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Jono Blythe and the Question of Retail Therapy

As a magician, I always want to make sure that every aspect of my performance is perfect. From the tricks I perform to the props I use, I strive for excellence in every detail. And as I prepare for a booking, I often find myself needing to buy new bits and pieces - little things like envelopes, pens, notepads, and other small items that help me perfect my act.


At first, I thought that my need for retail therapy before a performance was unique to me. But as I did some research, I discovered that many other magicians - and performers in general - experience the same thing. It's not just about buying things for the sake of buying them. Rather, it's a way for performers to feel in control and prepared for their upcoming performance.


I have read that people on the autism spectrum or those with ADHD, bipolar disorder, or other conditions often use retail therapy to give them temporary peace of mind. And I must admit, buying things - even little things - often does give me some peace of mind. But I also use the things I buy if I'm buying them for a magic booking. These little things help me perfect my performance and make sure that everything is just right.


Of course, it's important to be mindful of your spending habits and not use shopping as a way to cope with deeper emotional issues. But when it comes to preparing for a performance, buying new things can be a helpful way to stay focused and motivated.


I think that as performers, we're always looking for ways to improve and refine our craft. And if that means buying a few new props or tools to make our performance even better, then I don't think there's anything wrong with that.

At the same time, I do think it's important to remember that your performance is not just about the props or the tricks you perform. Your stage presence, your energy, and your connection with the audience are just as important. So while it's great to have all the little things in order, don't forget to focus on the big picture as well.


In conclusion, buying new bits and pieces in the lead up to a booking is fairly typical for many magicians and performers. It's a way to feel in control and prepared, and to perfect the little details of your performance. But it's also important to remember that your image and connection with the audience are just as important as the props and tricks you use. So take care of the little things, but don't forget to focus on the big picture as well.


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