Ethan and I were up early to head over to the Shelton On The Bay assisted-living complex not far from the American Theatre.Â Michael Curry arranged for me to go over and conduct a workshop with some of the residents.Â When we arrived, the had all gathered in the community room and were enjoying some snacks.Â We got everything set up and, when it was time to start, I did a few magic tricks for the group.Â They were so excited and attentive!Â When I told them that we were going to teach them some tricks, they got even more excited.Â We spent the next hour working with about 25 of them teaching them some tricks from the Healing of Magic manual.Â We heard words like “fantastic,” “impossible,” incredible,” as they learned each trick.
After the workshop, Ethan and I went back to the hotel.Â On the way back, I smelled something “electrical” burning in the truck.Â The only thing I could think was “Not again!”Â On our last trip, the air conditioner compressor locked up – smoke can pouring out of the hood.Â This time, the smoke was in the cab!Â At least there wasn’t a fire and all I lost was the high speed on the fan…but it’s one more thing that I need to get fixed before we hit the road next week for two months.Â Ugh.
Once at the hotel, we picked up Cindy and went to Boston Market for lunch.Â A quick stop by Target and we were back at the hotel to pick up Keith…and then back to the American Theatre at 3pm.Â We had some things to work on and Keith wanted to fix some things on the new light board.
He has done an amazing job with the lighting and learning the new board in such a short amount of time.Â I was concerned that we might loose some of the impact of the lighting when we started changing the way we operated the intelligent lighting.Â I had nothing to fear.Â Keith has been masterful in putting it all together and the stage looks even better than it did!
Cindy and Ethan worked on getting the show ready for the evening.Â I worked with Keith on a few things with the lights.Â Dinner arrived at 5pm – enough food to feed a dozen hungry people but there are only 5 of us!Â AWESOME FOOD!
Before we knew it, it was time to open the doors.Â The crowd was fantastic!Â They were excited, enthusiastic, verbal, responsive – I can’t say enough good things about the audience tonight.Â The volunteers were so great and added so much to the impact of the illusions they helped with.
One more show today – 2:30pm – and then we’re head home for a few days.