This time of year has always been romanticized with falling snow, and cozy nights spent by a fireplace. Well, I lived that life for many years and let me tell you, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be! I hated the snow and the cold Philadelphia winters, that’s why I moved to Daytona Beach, but as you get older, you look back and only remember the good times. December always makes me nostalgic for the white Christmas’ of my youth. When I was old enough, and just starting out in magic, I remember that I would perform all sorts of venues for the Christmas season. From retirement communities, to Moose Lodges, to Churches and even Synagogues for Chanukah celebrations, December was a magical time in more ways than one.
Like many would-be Houdini’s, I did it all, including working with animals. I had doves and Guinea Pigs. I remember one time, I was performing at the gym of Temple University. This was a Christmas show for inner city youth and they had a ball! Well, when it came time to produce my dove, for some reason, it took off for the rafters and no matter what I did, I couldn’t get it to come back. Finally, I went on with the show and figured that I’d get the dove after the show was over. But the dove had other ideas! While it didn’t want to come back, it DID want to do something else! You see, it had had a big breakfast and, well, it had to do SOMETHING with it. So, it decided to do it’s best imitation of a World War II dive bomber! This bird would swoop down over the crowd and (there’s really no delicate way to put it) let it fly! And by “It” I mean, well…you know EXACTLY what I mean! That bird had multiple “bombing runs” and hit a bullseye every time! Talk about a “White Christmas”! LOL!!
It was a horror show back then, but like I said before, you only remember the good times and now that story makes me laugh and never fails to bring a smile to my face!
What are some of YOUR special Christmas show memories? They could be funny, heartbreaking or heartwarming, but whatever they are, I want to hear about them! Share your favorite Christmas memories below!