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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Saturday Murphy

Saturday Murphy

We’re all familiar with Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” But I’ve noticed that dancers have their own set of laws like Murphy’s.

The first one is this: “Brilliant moments will not be witnessed by anyone of importance.” We’ve all experienced this one, right? You know, the five pirouettes you did alone in the rehearsal studio. Or the killer balance you did during class but everyone’s (dancers, directors, choreographers) attention was elsewhere.

Incidentally, one of the first known expressions of Murphy’s Law is believed to have been in reference to stage magic. In 1928 Adam Hull Shirk wrote: “It is an established fact that in nine cases out of ten whatever can go wrong in a magical performance will do so. The great professors of the art are not immune from the malignancy of matter and the eternal cussedness of inanimate objects”. This goes back to the fact that there is an old saying among magicians that dates to at least 1913 and states that it is impossible for a performer to know a trick so well that nothing can go wrong.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dancer Law #137:
“Brilliant moments will not be witnessed by anyone of importance.”

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“The chance of the bread falling with the buttered side down is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.”
― Murphy's Law

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