In Magic Man, EVAN is about to give up being a magician for being constantly made fun of by children while performing his act.
Evan: That’s it, I’m through doing this magic stuff, Elaine. I can’t take it anymore. Those kids do nothing but abuse me. Instead of enjoying the magic they make fun of my nervous condition. Now, I know I twitch and have this stupid swallow alot throat thing, (swallows three times) but give me a break. They laugh at that! Even the parents. Today, I saw five adults standing on the deck, laughing at me. They were only fifty feet away and I could hear them making comments. One guy called me the Horse Whisperer because I make sounds like a horse. (Makes horse sounds with his mouth) I can’t help it. I take medication, I see therapists, it’s my life. I’m looked at like an idiot.
You know, all I ever wanted to do was magic. It’s all I ever dreamed of doing in my life. How can I possibly be good at it or enjoy it if I’m always getting teased. People don’t see the magic, they see me, having a nervous disorder.
Wait a minute….what if I tried to make my condition part of my act? Like, what if I created a character that had a nervous disorder? Sort of like how Chaplin created his character. Maybe I can make people laugh intentionally, instead of hiding the fact that I have a problem. What about that idea? It could work.