Last month, one of the highlights was performing strolling, interactive magic for Joyce and the Corning company on board a moving (!) dinner train. I was really excited. I had never been on a dinner train before and was looking forward to experiencing it. Now, I’ve performed on board moving vessels before. Numerous cruise ships come to mind. But I had never had the opportunity to perform on board a train.
Wow! That’s about all I can say. What a challenge. I didn’t realize that standing still for any length of time on a moving train would be such a feat! Lucky for me the train wasn’t moving very fast. It was just rolling down the track at a leisurely pace. Even at that speed, it was still quite a trick in itself to perform interactive, close-up magic for all the seated, dining folks.
So, here’s the trick I figured out. If you ever have to stand in one spot on board a train, and both of your hands are busy doing sleight of hand, brace your foot or the side of your leg against a chair or table that is anchored to the train car. That way, when the train car shifts, you won’t sway back and forth or fall over. Good luck!