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Yesterday I was in the hospital for throat surgery to cure my sleep apnea.

After I'd been wheeled into the operating room and slid onto the operating table, one of the nurses asked why I had rubber bands on my left write. I explained that I am a magician and that I do magic with rubber bands; she wanted to see some. Because my IV was in my left hand I couldn't get the rubber bands off, but I told her that if she found me a couple more I'd show her some magic. She was back in a flash for a quick performance of Crazy Man's Handcuffs.

This was the first time that I had done the routine lying on my back staring up at the ceiling, the first time I had done it under sedation ("This will relax you," said the anesthesiologist), and the first time the surgical team had been entertained by a magician on the operating table.

After the operation (it went perfectly, according to the surgeon), I did the same routine for the recovery nurses. I also passed out a few business cards, enabling me to write off the mileage to and from the hospital.

Not bad!
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Great story! Merry Christmas and a speedy recovery!
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Lol the sign of a true magician. Magic on the operating table! Maybe you have discovered a new venue? Hope you get well soon!
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I just hope that I don't get booked there too often!
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I'm glad you killed them rather than the other way around.
A speedy recovery to you!
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Mazel Tov and Tzie Gesundt. OK I'm showing off.

May you recover quicker than the doctors say you should and may you work less and make more money than before.
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Hi Bill

I assume you made sure the operating table was facing the right way round before they made the first cut!! Smile

All the best for a speedy recovery
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Hey get well soon!
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What a great story - hope you have a quick recovery! Hope you will entertain others at the hospital in the future, but not as a patient!
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Lol I like that. Good luck to you and Merry Christmas.
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Hope you get well Smile
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If you were a real magician you would have been able to get them off your wrist.

Speedy recovery.
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Hope you are feeling better. I can relate and with the same trick!

A few years ago, I had to have three wisdom teeth pulled and a molar that had cracked in an accident. After surgery, the doc commented that I had been very difficult to put "out" and that I was heavily medicated and that it would be a while before I could walk to the car (my wife was going to drive me home).

While reclining on the recovery couch, I did CMH for him. By the time I was through, I had done it for every member of his staff, yet I couldn't stand up at all!

Muscle memory is a wonderful, if slightly scary, thing.

Feel better soon!

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Thanks, everyone!

I had my first follow-up visit yesterday and the surgeon said that I'm healing up nicely. The nurse was rather stunned to learn that I'd gone horseback riding yesterday morning, and Sunday as well - she thought that I might be "pushing" a bit too hard.

I'm not sure why riding a horse should matter for a sore throat; I simply got back to doing what I love to do as soon as I felt ready to do it.

Happy New Year!
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Glad to hear your doing well.

Happy New Year to you too.
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I had surgery to both hands (not at the same time) and for the second one they had on the instructions for the operating crew the WRONG HAND... they were going to do the same one over again.

Luckily I spotted the error and moved the previously done hand under my body.

I had been kidding about taking a sharpie and writing "NOT THIS ONE" on the hand, now I wish I had.

I started to tell a joke to the anesthesiologist and suddenly noted the overhead light had changed. I asked the nurse what happened to the big light?

She said "That was two hours ago, you're in the recovery room."
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Wow, cool story, but I'm sure there are easier, less expensive ways to promote yourself to hospitals!
As English-speakers say in Japan, "get well soon!"
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Happy to hear all is well, Bill.
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Great minds think alike.

In 1994 I had the ACL in my left knee replaced in New Jersey. When the surgeon came in to chat with me before the surgery he looked at the chart and said, "Let's see, left knee, that's this one," as he pointed to my right knee. Everybody's a comedian.

Three years later I tore the ACL in my right knee and had it replaced here in California. The day before the surgery I took a Sharpie and wrote across my left knee, NOT THIS KNEE. My GP - who was to be assisting on the surgery - thought it was hilarious. The surgeon apparently did not.

By the way, on the first operation I was told that it would take about two hours, and it started at 1:00 PM. I awoke suddenly in the recovery room when I heard two people talking: one asked the time and the other said that it was 5:00. "It can't be 5:00," I thought, "I was supposed to be done about 3:00." As it turned out, I had a fair amount of shattered bone and torn cartilege in my knee, so the surgery took about 3-1/2 hours, not 2.
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Better to be booked in the hospital than the morgue! Smile

Get well soon!
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