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50 Zombies Walk into a Bar

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Let me share with you how my last magic show went.

3 days before the show, we were notified that there would be 50 zombies there at the club sometime during the night. They were having a zombie crawl.  You know, where zombies go from club to club in a pack, have fun and a few drinks and celebrate… well… being undead.

I’d been playing around with an idea for a character and I thought this would be the perfect time to introduce him to the world.
On the way to the gig I’m driving and thinking about something Brian Tracy said in the Psychology of Achievement. He stated that he could manifest a parking space where he needed it 100% of the time.
I thought that was a pretty bold statement. So, on the way there, I started manifesting a parking space on the side of the building and I would be able to look in the window into the club. I wasn’t sure if parking was allowed right in front so I was going for the side.

Well, I pulled up to the Stonefly Brewery and low and behold there was a parking space right in front, 10 feet from the door. Nice way to start off the night.
The Zombies had arrived about 15 minutes before we started the show. So they had gotten their drinks and had settled in a bit. I can’t really think of any better timing for them being there.
Jeff and Chad Orr, also known as “Two Brothers One Mind” came out, set up the evening and got the crowd going.
This is how I had Jeff Orr introduce me…
Ladies and gentleman, Tonight we attempted to bring Houdini back… It didn’t work. Please welcome to the stage, “Almost Back From The Dead Houdini!”
I wore my tux and used black and white make up to create my “back from the dead“ look.
I came out. I walked up to the microphone, and held my arm out and started going, “Arrrrr…. Arrrr.”
Then I tugged at my shirt collar as if to loosen it and went, “Arrre you ready to have some fun?” Ending in a fun sounding voice. That got a good laugh. We were starting off the night on a good note.
I yelled out, “Tonight we have Zombies,” or something like that. And all the zombies made zombie moans groans and yells. I did that 2 more times before I started my routine, just because it was fun.
To open my routine, I asked if I could borrow a dollar bill from someone. I heard from the back they had one. As he started walking toward the stage I noticed it was …
A Zombie!
I have to say I have never in my life met a nicer and more polite zombie.
This is the most amazing part, for me at least. It was as if we had rehearsed the routine together. Our timing was impeccable. It was as if “Almost Back From The Dead Houdini” and Well mannered Zombie were one finely tuned machine.
Okay that went too far, but he was better than I could have ever hoped as a volunteer randomly selected from the audience.
Three quarters of the way through my routine the zombies get up and leave. Like crawling zombies do. That’s funny. They were on a zombie crawl and walked out.
As they left I said bye zombies and they gave me one more moan.
You know, as I write this, I just realized Well mannered Zombie, also known as Chris the Zombie, stayed to finish the routine while all his friends went to the next bar. Hey! Thanks Chris.
Well mannered Zombie and “Almost Back From The Dead Houdini” went through the routine; got chuckles, laughs, moans, head scratching, I think I heard one “Ewww” and definitely one a guffaw.
At the very end, the best example of how well it was going came about when I was saying, and let’s hear it for Chris the Zombie. And I was then supposed to pretend that he says something to me and I say, “What was that? Where’s your Dollar?”
Well, to be honest, I had forgotten I was supposed to say that. And where I should’ve said my line, Chris said, “Where’s my dollar?” Well Mannered Zombie would not allow the act suffer one iota.
Following me, Adam Asher did delight the audience with his spoken word prose.
Anthony Bacca did thrill the audience with his wonderous feats of prestidigitation and legerdemain.
Two Brothers One Mind did once again leave the audience in amazement with their unearthly connection and ability to know what the other is thinking.
The moral of this story… Always remember, Zombies are people too.

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