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J Hanes
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Yes, that's right, a wake was in one of my restaurants this last Friday.

I briefly performed for one of the tables that asked.

No, I didn't do the Living or Dead Test.
Scott Compton
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We had a large group come into the restaurant/bar, and they were just leaving a funeral. I performed because they asked. They said that "he would have wanted it that way." It makes it awkward to say the least, doesn't it, Justin?

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I always thought that line was weird - "He would have wanted it that way."

They are dead. I do not think "wants" are at issue anymore!
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I remember an episode of Columbo that opened with a magician's funeral. I believe there was a sort of "broken wand" ceremony. The real cheesy part was when someone produced a dove at the grave and it flew away. For me, I may have a magician perform at my wake. But only someone who is absolutely horrible. 21 card trick, really horrible stuff. That way, everyone will miss me even more.
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My will foregoes the usual "sob & sniff" funeral for a "Remember & Laugh" wake. It calls for setting the pace with a sign on the lid of the coffin that reads, "Yesterday was the last day of the rest of my life." Just before they close the lid, I want everyone to toss in a marshmallow - I'm being cremated. The only conflict in the entire plan: My wife wants to keep my ashes in one of three identical urns on our mantel and let guests guess which one I'm in. Promising as that sounds, I want to be loaded into a pro fireworks mortar shell and get launched so I can go out in a blaze of glory...and maybe hear one last "Ooooh -Ahhhh!" It's simple - I figure I should go out the way I tried to live - leaving a smile on every face. Smile

As for the restaurant, nearly every funeral I've been to ends up with a party from the funeral going to a restaurant or someone's home to sit and remember the person - and nearly always with laughter. I think it's the healthiest part of the process. You were fortunate to be a part of it for this family. Well done!
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Christopher Lyle
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I have performed for 3 wakes and 1 funeral. The wakes were nothing weird or odd...just like a big party. Lot's of fun and laughter.

The FUNERAL on the other hand...geesh!!! Talk about an odd request. The deceased always liked magic, and it was in his will that he wanted a Magic Show performed during the Funeral Ceremony. It was a great show...I KILLED!!!! (insert rim shot)
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MagicSanta
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A vent routine works really well at funerals.

"Hello? Let me out! I'm not dead!"
Michael Baker
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You think performing at wakes is weird?? I used to run my own business designing wrapping paper for funeral gifts. Some of the more popular designs...

"Here Lies a Gift For You", "R.I.P. This Package Open", and "The Late Gift".

But business was dead, so I became a professional gambler working the nursing home circuit.
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Scott Compton
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Grew up in a family of gravediggers.

Folks were dying for our service, and God knows we'd be the last to let them down.

We earned our riches puttin' folks in little ditches, 6 ft under the ground.

Can you dig it?

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After watching way too many 'Six Feet Under' episodes, I always wished they would have had a magician-related theme, but I don't think they did. Not sure I would like to work a funeral, but a wake perhaps.

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On 2008-03-30 04:56, J Hanes wrote:
Yes, that's right, a wake was in one of my restaurants this last Friday.

I briefly performed for one of the tables that asked.

No, I didn't do the Living or Dead Test.


At least you knew it was a wake! I was working a restaurant a few years ago for what seemed to be a pleasant crowd. Then, I decided to do a bit of mentalism...

"Think of someone who has had a profound impact on your life..."

At the climax of my routine, there were no gasps, just defining silence...then a table full of sobbing...

Three guesses who the thought-of person was.

It was only later that someone from the table explained that they had just left the wake for a member of a close-knit group of friends.


I now specifically request a living person to be thought of.
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I believe Jay Marshall's wish was honored at his memorial service - the entire audience got to perform some step-by-step sort of trick for themselves. From what I heard from a few who attended, it was appropriate and very much in line with Jay's wonderful personality. If anyone out there has any details, I'd be interested in their posting them.
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I've been hired to perform for a few, shall we call them "receptions", after a funeral.
Sometimes it seems there are more than one of me.

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On 2008-03-30 12:57, MagicSanta wrote:
A vent routine works really well at funerals.

"Hello? Let me out! I'm not dead!"


ROFL!!!

Posted: Apr 5, 2008 8:42pm
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On 2008-03-30 19:58, Scott Compton wrote:
Grew up in a family of gravediggers.

Folks were dying for our service, and God knows we'd be the last to let them down.



Gravediggers...let them down...oh, I get it!!!
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Alan Munro
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I don't mind performing at wakes. Only a really warped person would want people to be sad at their wake. Every wake that I've been to have been happy events.
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If your late for a Wake...is it called a Woke?
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One of my most interesting music gigs (link below) was at Cotton Candy's memorial.

I have posted this elsewhere, but here it is again.

http://www.myfoxkc.com/myfox/MyFox/pages......le=EN-US

(Yes, I'm the short guy in the vest playing the harp. (Same get up I wear when doing vent/magic...harp as in harmonica, not the angelic string instrument.)

Back in my singing telegram days, I did a few at Funeral Parlors...(for employees, not consumers of the business).

Harris "Lips" Deutsch
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Vincent
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I had a cousin who was somewhat of an underground figure in the magical arts, and he also had quite a few students. When he passed back in 1997, many of his students showed up at the wake and, without encouragement, got up and began performing.

No different in a way from any other family wake I've been to, and unfortunately, I have been to many. The noise level at most wakes is so high that it almost seems disrespectful in a way. Everyone talking to each other as they haven't been together since the last wedding or wake.

In a way, the performers at John's wake had much more of a reverence about them. It was actually kind of nice.

That same year, we lost three friends:
John V. Hope
Harry Blackstone, Jr.
Mario Gonzalez

Always try to remember someone for what they left with us.

Thanks,

Vincent Smile Smile Smile
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