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 Post subject: Spelling Test to Perform?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2003 2:48 am 
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I'm not meaning to be a total jerk, but I think that people need to be able to spell the word "restaurant" before they can get a job working magic in one.

(I thought of mis-spelling the word on purpose just to be funny - probably a good thing that I didn't)!!!

The reason that I brought this up is because most of the patrons in a restaurant that is classy enough to have magic will be fairly intelligent. You're NOT going to fool/amaze/entertain a group of people who can tell you have a lot to learn.

For example, my wife and I are both teachers. While we don't expect our entertainers to hold doctorates, we do expect them to be able to relate to us...isn't that what the best magicians do??? They entertain you with/through/using magic. Magicians from a college freshman to Michael Close have entertained us at a table setting. The best magicians we've seen have had engaging and intelligent personalities.

Remember, it's your performing personas that are entertaining. Not so much the tricks themselves.

If you plan on performing magic in any way, do yourself a favor and take your general education seriously. Your spectators will thank you for it.

Anyone else have any thoughts/comments/complaints/etc.???


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2003 11:48 am 
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THANK YOU, Darren!!!!! I keep adding little jibes, when I respond to a lot of the posts, about staying in school and learning English and spelling. Thank you for agreeing with me.

I even went so far as to tell one member that he should not worry about performing in restaurants until he got into High School. Turned out he is 22 years old. His spelling and grammer were so bad I mistook him for one of the 12 to 13 year olds on the forums.

Remember FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT FOR EVERYTHING! An impression that you are too young, or uneducated, will lock you out of that job forever.

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i do not spell well i will admit.... or write well due to not having good vision... (well that explains the writing part :P )

but i do agree.. however they chances are wont see me spell or write... unless a contract or something or that sort in which case i get it proofread and edited multiple times


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2003 10:31 pm 
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I know, too many people rely on spell checker's and what not nowadays :P
Even though i still make typo's and cant be bothered putting in every capital "I" or every single apostrophe... some people's typing is horrible :P

Totally agree with Darren on this one :)


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u guys totolly mde a past abot mee i cnt spel nether


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 Post subject: Re: Spelling Test to Perform?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2003 2:38 am 
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DarrenR wrote:
I'm not meaning to be a total jerk, but I think that people need to be able to spell the word "restaurant" before they can get a job working magic in one.

(I thought of mis-spelling the word on purpose just to be funny - probably a good thing that I didn't)!!!

The reason that I brought this up is because most of the patrons in a restaurant that is classy enough to have magic will be fairly intelligent. You're NOT going to fool/amaze/entertain a group of people who can tell you have a lot to learn.

For example, my wife and I are both teachers. While we don't expect our entertainers to hold doctorates, we do expect them to be able to relate to us...isn't that what the best magicians do??? They entertain you with/through/using magic. Magicians from a college freshman to Michael Close have entertained us at a table setting. The best magicians we've seen have had engaging and intelligent personalities.

Remember, it's your performing personas that are entertaining. Not so much the tricks themselves.

If you plan on performing magic in any way, do yourself a favor and take your general education seriously. Your spectators will thank you for it.

Anyone else have any thoughts/comments/complaints/etc.???


I agree with you to the extent it goes into the general workforce. People need to realize, when someone is not speaking with you, but are reading your writing, they are basing an opinion on your communication skills. This also includes the quality of your writing as well as spelling. Don't get offended if you are a bad speller, just keep a pocket dictionary handy, you'll eventually become a better speller.

A good example, my sister, who is 29, works as a nurse and has handwriting of a fourth grader. The doctor's she works for will not let her write letters to clients due to the representation factor. She is too hard headed to work at her handwriting and spelling, and because of that, she is missing oportunities to become head of marketing.

On the other hand, I have never heard of someone getting a promotion due to good spelling and pretty handwriting. :lol: Although you are putting a representation of yourself out there for others to see. It is in everyone's best interest, especially if you do a lot of communicating by letters, e-mail, or even just memos, to at least double check yourself in this area.

I am not pointing nor singling anyone out, Everyone has mispelled words occasionally, but, if it is due to laziness, your only hurting your own image if it is in a business communication, contract, or request of employment.


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 Post subject: Re: Spelling Test to Perform?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2004 10:38 am 
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"Hukt own foniks wurkt fore me!"

LOL :lol:

Yes, people tend to forget that writing is also important to a lot of jobs out there. I've filled out a number of job applications where I have been required to write a short essay IN MY OWN HANDWRITING!!!

It's funny because my point is not directed at people who are obviously smart enough to have their work proofread before they send in a job application or something similar. Those people at least write to the point that I don't have to reread their posts to figure out what they mean.

Guess I'm just ranting, but I can't help it!!!!!

Thanks all for your time and advice...even those who have respectfully disagreed with me! It's these respectful disagreements that discussion boards were invented for. Not for people like that psycho who keeps writing all the "You Stink" posts in the Sankey forum.


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