About a month ago I came to a serious realisation. The Sydney rail network is shit. I was catching a train to Blacktown to do a job when the vehicle randomly stopped at Lidcombe. The driver told us we should get off an listen for announcements as the timetable screens were incorrect. I waited for about half an hour for information about a train to where I needed to go when there was another announcement saying that trains would be delayed for an indefinite amount of time and that we should seek other means of transportation. It took another half an hour to get in contact with a taxi company as countless other people were also calling for cabs and the telephone queue was huge. I was late to the gig and had to spend $100 on the ride. I realised I needed a car as public transport was unreliable. Within a week I bought my first second hand automobile from a guy called Leon who was migrating to Canada.
The awful day with the Cityrail delays was a blessing in disguise, a car allows me to put on a much bigger magic show. I've been building a whole range of props that I have long wanted to include in my act but have been restricted by what I could carry in a backpack or suitcase. I'm not sure if this was product of minimalism or stinginess. Transportation has long been a problem for my business, I once had to travel to Coffs Harbour to perform at their buskers festival. I caught a train from Sydney but didn't think to check how I would get from the train station to the hostel I was staying at. I arrived at about 10pm and upon realising I still had quite a distance to travel I asked the other two people who had gotten off the train with me if there were any buses going to where I needed to be. They said there wouldn't be until the next morning, however I managed to hitch a ride with them. I'm not sure if this was a result of how charismatic I am, or how pitiful.
I also am creating a box that could perhaps be used to make a small animal like a duck or rabbit appear or vanish. There is also an idea I am pondering for a translucent Chinese paper lantern in which I could make something slowly appear or vanish although I will need to study how these are made.