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Heya folks!

My name is Jay Buchanan and I am coming off a 3 year leave from magic.
I worked close up at restaurants for 3 years and did a club date act as well as the occasional childrens party.
At the height of my performing career, I learned one of my major weaknesses was the "business" side of the art. I was doing an average of 3 shows a day, plus working the tables and bars every night, and making a very good living at 28 years old. Then I made some really bad investments, I dumped a lot of money into things that didn't really matter and I began getting lazy and turning down shows. Suddenly I was faced with bankruptcy and my whole world fell apart in front of me. Luckily, my wife stuck with me, and she never stopped cheering me on. Now, 3 years later, I am getting back into the scene. I now know a little more about my strengths and weaknesses. Hopefully I wont have too much trouble breaking back into the scene, I have contacted some of my previous clients and they are psyched about my return.

I stumbled upon this forum and am very happy to have a place to hang with you all, there seem to be some incredible personalities and wisdom showing their faces around here.

Anyway, enough dribble from me, it's great to be back!

Jay Buchanan
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Welcome aboard JB, it's great to have you as the newest member of The Cafe.
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Welcome to The Magic Cafe Jay!
"Always be you because nobody else can" - Steve Brooks
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Hi Jb Smile Smile
I would like to welcome you with a cup of strong Turkish coffee. Thanks a lot for sharing your story with us.

In this very big family you will never do the same mistakes provided that you take the opinions of the friends in the Cafe. Nice to see you here. Smile
Magically Yours,


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Welcome Friend Jay!

An education always comes at a cost! And thank God that your wife stuck with with you until you learned what was really important!

I know that your experience and insights will be welcomed here. I look forward to your contributions! And I hope you gain from this forum as well.

Glad you came and shared! Good to make your acquaintance.

If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything.
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Welcome aboard, JB.
BroDavid's post, above, pretty well says it all.
Q: Where do you get good judgment.
A: From experience.
Q: Where do you get experience.
A: From bad judgment.

Never a door closes but a window opens!

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Hi Jay,

nice to meet you here.
Welcome to The Magic Cafe.

Magically yours

Manipulix Smile
What is life without a little bit of magic?
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Welcome to the place Jay, looking forward to your post. Smile
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Thanks for the warm welcome!
I got in touch with my old friend Denny (Denny & Lee), and found out that a lot has changed since I stepped out of the light 3 years ago.
For one thing, Sidewalk Shuffle is out of production??? Smile
I used this in every single performance, close-up or stage, I always had it with me and I always performed it.
Does anyone know the scoop on this?
Is it coming back?
I checked all the well known shops and nobody was really sure on the status.
Jay Buchanan
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Hi JB - good to have you on board.



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Hi Jay,

Welcome back to the family of magic. And more importatly, welcome back to your physical family. Having a loving and supportive wife who believes in you and stands by you through the good and the bad, well, that woman is worth more than all the riches in this world. God has given you a wonderful wife!

It sounds like you have learned much in these last 3 years, and I hope you will share some of these things with us! We all need a refreshing "wake up call" now and then. No doubt magic has made many divorcees over the years. Your words of warning and encouragement would really help to save some marriages and some lives.

Blessings to you and welcome to the Magic Cafe!

Joe Marotta
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Well met Jay!

I'm sure that you'll find your re-entry into the performing of magic to be a breeze compared to the first time when you were still learning the ropes.

You'll be back up to speed in no time!
Professor Philemon Vanderbeck
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"I use my sixth sense to create the illusion of possessing the other five."
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Welcome Jay!
As an ameteur coming into the restaurant scene for the first time, I would be interested in hearing any advice. Check out the table-hopping section, or if you want, PM me!
Again, welcome!
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Welcome Jay! You have come to the right place. Please do not forget to post because that is the real fun of the Cafe. Enjoy.
"Mentalism is a state of mind." Marelli
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