quite a lucky person, and I had an example of this luck recently when I was out one evening doing a show. The event was a 40th birthday party which was being held in a cafe, and because the venue was situated in a mainly pedestrianised street, I decided to park in a road around the back of the establishment and then walk the quarter of the mile to the cafe itself.

Because I was going to be entertaining, I was wearing my performance three piece suit in which I carry everything that I need to work my strolling magic at a mix and mingle event such as this. The suit was specially made to my specifications, and although there’s nothing ostensibly unusual about it, all the pockets and their positions in the suit have been arranged to help me to do my work.

About half way between my car and the venue I was walking along a small deserted back road which cut through to the high street. It was completely empty at that time of night as the road ran along the back of a number of offices. Suddenly I heard a loud shriek, and looking up I saw a seagull leap off one of the office rooftops, and plunge down towards me in a rapid swooping dive.

I immediately stopped walking and as the bird flew directly across my pathway I thought, “Oh no, he wouldn’t, would he?” Well, he would. A scattergun amount of bird poo was flung from the bird as he shot over me, and although I tried to jump back to get out of the way, it happened too fast and he was too accurate, and as a result my trousers received the full force of everything he had jettisoned, turning my performance suit into an unsightly mess.

I couldn’t believe that not only had the bird been so accurate but that it could also have bombed me with such a quantity! I didn’t know what to do because there was so much of it, and it was covering such large areas of both my trouser legs, that it was impossible to ignore. I had no tissues on me, and I just stood there, dripping.

Yet I considered myself to be really lucky, which given the circumstances you might find strange. I was very lucky because this incident happened AFTER the show as I was walking back to my car, and not BEFORE the show as I was walking to the venue!

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Creating The Right Atmosphere At Your Event

In the course of my work I get invited to entertain at an enormous variety of special occasions. Every single event is important in some way to the organisers, and they are naturally hoping that on the day everything will fall into place and that their guests will enjoy it all.

To that end the hosts will no doubt search long and hard for a suitable venue, will possibly spend money on having the place decorated in a festive way, will usually provide food and drink to satisfy the masses, and will tend to all the other myriad of small details that go to make up any social occasion.

But one element which I suspect is not normally considered, is atmosphere. Creating the right feel and ambience that is appropriate for the occasion can contribute massively to the success (or otherwise!) of the day, and yet it is arguably the hardest component to get just right. Continue reading

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A Moving Experience

It’s been a little while since I sat down to write one of my blogs, and the gap has been caused partially by the fact that over the summer my family and I moved house. As anyone who has moved recently will know, it’s not the most relaxing thing to do with your time, and true to form our relocation, which was originally scheduled to take place mid July, eventually went through in September! Continue reading

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It’s What They Want, Not What You Have

A few weeks ago I was working on behalf of a company at a business exhibition, using my strolling magic to engage with visitors as they walked around the event. I am not selling anything directly, but my job is to interact with people, entertain them and in doing so to draw attention to the business that I am sponsored by.

At one point I stopped a lady who was walking round on her own, and I chatted with her and showed her some magic. In the course of our conversation she made what I thought was a very telling point. She said, “You know, you are the only person working here today who has sought to talk to and engage with me, rather than just pitch to me.” Continue reading

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Nobody Wants A Magician

If you happen to be the sort of person who really enjoys watching magic, it could just be that when some special occasion arises such as a wedding, a key family get together, or a special birthday perhaps, you might consider hiring a magician. However, the truth is, you don’t want a magician per se, what you really want is what that magician can provide to enhance your party or event. Continue reading

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