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NJJ
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I had my own revelation experience

I did my new sword swallowing routine (uses a gimmicked sword) and the gimmick gave way at the end of the routine, revealing the method!

I was able to make it part of the show and got a big laugh. It didn't matter since the audience was only about 100 or so.

Only problem is, Sunday's paper had an article about the show that says, "He also performed sword swallowing, albeit using a plastic retractable sword."

****!

I just read the article again and noticed another problem.

I do a comedy effect called 'Second Rate Mindreading'. The article goes on to say "he also performed second rate mindreading..."

I got three calls since my first post from friends asking what went wrong!!!
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Something similar happened to me years ago. I did a blockhead routine stressing that everything was real and doing the customary demonstration to prove such. Anyhow the paper put a picture of me doing the routine on the front page using the caption "...performing the illusion of the nail in the head with a special magic trick nail."

grrrr...
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That's even more annoying then mine since you REALLY were doing it!
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Christopher, the next time that happens you have the perfect opportunity for some free publicity. Call the newspaper and say your reputation is at stake and you will sue if you can't prove to them that it is a real nail. Tell them you want to go to their office and have everything examined and will do it again. And they are to run another article that states they were wrong.
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Great idea Greg.
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Anyhow the paper put a picture of me doing the routine on the front page using the caption "...performing the illusion of the nail in the head with a special magic trick nail."


That must be the longest, clumsiest newspaper photo caption I've ever seen. That paper must have a really pernickity (and joyless) editor.

On other pages;

>Local politician presents himself as a happy-go-lucky man of the people with the aid of his comittee of professional image consultants, policy advisors, speech writers and market researchers.

>"Your Stars"; Madame Mesterina (real name Susan Schlum) portraying the role of a mystic gypsy woman to write fictional horoscopes you can take seriously if you wish.

>Sports; A guy in shorts punches another man to the ground, using special trick boxing gloves. Also the local Hockey team perform the illusion of walking on ice using special magic trick skates.

>Poll question: Is this the most boring newspaper in the Northern Hemisphere? Cast your pointless, inconsequential and overpriced phone vote today, if you can be bothered. We can't.
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That was several years ago. This past year, at the same annual show, they did a similar caption for my newspaper prediction. Something to the effect of "Using tricks and sleight of hand newspaper prediction appears to be accurate"

For some reason the paper always has this type of caption for every type of event. People have complained, as the captions for other events have been terrible.
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Blimey.. where's this paper located? They must really be in the sticks to have lasted several years with any sort of circulation if their prose is as emotion-free as their captions.

It's on a level with "Hershel Krustofski's Clown-related Entertainment Show" from the Simpsons episode where the IRS take over Krusty's empire. In fact, are we talking about an IRS employees' newspaper here?
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No, but it is a small town paper. The spelling mistakes and grammer are great. Some time ago they ran a great fundraising ad for the local bowling alley with the headline "Ladies Lay Free All Night" in big bold letters.
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On 2004-06-23 11:56, Christopher wrote:
No, but it is a small town paper. The spelling mistakes and grammer are great. Some time ago they ran a great fundraising ad for the local bowling alley with the headline "Ladies Lay Free All Night" in big bold letters.


Okay, so what are the exact directions to this town?
:rotf:
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