Mar 1st 2013 by TheDovahkiinsDa • 83 Questions • 1289 Points
How did you get a gig like that? Were they, like, recruiting from a renaissance fair, or did you have a theater background, or what?
I actually applied to be a food server. They make bank. But their manager was out sick the day of my interview and my interviewer was the head knight (manager). During the interview Him: hey you look in shape Me: Yeah i played football and ran track in high school. Him: You ever ride a horse? Me: not once Him: You wanna learn? And maybe be in the show? Me: Hell yes. Him: You start monday.... as long as you pass the piss test
I had zero experience in all aspects
depends on the night and attendance. Ive seen 300 in one night.
If you were a real knight, what would your loadout be? Sword and shield? Big 2-handed sword? Flail?
Ohhhh I miss these conversations. We(the knights) used to talk about random crap like this from time to time. It depends on my opponent. But, I would normally side with the sword and shield. Both can be used quickly and as weapons. Shield bashes can kill. One handed swords are fast and deadly. Too each his own though.
I loved being the Lord Marshall (black knight) from the show about 6 years ago. And the green knight is always fun. He gets to be (or used to at least) a douche bag and its great fucking with the audience.
Oh man, always thought it was the green knight who was evil... I guess his "theme song" threw me off when I was younger.
He was the D bag of the knights, but not the "bad guy"
Always a fun knight to be... my fav.
I went to the NJ one about five years ago with a group from my college. We were in the green knights section. It was heartbreaking when he got killed right at the end :(
I was probably there working. Probably either the green one or the guy killing him haha
Has any kid ever run onto the arena, if not whats the craziest thing the audience has ever done?
Not kid, but a drunk dude did once. He jumped in and ran across the arena right by the "bad guy" and was just looked at funny. When he tried to jump out, he broke the plexi-glass and cut up his hand BAD. He was charged with drunk and disorderly, trespassing and endangering the animals. Other crazy stuff Ive seen range from flashing tits, to grabbing knights after the show to kiss them. Nothing TOO nuts... it IS a family show.
Not a career. Girls wont take you seriously when they realize THATS your job EVERYDAY. Not high pay. No retirement plan. LOTS of injuries...even little injuries add up.
How do you decide who gets the roses? The hot women or do you try and confidence boost the rest?
Sometimes cuz they are hot, others cuz they are little girls, and the others are just random. Depends on the knight really. usually wild fans get noticed first
Aww...that's the best.<3 I just chugged my giant beer in souvenir cup. It healed the pain.
glad i.. or the beer... could help! lol
Do you like "The Cable Guy"? Did they portray your job accurately?
Awesome movie. Eh... no not really. The audience would never be allowed to go into the arean...ever. The wenches.... yeah pretty spot on. Some can get into character, but alot ive seen are like "dude... cmon"
Previous knights have mentioned hook-ups. Any interesting stories there?
One story I think i can tell without being yelled at by the SO... A bachelorette party came one night(no idea why) and the bride to be wanted me to be her.... last fling? She was pretty aggressive and kissed me pretty wildly. Then gave me her number and demanded to see me later. I was involved at the time so I did not lol. In retrospect I should have later finding out that I was cheated on... thats another story lol
You said you had virtually no experience, how long did it take you to become a decent enough horseback rider to be in the show jousting?
surprisingly i picked up riding quickly. Few weeks and a i was a calm and confident. When I was training they didnt need any more knights in the show, so it took about 7 months for me to finally go into the show. It all depends on personal skill level and coordination
Roughly how much money did you make?
Any benefits? Health insurance seems necessary...
Health insurance was ok. Not many benefits unless you count being a bad ass for a while. When I left i was making 18 an hour
it says balls on YOUR face
Green was perhaps my fav knight to be. I loved being a dick to everyone
Has anything ever happened unexpectedly and you were forced to stay in character and improv the incident?
many times. most memorable, my weapon broke while fighting a new guy, and we both didnt notice... i went to block my head and he came crashing in with a sword and WHACK.... took a sword to the face. Blood went everywhere.... the other knight froze in terror... i, dazed, went to the wall with the weapons and grabbed the next one i saw and yelled KEEP GOING!..... I was pissed so it was like 125% faster than he was expecting.... good training for him though haha
How heavy is your gear? How long did it take to learn to battle?
The armor was only about 7 lbs. Motor cross chest and back with metal shoulders. Lances were about 15-20 lbs. Shields about 10. Swords ranged from 5-15 lbs. It took me about 3 months to learn everything to be "show ready"
How much of a fight is choreographed, and how much improvised? Obviously you're not trying to hurt each other, but do you have a bunch of "set lists" or are you winging it?
Also, that seems like a God damn dream job.
dream job out of high school, thats about it.
100% choreographed unless something goes wrong, then as much to choreograph as posible. When its time to improvise, you can tell... usually they will just freeze up and stare with the "wtf do i do now". Training is drilled into us, so when something is different it throws us off.
Hi thanks for doing this AMA.
I went to the Medieval times in Toronto for my neice's birthday, and ended up buying a 2handed Scottish clay-more($650, you people ripped me off). Please settle this for me, my 9-year old neice and I (26) have been arguing for the last 6 weeks about this... If you were to battle another knight with it, do you think a 2 handed weapon would be viable in a fight?
Not me! I dont make those absurd prices! haha
It depends on the opponent. What do they have? I prefer a one handed sword and shield. BUT, a two handed sword(bigger and heavier) could potentially demolish a sword and shield with one blow. It relies heavily on the skill and weapon of the opponent. Give me more details and ill be happy to answer
You worked in the New Jersey Castle? I've been there a couple times. Great stuff! Now for my question: If I recall correctly, the knights are split up into different colors, i.e. Red, Yellow, Green, Black & White, etc. How does that process work? Do you get to select your color, or does management force a color upon you?
Yes, NJ castle. Its all on who knows what fights and who wants to do what. If that makes sense. The senior guys get to pick normally. Management doesnt get involved, only our immediate supervisor.
Wayyyyy too many to count. Its easy to say the things i miss most... Mainly my horse, Friend. Love that fucker. The comradery between the guys. And the fans and excitement of shows.
Would you rather joust against 1 duck sized hors....
Seriously though, what's the most common injury suffered by jousters? What's the worst injury you've suffered?
haha REAL jousters I'm not sure... everything is choreographed. Even the lance tips were cut so they looked pretty when they hit the shields. But in those cases when they were not cut right, you could take some hard hits on the elbow(where the shield is resting against) or if you take a hard hit and you happen to be falling that turn, it could make your fall extremely difficult because your balance goes out the window.
What was the breakdown of time spent practicing/performing/anything else?
practice is done everyday usually. Even on off days where no shows happen. Go in, warm up the horses, do some horse exercises, joust a bit, train new horses, train new guys, show fights. Basically thats an off day. Show days: show fights before the show...warm up your horse a bit, and thats it.
Do they serve alcohol? I could see it being a lot of fun to get loaded and cheer your team on.
You better believe it. Its pricy but have a few before you go. A FEW. Dont get tanked before hand, they'll throw you out. But during the show go nuts, yell and scream. They wont care.
I've always wanted to go there, but I hate "participating." I want to eat and watch a fucking horse fight. Can you do that, or are audience members forced to participate?
Participating makes the experience better for everyone. Imagine everyone sitting quietly not cheering at all.... it would be lame. BUT NO, you dont have to. You can sit and just watch if you like. Many do and are not looked at funny for it. Its like going to a baseball game or football game. Your encouraged to yell and stuff. But its no big deal if you dont.
I was legit every color. Usually the supervisor, or whoever is left in charge that show. If no supervisor then the most senior knight will "write the show board" to determine the whole show.
fuck you i never lose..... i lie, i lost all the time
the red knight sucks the big one!
Its ok now. Used to be amazing. Most people love it. Chicken, rib, garlic bread, soup, potato, and a pastry. I think thats all of it.
Do you have any memorable events during your time there? I remember when I was there one of the falcons stole a patrons meal but you must have some pretty cool stories yourself! (side note-how accurate is the game chivalry(if you have heard of it)or skyrim? Are they boring compared to what you've done?)
Oh i have countless memorable events. Never heard the falcon taking food off a plate though. thats priceless. I HAVE heard the flacon grabbing a kids head though... bled like crazy. They are serious when they say DONT WAVE SHIT AT THE FALCON. Game of chivalry...???... during the show? The games portion? Thats all on skill of the knight and chance usually. And im not sure what you mean with Skyrim too.. played it.. love it. But yeah video games of that nature are boring WHEN compared to the job. But i played the crap out of skyrim
Negatory sir.. Star Trek the new movie is cool.... but thats my limit
So did any of you and your fellow knights ever have beef with each other? Like anyone purposely messing someone else up out of spite? Curious to know if the rivalries ever translated from script to real life. Thanks for doing this!
Oh god yeah. Tempers flew like we were movie stars. We would scream and curse (in shows) at each other and would fucking HATE each other that day. But, when the actual fight came time, it was respectful and hate free. No matter how badly we wanted to kill each other, we knew we could seriously fuck someone up with those weapons. Or worse. They are fake but made of real titanium.
I didn't go to your Medieval Times but I went to one for a birthday and it was fucking awesome. Thank you for making the days, weeks, months, et cetera of little kids better!
if they're happy, we're happy
pshh... i'd do this job in a heartbeat. Even if the money is crap... I applied for the baltimore castle a few years ago but never heard back :-(
I should apply again.
How old are you? Its def a blast but def not a career.
That's funny, the post right above yours is about someones dad getting a job at medieval times :P
I made the front page??????????
How hast thee obtained access to our present day Internets, my good brave sir??
Also, dost thou joust?
A kind wizard has shown me the path to this with craft. Tell no one of this and you shall keep your life.
Nay, no longer do i joust.
I used to be a knight.. But then I took a lance to the knee? Do we still do that?
Is the king still called Alfonso? Because that was my favorite part.
No, the names all change. That was my favorite too
lol no, but thats where i got the idea
I got lucky. Almost died a few times and almost broke my legs getting trampled by a horse. Almost snapped my knee backwards by getting kicked by a horse. Lots of close calls and minor injuries. Worst one I got was in the very beginning of a show ( i was the prince, white knight) in the very beginning of an ambush scene. I did a minor flip stunt and my down guy never supported me and I landed on my shoulder tearing my a.c. joint in my shoulder. THAT was an interesting fight. Finished it though.... not the show.
while employed there, plainly... yes
How historically accurate were your jousts, costumes, battles etc? Did you have to sacrifice accuracy for safety or audience enjoyment?
I know at one point the story line was very accurate to some history in spain. Now? Its all out the window and the only things accurate are the county names and knights names... supposedly.
What's your go to story if you're talking about your time there?
Wow. So many. It depends on my situation or where i am. Usually Im with a friend who still works there so its a "remember that time" kind of like that old chris farley skit... that was awesome.
If not with them the stories range from almost dying multiple times, to almost seeing people die, to crazy bachelorettes trying to bang