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Showbiz Travel

I live my life in airports and hotels. I liken it to the guy from the 80’s TV show Quantum Leap. I leap from airport to airport, hoping the next leap is the leap home. Professionally speaking I would never agree to travel and shows on a schedule like I'm about to describe. Occasionally your agent will convince you it’s a good idea and you say yes and roll with it. It’s never a good idea. Tw...

Art or Craft

I’m writing this largely to record my thinking at the time as anything else. Not a soul reads this blog and its just for me, so.... here it comes. Magic and comedy are NOT art. They cannot be. They never will be. The very nature of what makes both things technically work prevent them from being art.
 By its nature art is subjective. For something to be an artistic piece the viewer must b...

Corporate Performance

I performed at the JW Marriott is Muskoka, Ontario a few nights ago. A corporate event for tradespeople. It was SO much fun. I love the venue and the show was amazing. So wonderful having a bunch of tradespeople laughing and coming up to me after the show telling me stories from working the trades. My own family are all in the trades so there’s a special place in my heart for events attended ...

Picking the right path

Well, that was quite a long and enjoyable run over the summer in Alaska. It is my sincerest hope that Holland America line continues to use me as part of their headline entertainment lineup. I really do have a fantastic time with them, if you were a passenger, you'd have the same experience. I've never met or even spoken to the booker of entertainment for HAL, so I hope my agent conveys my g...

New Magic

I’ve been here in Alaska for the better part of the summer. Two and a half more weeks to go. Its been a blast, Holland America, the cruise line as a whole, has such a wonderful corporate culture it bleeds across the entire fleet of ships. I’ve worked A LOT of cruise lines. Holland really does know how to make their employees feel at home, comfortable and most importantly feel like they have...

ALASKA ! ( I took that photo ! )

I’ve recently had my website completely redesigned by a FANTASTIC company in New Zealand called NokNok. Google them up if you need work done to your site, they’re great to work with. Now that’s done its good to be back online. I also had the great fortune to perform on another one of Holland America’s fine ships; the Amsterdam, to Alaska for 2 weeks in July sailing out of Seattle. The fine p...

AGENTS

Agents, Speakers Bureaus, Event Planners.  These are THE most important resource a corporate entertainer has. As a Toronto based, but internationally performing corporate event entertainer here's my thinking on this topic : I'll start off with a bad example and move on. An agent I'd heard of ( with a horrific reputation ) and...

Details of Art

It’s all in the details. Artistically I love to noodle around with details of my performance. Subconscious things the audience doesn’t actually notice but can impact them.I’ve realized lately that my shows have been stronger because I’ve been finessing the staging and lighting.  Most importantly the PRE SHOW staging and lighting. It occurred to me ( maybe finally ) that what an audience s...

I cover the Waterfront

Perhaps it was the days at sea without land or perhaps it was the fantastic mood I was in from absolutely killing it for my performances on Holland America’s ship the MS Amsterdam, or maybe It was that I had good fortune to work with highly creative acts, but whatever the reason, it was one of the most productive weeks in recent times. I joined the ship in Guatemala, and sailed up to Mexico ...

Balance

If you’re an act like me and you’re on the road performing a lot, you have two lives. The road life of shows and other performers, then your home life with your family and friends. When you’re away from one you miss the other. It’s tough to reconcile. This week I’ll be performing in Guatemala where I’ll join another amazing Holland America ship, the Amsterdam. I’ll be performing on it for...