Vanish Magic Magazine Vanish magazine 38 - Page 73

The seats in the front row (which allow for two handicapped seats) were finally in- stalled and we got a quick tutorial on how to run the sound and lights (not finished but enough for the show). Marty and I had decided not to perform on the first show because we didn’t need the added stress and it turned out to be a wise move, as the Friday was one of the most stressful days of my life. The work stopped for the day, and as the crew was leaving out the back door, the ticket buying public started to come in the front door. There were friends and family and lots of people we didn’t know. We brought in four demonstrators to work behind the counter and help usher people to their seats. A mini coloring book was the very first sale as people strolled around and looked at the many colorful posters that lined the walls of the lobby and shop. Will and Doc were in the green room getting ready as we opened the doors to the theater for the first time and people found and took their seats. Finally it was showtime, and Marty and I thanked the crowd for coming and intro- duced Will Fern and the Smoke & Mirrors Magic Theater was off and running. The show was tremendous with lots magic and laughs (Will’s trick with a blow up sex doll) and some great stunts (Doc walking across ten feet of broken glass with a lady from the audience on his back). The audience were appreciative and the first show was in the bag. At least 80 % of the people walked over to the Tavern on Pine (about 300 feet