Need to Add Some Tricks to Your Bag?

Wearing Too Many Hats in Your Business?

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 cliché “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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Mark Anderson, professional cartoonist

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,, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons cartoon blog.


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website,

7 Reactions
  1. Wow! Are you creating your cartoons “automagically”? 😉

    What kind of music did you play?

    I like Penn Fraser Jillette and Raymond Joseph Teller.

    Have a nice weeekend! 🙂

  2. Hahaha, Mark and Martin you are both too funny! Love the cartoon as usual.

  3. Oh boy, I wish business were as easy as pulling a trick out of a hat!

  4. My favorite is the “Take a number — any number.” It’s little details like that that make your cartoons so funny.

  5. Too funny…love the cartoons.

  6. RedHotFranchises

    Ha ha, Thanks for the good laugh, Great start to my day with this inspiring cartoon. Keep them coming!

  7. Thanks for funny story.