Setec Astronomy

Tag: comedy

Holiday Performances

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.  I was starting to think why bother? Hasn’t this been a time? Zoom conferences and conventions, zoom lag, exhaustion from sitting in front of a computer for a convention. Everything I anticipated would happen has, except for one important factor. ME.I hadn’t realized that the very thing to fight the zoom fatigue and...

Virtual Reality

Stand up comedy, the business of making people laugh in a group, was always arithmetic. Formula, personality, crowds reacting in a certain way because setting and conditions, how they're seated, temperature of the space, the general mood of society. It goes on and on. They all play into why people laugh in a room. Its NOT simple, trust me. In the world of covid, live c...

Economics of Virtual

You keep saying artists should innovate. That the innovators will shine. The problem for online performers is the way iTunes killed revenue for musicians, virtual shows will kill it for stage artists. Pricing for online shows continues to drop. Sure there will be outliers. Acts who make money and even become successful. However for every one Beiber, there's 5 million...

Morrissey Magic

The owner of Morrissey magic, Herb Morrissey died Aug 14 2003. The same day as the Toronto blackout. I bet his death caused it. He had that kind of force of spirit. I try to post about him on the anniversary of his passing.The kind of person who without trying, was able to create atmosphere in the shop that made y...

My Stranger Things Story

The month we hunted the music :Four weekends straight a neighbour and I have been hearing music.  It starts around 11pm and goes until 2:30am. Sometimes audibly close and others farther away.  Ebbs and flows like the tides, never in the same place.

Comedy Clubs

I headlined a show at the Comedy Bar in Toronto a while back. Comedians, myself - a comedian doing magic, and a mime were on the show. The large part of my income and professional work as a comedy magician is at corporate after dinner events and cruise ship theatres. Still, I started in this business in comedy clubs and I still have a...

BOOM STICK !

The International Brotherhood of Magicians was not only generous enough to have me featured on the cover of their international magazine, but also gave me permission to share the article with the general public. Only members of the IBM are able to see the contents of the magazine, so this was a real treat !! Its a big PDF file and may take a minute to lo...

Strategy

Show business is chess.  It isn’t checkers. Everything is long game. So maybe this is a bad play. Its hard to say what to do.I’m 46 years old.  I’ve been performing in this business of show full time, never having a job or anyone to split a household bill with me for 30 years.  An exceptional run,...

Experiment

Magicians.  Comedians.  Variety EntertainersI'm working on a new piece for my show, live or virtual, no idea. I thought it might be instructive and interesting ( or not ) for magicians and non magicians for me post videos of it's progress...

Artists are in trouble

I want to pass this along for consideration. Early morning I had to talk an artist out of punching their ticket. You never want someone to check out of the world that way. Believe me when I tell you, that’s not an easy phone conversation.  A lot at risk.  I smoked a lot during that call, the one time I could NOT screw things up. Its ok now, so far, they’ll be alrigh...