Before I was a cartoonist, I was a musician. I played trombone professionally for a few years, including about three years playing on cruise ships.
I played in the band that did the nightly shows, which meant in addition to the regular song and dance stuff, I played with all sorts of other acts. Jugglers, comedians, impressionists, but my favorites were always the magicians.
Anyway, one day I was waiting at the grocery store deli counter where I saw the “Take a Number” thingy, and it reminded me of the old magician clichÃ© “Take a Card, Any Card” I’d heard over and over for years.
I combined the two, and, abracadabra, a cartoon!
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About the Author: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website, Andertoons.com, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons cartoon blog.