Physically (not Socially) Distanced Magic Shows

Physically (not Socially) Distanced Magic Shows

"Luck is a component that a lot of people in the arts sometimes fail to recognise: that you can have talent, perseverance, patience, but without luck you will not have a successful career."
Bryan Cranston

I'm very lucky, I admit it. When the pandemic started I was optimistic that the performing side of things would get back to some resemblance of what it was. Humans are, by nature, social animals and need distractions (entertainment) to keep us occupied.

Back in late 2019, I was rebooked at a resort I had done 3 years earlier (for 4 years) so I knew there was an opportunity waiting when the government would allow. And they did.

Then I got to work

All of my family shows rely on the interaction of me and the kids (to the delight of their parents). Some of this interaction is verbal and some of it is vaudevillian. However, shaking the kid's hands was out and even handing props to them was difficult as they had to be 6 feet away from me on stage. (Side-note: the stage has to be 14 feet across now if you are using 2 kids on stage)

So, I did my due diligence. I asked a medical officer of health friend of mine (and a magician) about the safety of doing the show. His answer was "everyone on stage wears a mask, sanitize your hands and props and stay 2 metres apart. So we do.

And it works - most of the time. What doesn't, will be changed for next time.


About Peter

Magician Peter Mennie is a veteran Corporate and Special Event entertainment professional presenting a Clean Comedy Magic Show for After Dinner, Gala, Awards Banquet, Corporate and Family Audiences across Canada.
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