Mar 25 2016
This blog takes a detour from my usual light hearted self promotion to issue a cautionary tale to other close up magicians.
Maybe you (like me) like to distance yourself from the children’s magician that springs into people’s mind when they think of a magician. Maybe you, like me, think yourself a little cooler, a little edgier, a little more sophisticated and significantly better dressed than the balloon twisters with their rabbits, bow ties and giant wands.
I wanted to be sure that people knew that booking me would result in classy, witty, and above all astonishing magic that would make mature audiences experience child-like wonder and awe.
I wanted customers to understand that Jack Strange would be sharply dressed, sharp of mind, and provide a thoroughly grown up experience.
In short, I wanted to put as much distance between myself and “Children’s Magicians” as possible.
It is with hindsight that I realise that advertising myself as “Jack Strange – Adult Entertainer” was not a wise move. I admit, the enquiries blossomed, and for a while it looked as though I had cornered the market for grown up astonishment.
I’m sure you can imagine my shock when I realised that “Adult entertainment” means so much more than grown up and mature entertainment. If you don’t believe me, Google it. I did. (I’d open up an in private window though)
My faux pas taught me a lot – an innocent phrase can have a double meaning, an in private window can be really quite useful, and finally, some people in North Tyneside have extreme tastes in party entertainment.
I also learnt that many washing machine engineers are actually very poor at reparing washing machines.