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Opportunities

You need someone to believe in you just enough to get you started. “You need to get your break” you hear that in showbusiness. Or, “I never got my break” you hear that a too, probably more often. Here’s the thing, almost every great experience I’ve had in my showbusiness career has come from friends in the industry. Those relationships are the real break. If you’re fortunate you’ll work with...

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...

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 ...

We Lost Another

Every comic in the country is posting about Mike MacDonald tonight. He died March 17th 2018 at 63 years old. EVERYONE is posting about him. As they should. He was a game changer. A legend to be sure. He could be burry and abrasive at times, especially if he didn’t know you. Meh. Whatever. He was a serious talent. I’m younger than most of the comics who knew him, and even though I started yo...

Writing

I make weird choices sometimes, especially when it comes to writing material for my show. I have a strong belief that if I write what I like, the audience will sense that I’m doing something I love and get on board with that. Doesn’t always work, especially during the early days of a new hunk of material. This is happening right now. It’s fun, and weird, and it’s the job. Gotta suck it up. ...

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...

Fix it in post

“We’ll fix it in post” I’ve been lazy about posting. Exhausted more like it.  Between normal performances at corporate events, my kid and new work opportunities, it’s been a mess. Travel has occupied my life.  In the last week, I’ve travelled to Los Angeles for a week and then returned home to perform at a corporate after dinner holiday party. The LA portion of this trip had nothing to...

I Don’t Know Whats Wrong with Magic

That's a crazy photo for this blog post. You know its bad when you're using something like that. Unbelievable by EMF came on the radio. In 1993 ( I think ) I saw Jeff McBride perform at Abbott's Magic Get Together. He used that song as he and a young man from the...

Magic on TV and magicians who critique it

Dear magicians: I've seen a bunch of you guys trashing other acts you've recently seen on TV. Some of those acts are my friends. Posting shit like "they were awful" or "had no stage presence" etc. First, don't do that. Don't be an ass and say that publicly. Also unless you've been on that TV show, that night with them, you've zero idea whats gone on behind the scenes. Maybe production s...