I've been a magician now for over 42 years now, having started as a charter member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (I.B.M.) Ring 210: The Duke Stern Chapter out of Ann Arbor, Michigan back in 1970.
As a magician, we consider our fellow magicians as our brothers, hence the title of Brotherhood. As such, I am appalled when I find that a fellow magician has been treated very rudely after faithfully serving as a house magician for the Applebee's Restaurant in Marysville, Ohio. The magician in question is a colleague I met during Magi-Fest in Columbus, Ohio by the name of Jeff Leonard.
The following is a direct quote from him explaining what happened today.
"well I am home from a kick in the ole ego. I show up at Applebee's in Marysville, like every 4th Tuesday of the month, perform at my first table when the bartender informs me that they have cut back on their entertainment budget. No call prior, no "here have a meal for your time and trouble", not even a visit from the manager. I mean really??? I did kinda snicker to myself while packing to go and I heard several kids said, "hey that magic guys here." I guess the staff will have to answer a lot of questions."
Ours is one the oldest arts practiced by mankind, entertaining and mystifying people around the world for thousands of years. We are called upon to make the impossible happen on a daily basis... and make it look easy.
There are few magicians I know who are more dedicated to their craft than Jeff Leonard. To treat him in such a manner is unacceptable and I call upon the management of that Marysville, Ohio Applebee's to at least offer an apology for being so rude and inconsiderate. In these hard economic times, no one argues that cutbacks and such are neccessary, but at the very least, be polite about it and treat those of us who serve at your places and entertain your customers with some measure of dignity.
If you are reading this and find Applebee's attitude as reprehensible as I do, please take a moment to post this blog posting on your Facebook page, as well as tweeting it to Twitter. I know I will be doing just that on a daily basis until my fellow magician, Jeff Leonard is afforded some measure of resolution.
James C. Wallace II