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building inspector was called out to inspect the work done before allowing us to continue and we passed every inspection with fly- ing colors. It was amazing to see the theater, lobby and magic shop begin to take shape. Rugs went down, paint went up and the day the truck came to deliver sixty brand new theater chairs (which had to be hand carried up ladders and into the space was a big day). Showcases and stock was ordered for the magic shop. A long time friend of ours Marc DeSouza lent us the many posters of all shape and sizes that we hung on the walls of the shop and theater. We put up a new website just to handle selling tickets to the public (and less likely that they would poke around in the online magic shop). Every day that went by was bringing us closer to Aug. 18th and it soon became clear to us all that the landlord would not have his project done in time (and some of our final details were also taking longer than expected). The PR started to work, and Marty and I were on local radio, TV and newspaper and people started to find out about us. We had shows listed on the website through November, but no one was buying a ticket. Finally, my brother bought five seats in the first row and that broke the dam and tickets started to sell. We added magician and side show marvel (and one on Penn’s mentors) Doc Swan to the bill. The steps outside were finally completed and we could walk like men into the building. As each day went by it was obvious to me that we would not be done on the inside. The first show sold out and it is now days before the opening and we still had no lights and sound in the theater. Every visit brought something new; bathroom sinks and toilets went in, the doors to the shop and theater were installed, the drop ceiling in the magic shop went in. The day before the 18th they started to install the sound and lights but didn’t finish. The handrail for the steps (one of the many build- ing codes we had to adhere to) were not working out because of the unique design of this non-traditional theater and that was a big concern as the building inspector could fail us for that alone. Marty had a friend that he called in and within forty-eight hours he had fabricated and installed the handrails. It was coming down to the wire and our fear was that the landlord’s problems with the front would stop us from opening. As I lie in bed the night before Friday I was excited but also apprehensive… what if we had to cancel at the last minute? Friday dawned and MArty and I were at the MAC early and saw them working hard on sound, lights and so many other proj- ects. Marty and I were pricing and putting stock away when the building inspector showed up around 2 PM. We were on pins and needles as our general contractor showed the inspector around and explained our situation (that we had two sold out) shows this weekend with sixty people due to start arriving in five hours. Finally he agreed to let us open conditionally to do these shows and then he would grant us a thirty day extension to complete the rest of the items he wanted done.