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Friday, August 20, 2010

8:02AM - Websites for performances, etc

Greetings fellow magicians!

I just wanted to post this because I thought there may be some people interested in this if you perform and advertise online or have/need some presence on the web.

A guy I do some work with does web design and has a magic background and works closely with one performer, so he has an excellent understanding of the industry. He's running a special this week for design and I figured I'd pass the word along.

You can see the info for this and contact info at http://magic.106studios.net
or if you comment, I can always pass the word on as well.

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

1:21AM - Paper Balls Over the Head

One of the effects that I perform and is the most fun is the "Paper Balls Over the Head."  It's wonderful because it entertains and plays well for at least 5 minutes.  The only thing I don't like is the way I finish.  I don't like just finishing it with a large ball of paper.  Does anyone know of a good way to finish this?

P.S.  I've seen watch steals, but I'm not comfortable with them.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

8:58PM - Vernon Wisdom

I just re-upped my Genii subscription. As a gift the ysent a copy of the book "The Vernon Touch", which is a compilation of every column Dai Vernon ever wrote for the magazine. It's quite good.
Here is a quote from his very first Dia Vernon column.

"A lot of people think that everybody's anxious to see a trick at anytime of the day or night. When you do tricks for people is very important. Of course, at the magic castle, they're ready at any time to see a trick, but when people are singing or dancing or talking, and somebody comes up and says, 'I'm gonna show you a trick...now take a card...watch this...look...watch' this is not good for magic"

It may seem simple, but it's something personally I took a long time to learn especially when you are young and excited and eager to try new things. I wish I'd read this years before. Its all about timing inside and outside of an effect.

This looks to be an excellent book, I'm glad they put this together. I'm sure there are many more nuggets of wisdom to be gleaned from a consumate master.

Has anyone else checked this book out?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

11:56PM - Seeking Magicians!

Theatre Unleashed is producing an evening of magic at The Sherry Theatre in North Hollywood, CA in December. We're looking for 7-8 experienced magicians to come have fun and show their stuff! Looking to practice your tricks? Maybe you want to try something new in front of a live audience? C'mon out and do it with us! If you'd like to come and join us OR if you have any questions, please send an e-mail to webmaster@theatreunleashed.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , along with a) your contact information, b) links to your website and/or videos of your routine and c) any accommodations you may need (extra tables/chairs/etc). Thanks!

Friday, October 23, 2009

6:20AM - Newbie Time

Hello! I'm new to the community. I've been doing magic for about a year now, so, still very much a beginner.

I recently bought "The Royal Road to Card Magic" and am having issues learning from the book. I had been using videos from Theory 11 for a while, as well as a few other DVD's. I was wondering if anyone else finds it difficult learning from a book rather than a DVD. Any tips? I know the traditional way to learn magic is from a book, so I'm a little concerned that I'm having so much trouble with it...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


is remote viewing realy effective method to increase forecast ability?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

1:24PM - No magic in Georgia?

Greetings true believers,
It is has come to my sad realization, that there are zero, non, natta, magic shows in Georgia. I searched far and wide and can't locate any acts in the Atlanta area. Which, given the fact that I know there are quite a few magicians in my area who could do some really entertaining shows I am quite shocked at this this.

For those of you who do have regular stage shows, how did you go about making this happen?

Current mood: curious

Saturday, August 1, 2009

3:41AM - Both hands?

So I am working on my classic palm technique and I am right handed. I have a question for everyone out there. Do you believe it is a must have to be able to palm with both hands?

Current mood: curious

Monday, May 11, 2009

1:58AM - Atlantic City

Hey there New Jersey folks!!

I will be coming into town the week of June 4th-12th to perform at Trick Zone. I am looking to see if anyone happens to have a couch handy even if for a few days. I have no problem offering up swag or even some sharing of effects.



Friday, May 8, 2009

2:41PM - Recent Magic Show

Thought people might like to see this :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

11:17AM - Mikame Birthday Surprise Box

I'm looking for an item that can play quietly in the background, but still play big.  By "play big," I mean, be a crowd-pleaser.  Let me give you a little background on what I want first.  The piece I'm looking for is something that I can play off-of, so I originally considered a version of the Treasure Box (I'm a hobbyist, so making something like this would be simple, too).  The treasure box I can play off of by introducing a mystery as to "what happened to all the stuff I brought in the box?" or "I know there was a secret to opening this box... what was it?"  Thus, the box itself sits in the background while several clues are found (a la Blues Clues (but not)).  It's confusing to describe, but the general point is that the box begins as empty, the audience and I discover how to properly open the box, and when we do, it's full of.. something.

Now, I want to play  birthdays, so I'm considering the Mikame Birthday Surprise box, which seems to be a more practical-looking version (and somewhat different mechanics) of the dove pan.  There are two problems I see: (1) I don't think it can't be left open, or seemingly empty like the Treasure Box can (although mostly), but that's not too big of a deal if I don't draw much attention to it; (2) I haven't seen any reviews on it.

Also, it's $150.  Probably worth the price, but more than I can pay right now.

Has anyone used this or heard of someone using this and how satisfied were they/you?
Any other thoughts/ideas that may help?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

2:25PM - Coins?

Hey gang,
Where can I find some half-dollar or bigger coins for coin work? I stopped by my bank and the lady I talked with said she didn't have any.

Monday, March 16, 2009

2:41PM - Advertise at our magic show!

Here's a chance to advertise any online products you may have
and sponsor a great magic show.
It's an annual community fund-raiser show, and features great local and
marquee magicians.

All proceeds to the Burn Children Recovery Foundation.

We are looking for sponsorship for the following ads. Your ad will go on the poster and the programs.

> Full-page back cover - $500 (Gold Sponsor)
> Inside front or inside back cover - $250 (Silver Sponsor)
> Full-page ad (5.5x8.5") - $200
> Half-page ad (5.5x4.25") - $100
> Quarter-page ad (2.75x4.25") - $50
> Business-card ad (2x3.5") - $30

Questions? contact Brian Cook at briancookmagic@msn.com

April 11, 2009 at 7:00 PM
Smoke & Mirrors
The Lynnwood Magic Club and The Burned Children Recovery Foundation are proud to continue an annual tradition for a great cause. Join us for a spectacular evening of magic, mystery and fun featuring some of the finest performers in the Pacific Northwest.

Everett Performing Arts Center
2710 Wetmore Ave
Everett, WA.
Box Office: (425) 257-8600
Adults: $15
Children (under 18): $12

Saturday, February 7, 2009

10:27AM - True Astonishments Arrived Yesterday

I mentioned a little while ago that I had pre-ordered the new magic collection by Paul Harris.  I have been anxiously waiting for this to come and yesterday it arrived.  I have been feeling pretty shitty all week.  Started to feel better yesterday, and perked up even more when I found out this had arrived  It's awesome!  Poor Amy sat around and had to deal with my magic geekdom pretty much all night last night.

I have watched the first 2 DVDs out of 9 and have found almost all the "Easter Eggs" on those DVDs.  The items that should not be mentioned are high quality, and look like they will last a lifetime.  The puzzle box that everything comes in is an added bonus.  It really helps make the collection that much cooler/dorkier.

Sorry but I just ad to share this.  I'm totally excited about it.

Friday, December 19, 2008

12:35PM - Variety Shows

So there hasn't been much talk going on this list for a bit. Let's see if we can stir something up shall we?

I've been invited to participate in a local variety show. Haven't made any decisions about it. Haven't even gone to see the show yet. It happens once a month and the next performance is a few weeks away.

They already have a magician so as far as I'm concerned it's unlikely I will actually participate. It's his venue at this point from my perspective. I'll still go to check it out, but I'm not particularly optomistic about it at this stage.

However, I have over the years considered the possibilities of creating my own variety show venue where I'm at. It would be very doable for many reasons.

But never having done so before I'd love to hear what others who have done this kind of thing would consider to be the critical logistic issues of setting up something like this. Not just as performers/artists but as producers as well. What do you think is absolutely needed and how did you address those needs?

And... GO!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

8:47PM - Rocco Silano

If anyone is near the Albany, NY area (or even feels like traveling), Rocco Silano, the guy who does D'lites, is doing a lecture on December 5th for Melvin's Magnificent Magic Shop. More info is at www.melvinsmagicshop.com.
Just thought I'd pass the info along. I guess he doesn't do a whole lot of appearances like this anymore, so, I figured it's kind of a significant thing.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

8:56AM - Trip to Magic Castle

From my trip to the Magic Castle, here I am next to a poster from Master Magician Lee Grabel.  Grabel is well into his 80's now and will be lecturing at the Oakland Magic Circle on the first Tuesday of December.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

11:27AM - Another Magic Secrets Revealed Show

I just received this email from a local magician. Brad had a shop for many years, but closed it because of the cost. He still has the business, but it's only on the internet.

I post it here because I rather like his suggestion of how to respond to this most recent "tell-all" programme.

Rats! He's or They're at it again. Just got an e-notice from Magic Magazine that there is a new "Magic Tell All" show coming to a station that frankly I can't get and have never heard of!!

Here's the basics:

Breaking the Magician's Code:
Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed
Thursday, October 2nd, 9/8c, MyNetwork TV

You can go to: http://www.mynetworktv.com/stations.php and find out the channel nearest you, etc.

What should be the response of the magic community? Easy. Really it is. In 37 years in the biz I have seen this time and time again. What 'they' want is for magicians to cause a fuss, make a scene, get out and picket. What we need to do is simple: SAY NOTHING, DO NOTHING. The more we cry the more publicity they will garner. Someone asks you if you know anything? Your answer: "Not really. Must not be a big deal." Shrug and move on.

After the show if folks ask you about it? DEFLECT!!!! "Hmmm, that's nice." or "Don't know that one myself. I don't think I would ever do it." DEFLECT! Tone it down. Make it the least that it can be. That's how you defeat these things. It's how you get even in effect. Yawn. What a bore.

Look pass the above on. Cut and Paste it into your own message if you like. You don't even have to give me credit. Get the word OUT: Don't talk! Don't demonstrate! ACT as if it's not even happening.

Thanks and take care,

Brad Burt
Brad Burt's Magic Shop

Thursday, September 18, 2008

8:42PM - Las Vegas "Must See/Do"

I'm new here but I thought I might get some good opinions and/or insight.

I'm going to Las Vegas next week for the first time. I know that if magic has a "Mecca" Las Vegas would be the town. My question is from a magicians viewpoint what are some must see Performers/shows/shops etc..

Maybe some Magicians that aren't giant headliners that are well worth checking out? I'm certainly not interested in dropping 300 dollars to see Criss Angel or anything ::) .

...also what about non-magic related must do/see things?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

4:00PM - Lee Grabel comes to the Oakland Magic Circle

November 4, 2008

The Catagory is

The Answer is:
Herrmann the Great, Harry Kellar, Howard Thurston, Dante, Lee Grabel, Lance Burton

for the answer please see http://leegrabelmagic.com/

Current mood: artistic

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