Posts Tagged ‘The Spencers’


Sunday, April 29th, 2012

From Las Vegas, NM, we made the drive to Southern Colorado.  Durango is a beautiful town nestled in the Animas River Valley surrounded by the San Juan Mountains.  Views from every angle are spectacular.  This would be our second time to perform at the Community Concert Hall at FLC but the first time to work with Charles Leslie.

We arrived at the loading dock to find Charlie and the crew ready to get to work!  Alan and Chase coordinated the crew and cases moved onto the stage quickly.  Keith was able to get our light board patched into the system while I talked with “Renegade” about where our scenery would hang.  We were off to a great start!

As the day progressed, the show came together very well.  I love the theatre – it is the most magical place on earth.  Seeing a place transform into “our show” from nothing is incredible.  I never get tired of watching that happen!

As scenery goes into place and lighting starts to create the right atmosphere, I see my “vision” for the show become reality…every single day.  One of the things that Cindy and I believe are most important with the show is to maintain consistently.  All of us on the team work very hard to make sure that each show captures the essence of what Theatre Of Illusion was designed to be for our audience – the lighting, music, and movement should all work together to create a memorable experience for the crowd.  It’s not always an easy task – but it’s well worth the effort!

The local paper, THE DURANGO HERALD, featured the show in a great article.  This helped to generate some additional excitement and box office activity.  By showtime, we had an excellent audience for a Thursday night performance!

After set up, we made our way down to the green room for dinner. As we passed through the hallways, I noticed one of our old posters framed on the wall.  It was pretty cool to see it…but I really need to get them a new one!

Thank you Charles and the entire team at the Community Concert Hall for a great day.  And a huge THANK YOU to the people of Durango and surrounding areas for supporting our performance – you guys were awesome!


Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

After a great experience in Flint, we made the four hour drive to the western side of Michigan for a Sunday matinee performance at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.  We had an early morning load in but everyone was there are ready to go.  This space is a little different for us and required some creative thinking to pull it all together.  In the end, with a great team, we assembled a solid show for the audience.

We were just a few seats shy of selling out the theatre and the audience was simply awesome.  The responses to each of the illusions was audible.  And because of the intimacy of the space, I was able to see every face in the crowd!

We left immediately after the show to begin the drive back to Virginia – home for 2 days!  We haven’t been home since mid-January so all of us were looking forward to sleeping in our own beds.

Today, we leave for Morristown, NJ for a Friday night (7:30pm) performance at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts.  There was a nice article in the DAILY RECORD about the show and tickets have been selling well.  I’m hopeful for a full house.  If you are in the Morristown area and want to come, you can buy tickets online – there’s not a bad seat in the house!


Sunday, October 10th, 2010

We rolled into the loading dock right on time to begin our day at the Bloomington Center for the Arts (Illinois).  This is an incredible theatre built in 1921 but newly renovated just a few years ago with an investment of more than $15 million from the community.  It is a great theatre and retains the 1921 charm of the original decor.  I think they must know that most artists are “directionally challenged” so this is the first thing you see as you enter the stage door.

The crew here was ready for us when we arrived, load in went smoothly, and we were into our day of set up.  It was tough being inside for the day because the weather in Illinois right now is beautiful – 86 degrees, sunny, and a mild breeze.  How can you beat that in October?  Regardless, we stayed the course and got the show up and ready to go just in time for dinner.

I did have the chance to run outside mid-afternoon to click a couple of pictures of the front of the building – including the marquee and one of the large posters.

During the afternoon, we also had a couple of friends from Chicago stop in and spend some time – Steve Chezeday and Carol Hendrix.  It was great to see them and we even had a chance to hang out after the show at the local Steak-n-Shake.

Doors opened at 7pm and a nice crowd of people started to make their way to their seats.  I love audiences like this – all ages, from kids to college students to parents to senior citizens.  And they were a great audience too!  We had some lively volunteers on the stage who moved the show along and made it a lot of fun.

After the show, I made my way to the lobby to meet some of the members of the audience as they left the theatre.  This is one of my favorite times of the day!  I also had the chance to meet a family prior to the shows.  Art Petzel (also from the Chicago area) made the drive to Bloomington with his parents, siblings, and grandparents.  It was nice to meet them all.

Bloomington was a great experience for all of us.  Spending some time in the community working in the schools and with some of the adult day care clients set the tone for what was going to be an exceptional time.  The show was the icing on the cake!  Thank you Bloomington for all your support!


Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

A few months ago, I turned on the ability of readers to comment on my blog posts.  I wanted this to be a more interactive experience for all of us.  Many of you have taken advantage of it and posted comments.  I really appreciate it!

Unfortunately, as is generally the case with good things, spammers have abused this ability attempting to post everything from piano sales to “growth” products on my blog.  I’m getting roughly 50-80 of these spam postings every day.  I’ve tried to increase the sensitivity of key words to filter them to the spam folder but these guys know how to get around the system.  I just don’t have the time to sort through hundreds of comments every day to separate the spam from the real ones.  If I don’t get this under control soon, I’ll be turning off the ability of readers to post.

Suggestions anyone?


Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Last night was the final performance of our Spring 2010 tour.  Not only was it in a beautiful theatre, it was only about 4 hours from home!  We were originally scheduled to perform at the Ferguson Center for the Arts in February but a big snow storm rescheduled the date.

It was the perfect ending to our tour – great crew, great venue, and great audience!  We had a near-capacity crowd in this 1700 seat theatre.  Before the show, I had a private “meet and greet” with about 25 people you were a part of a promotional contest.  And then, they opened the doors to the theatre and the rest of the crowd rolled in.

Afterwards, I had the privilege of meeting hundreds of members of the audience in the lobby – photographs, autographs, and good conversation. I met a few of the area magicians as well.

So, on behalf of our entire team – thank you Newport News for supporting the show!  And thanks to everyone at the Ferguson Center for an amazing experience!


Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Wow, 5:30am came really early!  Alan and I were out of the hotel by 6am heading over to FOX 43 in Portsmouth, VA to make an appearance on THE HR SHOW – a hip morning show concentrating on the people and happenings in the Hampton Roads area.  It was a very enjoyable experience working with all the hosts and, Stephanie (the producer) could not have made us feel more comfortable.  You can watch the segment by clicking on the image below.

After the interview, we stopped off at a local restaurant called D’EGG in Norfolk for a little breakfast before driving over to WVEC for an interview on 13 NEWS AT NOON.

And after eating some great food, we made our way to the WVEC television studios.  This was another fun interview.  They “bumped” the Friday night show several times when going to commercial and showed some of the video footage as well.  The interview was casual and fun.  The show is Friday at 7:30pm at the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, VA.  It’s going to be a great audience – I can feel it!