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Topic: Add these to your magic case!
Message: Posted by: jkvand (Sep 26, 2004 12:21AM)
I just did a show tonight, and discovered the importance of adding something to my case for my stand up show - bandaids! I was doing an effect with scissors, and as I cut the paper I knicked my finger with the scissors. It wasn't a bad cut, but right on the knuckle so it started to bleed. Fortunately, I had some napkins nearby so I used one to cover the wound, but it was rather unwieldy to say the least. Fortunately, a lady in the front had a bandaid in her purse and offered it to me, which I readily accepted and quickly moved on with the show once I patched myself up. Without that bandaid, though, things could have gotten ugly! So, from now on I will be carrying some with me, and I recommend you do the same if you do any cut and restored effects! You just never know, even when you try to be careful (as I do), the unexpected can happen and the more prepared we are the better off we are. The rest of the show went without a hitch and I was able to finish well.
Message: Posted by: meilechl (Sep 26, 2004 12:00PM)
I had a similar experience. [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=83971&forum=27&0]Read about it here.[/url]
Message: Posted by: Scott Ocheltree (Sep 26, 2004 12:41PM)
I used to use a really sharp pair of sewing scissors for my cut and restored rope routine. I cut my hand very badly with these during a performance in college (the night John Lennon died in fact) ended up having to get stitches in the emergency room.

I do this routine much slower now and am very attentive to what I'm doing. I understand Copperfield cut himself doing this as well.
Message: Posted by: Daryl -the other brother (Sep 27, 2004 10:49AM)
I do my C&R rope with my safety scissors AKA my fingers.(ala Dave Williamson) Haven't cut my-self yet.
Message: Posted by: Eric Starkey (Sep 27, 2004 10:52AM)
I do recall the story of Copperfield cutting himself while doing a rope routine. Afterwards he said something about being "as tough as Penn and Teller". I remember Penn's response was something to the effect of, "don't confuse being tough with having poor motor skills".

No offense is intended towards anyone here who has cut themselves with scissors... I'm just recollecting a story.
Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (Oct 2, 2004 03:12PM)
At least you guys did it with scissors. I did it while loading a ring into the can (Collector's Workshop's "Can It") during a performance. Talk about BLOOD!!! Your mom wasn't lying when she told ya that you can cut yourself on part of a can! Luckily, my wife was assisting, and found a bandaid in the audience.

Steve Thomas
Message: Posted by: drwilson (Oct 4, 2004 12:06PM)
I always carry a first aid kit for [url=http://www.memoryelixir.com/photogallery/gallery2.html]this[/url]. Funny thing is, I've never needed it. I bet if I did sponge bunnies I'd end up in the ER.


Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Dec 18, 2004 09:46AM)
Copperfield has a similar experience, but a bandaid would have been little help. He was doing the C&R rope, on stage, and actually cut the tip of his finger off1 It was sitting on the scissor blade, and blood was gushing everywhere, and the audiece applauded wildly thinking it was just part of the trick!
Message: Posted by: Daniel Santos (Dec 30, 2004 08:32PM)
That's just plain disgusting!
Message: Posted by: The Donster (Jan 1, 2005 07:46AM)
I Guess David Copperfield just wanted to be a Real Cut Up. :) but its good knowing evreyone is doing ok.
Message: Posted by: Aaron Lucas (Jan 17, 2005 04:06PM)
You betcha :) best idea ever!
Message: Posted by: rossmacrae (Jan 17, 2005 09:37PM)
It can happen anywhere - I was happily cutting out a "temporary tattoo" decal from a sheet holding several individual images, and snipped a big slice out of my finger at the same time.
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Feb 27, 2005 09:03PM)
I never carry bandaids because they are too bulky to be practical and they don't stop the bleeding. I carry super glue. It seals the wound, provides a protective coating, and stops the bleeding immediately.
Message: Posted by: MagicMarker (Apr 11, 2005 02:10PM)
Please tell me the Super Glue post is a joke?
I don't want to hear about some kid suing TheMagicCafe
because they've gotten Blood Poising or glued their fingers
to their cups and balls set.

Message: Posted by: Thomas Wayne (Apr 11, 2005 07:29PM)
I personally use superglue all the time to seal small cuts when I'm working in the studio; "weepinwill" is right about it being superior to Band-Aids. And I seriously doubt there is a danger of blood poisoning, though someone could easily make a sticky mess if they didn't know how to handle the stuff.

Thomas Wayne
Message: Posted by: Jeremy L. (Apr 11, 2005 08:49PM)
On 2004-10-04 13:06, drwilson wrote:
I always carry a first aid kit for [url=http://www.memoryelixir.com/photogallery/gallery2.html]this[/url]. Funny thing is, I've never needed it. I bet if I did sponge bunnies I'd end up in the ER.



I like hot sauce! Tabasco sauce is actually fairly mild hot sauce compared to many such as Mad cat, Mad dog, Insanity Sauce the list goes on.

I have heard of people getting cut with cards but I have never.
Message: Posted by: jimroady (Apr 13, 2005 06:02PM)
I carry a few other items beyond band-aids. It's worth taking along antacids,imodium, asprin and a good sinus medication. Try to perform and be bright, cheery and enterntaining with any of the ailments that these items would correct.
Message: Posted by: RP (May 16, 2005 06:43PM)
Super glue is good for sealing the wounds, yes, but it prevents air from reaching the wound. Air helps the healing process, believe it or not.
Message: Posted by: ssucahyo (May 26, 2005 09:54AM)
9 yrs ago, I have same experience. acidentally cut my finger's skin. blood flow out, and I have to stop my show.what a bad day and very shamefull. now the scar is still visible on my left finger.
Message: Posted by: Chris Stolz (May 26, 2005 12:22PM)
I cut my thumb once right on the tip. Luckily I had a THUMB TIP! The cut and restored was second to last right before a zombie routine in which the lights were dimmer anyways. When I went off stage at the start of the music to retrieve the ball and make my entrance at the musical crescendo, I threw on a large thumbtip. A piece of toilet paper (used in paper balls over the head just minutes ago!), stuffed in the end and I was ready to go!

I too now carry bandaids!

- Chris.
Message: Posted by: Rickfcm (May 26, 2005 07:56PM)
Carry a small sewing kit for those rips and tears in clothes and maybe for the bigger cuts.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (May 30, 2005 10:55PM)
Amen to the sewing kit, I once pantsed myself on stage. Wearing a rented tuxedo, and they got the measurement wrong somehow. The waist on the pants was way too big, but it was too late to take it back. So the show must go on. I thought I could tighten the cumberbun enough to keep them up (these did not come with suspenders). About midway into the show, I was doing the needle through the balloon. I had just pulled the needle out, tossed the balloon up in the air and just as I touched it with the point of the needle and it popped, my pants dropped to my ankles. (you wouldn't believe how many other later gigs wanted me to repeat that trick). But ever since I carred a small sewing kit, and made sure there was a safety pin in it.
Also definitely the first-aid kit too. Especially if you work with animals. I've had more than one loosing altercation with an irate rabbit.
Message: Posted by: Justin N. Miller (Jun 2, 2005 12:43PM)
Ok, here goes. I was perfoming my stand up routine about 10 years ago at a rest.that I normally perfomed at doing table-side magic. This was a "special event" hence the stand up part. There was about 40-50 people in the audience and my set was for 45min. One of the effects I was doing back then as part of my show was the bill in lemon. Now, bill in lemon is a closer buy all means, but for that night I was closing with something stronger so the bill was just a "warm-up". Now normally when I did bill in lemon I bring my own knife to cut the lemon. However, on this occasion I did not (BIG MISTAKE)! So before the show I asked the chef if he had a knife I could borrow for the show. Well, it gets time to cut open the lemon to reveal the amazing surprise inside and as I start to cut into the lemon I did not realize how sharp the blade was. This was a Ginsu knife! I put way to much preasure downward and the blade cut through the lemon like a stick of butter. I was holding the lemon with my left hand between my forefinger and thumb. The knife goes through the lemon and cuts DEEPLY into the arch of my left hand. Ready for this? Lemon juice starts pouring down into the cut and all over my hand. Blood and juice is drenching down my hand. Now, me being the prof. I am I saw (and felt) , what had happened. So I quickly put my hand into my pocket ( I am in DEEP PAIN at this point) and proceded to reveal the bill in the lemon to the watching spectator who let me borrow the bill. thunder and appluase erupt, I say thank you good night, tip you wait staff, and mosy on off the stage. Nobody knew any better at what just happened. The manager comes over to me and says " what is going on..you still have 30 mins to do" I then took my hand out of my pocket. However, at this time the blood has dried with the juice so my hand is stuck to the lining of the pants pocket. I finally get my hand un-stuck and he said "oh, ok" He gave me some bandages and of I went home where I think I cried all night. The cut healed by-itself and I am a WISER man I can say now. BRING YOUR OWN PROPS.
Message: Posted by: Lord of Illusion (Jun 3, 2005 02:28PM)
Copperfield did cut off the very tip of a finger doing his version of Mack King's C&R. Mac had done the exact same thing weeks arlier and quipped that he wouldn't charge for the use of the extra material.

Message: Posted by: saranacbo (Jun 8, 2005 10:14AM)
Can't believe it--I thought I was the only one.

I was doing a Saturday morning kids' show at a grade school. Started off with the cut and restored rope and--Voila!--caught my index finger right between the blades. Stood there incredulous for a moment; saw the blood running down my finger, and then realized I had to do something, but had no idea what.

Then I told the audience what had just happened and asked if anyone had a bandaid (no way could I continue--even though I wasn't cut badly, the bleeding wasn't going to just stop of an dby itself for a while).

Luckily, the custodian was in the building; he had a first aid kid, fetched me a bandaid and all was right with the world.

Never leave home without a bandaid now, however.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Jun 13, 2005 04:12AM)
On 2004-10-04 13:06, drwilson wrote:
I always carry a first aid kit for [url=http://www.memoryelixir.com/photogallery/gallery2.html]this[/url]. Funny thing is, I've never needed it. I bet if I did sponge bunnies I'd end up in the ER.



During the New York blackout in the 70s, my wife and I walked around to see what was happening. I started to feel something crunchy and a car went by and illuminated the field of glass I'd been walking on in my bare feet! Not a fun moment!
Message: Posted by: malaki (Nov 7, 2017 03:09PM)
It is actually a good idea to use super glue on a cut. It was created as a surgical glue, to replace stitches, which is why it sticks to skin better than anything else. As long as the cut is clean, then superglue will not only hold the wound tightly together, but seal it from outside dirt. It is known by medical personnel as a "liquid bandage". If you need to speed up the curing time, lightly mist it with water.

For best effect, hold the cleaned wound closed, then add a bead of superglue over the injury. If you don't have the opportunity to clean the wound, then "spot weld" the cut. When you get to soap and water, remove the superglue with fingernail polish remover - much cheaper and easier to get than the "superglue solvent" that they try to sell you.

(My wife has been an X-Ray tech at a hospital for 30 years. I have been a wood turner for 20 years, and use it to stabilize wood that is too soft to turn.)