Archive for October, 2005

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Monday, October 31st, 2005

It’s Halloween are we’re in Montgomery, AL. There is a nice feature in today’s newspaper about our show here tomorrow night. The show is already sold out so we are all very excited!

The “official” launch of the ASIA DVD is also happening today. Ads in two of the leading magic industry publications start appearing today in the November issues. We’ve had such great response to the DVD so far, we’re hoping these ads will get the word out to magicians.

Alan Watson, leading magician from New Zealand, said this about the ASIA project, “This a rare opportunity to see behind-the-scenes of world renowned Illusionists Kevin and Cindy Spencer while on an international tour. We found the Spencers’ professionalism and dedication to magic inspiring.”

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

DOUBLE WHAMMY!

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

WOW – what a great day at the River Center in Columbus, GA!!! The staff and crew at the Performing Arts Center are amazing. A special thanks to Steve, Kevin, Josh, Adam and Charles for their help during the show AND to all the rest of the gang for a record-time set up, tear down and load out. It was MAGIC!

The intelligent lighting and controller saga finally comes to an end. We received our recently repaired Controller from High End at the venue. We were wondering if the hundreds of pages of presets were going to be in tact and, much to our great pleasure, they were. Kevin and John at the River Center worked very hard to get one of my fixtures up and going (for more details on this one, read Walterboro, SC). It will make interesting “behind-the-scenes” footage for our 2005 US Tour DVD.

The audience in Columbus? Just as amazing! We had excellent volunteers and wonderful responses from this very enthusiastic audience! I met so many people in the lobby afterwards and enjoyed hearing their favorite illusions. We will look forward to our next visit to this area. THANKS to all of you for making this a memorable day!

Double Whammy? Well, that would refer to the time change. This is the night we “fall back” and gain that coveted extra hour of sleep…and in the morning we head to Montgomery, AL where we will go into Central Time and gain another hour. The double whammy for us is that we’ll gain those two hours in less than 12 hours! We’ll never know what time it really is!

WRBL-TV 3 in COLUMBUS

Friday, October 28th, 2005

Tomorrow is the big show in Columbus – SPOOKTACULAR! There was a really nice full color feature in the LEDGER-ENQUIRER newspaper today previewing tomorrow’s performance. And I did the WRBL interview today too. That went really well giving me a chance to show some video of the show and talk about what we’ll be doing.

The ASIA DVD continues to gather some steam as well. We are getting daily orders for the Collector’s Package (Poster, 8X10 and DVD) which is very exciting! And the good comments keep coming in as well. Thanks to everyone for their support on that project. We’ll be putting together our next DVD – US TOUR 2005 – in the coming weeks. Should be fun!

COLUMBUS, GA

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

We arrived in Columbus mid afternoon, just in time for us to get checked into the hotel and me to get ready for the radio interviews for SPOOKTACULAR. This is a huge event here that involves area merchants and businesses in a full day of activities on Saturday. It’s a family-friendly event that will culminate with our performance at the Bill Heard Theatre in the River Center for the Performing Arts downtown. What a beautiful venue!

The interviews all went very well. I did three today – Oldies, Top 40 and Country – so I believe we covered the market fairly well. Tomorrow I have a television appearance on WRBL and then some more radio interviews with the Clear Channel stations in Columbus. I’m also heading over to the Columbus Regional Hospital for a quick visit with the Rehabilitation Department.

All is well! Should be a really great day and fun show on Saturday!

THE WAY THINGS GO…

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Our last month on the road proves that you never know just how things are going to turn out. We have always felt that we were prepared for almost every situation you can imagine and, yet somehow, we met challenges during this last month that were beyond our imaginations. In spite of it all, everything turned out well. In our bus/truck, we have a sign hanging on the wall that says, “We make our own plans but the Lord decides where we go.” It is a reassuring statement for us that reminds us there is a greater purpose and Person in control of our circumstances. That has never been more true and obvious to us than during this last month of tour.

We are only home for a couple of days this week before heading to the River Center in Columbus, GA. I have three radio interviews on Thursday; a television appearance on Friday (WRBL in Columbus) and several Clear Channel Broadcasting radio interviews as well. I’m also going to be heading over to Columbus Regional Hospital to visit with the Director of Rehabilitation, Henry McRae, and the Director of Occupational Therapy, Lori Standard. I always enjoy seeing how we can bring the Healing of Magic program to facilities who are open to the concept. I’m looking forward to meeting all of them and the staff at the Balance Center.

After the River Center we head to the Davis Theatre in Montgomery, AL. We are very excited about this show because, as of two weeks ago, we were already less than 50 tickets from selling out.

We should also have a PREVIEW online this week for the ASIA DVD! We’ve been getting some really great comments from those of you who have bought it. For those of you who have wondered what’s it all about, hopefully this will give you some idea. Check it out this weekend on the SHOP page of this site.

Okay, gotta run!

WALTERBORO, SC

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

Our trip to Walterboro was an adventure. We spent Friday doing a workshop for the Board of Disabilities for a select group of people from the community. We had a great time teaching magic tricks as a part of the therapy program for this organization. And we had some real personalities performing for the group as several of the participants made their way to the “stage” to perform their magic. Cheers and applause brought huge smiles to the faces of those who performed as well as those who watched them! As always, I was touched by the warmth and inhibitions of those we have the privilege of working with in the Healing of Magic program.

The show on Saturday also went well in spite of the fact that we were going against THE game in South Carolina – USC vs Clemson! Not being an avid sport fan myself, I was completely unaware of all of this until we were told that tickets were selling “slowly.” Much to everyone’s surprise we had a great walk up and the crowd was enthusiastic. Great volunteers – lots of personality – a standing ovation. It was a great way to end a rather trying day.

Remember that new universal controller we bought in San Angelo? Well, that new controller has been having some “memory” problems and we’ve been having to rework the lights for every show. TODAY – it BROKE! It would not take control of our intelligent lighting and we were sunk. Now I realize that the fancy lighting toys don’t make the “magic” better but I like the toys! There was a bit of a power problems as well and we blew all the fuses in my lighting fixtures – twice! We had to do this show without any intelligent lighting…and, you know what? The audience didn’t know the difference and didn’t care. The magic effects were pure and the show was well received. Just goes to show that, when it all comes down to the basics, it’s all about entertainment and loving what you do. Everyone from our team did an excellent job…but they always do. And the crew from the Presenter here worked hard to make it happen – TEAM WORK!

We’re going home again for a couple of days before heading out to Columbus, GA. Hopefully, we’ll have our old controller back for those performances and send our new one in to get fixed!

LEAVING FOR SC

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

Good morning! It’s very early and pitch black dark outside my office window. I have lots of paperwork to catch up on before we head out for South Carolina this morning…so I’m up trying to get caught up.

Walterboro, SC is where we are heading. Tomorrow I’ll be working with some special needs and phsyically challenged people with the Healing of Magic program (www.magictherapy.com). This is always an inspiring time for me. I really enjoy working with that program and seeing the expressions on their faces when they begin to learn some magic! I’ll write more about the Walterboro Experience on Sunday, when it’s over.

The show in Statesboro, GA that was slated for tonight at the Performing Arts Center will be rescheduled for September 2006. I should know the exact date today and will get it posted…along with the Spring 2006 schedule.

STATEBORO, GA

Monday, October 17th, 2005

For those of you who were coming to see us in Statesboro, GA this Thursday night, we got a call today from the presenter asking if we could reschedule the date for the Spring 2006. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you’ll come to the show when we get the date confirmed!

We will be in Walterboro, SC on Friday doing a magic therapy outreach program and on Saturday night with a show. Hope to see you there.

FALL IN VIRGINIA

Saturday, October 15th, 2005

The weather has turned, the air is crisp and you can smell fall in the air. It’s very early on Saturday morning and I can see the rays of sunlight creating shadows on the trees outside my office window. There is a gentle wind causing the leaves to rustle loud enough for me to hear them or, perhaps, my imagination hears them because I can see their movement.

Fall is such a beautiful time of year but it also reminds me of how temporary things are in life – the cycle that all living things endure. Birth – growth – maturity – aging – death. The goal, I believe, is to make sure that as we age, we find our purpose. I’ve just finished reading an incredible little book by Louie Giglio entitled THE AIR I BREATHE. It was a great book filled with words of wisdom and insights into life. I highly recommend it.

HOME!

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

We are home for a few days and it’s good to be here. The weather in Virginia is crisp and clear, fall is definitely in the air. The leaves are beginning to change color and, soon, it will be spectacular.

There are always so many things to do when we come home for such a short period of time. People are calling for performances in 2006/2007 and we’re barely into our 2005/2006 tour. I’m not complaining – shows are good and the tour next year is beginning to take shape nicely.

Speaking of tour dates, I should have the Spring 2006 tour up online soon. The schedule is fairly well done I just need to take the time to get it on the Tour Schedule link. Sorry for the inconvenience but, please, keep checking to see if we’re going to be in your area!