Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Cuz' I said I would thaz why!!

This weekend saw me in CA for Bat's Day. I did a show, saw the sights and even got to see some old friends. As usual when I hit SoCal I like to visit "Le Magic Castle" (Fuck you v2.0 David Oliver) and got to see Jason Latimer's Clear Cups and Balls that won him FISM. Good idea. A few very old principles used in almost new ways. As was told to me his card work was "enh" but the cups were by far the best. His camera card idea has merit but when I saw it twas' sloppy.

Also saw a gentleman whose name I forget but it was like Crispin Glover does magic... sans the rats. It was AWESOME!! Dark humor and very modern. Kudos to him. Skipped the Palace show. Only so many times I can watch people shoved into glitzy boxes. Also said hello to Joe Monti. Nice guy and a good performer to boot.

All in all had a good time. Why do I tell you alla this? I told an accented pleasant smelling magi I would.

Until next time, the east coast calls.


Wednesday, August 24, 2005


I'll be touring the east coast for a few months so if yer looking for exciting news and posts on my heroin..er.. harrowing adventures then go over to http://www.sideshowtours.blogspot.com

Until then... don't eat too much bacon.


Sunday, August 07, 2005

I don't normally get involved in stuff like this but..

It kinda goes with the things I like to teach new magicians... and people in general. First it starts with This and swings deftly into That. (Why do I feel like I am doing that damn trick put out by Danny Archer?)

You can read the drama for yourself. The point I am making is thus... First, don't assume just because you do magic in restaurants and kids parties and yer 15 you can roll with the pros and expect to get treated like one. Second, don't, for the love of whatever deity you worship, ala' yer favorite method, listen to a buncha people online who chide you for something. They don't like it? Tough. Can't please everyone and if it's someone whose opinion you don't care for.. screw em'. Be yourself. Don't apologize for yourself.

Lastly, and this is the most important and hardest to do... don't blame others for your short-comings. Sometimes you get called on your bullshit. Own up to it, make a joke, build a bridge, get over it. Life is too short to worry about petty things. There are more important events in your life... I promise. Magic isn't the end.. or beginning of your world.. you are.

Lastly... even tho' that was the last one.. but eh.. screw it. (See I am taking my own advice. Go me!!) If you are so petty and narrow minded that something like an online community, or postings of another person, cause you to get all indignant.. then get out of magic. There are enough idiots already mucking up the system for those of us who DO take it seriously as an art and a career. Take a better hobby.. like stamp collecting.. or animal husbandry.

Now I DO wanna make this clear that this post is not, repeat, not aimed at the subject of the aforementioned drama. He is just the trigger. I see this stuff all too often. Just a little advice from me to you... all 3 of you.

"Let's stop this and start over
Let's go out - let's keep going


Thursday, August 04, 2005

"New Magic tricks are like a tattoo. Wait a while to see if you REALLY need it or want it... and be sober."


Monday, August 01, 2005

Let's talk about things that aren't in the spotlight. I mean magical effects or goings-on that are just in the peripheral.. some catch em.. some don't. These can be JUST as strong as bits of business as if presented as an effect unto themselves.

What struck this chord was a new effect by some french dood. The idea is solid and the gimmick looks damn near undetectable. As always I research interesting new ideas when they come out and many good things have been said about this.

Now you could easily perform it like this: "Watch this ordinary borrowed deck of cards as I defy gravity and the law of psychics..er.. physics. Etc etc.. now thaz all fine and good but that just draws uncalled for attention to something that is otherwise a 10 second effect.

Now imagine you remove a deck of cards and before you remove it from the box you balance it on your hand, while the other hand searches for a pen. Perhaps you go thru your effect and to free up a hand you balance the deck and hold their card at your finger tips. Sometimes you don't have to draw attention to something to make it work.

Just ask Rich Cowley...