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Topic: Street disaster
Message: Posted by: SeaDawg (Sep 9, 2006 06:14PM)
today I had one of those days that your mother warns you about.

1. Huge Airshow took most of the kids and parents from the waterfront where I work

2, Just as I am getting rolling they start filming a commercial on the wharf beside me and start re routing traffic away from the pitch.

3. University charity blitz descends on waterfront with far to many enthusiastic kids mugging any stranger that stood still for the build. They then get their pockets emptied or get annoyed and leave.

4. I get very hot, tired and cranky and blow my setup trick to my hat pitch on the best crowd I built all day.

5. Not wanting to end on sour note then frigged up the next show.

6. Got really P.O.'d at self and left.

As a frind of mine says... "Marvelllous, JUst F'n Marvellous"

Anybody else have one of those days?

The Seadawg
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 9, 2006 07:26PM)
LOL! Who hasn't?
Message: Posted by: Cory Gallupe (Sep 10, 2006 06:37AM)
Gee, sounds like a REALLY CRAPPY day.
Out of curiosity, is that friend of that quote Jeff?
It sounds like him. :)
Message: Posted by: joseph (Sep 10, 2006 06:59AM)
I have those days when I work on my car... :) ..
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Sep 10, 2006 07:58AM)
Just sounds like life happening.
Message: Posted by: Danny Hustle (Sep 10, 2006 08:27AM)
On 2006-09-09 19:14, SeaDawg wrote:
Anybody else have one of those days?

The Seadawg

You mean how many this week or just in general? :D

If it were not for days like that one we would not appreciate the great days nearly as much.

I think it's pretty safe to say we've all been there. :)


Message: Posted by: SeaDawg (Sep 10, 2006 08:51AM)
It wanst Jeff but it sure could have been.
He had a dead show just before mine.

Who knows....next day on the street is a whole new experience

The Seadawg
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Sep 10, 2006 10:27AM)
I had the air show thing happen to me this summer.
Right before my show, some guy gets up at the mic and directs everybody
to the other side of the park to watch "the air show."

very helpful.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Sep 10, 2006 10:51AM)
At the Renaissance Festival once, a drunk interrupted my show and would not go away. He had "found a lost child."

I recognized the kid. The kid wasn't lost. But the drunk was insistent, and he used the "lost child" mantra to turn the audience against me.

Finally, after trying to get him to sit down, I let him up on the stage to show off the "lost child."

It was a kid that belonged to the lady who ran the herbal remedies booth across the path from our theater. The kid told him so. So did I. So did the lady who was frantically looking for the kid that the drunk had basically abducted from in front of her booth.

What an idiot!
Message: Posted by: Steve V (Sep 10, 2006 12:57PM)
Odd...I had a drunk walk up and decide to have a discussion with me during a show and it just didn't seem to register that there was a show going on.
Steve V
Message: Posted by: Cory Gallupe (Sep 10, 2006 02:08PM)
Last year at the Halifax Busker Festival, there was a magicians performing around 10:00, and during the show, a drunk kid just walked right up, and sat in his chair.
The magician played it very cool, and made a comedic act with it. He managed it soo well it was like it was a part of the show. Everyone was laughing, and having a good time, until the drunk had overpast his time, and was needed to get out. BUT HE WASNT!
Then the magician started "subliminally" letting the audience know that he needed their help to get him off. Like I said, he did a great job, noone got mad, or sent to prison, and he finally did get him off stage. If anything, it may have even added to the show. This guy was very smooth.
It's all in how you handle the situation.
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (Sep 11, 2006 03:25AM)
Murphy's Law applies to EVERYONE. Even Busking Magi.

While not a busking story, here's one that happened to me, last Yuletide Season:

I was working as a stage hypnotist at the John Hancock Tower in Chicago - at the very top of the building, which means that I was working on the perimeter OF the building - a corridor along the windows along two sides OF the building.

Did they put me at the junction of the two angles - of CoURSE NOT!

They put me on a postage stamp sized dance floor with a sound system that pulled feedback when set on '2!' And this was the first time, after years of knowing him from the Chicago magic scene, that I had ever gotten the chance to work with the great Engene Burger! Who, as he was leaving the now drunken mess of USED CAR SALES PEOPLE that the party was for, looked at me, patted me on the shoulder and said, quietly, "I'll bet you're in hell right now..."

He was pretty near right.

The owner decided to get up and give out awards BEFORE I went on - and to do a EULOGY for a member of the firm who had DIED three DAYS earlier! The sound went out in the middle of my induction and then the LIGHTS went on me, too!

So guys, don't think the street is all THAT bad...!


It happens to everybody!

Lee Darrow, C.H.
Message: Posted by: SeaDawg (Sep 11, 2006 05:04AM)

You are right, the street is not the only place for those kind of days. It just seemed like mine jumped on me the way yours did.

"This isn't a stage, it is just hell with fancy lighting" comes to mind.

ON a lighter side... I finish with a water vanish and I give two Specs cups and pour water in. IN my cup, which I emphasize to the crowd they must watch, I pour my water to vanish. Then I take a big drink from the jug and display the other hand cup with water vanished. I retrieve sepcs cups, ditch their water, and then hat for all its worth.

About a week ago, between ditching Spec ones water and Spec2 a 4 year old boy snuck up behind me and then caught the second ditch from knees to eyeballs. OOPs...
Message: Posted by: BAH1313 (Sep 11, 2006 09:06AM)
I've had days like that, and sometimes worse. I think the main lesson here is to keep pluggin along. If you work hard, and try to keep your sense of humor, it always gets better. Maybe not great but better!
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Sep 11, 2006 09:09AM)
Horrible things happen man. That is life.

When I first started I was working with Jay Marshal at Magic Inc. I had a show in a place I shouldn't have been, doing magic which didn't belong, but I needed the "stage time".

I came in and complained to Jay.

"They were not listening, they talked through it, when they did listen they shouted stuff at me, it was horrible, what would YOU do?"

Jay's answer, "About 20 minutes".
Believe it or not the more shows you do, the more BAD shows you will do. Seems counterintuative, but follow me here for just a second.

If say 1 in a 100 shows goes bad. Do one show a week and that is about 1 every 2 years. Pretty simple math.

Now do 3 shows a week, and the average becomes one every six months or so. And so on down the line. The more you do, even at 99% almost perfect rate, the more bad shows you will do. No way arround it, stupid math.

My suggestion is to make friends with the idea. Know who you are day in and day out, don't pay too much attention to the really bad days, or really good days. Live in the middle.