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What To Keep And What To Throw Away

Being harsh with myself ...



Every so often, we have a change around in the offices here in Olney. There is always plenty in here, and it's just a matter of what works best where, what to keep and what to throw away ...

Figuring out what to keep and what to throw away is quite the challenge.

Figuring out what to keep and what to throw away is quite the challenge.

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As I'm starting the new sales website called, which hopefully will be up and running within a couple of weeks, it was time to do a full stock take on the magic equipment as we are moving that all downstairs where we will sell it from. And we'll do the magic workshops down there too, leaving the upstairs to be used for the drama and music workshops.

"I run a number of businesses from our offices in Olney."

The other businesses include representing Steptoe and Son as well as Tony Hancock scripts, scriptwriting, corporate acting and stage hire; these can be run from anywhere really. The staging is kept elsewhere, and the rest is about sending out emails and juggling logistics of who and what is where and when.

It's easy to keep 'stuff' and I'm always loathed to throw anything out, as 'Sod's Law' says that as soon as you have rid yourself of something, a stage production will come along where it is required.

If I can find a use for old props I will. Currently, I have the coffin from the stage show of Steptoe and Son above my garage which we lovingly call The Winchester Club. I have a full-size snooker table and bar up there, and every month a group of reprobates meet up to play snooker, cards and tell awful jokes. The coffin is used to keep pies and sandwiches in for such events, and the place wouldn't be the same without our Coffin Buffet.

But there comes a time when you have to chuck stuff and it comes hard to me, so I've put a plan into place called 'Sell - Throw - Keep If Very Necessary', and am being very harsh.

As I devise magic tricks, some of which work, and some which don't, there is a lot of half-worked-out tricks which aren't going anywhere. Partly used packs of cards, invisible thread, magicians wax etc. and reams of paper with details and plans of tricks are fanatically kept in boxes - just in case - all piled up in the corner of the small office upstairs. They are now going to the tip as is anything I know is worth nothing.

"But the problem is this: what's worth nothing?"

And that's what I'm having to decide over the next two days. It comes hard to me to throw anything away, so you may see some very odd props coming up on sale on which is indeed why it has the 'and more' bit at the end.

Until next time ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

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.