This is what $5,000 cash in twenty dollar bills looks like:
Nathan said that would buy us at least one million video games! Which is funny considering he doesn't own any video games and wouldn't know how much they would cost. I think.
I'll bet you're wondering what's the story with the cash?
Here it goes. One of Mike's producers in New York is promoting a magician named Keith Barry who is opening a show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas starting next week. As part of promoting the show, he taped an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing Thursday, October 23rd. Part of his act includes the use of $5,000 cash, which he says he will give away to the person whose mind he cannot read, or something along those lines. Keith is from Ireland and was catching a flight into Los Angeles and unable to get the cash himself. Mike's producers are in New York, and unable to get the cash here for the trick. So they called Mike to see if he could magically produce the 5K and get it to the set of Ellen. I laughed when Mike told me... after all, we, like the rest of the country and world, were hit by the recent roller coaster events in the financial world. Five thousand dollars might as well be five million dollars, right? But when I went through our accounts, I saw that we'd received payment on an invoice and that we didn't have to pay payroll or our quarterly payroll taxes until this Friday, so theoretically we did have the cash, if only for the day they needed to use it as a prop. I did throw in one caveat... as the owner of our production company (51% majority) I had to accompany the cash along with Michael.
I have to tell you that the bank was not pleased about our withdrawing the money (and in twenty dollar bills no less!) and did everything they could to stall the actual moment when they handed us the cash. It was fun showing the boys, and it was a great moment when we said, "split this stack in half and you'll see how much it costs just for the rent on this house". They were shocked (as were we, it's not as painful to write a check as it is to see all that actual money we spend each month!).
Going on the show was great. Money may not buy happiness, but it sure buys respect! Since they knew we were carrying a lot of cash, we got to park right at the door of the studio on the Warner Brothers Lot. We hung out in Keith's dressing room, which was right next to Ellen's and Hayden Panettiere's from the TV show Heroes (save the cheerleader, save the world).
I told Keith that the magic trick I'd like to see would be him multiplying the cash into $10,000! He said if he could do that, he wouldn't be appearing at Planet Hollywood, he'd be living the good life somewhere else. We got to watch the rehearsal in the studio, and then they put Michael and I in our own VIP dressing room that was stocked with goodies to watch the live feed of the show. Right before Keith was to go on, the production assistant came to check on us and handed us back the money, saying they opted to do only two of the three tricks he had planned, and the money one got the boot. Bummer! But that, as we know, is show biz. We hung out until the taping was over, and then went to pick up our kids who were spending the afternoon at our friend Amy's house. We brought her back a sweet treat from the goodie basket in the dressing room to say thanks. And then we put that money right back in the bank. By the time you read this, most of it will be on it's way to the good ol' IRS. But it was nice to hold onto it for a couple of days anyway!