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Mad Martin
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Hello everyone Smile ,

I've lurked for a while and really like the site (espresso please, no milk) I've just joined and thought I should introduce myself.

I'm an actor and video/film director with some radio broadcasting experience to boot.

I started learning sideshow skills about 3 years ago from a friend who taught me to stiltwalk, eat & breath fire, walk & lie on broken glass and a little bit of acrobalance. We've performed on the streets, at private parties and corporate events.

More recently, we've both wanted to expand our repertoire with some more extreme and gruesome sideshow skills. We got tired of being 'nice' and wanted to play our characters with a harder edge and with a more dangerous and baffling show.

My friend is exploring the fine art of escapology while I concentrate on geek magic. My bed of nails part of the act is coming along nicely (Don't try that without the 6 Ps - perfect planning and preparation prevent poor performance [and injuries]).
I'm progressing slowly with my blockhead technique. My main problems lie with human pincushion props and safety, I'll be posting a note about that and requesting advice after I've sent this in.

It's nice to be here and I hope we can all get along and enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee.

Sincerely, Mad Martin.

Victor Brisbin
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Welcome. I'm curious, why "Legionnaire's Disease?" As a bit of weird trivia, the Society of American Magicians held their 1976 Philadelphia convention in the same hotel that spawned the deadly, mysterious malady.

Since we're in The Magic Café, I'm glad you're not "Salmonella!"
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Mad Martin
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Hello Victor,
I chose 'Legionnaires Disease' because I was thoroughly stupid enough to actually join the French Foreign Legion once Smile , an episode I still have the injuries from and an experience that I do not recommend to anyone at any time:bawl: . I learned my lesson the hard way, I hope no-one else is as foolish as I was. I hope that answers your query.
Speak to you soon, Martin.
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Eeeek.. I hope you are not contagious. Please don't stand too close to the air conditioning.

'Since we're in The Magic Café, I'm glad you're not "Salmonella!"'

LOL. I had that, not much fun. Especially the collapsing and waking up on a drip in the hospital.

Seriously, welcome. It is good to have another geek magician here, trainee or not. Any help you would like please let me know.

Have fun

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Rod Lages
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Hi There,
Welcome to The Magic Café! Glad to have you here. Looking forward to your posts!

Rod Lages Smile
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You sound like an interesting guy - welcome to the Café!
If you haven't already done so, check out the postings on being a blockhead. The "Progress Reports" are amusing.

Look forward to your posts.


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Peter Marucci
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Welcome aboard, LD.
After the Foreign Legion, a bed of nails ought to be a bed of roses!
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Red Alert !!!! There is a disease at the Café.!!! Thank God we have a magical immune system. So no harm is done.
Welcome to the Café my friend. You will like it here very much and spend too much time here as I do. Please have a cup of strong Turkish coffee on my bill.

Magically Yours,


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Welcome Mad Martin,

Welcome to the Café. You must be crazy about Magic (MAD martin). Looking forward to your replies.

Best regards,

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Welcome to the Café! Smile

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Welcome to the Café.
There is always something new to learn here everyday. Do enjoy your stay.

A warm welcome from Singapore! Smile
Magically Yours,

a guy from a tropical island in South East Asia
..oops...where did he disappeared to????
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Welcome, Martin. I'm sure you'll find time spent at the Café a refreshing way to take your mind off of your experiences in the Legion.
"Love God, laugh more, spend more time with the ones you love, play with children, do good to those in need, and eat more ice cream. There is more to life than magic tricks." - Scott F. Guinn
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