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Marvyn’s Magic Theatre

It’s cold in my part of Canada.  Toronto is always ugly this time of year with snow and frozen hell. Its depressing for me. My car was covered in ice this weekend past and chiselling it out was near impossible.  The poor beast may as well have been encased in carbonite.  Thank god I don’t owe money to the Hutts. Still, I’m better off than Calgary today where its -37.  ...

Magicians

This is a story but its worth it, I think.... and there's video too, always nice.I miss Willis Kenny, he was a great magician and a real character. Say what you will, we don't have enough crazy characters like that dude anymore.Thanks to 

ALASKA by Holland America

Largely because I’m a regular cruise ship performer, and as a headline entertainer I travel a TON on them friends, family and people I perform for at corporate conferences and conventions always ask what’s the best cruise to take? I get this all the time.  They want to know which cruise line is best.  More than anything people want to know the best destination. My answe...

BRAMPTON

Signs at the Airport say “ All roads lead to Brampton”. Its true.My family moved to Brampton in 1981. I went to Kingswood Drive, Sir John A McDonald and then Central Peel, where I fell madly in love with a girl who would never love me back. She vanished off the face of the earth, plaguing my curiosity forever as to h...

Comfort Zone

Jeff McBride says “Your comfort zone is the place your dreams go to die”. I think he’s correct. I’m currently ¾ of the way through writing a new closing piece for the show. I know it sounds insane to plunk in a new closer without audience testing it elsewhere in the show, but here’s the thing : It’s not a comedy piece. There’s zero jokes in it. It’s not even the strongest magic in the s...

Comedy Festivals

So, this week is full up with showbusiness weirdness; greed and crazy travel. Sit back, relax, throw the Clash on the turntable and listen to this.Thursday, I drive from Toronto to Sarnia, roughly 4 hours, to be on a show at a high rollers golf tournament. That starts at 8pm. I’ll be on by 9pm and offstage by 10pm if I’m lucky. I then HAVE to drive back to Toronto, getting me in around 2a...

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...

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. ...

Holiday Party

December.For all the good in this season there’s also a fair bit of greed too.  Not just from a company sales perspective, but from an entertainer’s one as well. When you specialize in corporate after dinner entertainment, every high end firm wants to hire you in November and December for their special night.I freely admit I capitalize on the demand of the corporate holiday and Christma...

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...