Archive for August, 2009

PHOENIX, AZ

Monday, August 31st, 2009

I’m heading for Phoenix, AZ early in the morning.  Almost as soon as I land, I’ll be heading over to NBC 12 to make an appearance on ARIZONA MIDDAY.

I’m going to talk about the Hocus Focus project and share a little magic with Destry!  It should be fun.  If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll watch!

GEARING UP!

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Sorry I haven’t written in a few days.  It’s been incredibly busy since we returned from Atlantic City.  Our Fall Tour starts in just a couple of weeks and there’s still several things to wrap up before we hit the road.

We are preparing to launch a new website this fall; just finished putting together a new promotional DVD; are designing new ads for industry publications; and rehearsing new illusions – all while trying to keep the office running smoothly.

One of our newest illusions comes from the mind of Jim Steinmeyer.  He’s created so many amazing things for our production and this illusion is no exception.  There are several variations of “levitating an audience volunteer” but Jim has taken this several steps beyond.  Five volunteers are chosen from the crowd – 4 guys and a girl.  The girl lies down on a board sitting on top of a solid box.  Four guys hold handles on each side of the board.  While their eyes are closed, they are asked to take the weight of the girl as the box is removed from beneath the board.  One by one, the guys are asked to release the handles and step away from the board – leaving the girl suspended in the middle of the stage.  It’s a pretty cool trick.

I’m still trying to wrap up the Hocus Focus curriculum with plans to have it completed in the coming weeks. I think this is going to be one of the most significant things I’ve accomplished in my professional career.  I’m hopeful it’s going to have an educational impact on the motivation of students with special needs.

I’ll write more later – gotta run for now.

CARNIVAL OF WONDERS

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Cindy and I spent last weekend in Atlantic City.  We made the trip to spend some time away from the office for Cindy’s birthday and to catch up with some friends of ours who are performing at Trump Plaza.  We had a great night on Thursday walking the Boardwalk and playing a little game of putt-putt.

Friday the weather turned stormy so we did something shopping at The Pier at Caesar’s. That afternoon we made the short drive to a neighboring town to spend the afternoon with Mark and Jinger Kalin.  Time flew by quickly over coffee, bagels, and great conversation.  Before we knew it, it was time for them to leave for Trump’s to get ready for their 9pm performance.

The show – Carnival of Wonders – is an amazing collaboration between three performers, each one bringing their unique talents and skills to the stage.  Jeff Hobson plays the role of the carnival jester throughout the production.  His is a genuinely funny guy and each moment he is on the stage is hilarious.  Kalin & Jinger bring romance, personality, and a warmth to the show that’s impossible to describe.  Hobson touches your funny bone; Kalin & Jinger touch your heart and soul.

We were on the road fairly early Saturday to drive down to Washington, DC.  We stopped there for a little while to explore the Capitol and see some of the monuments before finishing up the drive home.

The rest of the week will be devoted to re-designing a website, editing video footage, completing the new promo DVD, and getting Alan acquainted with the office.