There is a bittersweet side to producing the kind of TV show that we produce. A Day in the Life is a show that, by definition, takes Char and I behind the scenes of other people’s jobs, hobbies, or towns. We spend much time with our subjects and get to know them personally as we learn about what they do. In the course of production, they are no longer subjects, but relationships.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. A Day in the Life isn’t literally “a day.” It’s often a week or more. During this time, we see behind the scenes not only of the job we are experiencing but also of the people’s lives. In the course of our work, deep relationships begin to bud.
Our first episode, for example, took us to Covenant Creek Farm in Belmont, MS to learn about goat farming. By the end of our production, we had become great friends of the Holland family. To this day, we stay in touch and plan to visit each other more often.
I write this now – in this blog post – because Char and I are experiencing an intense bittersweet moment at this time. We just returned home from filming “A Day in the Life of a Magician.” Our subject was master illusionist Maxwell Blade. His theatre is located in Hot Springs, Arkansas – the location of our soon-to-be-released-and-long-overdue next episode of A Day in the Life, titled simply “A Day in the Life of Hot Springs.”
Throughout the production of these two episodes, Char and I have fallen in love with the people and the town of Hot Springs. In particular, we are reflecting on our friendship with Maxwell Blade. Driving home, we felt there was so much we still need to talk about and do… not for the production, but personally. A part of Char and I remains back in Hot Springs – and we’re happy about that. We’ll pick up where we left today next time we return to visit our new friends. We’ve already planned another show that will be filmed there.
We are incredibly grateful to the town of Hot Springs for their support of The Traveling Twosome. From the first time we stepped foot in the city, the people took us in and became some of our biggest fans and supporters. I was mentioning to Char this week that there are certain mixes of just the right people in just the right place that create a synergy that is tremendously special and unique. The sum is greater than its parts. Such is the case, we feel, with Hot Springs. We wonder what the town would be like if certain people weren’t there… and we wonder what it will be like a generation from now when they won’t… and we’re thankful that we were able to be a part of it now while they are.
To our friends in Hot Springs, we look forward to working with you again. Even more, we look forward to continuing to grow our relationship.
We want to send a few “thank you”s to several of you who were instrumental in the production of “A Day in the Life of Hot Springs” and “A Day in the Life of a Magician”:
- To Robert Raines, who knows the history of Hot Springs in minute detail… and tells the story with more passion than anyone.
- To Bobby Graham, who never fails to make us laugh with his wit and charm.
- To Steve Arrison, who made the initial contacts and set our agenda – and made our job easy.
- To Bob Martorana and Virgina Williams, who know hospitality!
- To Heidi and Jamie at The Spur 101.5 and KLAZ 105.9 who got the word out.
- To the nameless server at Lee’s who shared a bit of his personal story with us.
- And finally to Maxwell Blade, who has become a great personal friend. You’ve got an amazing gift and an amazing testimony, Max. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
– Louis Magnifico