Originally posted by scorch:
I was watching a good friend of mine do a routine here recently, and he started in with some cigarette magic. I noticed some of the reactions of the audience, and it was sort of like a subtle, collective groan when he lit up his cigarette. It was a magic dinner theater, and people were reacting like "is he seriously going to light up a cigarette here?" He put on a great routine, but that initial reaction to somebody lighting up a cigarette in a small venue, and the smell that it made (all the more conspicuous now that even bars are smoke-free) got me thinking, is cigarette magic even a viable genre anymore?
I also saw the show "Scorch" is talking about at THE CALIFORNIA MAGIC AND NOVELTY COMPANY DINNER THEATER along with another show previously put on by John Calvert, I didn't hear or see any "collective groan" - I did see a couple of eyebrows raised and the resulting ovation for a well performed show.
As a hanger on after the shows - I also heard no negative discussion about the use of a lit cigarette.
I wish I could remember this guy's name because he is well worth the effort to go see.
I wonder if the "Collective Groaners" were the same folks who drank several adult beverages and drove home from the theater.
It's also against the law in Martinez Ca., where the Dinner Theater is located, to discharge a weapon within city limits, however we've had several performers use a pistol in their acts.
We've also had magicians drive swords through a child's neck on occasion, which is also against the law believe it or not.
It's unfortunate that we live such a "P.C." driven time in history that we can't enjoy ourselves for an hour or two.