Cindy and I have enjoyed an amazing career that has allowed us to carry our artistic endeavors to 38 countries on 6 continents performing on some of the most spectacular stages in the world. Twenty years ago when we entered the performing arts arena, Presenters were cautiously willing to “take a risk” on a new expression of what the art of illusion could be for their audiences. Over the last 6 years, we have worked diligently to partner with venues around the world to build new alliances in their communities through imaginative collaborations combining the arts with education and healthcare centered on creativity, sustainability and advocacy serving individuals with disabilities. This work has changed me as human being but it has also impacted me as an artist, reinforcing my belief in the power of the arts to transform, inspire, challenge, and build community.
As many are now aware, we have officially announced a new direction for our future in the magic community. Starting in Fall 2015, we will no longer be touring with what has been the largest theatrical touring illusion production in the U.S. Instead, I will be devoting my creative energies full time to working to raise awareness of disabilities issues. I have found my heart and need to follow my passion. And Cindy is my biggest supporter in this new direction.
This coming weekend, Powerful Medicine: Simply Magic will be screened at our first film festival – the Outside the Box Bakersfield film Festival. We are very excited to hear the feedback from the organizers!
The Washington, DC bureau of Voice of America (VOA) covered the autism workshop and sensory-friendly performance for their viewers. VOA is the official external broadcast institution of the U.S. federal government. It provides programming on radio, TV, and the Internet outside of the U.S. in 43 languages and reaches an estimated global audience of 123 million people.
You can watch the 3-minute story here.