THAT brought back old memories. My family didn't have a TV, but I would bring my younger brother to join a crowd of kids at a rich neighbor's house to watch it on their TV. After all, that was why they bought one in the first place, to be the first on the block to own a TV, and it served them right that their son suddenly had fifty new friends almost overnight. My brother and the other kids were not interested in the magic, just in the fact that it was one of the only kid shows on TV at the time. I was one of the older kids (20, but in those days, still a minor!), so they expected me to chaperone and keep the screaming down to a minimum. I got my first lessons in crowd control trying to keep a roomful of kids from screaming like the kids on TV.
After the show, I got to do some magic of my own for the kids when the rich kid's mother chased everyone outside onto the lawn. The only kid in the audience who was more interested in magic than me was a scrawny lad of about ten. I always picked him to assist me because he played along, even if he knew how I was doing my trick. Then he always had a trick to show and I played along as his assistant. Pretty soon, the two of us were conspiring to put on our next "after TV" show as a team. I could see that he was better at it than I was, so I decided to let him be the magician and I just played the assistant. That's how I got started as Jim Gerrish's assistant, and our first client was the rich kid's mother who hired us to perform for the kid's birthday party. I think we got paid $10 for the two of us. I gave my half to Jim Gerrish to buy us some better props and we were on our way.