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Frank Simpson
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After what has already been a very challenging year, I've hit about one of the worst things that can happen to a magician...

This past weekend I was working on the local crew for an Elton John concert. After the show while striking/loading out I was run over with a road case by an over-eager if not-too-smart young stagehand. I didn't think much of it at the time really, but now it turns out that I have fractured both of my wrists. Oh what fun to cancel all my gigs for the next 8+ weeks!

So, I'll not be likely to be posting much in the Café for awhile! But chin-up, I'll keep on keeping on... just wishing I had my hands!
Tom Fenton
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Just think how you're gonna knock 'em dead when you get well though.

Hope you get well soon and your luck changes,
Tom
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On 2007-10-02 19:36, Frank Simpson wrote:

This past weekend I was working ...........


Frank,

The Keyword there is "working". I'm suspecting Sir Elton played at a place that uses organized labor with proper protection in such a case. Wouldn't there be some sort of responsibility on their part for your " not self inflicted" injury? I suspect they will not bring it up but it may benifit you over the next 8 weeks to inquire.

Good Luck,

Tim
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Important to continue practicing the moves mentally--there's research to indicate that visualization and inner-rehearsal enhance performance and will help to maintain some neural connections for complex motor movements that might otherwise not be as strong following weeks of inactivity--best wishes for a full recovery.
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I'd say tough break, but it would sound like a bad pun. Follow up on Tim's suggestion. Hope you recover soon and are back at performing soon.
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They do concerts in Montana?
Dizzy
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Hope you feel better soon. Just think of the things your friends and family will do for you, coffee on tap,

Diane
Frank Simpson
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Tim-
Not organized labor, but they are (so far) stepping up to the plate to take care of medical expenses. Oh, I miss my hands!

MagicSanta-
Why wouldn't we?

Others-
Thanks for the words of encouragement. It is important to keep a good attitude through this ordeal!
Andi Peters
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That gives a new meaning to the phrase wrist kill!
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Frank, you're living proof of this saying..

It's not the critic that counts. It's not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena. Whose face is marred with dust, and sweat, and blood. Who strives valiantly; Who errors and comes short again and again; Because there is no effort without error and shortcoming. But who does actually dare to do the deeds. Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; Who spends himself in a worthy cause; Who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. So that his place will never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.?
- Theodore Roosevelt -

You take good care of yourself now.. Speedy recovery to you..

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Hang in there Frank. These things build more than character. Think how creative you'll be.

Sorry for the tough luck but I know that you are a survivor.

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How's it going, Frank?

I didn't break'em in any concert mishap, but my wrists put me out of commission for 9 weeks, too. I hope you are on the other side of it all, now. Mine are still healing, but are good enough to work, again. (Carpal Tunnel Surgery--1 wrist each in late Sept and late Oct). No one to blame but a successful year.

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I worked with a local promoter in NYC and Teamsters local 1. Used to do the same thing as you. I do know that when a road case is in motion, it's get out of the way or be crushed! I've seen it many times. No time for polite requests to move out the way. The union and the roadies call the shots! People think it's the artist...lol Not true!

Hang in there, I'm sure you will heal and be doing some new level of sleights! But, now that your hands are healing, how about some FOOT magic!

All the best!

Justin style
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