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Bob Sanders
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We're booked again for 2007. Forgiveness must be real! LOL

The show must go on. Be there or be square.

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I could not make a house party about 16 years ago. The roads were iced over every where. I called to cancel from my car, and I was in bumper to bumper traffic. I tried to get there, but it was not happening. The client was a little upset, but I doubt if any one else got there that night.
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Bob Sanders
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Today many of you know why professional magicians avoid flying commercial to a show. But compared to other performers, I think magicians have a very good reputation for being there.

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I had to cancel a county fair gig once, due to a death in the family.
My agent brought in an Elvis impersonator to fill the gap.
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I think I've missed about 3 shows in almost 30 years on all occasions I had someone else stand in for me. I remember performing several shows with one arm in a sling when I dislocated my shoulder. I also performed a show 12 hours after my dad died (not the best performance ever) It's a tough business but, yes, the show must go on.

Darn, I just remembered, I did cancel one show due to snow making driving way too dangerous, the journey was over a hundred miles. I had agreed before hand that as the show was in the middle of winter I had the right to cancel in adverse weather conditions, they were disappointed but understood. Many of the guests failed to show that evening also.
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Just to shimne in here a minute, people do get sick as we are not superhuman. =) I guess the real question of being a professional is in how we handle the situation when it comes up.

In many cases, I will always do a performance that I am contracted for even if I am not always up to par. As long as I feel I can get on stage and do a 100% quality show, then I will do so and smile doing it. There is plenty of time to feel sick in the truck on the way home.

However, as others have stated, I will not do a performance if I feel that my illness will effect my ability to deliver a quality show to my client. It is just not fair to them or thewir patrons.

In this situation, I work as a solutions provider for my client. I have been blessed enough to have a great network of friends and fellow performers. We work as a network in the event something like this comes up. I can always go to them to fill in for me. I then contact the client and make all arrangements for them so they do not have to.

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I have done shows where I tossed my cookies in the parking lot on my arrival, so if humanly possibly I will show up, and do my best. Of course there are times that you are too sick to fake it, and in those cases I give my old friend Kyle Peron a call to cover my sad butt.
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Al: thanks my friend. that is why I have folks like you to refer shows to as well in event that I am too sick to get on stage. You have to have a good network of friends who you know are skilled enough and professional enough to cover for you.

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Why would you miss a show.
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Severe sickness or death in the family are 2 that come to mind.

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On November 4th of 2008 I had open heart surgery, and on October 13th of 2009 I was hit by a car (walking across the street). For both of these sicknesses I gave away about 12 shows. Anymore questions?
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But the key here is that Al was a professional enough to know that the client deserved to still have a show. He went out of his way to ensure the shows were still done and the clients still got entertainment.

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LOL, I just remembered one other occasion. My wife went into labour the night before I was due to perform at the opening of a supermarket. The next day was the cup final (I don't follow football/soccer but apparently it's a major highlight of the season) There was not a magician to be had in Scotland, they had all kept that Saturday free. After 3 hours of non-stop calls between me, the client and several magicians, At 11pm I had secured an entertainer to cover for me. My gorgeous daughter was born at 4am on the day of the show. As I cradled her in my arms, it was the only time I didn't give a hoot how mad my client was. Smile
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But the key is that you went out of your way to try and make sure that you found someone to cover the show for you. that to be says professional. =)

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Since my first gig in 1972, I've missed 3 shows. All elementary schools, all within an 18 month period, and all in 2007/2008.

One was weather and I found out that the school ended up closing that day anyway. I would not have found out in time since it was 4 hours away and I had to leave at 3:30 a.m. We rescheduled.

Another was: The night before a gig, I spilled a cup of boiling water down my leg while making tea. I when I peeled my PJs off I peeled of a lot of skin - ended up with 2nd degree burns. In a rare case, the principal's phone number was listed and I called him. He was very kind and we rescheduled.

The third time I was very sick with a cold and the school agreed that it would be best to rescheudle.

I guess I'm lucky they were all schools and could be rescheduled. I'm also lucky that I was dealing with very understanding people.
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