I get a chuckle from some of the websites I see where some magicians advertises “Magic for Any Occasion.” Oh yeah, what about a funeral.Â I have a wide range of shows. I perform for a wide range of audiences in a wide range of venues and situations. But, a funeral is one of those occasions I do not think I would do well.
A few years ago I did a show for a church in Texas. The after the show I spent some time with members of the audience as I always like to do.Â A little boy came up after wards and was all excited about what he had just seen. He was telling me how much he enjoyed the show and he thought I was really cool. Then he asked me something that I have never forgotten. He told me his mother had recently died and asked if I would perform at her funeral. I expressed my condolences and politely declined his invitation.
Seeing the wonder of magic at such a traumatic time had an impact on him. It touched him deeply. He still calls me on occasion just to talk for awhile. I enjoy our short conversations. I was able to touch his heart with a silly magic show at a deeply emotional time. But he continues to touch mine.