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Old 2005-05-16, 03:45 PM   #1
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A dead magician and a unicycling ritual question

i saw this Honorary Unsubscribe in Randy Cunningham's This is True

i generally love the feature as i like reading about people who influenced our world and aren't particularly well known

the thing that caught my eye about this one is the comment in the second last sentence
Marshall has been the Dean of the Society of American Magicians since 1992 -- and will hold that title until his magic wand is broken at his gravesite

what should be done at a unicyclist's gravesite?
let the air out of the tyre?
weld on a second wheel?

suggestions?

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Old 2005-05-16, 03:48 PM   #2
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I think tear/rip the end of the hub off or rip the crank off the hub, seeing as this is probably the most final damage that any uni can sustain, and obviously at the grave side a 6ft drop is readily available to do so.

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Old 2005-05-16, 03:52 PM   #3
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If we're gonna force it, then buried in a clown suit, of course.
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Old 2005-05-17, 12:49 AM   #4
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Re: A dead magician and a unicycling ritual question

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what should be done at a unicyclist's gravesite?
let the air out of the tyre?
weld on a second wheel?

suggestions?
Dismantle their personal favorite unicycle seat. Every serious unicyclist has customized their favorite unicycle seat to suit their needs. It's the most personal piece that is on a unicycle. It's the piece they probably put the most work into.

When they die the seat should be dismantled and the pieces spread out amongst other unicyclists to be incorporated into their unicycle seats.
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Old 2005-05-17, 01:05 AM   #5
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If we're gonna force it, then buried in a clown suit, of course.
That's the kind of stuff from which horror stories come.
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Old 2005-05-17, 01:27 AM   #6
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Why not just bury them with their uni?
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Old 2005-05-17, 04:13 AM   #7
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Re: A dead magician and a unicycling ritual question

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what should be done at a unicyclist's gravesite?
All the deceased unicyclist's friends and family should rejoice in the fact that magicians can be bigger nerds than us!

But, if the deceased is a super-big unicycle nerd, or was also a high-ranking magician, they should be buried *riding* the unicycle. It doesn't need to be broken.

As for me, my wishes are well known among my friends and family: Cut out the good parts, if any (hopefully I'm too old to have any left), and burn the rest. Then have a party! Break whatever you want; I'll be dead so it'll all be on you.
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Old 2005-05-17, 04:24 AM   #8
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The wand breaking ritual is interesting. You hear of unicyclists that have been around for a long time and accomplished some things. Then they die and you read about it on these fora. Ben Linder, UniBiker, Floyd Beattie, others. And in this little, private world we honor these individuals in usually small and insignificant ways. But it doesn't matter because you, each and every one, were under their skin and you know what they felt at one time. The group with that knowledge, which is diverse and reaches far into many aspects of the psyche, is small and the remainder understand little of it. And so we continue to ride with those that fall. The only difference is that we get back up again for now.
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Old 2005-05-17, 04:38 AM   #9
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But it doesn't matter because you, each and every one, were under their skin and you know what they felt at one time. The group with that knowledge, which is diverse and reaches far into many aspects of the psyche, is small and the remainder understand little of it. And so we continue to ride with those that fall. The only difference is that we get back up again for now.
And if you want to read this at my funeral/party, I think it would be pretty cool.

Some more names:
Charles Berry
Mel Hall
Marc LaSalle
Ted Wade
Michelle Cline
Bill Jenack
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Old 2005-05-17, 06:28 AM   #10
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And so we continue to ride with those that fall. The only difference is that we get back up again for now.
thanx for writing that greg
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Old 2005-05-17, 05:34 PM   #11
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Nice, Harper. That sums it I think.

For me, just reset my cyclometer...it'll be time to start clocking a whole new journey.
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Nice, Harper. That sums it I think.

For me, just reset my cyclometer...it'll be time to start clocking a whole new journey.
Reset it? Greg 'll spin that thing up to a max speed of about 28 mph and say "Hey, look how fast Tom was going when he crashed".
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Old 2009-03-23, 08:47 AM   #13
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On Saturday the 14th of March, Johan Kruger, a side-drummer in the pipe-band I play in, dies in a car accident along with his eldest daughter and her best friend.
A fourth person in the car walked away from the accident without a scratch.

The funeral was last Thursday and the band played at the grave-side.

We were going to place a set of drum sticks on his coffin.
His widow heard about it and insisted on using his actual set of sticks.

It seemed fitting.
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On Saturday the 14th of March, Johan Kruger, a side-drummer in the pipe-band I play in, died in a car accident along with his eldest daughter and her best friend.
A fourth person in the car walked away from the accident without a scratch.

The funeral was last Thursday and the band played at the grave-side.

We were going to place a set of drum sticks on his coffin.
His widow heard about it and insisted on using his actual set of sticks.

It seemed fitting.

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Old 2009-03-23, 12:42 PM   #15
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when archeologists unearth people from old graves they are satisfied to find things that were supposed to accompany the deceased person to the next world.
so burying a unicycle will undoubtly help us to travel far far away .... and future archeologists will be delighted to learn about the rites and custom of our little tribe ...
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