Many years ago, when we had Eugene Burger do a lecture here, he impressed upon me and everyone else at that marvellous evening, the importance of a script. Everything has to be thought out, and everything has to have a reason. It doesn’t have to sound contrived. It could sound spontaneous, it should sound spontaneous, but it shouldn’t be. You have to know what you’re going to say, why you’re saying it, how to say it and when to say it. As we say “Timing is everything.”
If you read my last post, you know my 11 year old grandson performed before the public for the first time. He fools around with magic, did a show for his class, but this show was for a paying public. I showed him the Colour Changing Wreath Trick. He liked it and said he would do it. I didn’t give him any advice, but did go to visit his family and his mother asked him to do the trick for Phil and me.
I never told him about a story. I had figured it was a trick that could stand by itself. He’s only 11, his first time on stage, just let him do the thing, bow and get off. You had one nervous grandmother here. But things don’t always happen the way you imagine they would. It didn’t make sense to Jacob, my grandson, that a bag should have a hole in the middle of it. When the earlier version of the trick “Color Symphony” was around, it made sense that the envelope holding the 45 records had whole in the middle because the records and envelope had holes in the middle, but those are a thing of the past. Kids don’t know what records are these days.
So Jacob was not comfortable with a hole in the bag so he thought about it and came up with a solution. Instead of calling white wreaths “wreaths” he called them his juggling rings, and even tossed one or two in the air and caught them to prove his point. And he put his rings in the bag and said a man came into his house one day and made a hole in his bag. Then he put a blue silk through the whole and took out one of his rings and it was blue and so on and so forth. He did the whole trick telling what the man did. I don’t know that anyone else would have thought it weird to have a hole in a bag, much less do anything about it, but he did and managed to get a plausible explanation for it. I think that’s part of what Eugene was talking about. By the way, he was asked to come back for the next show, June 11, which is on a Sunday afternoon at the Dollar Cinema at Decarie Square. ( May as well get a little advertising in!)