Pretoria. The venue was a hotel (5 Dec. 1973 Bon Accord Hotel) but they closed the area off to the public and people were only allowed by invitation.
Unknown to me, the happy fellows in the front row were the police. I went through my whole routine with bloomers and ‘voortrekker’ bonnet, snake, oil, puppets and ended up wearing nothing but the oil lamp and then the strobe light. Dressing on stage and waving good bye.
Not so fast lady. The cop introduced himself and told me this was the best show he had ever seen. The other cops also produced their cards as if this was some fan club and could not praise my performance enough. I was asked all the normal questions like “What does the snake eat” and “Where do I keep the snake?” Not the normal procedure for taking in a criminal.
But this was the start of the most bizarre court case that ever hit South Africa. The press informed the whole of South Africa as they journeyed with me thought the courts right up to the high court.