The most interesting and wonderful things can happen when you least expect it.
On Saturday afternoon I was down near the Halifax waterfront to catch some busker acts while waiting to board the ferry to work. I dropped in at the museum stage where Peter Drake, a traditional stage magician, was setting up. His performance was great. The tricks were deceptively simple and well brought off. His interation with the audience was superb; you liked him and had fun right along with him.
Partway through the show he called for a volunteer from the audience. A guy named Clint from Newfoundland was captured and dragged onto the stage. Then Peter grabbed his girlfriend Charmaine and stood them together but facing away from each other. During this Clint caressed Charmaines derriere to humourous applause. Then Peter asked a series of funny and cute questions that both had to respond to simultaneously. There was one hand signal for “me” and another for “my significant other”.
The questions included (C for Cloint, S for Sharmaine):
- Who makes the most money? (C: Her, S:Me)
- Who spends the most money? (C: Her, S:Me)
- Who washes the dishes the most? (C:Me, S:Me)
- Who usually initiates romantic moments? (C:Me, S:Me)
- Who is most active and energetic during romantic encounters? (ditto)
- Who puts the biggest smile on the others face after romantic moments? (C:Me, S:Me)
Then they had to do a trick where Sharmaine stuffed glitter dust into Peter’s fist. Then Peter tapped his fist, causing the glitter dust to leave his hand. Remaining in his hand was a gold engagement ring. Then Peter got a small mat, Clint knelt down, and with a really nice speech asked Charmaine to be his wife. She gulped a little then said yes.
Then Peter started some music and they danced together, the parent came out of the audience and congratulated them, and to tumultuous aplause they stepped away and the show continued.
Just a few side notes. The couple had been dating for nine years, they were friends with an aquaintance of Peter’s, and Clint asked for this. Peter was very agreeable. He had come up with what he would do in such a situation a while ago, but the situation had never occurred until then.
So the moral is, follow impulses and happy things might happen to you or near you. Also, you are less likely to be bored. I’m still smiling about this.
Patrick Drake was asked by a friend to stage manage an engagement between a couple that had been together for nine years. He had thought about this before, and had a perfect plan designed, but had never had an opportunity to do it. Today was the day!
After going though some funny and embarressing antics, the surprise is sprung. Patrick laid down a small mat, Clint kneeled on it and in a few eloquent and sincere sentences asked for her hand (and all other assets thereunto attached) in marriage.
With about 300-500 onlookers cheering and hooting, Clint manages to put the right (engagement) ring on the right (the left) hand and on the right (the medical or nameless ) finger.
Dancing a waltz (interrupted by several strong hugs and a few kisses). Clint couldn’t stop grinning, and I had never before seen a major grin look like a loving smile. You learn something new every day. The kids in the background were hamming it up a little, and I really liked the smile of the boy in white.
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