Recorded at Temescal Art Center, Oakland, California.
Funny. Saturday’s crowd was the polar opposite of last month’s crowd. Last month people came willing to risk and go into risks that were uncomfortable in the way expanding is uncomfortable. They did it because they wanted to get to the deeper freedom and fun which they realized was beyond what is now popularly called COMFORT ZONES. So they took personal responsibility for doing whatever was needed to get there. And in doing that, a magical fun was created within a real flexible comfort which was not limited by fragile zones! I really didn’t have to do much!
But Saturday most of the people seemed to have come to be entertained with tricks which would somehow lead to them being transformed in someway without them having to do something, having to go through being uncomfortable, risking, pushing, etc. So they kept saying NO… I AM NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THAT! Not all did this. A few pushed themselves and had fun! But most didn’t put their chips into the experience. This is especially true of the people who had come before and had a fun, life-changing experience. They came back to have another amazing experience. But they weren’t willing to give, to push on from what they did last time, even to read GESTURES! So for them, things obviously felt flat. They would have ignored this flat feeling. But I stopped the performance to heighten this flat feeling! To have a transforming experience, you need to put yourself into the pot! And I know when to play ‘em, when to fold ‘em, when to walk away, and when to run… Especially when this performance series is clearly becoming a popular thing to go to, I will play some poker!
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