Archive for January, 2008

DRIVING DAY

Monday, January 28th, 2008

It was a fairly easy day today – just driving. We slept in this morning and left Englewood around 12noon. I spent the morning trying to follow up with some people who are interested in shows for 2009 and connecting with the media on upcoming shows in North Carolina.

I’m doing a Healing of Magic outreach program in Lenoir, NC on Wednesday. I’ll be working in the school there with two very special groups of kids. I love this part of my job and am looking forward to the morning with these guys. I’ve got a radio interview lined up as well and the local newspaper will be sending someone to cover the outreach and do a last minute push for tickets for the Thursday night performance.

Tomorrow, we drive again!

WEEKEND IN NEW JERSEY

Monday, January 28th, 2008

This has been an amazing weekend in New Jersey – three shows in three days, all of them completely sold out! As I wrote last, the first show was at The Theatre at RVCC. This is always a wonderful experience for us. Working with Allan, Cindy, John, and the crew is a rewarding experience. And the audience is so appreciative. This is one of our favorite places to perform.

Last night, we were at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. We were also completely sold out in this venue. And when the curtains opened for the first illusion, the crowd went wild! They were so enthusiastic and their applause and support rang through this beautiful, old vaudeville theatre. The first half of the show went so quickly (in our minds) and the second half went just as fast! Before I could even say good night, the audience was on their feet applauding and cheering. It was very humbling and a memorable moment.

The Walking Through A Wall continues to get tremendous reaction. Last night, the were just as responsive to Windshear and No Feet and the Water Escape and the Trip Around The World…each and every illusion! After the show, the lobby was packed with people and I had the chance to talk and listen to their favorite effect and so much more.

Cindy and I had some friends at this show as well. Justin and Jason Senft always have such wonderful surprises for us when we are able to catch up with them on the road. They sent this picture to me of the Count Basie marquee.

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Bill Jarvis and his wife were also at the show. Bill is a remarkable individual with just as remarkable a story. You definitely need to check out his website and read about his recovery from a devastating accident. We didn’t have the chance to spend time with them but we definitely hope our paths will cross again.

It was absolutely incredible to see an old friend we haven’t seen in a very long time – Randy Levin. His life has taken him on an fascinating journey. We met when he was a comedian on the college circuit. Today, he is an English teacher, director of theatre, a writer…and a proud father of twins. He has a novel coming out very soon. You should check out his website while you’re at it! Cindy and I didn’t have as much time to visit with him as we would have liked but look forward to the chance to look back, share fond memories, and catch up on events in our lives. I am looking forward to that time together!

This afternoon, we had a 3pm matinee performance at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood. We arrived very early (had to get up at 5:30am but didn’t get to bed until after 12midnight) at the theatre to find the local IATSE crew on the stage and working hard. We were told very early in the day that this show was also sold out – and had been for more than 3 weeks. It was one of those bitter sweet moments to hear the phones ringing or see people come to the box office to buy “just two tickets” and have nothing available. Not a single seat.

Once the show started, we knew we had another very special audience. We’re also concerned about those afternoon crowds. Most of the time, they’ve been to church, had a big lunch and now they just want to sit back and watch a show. NOT this crowd! They were ready to participate and those who did come on stage, were excellent and made the magic so much more entertaining for those who knew them. A standing ovation…and a packed lobby ended our performance at BergenPAC. We look forward to the opportunity to perform here again!

This show also had some very special friends in attendance. Mr. Craig Neier and his family were there. The lobby was so busy for autographs that we didn’t have the chance to visit after the show (he had to rush off). He was kind to call and send an email – very thoughtful.

After we loaded out, we walked across the street and had some of our favorite food – THAI! After dinner, we drove to the hotel (where we are now) to get some much needed rest!!!
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So, we wrap up three days in New Jersey and, in spite of the lack of sleep we’ve gotten these last few days, Cindy, Keith and Nolan did an outstanding job! Now we head to North Carolina….

THE THEATRE AT RARITAN VALLEY

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

I have been looking forward to this show for several weeks. We had a full house – sold out three weeks ago with a waiting list of over 250 people to buy tickets. And the audience was simply amazing! They were a wonderful and appreciative crowd who showed they were there to have some fun from the very first illusion. We had great volunteers and the audience response was powerful.

The day started off on a good note with a crew that was friendly and professional. We had a few bumps throughout the day – our intelligent lighting board went dead…and then the backup board wouldn’t work either. Thanks to the connections of the TD, it was off to be repaired and was done by 4pm. And then the board that operates the two DMX hazers decided to stop working as well BUT kicked back up again within minutes. We thought it was going to be a day of Murphy’s Law. In the end, the show was up and ready to go by 5:30pm – plenty of time to spare.

Keith’s family was at the show tonight – Mom Sue, Dad Wayne, Brother David, and Grandpa. It was good to see them and glad that Keith was able to spend some time with them after the show.

Tomorrow, we’re off to Red Bank!

SCHEDULE CHANGE

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Today we were asked to reschedule our performance in Elizabeth City, NC on February 5, 2008. The College of the Albermarle Auditorium has a new executive director. She’s only been on the job for about a week and our show is a large undertaking for your first show! We have no dates open for this season but hope to work something out with them for next season. If you’ve already purchased tickets to the show, contact the COA Box Office for more information.

HEADING TO JERSEY

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

We’re leaving early this morning for New Jersey. Our first show is tomorrow night in Somerville and it’s sold out. I think there might be a couple of tickets remaining for the show at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ for Saturday night but I think all shows this weekend (Somerville, Red Bank, Englewood) are sold out completely.

I have updated – finally – the tour schedule so be sure to check it out. We are also working on a new website design which I hope to have up sometime in the next couple of months.

See you on the road!

TOUR SCHEDULE UPDATE and FACEBOOK

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

We are getting ready to hit the road on the first leg of our Spring 2008 tour. Our first show is in Somerville, NJ and is completely sold out. I am very excited about the entire weekend – all three performances are sold out. I’m also going to be connecting with a couple of old friends. One of them is Randy Levin. Cindy and I met Randy years ago when we were touring in the college market. He was a great friend to us during those years and, as it sometimes goes, we went different directions in our lives and careers. It’s been too long since we’ve seen him but he’ll be attending the show at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ on Saturday night. It should be fun to reconnect.

I received this picture from Joyce in Taiwan. Keith and I went to Ollie’s Chinese Restaurant with Joyce and her group while we were in New York City last week. She finally made it back to Taipei and will be sending some other pictures in the next few days. We always have a great time with Joyce!

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I will have the remainder of the Spring 2008 tour schedule online today. It’s a very busy tour this spring. If you find us in your area, I hope you’ll come and check out the show.

And I finally deleted my old FACEBOOK account. My new one is now online so, if you want to join us, just click HERE.

VIDEO IS ONLINE

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Just wanted to let you know that I posted the recent FOX & FRIENDS appearance on You Tube. You can see it HERE.

And if you haven’t joined us on FACEBOOK, you can do that HERE.

FACEBOOK

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Most of you know that we deleted our MySpace account a few months back. It became more than we wanted to deal with – people who wanted to become “friends” and then would change their profile. A lot of you keep asking if we are part of a virtual community, specifically FACEBOOK…so we’ve got the page set up.

If you would like to join us on FACEBOOK, just click here!

SNOW!

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

When Cindy picked me up at the airport on Tuesday night, she told me they were predicting snow for Thursday. We live in the south, on the east side of the Blue Ridge Mountains so there are many times that the weather person says we are going to get snow, but it rarely happens. Today, they were correct!
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We woke up this morning to lots of snow! And it is still snowing…a bit of a reminder of our Colorado New Year’s Eve experience!

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

There is simply no place on earth like New York City! Keith and I have had an amazing time here – and there’s always such an energy in the air. It was extremely busy this time so we didn’t even get a chance to catch any Broadway shows. Cindy and I hope to get back up here this summer and see Mary Poppins. Jim created all the magic in the production (both in New York and London’s West End) so we just have to see this show!

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I did have the opportunity to spend some time with our friends from Taipei. We journeyed into the heart of Manhattan to one of the finest Chinese restaurants in the city. I didn’t even attempt to order food here, leaving that to Joyce who ordered an assortment of delicacies. They were all delicious!

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After a three hour dining experience and some fun-filled conversation, we walked back up Broadway toward our hotel – making a quick stop at the Virgin records store.

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I am sitting in LaGuardia Airport now, looking forward to being home! It’s rare that Cindy and I are ever apart so I’m anxious to get back home and see her.

We start our 2008 tour in New Jersey with three sold out performances at Raritan Valley Theatre, The Count Basie Theatre, and the Bergen Performing Arts Center.