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Monday, September 3rd, 2007 at 10:17 am

September Morn

It is Monday morning 8:53 a.m.  Last night I did not wear the airline blackout mask, and yet I didn’t get woken up at 6 a.m.  Usually, the gap down the side of the blinds and the sunlight combine to produce a laser beam effect which ends up on my retinas with sniper accuracy.  Since this did not happen, it must be cloudy, or because summer is nearly over, the position of the earth in relation to the sun has changed.

Yes, we are heading for autumn, which means my subconscious mind has reminded my conscious mind that I used to teach in schools and colleges.  The start of September means that the children will soon be back at school.  It would be good for the kids to go back to school, so as our (world renowned and enviably low) murder rate can return to normal – and yes, I am still blaming the overrunning Big Brother series.

People (and other teachers) often say, teaching is a great job, which it is.  But then they follow up by saying, no two days are ever the same – yes they are, nearly all of them in fact.  Well, that is how it appeared to me as I was leaving teaching all those years ago.  Don’t get me wrong, teaching is a wonderful profession and I have taught in the very best and the worst of places.  The best were a real joy, the worst, the equivalent of self harm. 

It would be easy to say I left teaching because of the above; however, it is simply not true.  The truth was, I had always wanted to write and perform comedy.  I’ll rephrase that, I was driven to write and perform comedy; I say driven because it felt as if I had no control over it.  The only problem being, when, was I was going to get my arse into gear and do it? 

For years, I had admired comedians who could walk out on stage, grab the microphone out of the stand, and then perform for an hour; however, it was only when I read an article by Jerry Seinfeld, that I realised the time was right for me to take the first step towards that goal.  It was a particular paragraph in this article which made me immediately book myself an “open mike” spot at a local comedy club.

Anyway, here is the part of the article, which got my arse into gear and started my new career.  So, without building it up too much, here is my moment of epiphany.  Oh yes, that is not too much build up Don.

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking, Number two is death.  Death is number two.  Does that seem right?  That means the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you’re better off in the coffin than doing the eulogy” *.

I am not sure why this article acted as my fillip for action, but it did. 
They do say, you should always be preparing for your next job while you are still at your present job.  And that is exactly what I did.  I started writing comedy immediately, stopping only occasionally to look up and set homework for the pupils**.
*I am certain, judging by the comedic sentence structure, that this bit of the article was also a part of Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy set from the early 1990’s. 
** I felt the need to shoe horn in that last joke, as I have realised that when I talk about comedy it can get a bit serious.  Yes, it is a joke, I was very professional at college.

One Response to “September Morn”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Very inspiring Don! I loved the throw away remarks.

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Don performs as a wedding magician, corporate entertainer, and after dinner speaker at events throughout the country. London Magician, Manchester Magician, Liverpool Magician, Birmingham Magician, Newcastle Upon Tyne Magician, Magician Surrey, Edinburgh Magician, Oxford Magician, Bristol Magician, Magician Milton Keynes, Leicester Magician, Leeds Magician, Magician Kent.