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Unsolicited Advice for performing on Penn and Teller Fool US, a repost.

Its that time of year again, sooooo,....If you just got cast for this season of Fool Us, CONGRATULATIONS!You’re about to appear on easily the best television program that showcases magic since The Paul Daniels Magic hour. You will perform on the nicest stage I’ve ...

Lifestyle

Visited a friend in the hospital. One of the older acts I first met when I came to Toronto show business.   He’s one of the best comedy magicians I’ve ever seen. He was about to go in for a quadruple bypass.  I can only imagine the stress of knowing doctors are going to crack open your breast plate and fiddle with your heart. The operation was completed just the other day and he’s fine. So tha...

New Year

“This just might do nobody any good”.  The opening to one of the most epic speeches in the history of broadcast.Happy new year.  2018 is here. What are your resolutions??? One of mine is to never use that image at the top of this post again ;)Not sure what my plans are for this trip around the sun, but our history will be what we make of it.I asked myself what my hero’s might do to ...

Terminology

There’s a distinction. Comedy magician and comedian / magician.Interestingly, and maybe annoyingly, magicians seem to use the terms interchangeably.It needs to be dealt with, because there’s a big difference between a magician with some funny lines in their show and a magician who’s actually a COMEDIAN. I used to think that if you had a comedy club background, by that I mean actually pe...

Ethics

Its a question of professionalism even more than ethics, although that comes into play too.Its no secret that I specialize in corporate after dinner comedy and magic shows. I have a very specific skill set I’ve developed in order to be able to entertain in a conference environment. Its different than performing in theatres or on cruise ships and it has its own set of challenges. My skill se...

Back to the Future

Tomorrow I’ll be 43 years old.  Crazy. It makes you think a bit, each birthday that comes now, seemingly faster every year.When I started out in magic as a small child, I’d never have guessed I’d turn pro at 16 years of age and never have to get a job of any kind other than performing my act for the next 27 years.  If I’m lucky, I’ll get to perform full time for another 27.  Two and a half ...

Backstage Unsolicited Performing Advice for Penn & Tellers Fool US

Its that time of year again, sooooo,....If you just got cast for this season of Fool Us, CONGRATULATIONS!You’re about to appear on easily the best television program that showcases magic since The Paul Daniels Magic hour. You will perform on the nicest stage I’ve ever worked in my 25 + year career of working across the globe. You just won the lotto. Seriously. Penn and Teller treat you like...