Awkward situation..

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by gyopi, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. Im going to a funeral today and was wondering if it was a good idea to perform magic?
  2. I would actually say it depends on situation. If is is a "celebration of life" type of funeral and people are eating and celebrating back at someone's home....then that is different. It might help people have fun. I have been at some like this.

    If it is a typical serious funeral, then absolutely NOT. This is not your day with attention being on you. It could look really tasteless.

    I guess use your own judgement.
  3. Just see how it goes.
  4. I would also say it really depends. Some people need it. BUT it depends on the moment. So be careful. It's like at a hospital that you're performing. Obviously youre not going to perform for the lady who was just told terrible news. The fact that you're going to a funeral and questioning whether you should bring magic though.... :p
  5. If you are questioning it now, I would say don't do it.
  6. No. Just no. This isn't a time or place to be the center of attention. Bad idea. Leave the cards at home.
  7. No. It's not a good idea, let's say its common sense to not perform magic in such a sad time. This reminds me when Justin Willman shows in his DVD's street kreed, "bad times for magic". One of those bad times was a funeral.
  8. No, just so much no to that. I really don't want to sound mean but that is not the time or place, with all the sadness people are going to have there attention else where.
  9. I was attending a funeral of a very famous magician here in Serbia, and naturally there were a lot of magicians there giving respect, and afterwards we went to a restaurant to gather and talk. No one did magic. So if there was no magic at a magicians funeral, then I don't think it's a good idea to do it at anyone else funeral.
  10. Oddly, there are people that actually offer their services for funerals & wakes which just seems tasteless to me. BUT, I can understand having some SIMPLE bits like Sponge Bunnies and some very simple coin type stuff for the kids that are there and "lost" as they often get. I'd not be twisting balloons or juggling, but doing some simple tricks to help cheer them up or otherwise occupy their minds while the adults are doing their thing, MIGHT be acceptable. The thing is, you really need to make a judgement call as to what is appropriate, when and where. . . I'd pull the kids off to the side if practical, or when you find one that's feeling shy, etc. do a little something for that child. . . be prepared to give things away but ask the parent before giving a kid candy of any sort and of course, be wise when it comes to small items (choking hazards).

    That's about as far as I'd push things and I certainly wouldn't be doing anything tied to the Paranormal.
  11. Oh Craig! The puckish mischievous streak in me giggles at the thought of doing something bizarre at a wake/ funeral but in reality I would never out of respect. But I did smirk at that thought.
  12. Noooooooooooooooooooooo... No need for fun at a funeral. Actually there is, then it would just be an eral! Thankyouhereallweektipthewaiters.
  13. Like many have said here, it depends on whether its the wake or the funeral. Definitely don't during the ceremony or at the event at all, but I see it being perfectly reasonable at the wake. I've only been to one wake, which turned out to be quite a lively party, then again, the wake also depends on where you are and who you are with, and the whole mood of the thing really.
  14. Are you joking? how would you feel if you are crying a love one and then suddenly some dude just comes at you to show you a card trick?...

    This is not even funny for a sick joke.. I hope you are not a troll...
  15. I've always wanted to do a levitation. . . maybe an asrah with the body. . .
  16. Luis, I don't think he meant it as a sick joke. Believe it or not I guess I am the only one that has been to a few funerals were it was more of a celebration of life. Meaning that after the funeral everyone goes back to someone's home and it is more like a party with food, fun, memories, stories, etc. I guess that is where I thought magic would maybe be possible, but not directed towards the person who had just lost their loved one. I don't think he meant it as a joke.

    But yes, you are right, if I was at a family members funeral and some dude pulls out cards...I might have to "go off" on him / her. Ha Ha.
  17. Different cultures treat death differently, of course. When I go, I'd rather have people happy and talking about our times together, rather than everyone just sitting around sad. Of course, if there's going to be magic, it better be good magic. ;)

    If you have to question it, though, I would just say the answer is no. It would be obvious if it were appropriate.
  18. I just ended up doing a small trick at a dinner after the funeral and made everybody laugh and cheer up

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