Archive for September, 2010

NORTH CAROLINA PERFORMANCES

Monday, September 27th, 2010

These last five shows have been close to home – North Carolina!  Our first stop was the Lakeland Cultural Center in Littleton, NC.  We had three performances here and some really enthusiastic audiences.  From Littleton, we made our way to Rocky Mount, NC and the beautiful Dunn Center for the Arts.  We pulled to the loading dock where we were met by the crew, ready and able to get some 10 tons of equipment off the trailer.

Load in moved along easily…as did the rest of the day.  We were able to get the show “audience ready” in about 6 hours thanks to the guys on our crew (who are awesome) and the pre-show work done by the theatre.  When the doors opened, we had a fantastic crowd of excited people!  Thank you Sheila and Kimla for an incredible day on your stage!

And our last show in this run of performances was at the Seby Jones Performing Arts Center in Louisburg, NC.  This is an older venue and we performed here in 2004.  The show has changed considerably since our last appearance so we were all excited about bringing the new illusions to the stage.

We faced a few challenges here, mostly in the “technical department” of lights and sound.  We were able to hang all of our intelligent lighting but struggled a bit with some of the traditional fixtures of the theatre.  In the end, it all worked out and the show “looked” the way I like to see it.  And it was another very nicely mixed audience of college students, senior citizens, young adults, and families.

We are home for a couple of days.  I leave for Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning for a few meetings and a television appearance on PITTSBURGH TODAY LIVE to talk more about the Hocus Focus project.

RESUME ANYONE?

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I recently got an email from a very good friend of mine.  I’ve know Randy for many years.  We met when he was a touring comedian in the college market.  He still does comedy but his life has also taken some great twists along the way, including a career as a school teacher.

Randy is creative, funny, intelligent, and a great writer.  He has recently launched another venture – creative writing services for individuals looking for a way to make a great first impression.  So, if you’re looking for the perfect resume, check out Randy’s website.

HONG KONG AND NAMIBIA

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The last several days have been a bit of a whirlwind for my schedule.  I’ve been on the West Coast involved in several meetings with our magic consultants and builders.  I’m always excited about new, original illusions for our show.  And we have a few of them in the works for next season.

I’ve also been working hard on the Hocus Focus project and wrapping up the full curriculum.  It is finally done – at least the first stage.  Last week, it will be delivered into the hands of educators, therapists, and graduate students at several international universities who will be conducting research on the effectiveness of the project..  They will help gather the data which will help me know how to “tweak” the project from here.

And there is some additional exciting news as well.  I’ve accepted invitations to speak at two international education conferences.  The first is the East Asian International Conference on Teacher Education Research to be held in Hong Kong in December (just a couple of months away).  I’ll have the opportunity to share briefly with the participants about the Hocus Focus project, how it can be implemented, and find additional educators who are interested in assisting with the research.

The second conference isn’t being held until July 2011.  Nonetheless, I’m very excited about the possibilities!  This is the International Association of Special Education.  One of the members of the executive board attended my presentation in Riga, Latvia in June 2010.  This conference will give me a platform to share in more detail how I believe the Hocus Focus project can empower educators with new tools to help them students achieve functional and academic goals.  And, hopefully, by July, we’ll also have some research data to share.

Last week I was in Indianapolis.  I had the chance to appear on the local CBS affiliate’s INDY STYLE show and the FOX 59 Morning Show.  As I left the FOX studio, I just couldn’t resist this picture.

We are in the office a couple of days this week.  Thursday we will make our way to Rocky Mount, NC for a performance at the Dunn Center and then on to Louisburg, NC for another show at the Seby Jones Performing Arts Center.

It’s going to be a very exciting Fall and Spring 2011.  I can’t imagine what’s ahead….

INDY STYLE

Friday, September 17th, 2010

I had a great time in Indianapolis.  We are sitting in the airport waiting to catch our flight back to Virginia…so we can jump in the rig and head to North Carolina.  We have two shows on Saturday and another one on Sunday.

TV in Indianapolis went very well.  If you’re interested in watching the clip of INDY STYLE on the HOCUS FOCUS project, you can find it here – http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/indy_style/arts_and_music/hocus-focus-with-kevin-spencer.

TV IN INDIANAPOLIS

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Change of plan in the tv department for this week.  I’ll be appearing on two different morning show in Indianapolis this week, both on Wednesday, September 15.

The first one is the FOX 59 MORNING NEWS.  I should be on right at 8:15am talking about the newly launched HOCUS FOCUS project.  This segment is going to be about 3 minutes long.  As soon as I am done, we’ll rush out of the station and head for CBS.  I’ll be making an appearance on the INDY STYLE show around 9:15am.  This segment is about 6 minutes long and should give me plenty of time to do a little magic and talk about HEALING OF MAGIC and HOCUS FOCUS.

If you live in the Indianapolis area, please watch!

UPCOMING TELEVISION APPEARANCES

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

We are preparing to hit the road – our first show is right around the corner in Littleton, NC.  I’m also preparing the official launch of the Hocus Focus Project. There’s a lot of interest and excitement about this program.  I’ll be making several regional television appearances over the next few weeks to talk about and demonstrate the curriculum.

Here’s where I’ll be appearing in the next few weeks.  Updates to be added.

September 14, Tuesday at 9am – FOX 59 Morning News, Indianapolis, IN

September 15, Wednesday at 9am – The Indy Style Show, Indianapolis, IN

October 1, Friday at 9am – Pittsburgh Today Live, Pittsburgh, PA