Richard the Adequate
Downtown street magician and comedian entertains the bar crowd
Published: November 20, 2012
I recently came across an old picture of you that appeared to be a press kit photo for a band called Chimo. What can you tell us about Chimo?
Oh my God. Well, I went to Combs College of Music in Pennsylvania. I have a degree in music. I joined the band, spent years on the road in this three-piece band called Chimo. It's a Canadian Eskimo word that means friend. Our drummer was Canadian. He taught me the Canadian alphabet. "A eh? B eh? C eh?" I spent eight years on the road. Met my future wife while touring with them. Basically, divorced the band and married my wife and when I divorced her, I remarried my music. I actually came here originally to work for Disney. I wanted to play in the Disney band. But when I got here I found they had canceled the band and they had canned all their music, everything in the park, except for the marching band they use during the parade. Everything else is canned. There is no more live music there. And that really bothered me. I don't know. I became a magician, basically, because I got tired of saying "You want fries with that?" Yes, I have a degree in music. Is it for here or to go?"
Richard the Adequate perform magic tricks just about every night on the streets of downtown and occasionally does stand-up at the Other Bar. You can find him on Facebook at facebook.com/adequatemagic.com.
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