The Manipulation Of Surprise
Imagine you're at a cocktail party, and you step outside to get some air. There's a gentleman there who acknowledges you, then resumes his efforts to light his cigarette with a lighter that just isn't working. You stand there watching for a bit, waiting for him to give up. Just then, the lighter in his hand instantly changes to a book of matches. He takes one out, strikes it, and triumphantly lights his cigarette. He then transforms into a pterodactyl, picks up your date with his claws, and flies off into the moonlit sky.
When Does The Show Start?
I was talking to a friend recently about the concept of having a great show but simply feeling awkward on how to start. Now the main issue was this strange feeling of what to do when the kids start coming into the room for the show and what you should or should not do.
The Explosive Encounter.
That's the first David Copperfield television special that I saw. And, this was a great time to get into David Copperfield, because The Explosive Encounter was really the first superstar special (continuing the transition that started with The Bermuda Triangle.) The show lived up to its name; the entire production exploded. The lighting was better. The music was better. The theater and theatre were better. This special, and the next few specials set the bar for my perception of magic—right when I was getting started.
Trends in Magic
There are many trends in the art of magic. They come and go like fashion and the latest craze. However, some trends tend to stick around and others are just alarming in general. When it comes to magical entertainment, the one trend I am noticing more and more is this idea that a magician thinking they can take any gig and any event even if they are not qualified for it.
Vampire's Rose - A Spooky Routine for the Kevin James Floating Rose
It's that time of year again. So I brought out this lil' piece of work that I wrote and published in bizarre ink. The numbers are where the magic is performed and is explained at the bottom of the piece. I hope that some of the membership will find it fun for the Halloween season.