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Hello from Mexico. We won't be back until the new year, but I have always loved the way you spin a story of your experiences in the world of Magic. Would you like to share a few here? Thanks. Glen
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Hey Glen,

I do have a few stories, don't I?

I have escaped death a few times such as the house fire, car through living room, tornado's outside the hotel room, ship in tropical storm and such nonsense...
All of these moments are etched into my mind as they have made me the man I am today.

I was thinking the other day about how much different a performer I was as a young man.
There was a time I wanted to be the feisty comic that attacked the audience.
I did a show in Lafflines Comedy club in Canada and picked on a guy who arrived late.
He had a girl under each arm and was really playing the big shot.
I called him to the stage to help and he reluctantly came and I basically poked fun at him.
The audience was loving it but the club manager and owner were buckled over in laughter.
I did lots of old jokes like dropping something and remarking when he picked it up that he'd be in trouble in prison, etc...
When the show was over I approached the club bosses and asked why they were laughing so hard.
They showed me the cover of the newspaper that day that had an image of the guy and the caption that he had just been released from prison for murder!
I walked slowly over to the guy to explain I wasn't aware who he was and that I didn't mean to insult him ... he just smiled at me and said he loved the show and not too worry ...too much.
For the next week I couldn't sleep. The slightest peep made me sit up in my bed.
Shortly after he turned up dead in his car in front of his house and I resumed my normal sleeping pattern.
You think that would have stopped me from using that performance character but it was another event later that would finally change me...

Hope you and Julie are having fun in Mexico ...

-shawn
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On 2012-08-19 22:50, Shawn Farquhar wrote:
but it was another event later that would finally change me...

-shawn


What was the other event...if you don't mind me asking?
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That was a new one for me and totally entertaining. It's amazing what comes to our mind when left to remember a random event. You have a gift for retelling these experiences, even the mishaps that have occurred in your life. You have to consider writing a book someday. Share more if you feel up to it.
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Tell us about the time you rented a book of life illusion, from another magician. Smile

- Donald
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I'm also interested in this bowling obsession that you and James Dimarre' share. I don't think I have ever seen anyone take bowling that seriously before...at least not a bunch of magicians... Smile
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BOWLING is code for...
No. I'll let Shawn explain that one. Had I known, I would have joined in sooner. Ha Ha.
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Christopher Lyle, that would be when I was burned out of my apartment back in the day.
To be honest it's a hard story to re-live and I am sure you can find it elsewhere on the Café.

G. LaBarre, I have always thought when I was old I would gather my notes and write my story, but who would want to read it?

Donald Dunphy, I'm getting old. I've rented a book a life a couple of times with mixed results. Are you referring to the Alice in Wonderland, the Santa story or maybe another?

-shawn
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I just think your writing style is fun to read and that you have had more than the average persons life experiences. You could have a section on Magic as well as Travel stories. Overcoming lifes obstacles and the importance of a Positive Attitude. Maybe a tell all book about the industry.
As for the who would read it, I think with the right publisher and a good promoter you could get it out there. Everyone's writing books these days and with the internet, everyone's interested in everyone elses business too.
I guess I'm thinking of the old Erma Bombeck books where a housewife just wrote well about her family and life and people could relate to the emotion of the events. People need humour in their lives.
Anyway, sleep on it, now that you can after that first anecdote. Good night.
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Christopher,

I know you are referring to the World Magic Seminar when they did that "Bowling with the Stars" event. How do I know you might ask? Well it's the only time I have ever bowled 10 pin in my life. In Canada I played five pin bowling as a kid but have only done that once in the past few decades when Hannah asked to do it for her ninth birthday. I know I did really well at the WMS and got second place. I even had my own bowling jersey as seen in this image. ( http://on.fb.me/Pq7Puv ) Now I have known James Dimmare since I was 16 and he is an avid bowler ... I on the other hand belong to the VMC Bowling Team. The VMC stands for the Vancouver Magic Circle and a long time ago when we were all much younger, going to see exotic dancers after the magic meeting was a regular event. We would have a beer or two, share a few card tricks, etc... The newly married guys, such as myself thought it best to have a code word for this late night activity so we called it "Bowling". I guess it was because there were bowling lanes next door to the bar we frequented. In time it became a tradition and over the years the VMC members have taken many well known magic celebrities and friends ... bowling.

Just for the record the wives weren't really fooled ...

I'd love to try bowling 10 pin again as it was so much fun. Heck I even own a bowling ball, but it's for Kevin James Bowlarama... lol
The idea the WMS had to take artist out of their comfort zone was awesome. In fact the next year at my PCAM convention on the Mariner of the Seas I had Ice Skating with the Stars... some funny watching Oscar Munoz and Eric Buss skating!

-shawn

p.s. G. LaBarre is a member of the VMC and I'll let him tell you if he's a member of the Bowling Team ... you know what they say, what happens at bowling, oh no, that's fight club.
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Christopher,

I know you are referring to the World Magic Seminar when they did that "Bowling with the Stars" event. How do I know you might ask? Well it's the only time I have ever bowled 10 pin in my life. In Canada I played five pin bowling as a kid but have only done that once in the past few decades when Hannah asked to do it for her ninth birthday. I know I did really well at the WMS and got second place. I even had my own bowling jersey as seen in this image. ( http://on.fb.me/Pq7Puv ) Now I have known James Dimmare since I was 16 and he is an avid bowler ... I on the other hand belong to the VMC Bowling Team. The VMC stands for the Vancouver Magic Circle and a long time ago when we were all much younger, going to see exotic dancers after the magic meeting was a regular event. We would have a beer or two, share a few card tricks, etc... The newly married guys, such as myself thought it best to have a code word for this late night activity so we called it "Bowling". I guess it was because there were bowling lanes next door to the bar we frequented. In time it became a tradition and over the years the VMC members have taken many well known magic celebrities and friends ... bowling.

Just for the record the wives weren't really fooled ...

I'd love to try bowling 10 pin again as it was so much fun. Heck I even own a bowling ball, but it's for Kevin James Bowlarama... lol
The idea the WMS had to take artist out of their comfort zone was awesome. In fact the next year at my PCAM convention on the Mariner of the Seas I had Ice Skating with the Stars... some funny watching Oscar Munoz and Eric Buss skating!

-shawn

p.s. G. LaBarre is a member of the VMC and I'll let him tell you if he's a member of the Bowling Team ... you know what they say, what happens at bowling, oh no, that's fight club.


LOL! LOL! LOL!

Wow! I had no idea that that's what I was asking about. I just remember you guys at WMS in your bowling shirts and beating everyone who attended! I had a lot of fun. Me and my pal Bizzaro teamed up just for laughs...I hadn't bowled since I was a kid. Here's a video of how that went down (note: strong language and Bizzaro is holding the camera) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIEHPvAEYEc

Other than this, I had such a great time at my first ever WMS and you were one of the main reasons. Smile

Very funny to hear the story of the VMS! I had no idea there was 5 pin bowling. Must be a Canada thing...?

Thanks so much for sharing. I hope you'll share more stories like this with us this week...
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Wow, it looked as if you bowled right through Bizzaro's legs and knocked down all the pins too!
Wickedly great shot for both you and Bizzaro.

Yes 5 pin bowling evolved from an original 10 pin installation in Toronto, Canada in 1909 and the inventor was Tommy Ryan. We actually celebrated 100 years of 5 pin bowling in Canada in 2009.
Today there are over 500 bowling centres in Canada with approximately 150,000 league bowlers and another 150,000 casual bowlers participating each week. (source:www.c5pba.ca)
The ball is much smaller and has no holes in which to stick your fingers. To launch a ball you cradle it like as in bocce.
Isn't it fun to learn new things.. lol

-shawn
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I remember when I was a kid, I use to go Duck Pin Bowling with my father. The balls were similar to what you describe and pins were very small too. You'd get three tries to knock down all 10 pins. The pins were very lightweight and the balls were quite heavy so they'd just break right thru the pins. Makes me wonder if the game is similar to what you describe above...?

Always fun to learn new things... Smile
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Donald Dunphy, I'm getting old. I've rented a book a life a couple of times with mixed results. Are you referring to the Alice in Wonderland, the Santa story or maybe another?

-shawn


The time where another magician said he owned one. He wanted you to meet him near a warehouse, and bring cash. He used your cash to buy the contents of someone else's locker, which contained the book of life. So, he used your cash to buy the prop and other props, and he only "rented" the book of life to you.

- Donald
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Donald,

Wow I forgot all about that one. It's right up there with the magician who knocked on my door in the middle of the night because he didn't have money to pay his rent. In the past I had lent him money many times and he never paid it back in cash, just in time and talent. That particular night I said no, as it was several hundred dollars, so he offered to sell me his PA system. I didn't need the PA, which was quite used, but he needed the cash to get into his apartment so I said yes. Several days later he was showing off the new PA system he bought at an auction and was remarking about how he suckered someone else into buying his old system. In the end I sold the PA to a young magician for a whole $50.00...

Thanks for reminding me of the book of life story and the PA one too.

-shawn
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Morning. Well Shawn, I've been out of the loop too long. So you actually Bowled at one time! The best part of your story was how the WMS thought it was a good idea to "get people out of their comfort zones" once in awhile.

VMC bowling was a long time ago. I had to get up at 5 AM for work, so I never understood the logic behind going bowling after our VMC meetings, not until I found out what it really meant. But,I do remember the other patrons of the bar weren't too impressed with us because the exotic dancers were always on our side of the stage watching you do some amazing magic.
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One of my favorite memories, is when Shawn's Dad was at the Victoria Magic Circle club picnic, one year at Ernie Crockford's house (many, many years ago). He brought along a Fisher Price Magic Set (kids toy), and performed a magic show for us using the set. We were rolling on the ground in laughter!

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One of my favorite memories, is when Shawn's Dad was at the Victoria Magic Circle club picnic, one year at Ernie Crockford's house (many, many years ago). He brought along a Fisher Price Magic Set (kids toy), and performed a magic show for us using the set. We were rolling on the ground in laughter!

- Donald


That sounds like it would have been quite fun to watch!
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Donald, that was my Father's last public performance... I still have the Fisher Price Kit in the garage... man that was funny. Thanks for the fond memory!

Glen, I recall you doing some pretty cool tricks too to keep the semi clad ladies on our side of the stage too! lol

-shawn
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Hey Shawn,

On the What makes you laugh thread you said this....
"I have the most brilliant Billy story EVER.Maybe I'll post that in the question about anecdotes..."

So will you post the story up?!
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