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The Future of Magic

The 2017 FFFF Convention I just returned from the FFFF Convention. Now magicians around the world know exactly what that stands for… but for any muggles who might be reading this blog, let me explain. FFFF stands for Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic. It is recognized as the Original Close-Up Magic Convention, an exclusive gathering of magicians […]

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The Universal Language Called Magic

A Magician’s Tour of Japan I don’t speak Japanese. Ok, I learned a few phrases for my first trip there a number of years ago… enough to say “Hello”, “Thank you” and the all important “Where is the restroom?” But other than that, I am a typical American, with only one language in my toolbox. […]

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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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