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Sam Tabar
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Haven't you tried the card on window in a train like Copperfield did in one of his specials?
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Scott F. Guinn
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No, haven't tried that one! Smile

I'm on again tomorrow (Saturday, June 4th). I'll post a report about the show tomorrow night.

Update: June 5 2005

Had a great time tonight with a full train. Most of the folks sat in the open-air cars. It was a beautiful evening, about 75 degrees and gorgeous scenery.

One really fun thing that happened tonight while I was in the open-air car: I was doing my Amb Card routine and was near the end, about to do the Pop Up move. I was displaying the "selection" with the bend in it when a sudden gust of wind blew the card right out of my hand and off the train! Everyone was surprised and felt genuinely sorry for me that the trick had been ruined. I said, "Well, it probably isn't gonna work NOW... (big laugh from audience)... but I'll give it a try anyway." I hold the deck up with my right hand, snap my left fingers and a bent card appears on top! Everyone went absolutely ballistic! The response lasted for 2 or 3 minutes--they just could not believe their eyes, and thought the whole thing was part of the trick!

Thank God for the DL!!!
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Sam Tabar
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That was a great finale to the ACR, Scott. Although we have to say it can't always be done. Smile
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If you guys haven't read Scott's fuller account on his blog (blog at http://scottfguinn.blogspot.com/, story at http://scottfguinn.blogspot.com/2005/06/......ine.html ), check it out! Sounds like a great night.

BTW, Scott's blog is the best magic blog out there. If you're into blogs, go read it and add it to your RSS viewer. If you're not into blogs, now's the time to get into them.

Geoff
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Envy, envy, envy! What a cool gig! Trains are SO much safer than buses! A few years ago, Jeff Bibik, myself and one other magician were scheduled to work a special event bus ride (3 busses, at different times) from McCormick Place on Chicago's lakefront (it looks like the box Disneyland came in) out to the headquarters of Computer Discount Warehouse (CDW), which is about a 90 minute ride in good traffic.

Traffic was NOT good that day. Nor were some of the other things that happened. The first magician's trip evidently went just fine, but took almost 2.5 hours. Jeff went out and, in traffic, reportedly took a spill when the driver swerved suddenly to avoid an idiot driver (we breed them for size, speed and agility in Chicago, folks!).

When my turn came, the CDW person who was supposed to take me down to the bus literally RAN off like a scared jackrabbit, leaving me standing there looking like the magical idiot we all know. I wound up working the hospitality party at the Green Dolphin Street restaurant instead (a great jazz venue, I might add) and they loved that, but a damper got thrown on that as well. It was the day of the Columbine shootings. I heard about it in the cab on the way over to the gig. I vowed never to work a bus gig from that point on.

Next time I'll know to take the train!

Scott, you have a great gig there! Nurture it!!

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Speaking of a "Killer" train gig, has anyone ever seen the movie Terror Train? David Copperfield is a magician perfroming on the train. I watched this movie once not even knowing it had anything to do with magic. Sorry I couldn't help myself with asking the question espically since the title to this topic is killer train gig.. lol

Jim
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Scott-

Just had a look at the link to the website you provided-Fantastic-I loved it

What a beautiful train & scenery-What a great place to perform-The wonders of the magicical entertainer!

Well done on a top gig- & Im sure knowing how good you are the people are thoroughly entertained & have a great day with you included

Plaudits to you Scott!!
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Thanks for your kind comments, guys!

Lee, I've done magic on buses, too! The last one was at 6 AM on a bus traveling the winding mountain roads of central Idaho. I was facing the back of the bus (no window), it was stiflingly hot, the driver was speeding because we were behind schedule, I hadn't eaten and only had about 3 hours of sleep the previous night. I was supposed to do an hour. After 30 minutes, I was white as a sheet, sweating profusely and ready to vomit at any moment. I had to sit the rest of the performance out. The client was VERY understanding and apologetic, and still paid me the full performance fee, but I was pretty embarrassed. Nothing remotely like that has ever happened on the train. (Thank God!)
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Hobie the Magical Hobo Clown
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That is so great. Envy here too.
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Quote:
On 2005-03-13 17:19, mandrake01 wrote:
We have one like that here in Rhode Island, but I didn't get the gig.


are you talking about the Newport Dinner Train ??
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