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If you're like me and find it easier to learn in a one-on-one situation
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and I always include some astonishing magical effects that are much
easier to learn than you think. All with common, everyday objects like
coins, playing cards, cigarettes, matches, napkins and more.
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My passion for sleight-of-hand magic
Like a lot of kids, I was fascinated with magic when I was young. My parents
even bought me a magic set with a little book of gags and practical jokes (okay
I still use a couple of those), and a bunch of crappy little plastic gimmicks to
do a bunch of crappy little magic tricks.
Although I took time time to learn and present them, they were more like puzzles
than magic. And, of course, if you showed your friends the "vanishing ball in
vase" trick, they immediately wanted to examine the cheap plastic vase which
would expose the secret (if they didn't already notice that the little half of a
ball shell didn't really look all that much like the real ball). So, I
discovered that I liked magic, but not of the crappy variety.
My first magic book
So, there I was, a kid who liked magic but with no desire to show the stupid
tricks in the stupid set that my stupid parents got me for my birthday (note: at
that time in my life birthdays were not stupid).
The very first book that I purchased (okay, actually my friend Rick made it
disappear from the shelves of the local library), was
"The Amateur Magician's Handbook." by Harold Hay.
Now let me say that, if you've never read or purchased this book, click on the
above link and get it. Amazon has lots of deals on used ones. I don't care what
your level of expertise is, it's an amazing book written in a manner that is
conversational, precise, thorough and will really get beginners off to a good
start and take experts to a new level. You'll even enjoy reading the stuff you
never intend to learn.
Finally, by my mid to late teens, I became pretty proficient at performing magic
with common everyday stuff: cigarettes, coins, playing cards, salt, string,
rope. To me, that was what magic was all about. Not some gimmicked piece of
I did purchase some stage magic props so that I could actually put together a
show that I could hopefully perform for money one day.
My first magic show
Even back when I was 17, I was a pretty decent promoter, so I made a really
hokey flyer, with me looking all mysterious. Hands pointed toward the camera as
though I was trying to hypnotize someone. And the headline read: "Magic, Mirth
and Mystery." Hah! Right. I had a flyer before I actually had an act. I knew a
bunch of tricks, but hadn't put them together in any cohesive manner to resemble
an actual show.
But, no big deal. It would probably be weeks, months or longer before anyone
actually called the number on the flyer. Especially since most of the flyers
were in the back seat of my 1966 Chevy Biscayne.
I did drop some off at a few of the local stores I frequented. The drug store,
the bakery, the pizza shop. And I continued practicing my "tricks," figuring I'd
worry about the complete "routine" later.
Then, less than a week after making my flyer, my phone rang. They wanted to know
how much I would charge to do a magic show at an adult Halloween party. Oh crap.
I had no clue. How does ten bucks sound?
So, to make a short story just a bit longer, I immediately started putting
together an actual act, did the gig (which was okay), and the rest is comedy and
magic history. Hee.
Gigging on a regular basis
After that initial gig, I got the bug and expanded my horizons. I was performing
at kiddie birthday parties, doing close-up table-hopping magic at restaurants
and even begging bar owners to let me try to entertain the audience during rock
and roll band breaks.
Then, as I started adding more and more comedy to my stand up shows, I
eventually abandoned magic almost entirely and started working the comedy club
and corporate comedy circuits.
But really, this site encompasses a passion that I've had for many years. The
ability to entertain and possibly astonish people, any time, any place with
common everyday items like cigarettes, coins, cards and the like.
So, I'll be sharing my thoughts and reveal the secrets to some of what I believe
to be the coolest, goddam magic I've ever seen (or done).