I received a phone call on my home line just now. We never get business calls on that line. The person on the other end asked for the business owner. I replied, “I’m sorry but the business owner has died.” The rest of the call went like this:
Caller: “Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. Perhaps you can help me.”
Me: “You don’t understand. He just now died. The phone rang. He stood up, grabbed his chest and fell down. What do I do?”
Caller: “Uh, uh, uh . . .”
Me: “I don’t know what to do. I’ve never had this happen before. He’s just laying there on the floor.”
Caller: “Maybe call an ambulance?”
Me: “I can’t. I’m on the phone now.”
My wife says I’m mean. I say I’m just creative. Who cares what the telemarketer says?
I did an old Max Maven bit to a telemarketer once. I had him writing things down and making his list based on the clever work of Max’s Gray Elephant in Denmark Q&A. Max is one of the most brilliant minds in mentalism and dark conjuring. Almost any of his effects can be modified to make them appear original.
One of my personal goals is to never perform anything just like someone else. Oh, I do some of the old standards of magic but I do my own, very special version in every case. Max seems to create things that lend themselves to being made into what appears to be new material. If you’ve never read any of his stuff, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of anything he’s done.
What are you waiting for? Go on and browse the web searching for some of his material!