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An Amazing tale


Hi all
Sorry it's been a while but my wife and I took some much deserved time out to finally get back to my home in New Zealand. I am now back and forth at sea booked out all year and next with various cruise lines, some new ones and some of my favourites I've been doing a while.
The latest story that just happened is this.

I flew from Auckland New Zealand via Brisbane in Australia to Singapore then to Dubai, then to Nirobi in Kenya then to Mombasa in Kenya. In all it was something close to 40 hour travel hours, quite a journey but as you learn by talking to other acts on ships it is the 'norm' to fly that much from one job to another.
Anyway, upon arrival to Kenya I discovered (for the THIRD contract in a row) that my bags did not make it.

So I just finished a 16 day cruise with only TWO port days (little islands so could not buy any clothes) and had to improvise and make do with what I had. The ship didn't even have underwear for sale so had to wash mine every night!! The ship did have a tuxedo which they gave me and I was able to perform a 45 minute show, then was asked if I could do an extra 20 minutes in a variety show! Without ANY props I really had to start thinking about what I used to do. believe it or not, with a thumbtip I was able to do an entire show!! Pretty much three tricks in 45 minutes.

The show opened with Banknight, then in to my routine (without the 'White-Out' finish) of BIG TEN which is perfect in all types of situations and I had my linking Himber ring and have developed my own very commercial routine that packs small and plays big and finished with my own version of Confabulation! With all my patter etc. was able to do a solid 45 minute show. Quite and exercise when you think about it.

My entire Chaplin Act was lost again, what a pain all this travelling is becoming. If you are serious about ships then make sure you are up to the travel, and have something backed up in case your luggage is lost.

My second show consisted of my own five card repeat routine, which will be released soon, some rope magic, perfect for ships, and Billy McCombs half dyed hank and a stage card routine I've been working on.

So I was able to work without man props and was reminded of watching Billy McComb working and was able to travel without all the large props and still entertain a massive crowd. I learnt that it's your personality that sells and plays, more so than the trick itself.

Pleased to report after losing my luggage now THREE times in a row, it finally found it's way back to New Zealand. I just arrived back this afternoon and low and behold my luggage was sitting at the 'lost and found' desk waiting for me.

Phew!!! Home for a week then out agian for 10 days on another ship.

Happy Sailing
Paul
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Re: An Amazing tale


Very interesting story, Paul. I enjoyed reading it, and I'm glad you were able to adapt.


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Re: An Amazing tale


Paul,

Having just purchased your book, Entertaining on a Cruise Ship The Complete Guide, it was very interesting reading several of your anecdotes regarding traveling and working on cruise ships. Wow! It's amazing that you're so adaptable and was able to produce a highly entertaining show with nothing more than a thumb tip. Congratulations!

It's important for me to hear these insightful stories as I prepare to work on these ships in the very near future. I do want to be prepared and it’s good to hear that the REAL show or the “magic” is the performer's personality. The great entertainers really were personality driven acts with great talent, but personality first. In fact, so many "greats" in our business, such as the late Billy McComb have made this point again and again. It's good to hear you chime in with them on this point as well -- and your 45-minute three-trick magic show is a testament to this very point. You are to be highly commended on your ingenuity and perseverance in a difficult situation.

It helps to get a realistic approach from a seasoned professional. I really do value hearing the "bottom line" stuff when it comes to the real world foibles and predicaments that befall cruise ship workers.

Paul, thanks for your honesty and candor. Please keep these stories coming for us neophytes. It helps immensely.

My best to you,

Tim Mannix emoticon


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Thanks Tim
Glad you enjoyed the book. I know of several magicians who have bought the book and now working ships. They have emailed me with the good news and I'm pleased it has helped a few out there. When I started there was nothing out there that gave the 'real' world of the business so I'm just happy that I am able to help those who want to break in to this lucrative market.

Another great performer who I know works on ships is Nick Lewin and in my opinion has taken Billy McCombs place in the respect that he is able to go on stage with hardly 'any' props and really entertain. I see Nick has just released 3 DVDs of Billy. This would be worth purchasing.

Good luck and keep us informed on your progress with working on ships.
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