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A Magic Show? Stand-Up Comedy? Just plain old entertainment!

So as I said on my Facebook earlier in the  week, we (Phil & I) went to the Comedy Nest at the old Montreal Forum to see Richard Sanders who was performing there last week-end. Plans to go there were conceived at our auction the other week, when we found out David Acer is now a co-owner of the Comedy Nest. Denise & Stan Teshser (also a  magician) who were at the auction ( not only were they at the auction, but Stan worked his butt off, bagging the items in the right place as people acquired them. NO mean task, I assure you, as I stood and watched!) and are our dear friends, (who else would work so hard for nothing except dear friends?), asked us if we would like to go. We set a date, they came into town, we went out for dinner and during the course of dinner we found out that neither Stan nor Denise has ever been to a comedy club. Stan doesn’t like stand-up comedians. Comedy clubs weren’t around when we were teen-agers. We used to go to night clubs and sometimes there was a comedian as a act but to have one after another was unheard of.

But being a magician and knowing Richard Sanders is a magician, he wanted to go. He figured, I suppose, that he would see a comedy magie act. There was a comedy M.C . and 2 acts before Richard. I will only talk about Richard because we are talking magic here, although we enjoyed them all but Richard was the Star! Let me tell you this. Stan and Denise did a whole lot of laughing, as did Phil and I. Richard did magic, which was impeccable, but so well disguised in his comedy that I’m sure people didn’t walk out and say we saw a magic show or even that we saw a magician. He sort of sneaked it in. His interaction with the audience was fabulous and funny. He didn’t put anyone down, or use foul language, that I can remember, and when it was over I had the distinct feeling that he could easily do that kind of show in Las Vegas. Phil felt the same way. And I don’t think that’s the last comedy show that Stan and Denise will go to. We just laughed ourselves silly!

We wish David every success. Keep on getting that calibre act and its a shoe in!

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NOTHING STAYS SECRET IN MAGIC.

Long before smoking was banned from public places, we banned it from Magie Montréal, the annual magic convention that Phil Matlin and Wim Vermeys produced for 19 years.

The convention goers accepted it graciously for the most part. That dealers’ room was usually packed and got so smoky that it was a reasonable request. The dealers were another story. One dealer wouldn’t come back because we wouldn’t let him smoke his cigar.

When I got to the dealer’s room the first year we implemented this policy, I heard that Dave Cresey of Mouth Coil fame, who is such a nice person, a good friend, and who

Dave at his dealer booth

was in the main show that year, got so upset when he heard he couldn’t smoke, that he packed his bags, cleared out his booth and left the dealers’ room.

Hank Lee, one of the other dealers at the convention, realizing that there was now a big empty space in our gala show graciously offered to put together a show at the last minute to fill in. He said once Dave made up his mind to something, that was it.

My Dave, my friend, was walking out on me? I couldn’t believe it.

Where is he? I demanded to know.

Out in the hall calling a cab!

I marched out there. “Dave, what do you think you’re doing?”

“If I can’t smoke, I won’t stay.”

“Don’t act like such an idiot. Get back in there. You’re on the gala show.”

He gave me a funny look and to everyone’s surprise went back into the dealer’s room and set up his table again.

He didn’t talk to me much that convention, but when he came out on stage for the dealers’ show, he had cigarettes in his ears, up his nostrils and in his mouth. “This is for Evy,” he said. Of course everyone knew what had gone on; nothing stays secret in magic, but he got the last laugh.

Dave Cresey and Stan Tesher

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