It's Always A Magic January
There's no rest for the wicked ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 17/01/2017 @ 8:00AM
Ok, so last week I espoused the values of Microsoft Excel. I now have spreadsheets, graphs and calculations on everything. I even know how many talks I've given on British Situation Comedy ...
It's always a magical January when I take some time to work out new gags and illusions.
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Also I know how many of them I did for no payment! Hmmph, that's got to stop. The only complaint I have with Excel is that it can't make me a cup of tea and bring the digestives round.
"I think if it did that it would be perfect."
However, from my calculations, I now see that due to January always being a slightly quiet month for David Pibworth Productions - very few stage hires, a smaller amount of corporate acting jobs and very few comedy scripts being produced - I have in the past concentrated on magic stuff.
I take some time to work out new gags and illusions which I'm later called upon to put into theatre shows. But what I'm finding now, in these times of perceived gloom (although I'm never gloomy personally) is that people want a laugh.
While in the Isle of Wight in panto, I did off the cuff magic in my spare time as once the show is running you get a fair bit of that. I found that certainly with the immediate tricks I do - which entail no setup and are pretty simple to perform - people working in shops wanted to buy magic from me to perform to their customers.
If you can make a hanky disappear and make someone laugh at the same time, you get a bond with them and quite often make a sale just by being personable and fun.
I've long held the opinion that if you can do even a small magic trick off the cuff, then you will get a rapport with anyone. So I make time to run my magic workshops which can be held at my office in Olney or anywhere else really.
I travel the country doing them for people like The Pauline Quirke Academy and they are great fun. I tend to concentrate on the bits of misdirection and extra flourishes that can just make a magic gag really brilliant. Most of them are fairly easy to master once you've had instruction, but there's far more to it than that.
So if you want a magic workshop then do contact me. I have a little video of some of the things we talk about and so here I am, 'Have magic trick - will travel'. Schools, office away days or in many cases, just for you to amuse and surprise your grandchildren.
If you want to see all the magic tricks and equipment I offer then click here to visit my ebay shop which is where you will see a demo by me on most of the items when you look at them.
Until next time ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.