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The young Steve Martin wasn’t a complete loner: he had many mentors at Disneyland, who taught him rope tricks, sleight of hand, and snappy patter, and he was friendly with his coworkers.
But even then, he was more focused on his career than his social life.
It’s also clear that he spent a lot of time alone: dreaming, working, and perfecting his craft.
Rolling solo in the Magic Kingdom At the age of ten, Martin got a job selling guidebooks at an amusement park that had just opened up in his neighborhood: a little operation you may have heard of called Disneyland.
Had Martin been interested in hanging out with his peers, he probably would have been hip to comedians such as Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, and Richard Pryor and perhaps modeled his humor after theirs.
Instead, he looked to his vaudevillian mentors and an obscure 1943 text called Showmanship for Magicians, by Dariel Fitzgee, which, he says, “was more important to [him] than Catcher in the Rye.” Being “offbeat” would prove crucial to Martin’s huge success later on, and his self-imposed isolation from the cool kids ensured that he would remain quirkily out of sync.
On stage, in his own world In his teens, after a stint demonstrating tricks in Merlin’s Magic Shop had provided him with some prestidigitation chops, Martin started performing at any place that would have him: the Kiwanis Club, Cub Scouts, or his own high school theater when it staged a vaudeville show.
In addition to the nuts and bolts of pulling off illusions, he studied stagecraft, which included, naturally, humor.
In his act, he contorted himself into a buffoonish caricature of celebrity, wearing white disco suits and performing a grotesque, manic parody of a smooth-talking entertainer who doesn’t have the self-awareness to realize that he is an idiot.In his memoir, he writes with nostalgia and wonder of the time he spent roaming the park when he was off duty from the various positions he held during the five years he worked there.He wandered the attractions by himself, loitering in Merlin’s Magic Shop, where he watched demonstrations of tricks, and taking in Wally Boag’s wild west comedy act at Pepsi-Cola’s Golden Horseshoe Revue so many times that he memorized Wally’s entire shtick.He was completely focused on working and learning to be a performer, and all his enjoyment seemed to be derived from making headway on those fronts.Interacting with his peers was mostly a distraction that he cheerfully tolerated between practicing magic, juggling, and playing banjo.