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Bob Sanders
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Until the last year, I really considered myself a loner on announcing that I don't do blue material.

Many of you have personally commented to me about your support for that routine. Thank you for your support and encouragement. We don't have to do blue material and we can bring that to light with humor and entertainment too.

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Bob,

Glad to hear that you've discovered you're not a loner in this area.

Too many times I've seen a talented performer soil a show with reckless, off-color jokes or innuendo.

I advertise as a family-friendly act and demonstrate that entertainment can be full of fun and humor without debasing sexual content or actions.

Good for you! Good for your audience!

Blessings to you.

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Ditto for me. The only remotely blue material I agree with is... Drives me nuts when

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I'm with you on this one Bob! I don't think there's a need for it anywhere actually.
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I don't either.

Though I do play the blues on my harmonica.

Of course the Bible is far from being a rated G book.

Some like the movie, I prefer to read the book.(From Gen to Rev)

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I don't either, my sponge ball routine is drastically different today then when I was 18 yrs old. You live and learn.
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Side question:

What do you do when someone in the crowd/audience does something out of the character of your program?

Even at church programs at times, someone shouts out say an inappropriate suggetion or magic word.

In live theatre/entertainment, anything can happen.

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Whoops, I messed up my post above. My wife and I were at a "family" magic convention show (lots of kids there)-drove me nuts when an "entertainer" on the venue (who happened to be from Vegas?) basically did his Vegas style act here in the Midwest. Cringe city. A few folks walked out- but so sad that this performer was so out to lunch he appeared incapable from altering his R rated script. I can't remember exactly now what he did, but I think it included the ridiculously stupid "bra" trick (lousy for pretty much any setting other maybe before a bunch of drunks). Tom Mullica quoted Red Skelton on the use of blue material, and I can't remember exactly what it was, but something to the effect if you have to resort to it to get cheap laughs you aren't any good in the first place.
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Roger,

I too remember the comment given Tom Mullica from Red Skelton...perfectly correct!

Harris,
I've had that happen (inappropriate comments made during my performance). My response is to ignore the comment and act as if it was never even made. If a child makes a comment that is questionable, I give them my "questionalble look" and move on.

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When I entered the world of magic many moons ago, my mentor told me that no one needed to resort to 'blue' or off color material in order to get laughs. I've adhered to that concept since then.

God bless.

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Doing blue material is not much of an option but many can't resist it. It is surprising how many pros won't touch it with a ten foot pole. I was fortunate enough to grow up with them. (And now I'm only 67!)

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Same here. I have often heard when you play clean you can play anywhere.
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I have adopted a litte prayer from a friend of mine "Lord, don't let anything come out of my mouth that would not honor you."
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I perform exclusively for children and family events, so I have never performed blue material. I think that would pretty much kill my business. However, I am occasionally asked by potential clients whether the humor in my shows is "appropriate" for all ages, which leads me to believe people have seen enough offensive routines to be concerned about it. I enjoy adult humor at adult shows, but for family events, I would be perplexed if a magician chose to do a bra trick or perform blue material.
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I posted in another area about attending a local clubs lecture. The persons magic chops were great and top notch. His props and patter went way beyond the "bra trick"(no he didn't use that prop).

I also wrote to the officers and board of that particular local group.

On a lighter note, (G7) I do use blue material, when I play the blues on my harmonica.
.....and my audiences do seem to like my blue shirts....and the RED WHITE and BLUE..patriotic songs that Nigel sings....

Be safe, well and blessed...

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Full disclosure...back "in the day", when I did comedy clubs, I thought I had to be "blue".
IMHO I was wrong.

Side notes...Bb(Bflat)Got a request yesterday(for a show already booked for this afternoon) to include patriotic songs with my vent act.

At an assisted living unit, I included both Hebrew and Christian songs. The place is called Village Shalom, but has residents of all faiths...(and probably a few "non-theist")

At a recent music Jam, I requested a Gospel song..we ended up doing Hava Nagilla.

Still on my reading table...Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus

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I think we agree on the reality that religion is not the basis of "Blue Material". We are entertainers. Offending and insulting our audiences is unnecessary. Some employers will no longer associate with us as a consequence. I have seen famous international entertainers removed from consideration from being employed (or even invited!) to future events based upon the use of "Blue Material". The "good taste" decision makers are unlikely to include appeal procedures! It is indeed a buyers' market.

Of course, "Blue Material" is unwelcome for religion reasons also. It attacks the dignity of all in the room. Some of us know that we have no business being there.

Class never goes out of style.

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I used to take request. That's how I learned fire eating about 30 years ago. These days I choose not to use fire anymore.

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I'm probably not a "Terribly Proper Person" as my personal code of "ethics" (for lack of a better word)allows me to perform for the type of people or in situations that would obviously give him moral pause.

It's really king of easy. If you don't wish to work blue, then don't. If you have no issue with it then do.
The only difficulties lie in knowing when it is appropriate to do so. As I've already said. I as a rule refrain from doing so and keep my act famuily freindly. But if the need arises I can provide my customers with what they want.

Posted: May 18, 2012 5:41pm
At nearly 25 stone I sincerely doubt I would have fitted through the Eye of the Neddle in the first place. Rich or not. Plus the Kingdom of Heaven sounds terribly dull to me. I'm alreadt pretty bored now. I can't imagine anything that would keep my interest up for a whole eternity. It after all is a terribly long, long time. So I am actually looking forward to the oblivion that awaits us all when it comes time for the great dirt nap.
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Oblivion does not await me- I am very overjoyed to say it! Smile I agree with Dr. Erwin Lutzer's paperback book (available at pretty much any book store nationwide) entitled "One Minute After You Die." Lutzer is the pastor of historic Moody Church downtown Chicago- my wife and I sat next to him at a homeless shelter fundraiser many years ago and had a blast. See The Moody Church website for a free link to several years of audio and video services there- Lutzer often discusses the subjects of eternity, heaven and hell, etc.

Posted: May 18, 2012 7:12pm
Psalm 10:4, Hebrews 11:6
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