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Five Tips for the Creative Process

Developing Your New Magic Trick So you want to create a new magic trick, but you’re not sure where or how to start? This past month I’ve been in what my wife Kathryn calls “The Magic Zone” working and building a few new illusions for an upcoming project, so I made a few notes on […]

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Johnny Carson – The Magician??

Last week I posted a video of a dice routine on my second ‘Tonight Show’ appearance with Johnny Carson. A number of people wrote and asked what it was like to be on the show and what my interaction with Carson was like, aside from appearing on the show, so I’ll cover a few of […]

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The Magic of Bob Dylan

This morning I was reading Bob Dylan’s Acceptance Speech for winning the Nobel Prize for Literature and when I got to this part and it felt as if he was speaking directly to me…a close-up magician. “But there’s one thing I must say. As a performer I’ve played for 50,000 people and I’ve played for 50 […]

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Trade Show Drawing Ideas That Work

How to choose the right trade show giveaway for your raffle. So, you are attending your industry’s big upcoming trade show.  You don’t have a huge exhibit but you want to do something to encourage the attendees to stop at your booth and start a conversation.  You also would like to capture their information for […]

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Three Costly Trade Show Mistakes…That You Are About To Make

Trade Show Mistakes – #1 Paying for a Premium Exhibit Space In terms of trade show mistakes, this could be one of the most costly. Have you ever paid a premium price for an exhibit location right at the entrance to the exhibit hall and then wondered why the crowds seemed to be passing you […]

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What’s the Trick to Fooling Penn & Teller?: Part Three

FOOLED! It was almost time to see whether my new ending to UnShuffled would be successful in fooling Penn and Teller. On Sunday, April 10th, my wife Kathryn and I flew to Las Vegas for the taping of Penn & Teller Fool Us.  I felt good about my routine and was hopeful that the surprise […]

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What’s the Trick to Fooling Penn & Teller?: Part Two

The Process of Fooling Penn & Teller So… as I mentioned in my last blog post “What’s the Trick to Fooling Penn & Teller?  Part One,” I was booked to appear on Penn & Teller:  Fool Us on the CW Network to perform my trick Unshuffled.  The problem was that Penn and Teller already knew the […]

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What’s the Trick to Fooling Penn & Teller?

Fooling Penn & Teller: Part One One of the hottest shows this summer has been Penn & Teller: Fool US, which is now in its third season on the CW Network. I had the pleasure of appearing on the show this season. I was assigned the task of fooling Penn & Teller…with a trick they already […]

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Making Your Best even Better

Can you make your BEST even BETTER? The answer might surprise you. Have you ever read a great book or seen an amazing movie that made you think “The author or director might as well retire now because they will never top this”? And then a few years later they have another bestseller or Academy […]

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“There’s Something Under That Cup!”

How to Handle the Magic YouTube Know-it-All We have all experienced it… the spectator in the audience who watched a few Magic How To Videos on YouTube and armed with that knowledge is about to make your life miserable.  He is waiting for just the right moment to pounce… “You have an extra coin in […]

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