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!

The constant delays, the paperwork, the appointments, the packing/unpacking, the co-ordination of it all certainly takes a toll, and even after the event, it takes ages to get everything as you want it in the new place.

The domestic upheaval you kind of expect, but the part of this which is a bit more tricky to cope with is trying to maintain a professional face to the world of work while the rest of your life is in boxes!

For me as a magician it boils down to three main difficulties. The first challenge is finding the magic props to use when I perform. Now just where DID I put that pack of cards/length of rope/red sponge ball? Doesn’t seem like too big an issue, perhaps, but without those little bits and pieces I don’t have an act, so it really is a big deal.

The second less tangible, yet equally important, factor is to do with energy levels. My job often involves me in performing strolling magic at large events for 2 or 3 hours at a time, usually at night and occasionally quite late, and the venue I need to reach may be a considerable drive away. When you’ve been on your feet all day staggering around with heavy boxes, or shifting furniture because that massive bookshelf apparently doesn’t look right on that side of the room where the removers carefully positioned it, all this leaves less oompf for work that evening.

The third aspect of all this disruption is that it creates a break in your normal routine. Instead of being on top of administrative duties such as replying to show enquiries, or sending out confirmation emails etc, you find yourself slightly at one remove from it all. The fear that I might actually forget that I had to entertain somewhere on a particular day during the moving period was a real concern to me! Fortunately, in the end all was well, but when you have a big upheaval in your life these things can trip you up.

This is the first time we have moved in 21 years and as the crow flies we only went about 3 miles, so we still live in the South West, which we love. Yet the impact far outweighs the distance involved, and I must confess that I am looking forward to a time when I don’t need to ring BT three times a week and when all my magic props have found a new permanent home.

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