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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...

Communication

“For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk “ – Stephen HawkingA prominent and pretty famous magician, one whom I’ve admired since I was a kid sent me a message not long ago. He’d seen me perform on the television show Penn and Teller Fool Us and wanted to let ...

Showbusiness or ShowArt ?

There’s no star system in Canada. That’s the problem.I've been working in show business long enough that its impossible not to be a little bit jaded by it. Since the age of 16 the showing of magic tricks and making them funny has been my sole source of income.Starting out its everyone's wild ambition to be the next David Copperfireld or George Carlin. Of course the longer you keep at it...

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...

All Roads Lead to Brampton

You don’t hear much about acts who take their shot and miss, but I’ll tell you what happens to them.  They end up working dead end jobs on crazy shifts because they spent too much time chasing their dreams and not enough time preparing for what happens should that dream not come true. I was always taught to be mindful of that.I grew up in Brampton Ontario.  A 45 min drive from the centre of...

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 ...

Magic Shop

14 years ago yesterday Herb Morrissey of Morrissey Magic in Toronto, passed away. I think he also cause the big Toronto blackoutI miss him and the laughs at the shop and the advice along the way. The ...

Summer performances

My Summer VacationI’m a corporate comedian and magician. So basically that means I perform at conferences and conventions.  That’s the bulk of my work.  I occasionally perform in public theaters and headline onboard cruise ships, but mostly its after dinner entertainment for me.  I love the work, I understand it, and I’m good at it.  I’ve never had a real job, as in a 9-5 job.  I’ve always ...

Teachers : People Who Influenced My Work

Almost every artist references work that influenced his or her own. For some reason, this seems not to be the case in magic, and to some degree comedy. Why magicians never talk about other artists that had an impact on them and their work is beyond me. Teachers come in all types. Sometimes just watching and learning from someone you don’t know can make an impact. Still, here’s my list. Its shor...