Posts Tagged ‘tricks’

FAIRMONT OPERA HOUSE – MN

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Last night, we performed in Fairmont, MN at the Fairmont Opera House. Tickets had been selling very well and , by show, we were completely sold out.  The Opera House is an intimate theatre that was built in 1901.  It is located in the center of downtown and really is in the heart of this community.

We arrived early in the day to begin loading in.  The dock is situated on the side of the building.  We first pulled up next to the building, walked inside to meet the crew and scope the space.  Everyone was working had to finish up the light plot.  We decided what the production elements of the evening show would be and then decided to start the load in.  In order to get to the dock, I needed to pull across the street and back into the dock.  That would mean the rig would block four lanes of traffic – but the police department is used to this and had been called in advance.

We got all loaded into an started to get the show set up.  A few minutes later, a local police officer came onto the stage.  He was talking into his talkie, not really paying attention to what was happening on stage.  Then he asked, “who is with that moving van outside?”  No one responded because we don’t have a moving van.  We have a 65 foot semi truck and trailer…so I had no idea he was talking to any of us.  We just kept working.  A few seconds later, he asked again…this time a little more firm.  I responded with, “You mean the big truck?”  Turns out he was a little upset that we had blocked the road to unload the truck and he wasn’t there to control traffic, even though the theatre had called and they were informed.  Oh well, I told him we would be doing it again tonight around 9:45pm – he said to call.

We moved on into the day – getting one of the backdrops into place, having the moving lights, and focusing the traditional lighting instruments. On to sound checks and music volume levels…and then dinner time!

Doors opened at 7pm and the audience started making their way to their seats.  You could hear the excitement in the theatre – and I knew it was going to be a fun show.  The audience was great – very responsive, laughing and clapping in all the right places.  And I loved hearing the “gasps” when something “magical” would happen on stage.  What a great time I had!

Thank you Fairmont for making us feel welcome and being such an outstanding audience!

SAUGATUCK & HOME

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!

PEABODY AUDITORIUM – DAYTONA BEACH, FL

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

This marked our first performance at Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, FL.  It also closed our Florida tour for 2012.  And it was a GREAT way to end the tour!  Everyone at the Peabody made our time there easy and fun.  Load in, set up, and tech rehearsal were all ahead of schedule. But it was the audience that made the evening perfect.  We had a large enthusiastic crowd of all ages ready to have a good time.  Volunteers were excited to be on stage and their energy really moved the show along.  In the lobby afterwards, I had the chance to meet literally hundreds of people.  It was the perfect ending to a perfect tour!

Earlier in the week, Kevin Poor and Jill Jaquet had mad arrangements for me to visit a very special school in Daytona Beach.  The Monarch Academy is a center that targets children on the autism spectrum.  I was able to meet with the teachers in the morning and then work with the students.  I love these kids and, more importantly, I’m thrilled that the people at Peabody Auditorium are so willing to explore things in the community that can have a big impact!

THANKS TO EVERYONE AT PEABODY FOR A GREAT TIME IN DAYTONA BEACH!

RUTH ECKERD HALL – CLEARWATER, FL

Friday, January 20th, 2012

We started our 2012 tour with a performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida.  We have performed here several times in the past but this year was different for a couple of reasons.  First, the audience was very different this time.  Our Sunday matinee audience was a great mix of seniors, families, and young adults.  The packed house of more than 1800 people generated great energy and enthusiasm – and the diversity of the crowd was amazing.  I loved performing for this audience!

Second, I also had the chance to visit with my best friend in college, Danny Hodges.  He is the pastor of the Calvary Chapel in St. Petersburg.  He and his family were our guests at the show.  And we had the chance to visit Wendy and Danny the night before and after the show on Sunday.

Lastly, the day after the show was phenomenal!  Sharon and Kevin had arranged for me to spend some time with the therapists at two campuses of All Children’s Hospital.  I was able to share with them the concepts of “magic therapy” and how they can integrate simple magic tricks into the therapeutic toolbox.  Check out these pictures from the workshop and the magic show for the kids! It was the perfect ending to a great weekend at Ruth Eckerd Hall!

VERONA, ITALY – A DAY OFF

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

So far, this has been an amazing tour.  If you’re just now checking the blog, please go back and read about our time in Spain.  It was magical in every way – the venues, the audiences, and all the people we had the privilege of getting to know and share our time. Fantastic memories!

Italy has been fun as well.  It’s much colder here though.  Imperia was a beautiful city on the Sea.  Sassuolo was quaint and peaceful. And now, we have been in Verona for two days to relax a bit.  This is a charming town filled with history, beautiful architecture, and great food.  We decided to stay in the historic district at the Grand Hotel.  It’s within walking distance of most everything.

We explored the area inside the “walls” of Verona where many of the historic buildings are.  We stumbled into the markets, the Christmas market (lots of great food and sweets!), the shopping district, the Verona Arena, the legendary balcony of Romeo and Juliet, and much more.  Here are a few of the pictures.  I’m posting more of them on Flickr.

Notice the difference in the way this warrior treated me….and Cindy!

PRESS CONFERENCE – BILBAO, SPAIN

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Our first “full” day in Bilbao was awesome. The weather here is beautiful, averaging around 65 degrees during the day.  I slept in and allowed myself to get into the new time zone so, today, I’m doing great.  I got up and walked to one of the local pastry shops and bought some fresh croissants and coffee for breakfast.  At 11:30am, Keith and I met Josune in the lobby of the hotel.  We had our first press conference of the tour at the Teatro Arriaga – what a spectacular theatre built in the late 1800’s.

Several television and radio stations were there along with the area newspapers.  It was quite the production.  The lobby was all set up with a nice background and cameras faced the “staging area.”  I walked into place with Elena (my translator) and, with an introduction, started to talk about the upcoming performances in Bilbao, Santander, Logrono, and San Sebastian.  I ended with a performance of the torn & restored newspaper, always a sure way to get their attention!

After the joint conference, I was asked to do several one-on-one interviews with three radio stations, one television station, and a newspaper.  This interview will reach into the entire region, including Santander, Logrono, and San Sebastian.  All great coverage for upcoming shows!

Afterwards, Keith met with the technical directors of the theatre to make sure that everything is ready to go for Sunday’s performance.  I also heard from Transluminaria that the equipment has arrived in Madrid, has been picked up, and is enroute to Bilbao.  All very good news!

This afternoon, we were able to stroll around the City Center and explore the area.  Bilbao is the largest city in the Basque region (Northern Spain).  There is much to do in this area and we plan to take as much of it in as possible!

Tomorrow, I have an “exclusive” interview with the area’s largest television news program then Cindy and I hope to explore the Guggenheim Museum…looking forward to another fun day here in Bilbao!

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

A WEEK OF MAGIC CAMP – LONGVIEW, TX

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Alan and I have been in Longview, TX all week.  We’ve been a part of the Summer Camps of LeTourneau University.  We’ve been conducting MAGIC CAMP – two sessions each day, one in the morning (8am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm).  We’ had some fantastic students!  What was most exciting was watching each of them become a performer.  Starting on Monday when most of them were kind of shy and a little awkward on the stage, each day was something new as they performed their tricks for the group.

On Friday, they performed for a large group of their families and friends.  They were fantastic!  Each one of them really showed off their personality and creativity.  They had to do more than just perform a magic trick, they also had to tell a story to go along with each one.  I’m really proud of all of them!

After a great week, we are heading back to Virginia for a few days.  I’m looking forward to spending some time with Cindy before leaving again on Sunday, June 20.  So far, my summer has been going full speed.

FERGUSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS – VA

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!

TELEVISION DAY IN NEWPORT NEWS

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!