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PhotobucketLet me share with you today a horror story that will put Scream 4 to shame. It did not happen in the darkness of the night but during a kid’s birthday party.

It resulted from two wrong ideas. One, the parents thought all magicians are created equal. It seems a good idea on their part to hire an entertainer who charges the lowest fee.

PhotobucketAnd so it happened that this daddy did not hire Leodini. Instead he contracted three clowns to entertain at his child’s party.  The clowns did party hosting, comedy, balloon twisting  and magic. The package they offered seemed to be the best that money could buy, since everything they offered to do cost only P1,200.

Good deal, right?

Wrong.

The three clowns didn’t bring their own sound system. So three days before the party, the birthday dad bought a new Karaoke machine complete with a microphone to liven up his child’s party with music.

The second wrong idea that led to the party’s disaster was the clown’s clueless confidence in their skills.

There are many excellent clowns who know how to do their jobs and conduct themselves in a professional manner at the party. But these particular three clowns were greener than the greenest greenhorns. They just had a few parties chalked up to their experience. Their repertoire of balloon sculpting and magic entertainment was basic.  Not only that, they had not mastered their act.  They were a bundle of audacity, not of joy.

PhotobucketAt the party, the three clowns promptly bored the children with their inexperience.  Most of the audience did not find their funny antics funny.  At meal time, the clowns were among the first to eat.  Not only that, they drank beer and smoke cigarettes after they had eaten their food.

The guests thought they had seen all the bad sides of  the three clowns. Not so. The worst was yet to come.

During the magic show, one of the clowns attempted to perform a fire-eating act.  Obviously, he had not yet acquired the skill to do it. When the heat became unbearable, he spat out the burning lighter fluid from his mouth and into the Karaoke machine.  Immediately the Karaoke machine burst into flames, resulting in a pandemonium as the dad and some guests tried to extinguish the fire.

They succeeded in putting out the flames and saved the house—but not the Karaoke machine.

After the party, the daddy counted his losses—P1,200 for the three clowns plus his brand-new Karaoke.  His consolation was that the fire-eating clown did not spit out the flaming lighter fluid toward the birthday boy.  Otherwise, the child would have finished his birthday celebration in a hospital bed.

Stay magical,

Leodini

www.leodini.com

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