Love Those Wild Horses

Speaking of memories, Rick Bronson’, owner of The Comic Strip, and The House Of  Comedy entered the Stage Magic Competition at a Magic Montréal Convention in 1991. My son Michael was sitting in the audience and Rick managed to get him on stage as a volunteer, although he must have used some strong armed method, as I can’t see Michael going up there voluntarily!

Rick Bronson and Mike Matlin

My youngest daughter Julie, who was about 18 the time was sitting beside me watching the show, and she leaned over to me and said, “Michael is such an idiot to go up there. Wild horses couldn’t drag me on stage.”  As I recall Ricky did a great version of the classic Tricky Bottles and Michael was really a good sport about it and seemed to be enjoying himself up there, in spite of the fact that Ricky made him look a little silly.

The next day, when the Gala Show came on, I think I was sitting with Phil, although he was usually back stage controlling traffic, when the Zucchini Brothers came on. We usually had one act that wasn’t magic but was sort of tied in to the genre, like a ventriloquist, or a mind reading act, and in this case a juggling act that was hilarious.

The Zucchini Brothers were on stage doing their thing, when they said they needed a volunteer. Suddenly the house got dark and two spot lights flashed around the audience and stopped at a person. The Zucchinis marched down into the audience to collect the lucky individual that the spotlight hit (not literally). We couldn’t see who it was from our vantage point, but you can imagine my surprise when I saw Julie, yes the same Julie who couldn’t be dragged by wild horses on stage, on stage. One of the brothers put a straw in her mouth, stood her in the middle of the stage. One went to one side of the stage; the other went to the other side, juggling pins in hand .They told her not to worry, the pins would fly past the end of the straw. They told her to stand straight and not to move. They started juggling pins to each other with her in the middle. Suddenly one stopped and said, “You moved. Penalty!”

He took out a scissors and cut the straw. Every few minutes he stopped to cut it shorter.  Everyone laughed except Julie.

After the show she went over to Phil, fuming. “How dare you tell the Zucchini’s that it was okay to get me as a volunteer?”

Phil said. “I never did any such thing. They never spoke to me about it. “

“Well,” she said, “when he came to get me, I told him I wasn’t going and he said, ”Yes you are. It will be fine. I okayed it with your Dad.” She didn’t want to spoil the show so she went.

By the way, Ricky has since gone   on to be a stand up comedian, is a comedy club owner, had his own TV show. I think it was called The Traveler. (Check out his web site).

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9 responses to “Love Those Wild Horses

  1. Denise Tesher

    ….sooooo funny! I guess she changed over the years after that…..Good story!
    Still in NS will get in touch when back….

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    • Evelyn

      I only wish I could find a photo of Julie on stage. I still don’t think she would go up. I still remember my disbelief when seeing her up there.

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  2. Oh I remember that alright.
    Years later I was at a comedy club in Vancouver and, unknown to me Ricky was the headliner. I saw him sitting at the bar and almost left. Ricky is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. But he takes no prisoners on the stage and everyone is fair game, and really, you could not drag me up on a stage, especially one with Ricky on it. I’d sooner die.

    Ricky saw me standing and came over to me and before we even exchanged hello’s he told me he would not pick on me. He didn’t thank God, because he tore into everyone else. I don’t remember ever hearing Jana laugh as hard as she did that night.

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  3. Almost forgot. The Zuccini brothers were one of my all time favourite acts as far as the conventions went, although there were quite a few that are up there. Sid Lorraine, Bob Little and the Dovino act to name two.

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  4. Robin Dawes

    I missed the ’91 convention but I have very happy memories of earlier ones – they all blur together in my mind … probably a sign of age … your stories really bring those days back to life.

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    • Actually they all blur together in my mind too, but I’m much older than you! I have the advantage of having all the photos, but the disadvantage of not having marked the years on them so now I am matching performers to programs. Not that easy, but fun in a way!

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  5. The Brother

    um, who looked a little silly? Ricky actually asked me if it would be okay for him to use me as a volunteer I flatly refused and said “If you do you’ll be sorry” and he did and he was. He tried to do tricky bottles to the guy that sold them to him that didn’t want to be there. Yes I was having fun because my bottle was doing just what his was instead of what he wanted it to be doing. It was all good in the end and Ricky even said afterward, “Guess I won’t pick you again”

    My only hope is that Sederis asks for a volunteer! I am so going to volunteer Julie. . .

    . . . again!

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