Monday, April 17, 2017
Your past will catch up with you!
When I was enjoying the life as a ‘Chalk Artist, Ventriloquist and Magician’ my materials morphed over time to easily transported cases. Lights, props and gear could be set up in about 15 minutes. It was a life I truly enjoyed, and was fun.
Kids are great, even though you warn them that there is no magic, it is all a trick. Their job is to catch me. Most still believe in MAGIC. I have mentioned that I still carry ‘the gold dollars’ to give to kids after a quick illusion. The illusion is called ‘The French Drop’. The gold coin is supposed to disappear and magically appear in their ear or shoe. I must be honest, I am slipping. Two kids caught the trick last weekend.
They, and I got a great kick out of it. (But I was a little embarrassed, naturally). Yeah maybe these old hands are no longer as fast as they were. But as a disclaimer, Sherry still thinks my hands are pretty fast! LOL
What brought this on? I volunteered to do a chalk-talk for a senior’s group in Gastonia over the winter. So I says to myself, no problem. One of my most requested and successful presentations was “The House by The Side of The Road” (Sam Walter Foss) plus “Home” by Edgar Guest. Today I realized I cannot quote the poems anymore. I will have to study some.
That was not the worst problem. I spent a few hours today trying to rebuild a remote lighting system. Sherry, who is a life saver, has operated the remotes from the audience, bringing in the black lights at the right time. I think I have it, but I will need to do a little practice at the old routines.
It is a hard thing to know when one should, ‘Bow Out’.
(i.e. when do I submit my driver’s license or admit I need to move to assisted living or the next step?) Age brings on some tough decisions.
But I do plan to enjoy the Autumn of my life.
I still love to see a car like this 1956 Buick enjoying the admiration of the younger set (and a lot of us old guys!).
Correction to last nights blog. Who know Mry Ann. It was Mary Ann's Sister's husband who passed away, not Mary Ann's sister.