First, the good news about our trip to Perth. We were actually a birthday present from a wife to her husband. She flew us over, put us up in a nice hotel, and even had seating and a stage (complete with lights and sound system) put up in the backyard. It was a great experience. The house was absolutely gorgeous (well, he is one of Perth's top builders!) and the guests absolutely loved all of the close up magic as Jeannie and I strolled among them performing during cocktails.
Then everyone headed outside to the backyard theatre (I know it was 40 degrees in Melbourne Saturday night but it was much cooler in Perth... and very windy too!) where they huddled together and braved the elements. The response was fantastic. We even added a trick or two in to the show and made a special feature out of the birthday boy who was truly the star of the night.
All in all it was a great night and well worth the effort it took to get there.
The effort... oh, let me explain that in the next post...