Debbie was already up and getting ready to go to the gym. It's now 8.12 and I have already repaired and wrapped an old magic table that I have to send to Germany. That has been the story of the last couple of weeks really, as I crate up and parcel up all the stuff I have sold on eBay.
Not many big illusions to go now and yes, there are moments of nostalgia even though I know I would rebuild them if I needed to use that sort of prop again. It's hard letting go of stuff that your Dad and brother made and painted.
Never mind, it was good to meet up with keen magicians again who deal with that size of prop. The containers that I store the tricks in are in the middle of a very open field in North Lincolnshire and it's a lonely spot if you have an accident? Yup, silly me lost control of a large illusion in its box when I was moving it to load it into a van. I lost the balance point and it really winded me when it cracked across my chest, pinning me for a while until I called upon my Super Powers to shift it. Lesson learnt.
I chose not to do much in the way of shows during this period whilst I sort out all the 'stock' and tidy up my life. Thank goodness for eBay I say. One thing that proved very popular was finding some immaculate, but old, posters of shows I did at the Savoy and the Prince of Wales Theatres. They have sold like, well, hot posters!
Managed to find time to get up to our shop in Mesnes Street in Wigan and that is looking very good now. People who go in there don't seem to realise however that in the Fancy Dress and Magic lines, if we ain't got it we can get it pretty quickly.
Right now life is manic because next month we are going away for four weeks and have to not only pack the clothing and the props needed, but also sort out a full stage show for the tribute to Lafayette, the magician who died 100 years ago in a theatre fire in Edinburgh. We have had an outline meeting but there are so many details to 'fix' before we go.
Apart from that it's pretty quiet!