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Magic Conventions

“Who needs a room? It’s only a four-day convention.” I was 18 years old when attended my very first magic convention back in 1972. It was the International Brotherhood of Magicians conference held in Buffalo, New York at the Statler Hilton Hotel. I can remember that clearly because it was the first hotel room I […]

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The Entrepreneur’s Dilemma

Where should I be spending my time? Ok, you are an entrepreneur in business for yourself… perhaps a one person operation or maybe you have some part time support staff but each day you have to face a big question:  Where do I spend my time?  What activity will deliver the best return on my […]

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A Father’s Day Gift

I want to talk about an amazing gift I got from my dad since this past Sunday was Father’s Day. This is a gift he never knew he gave me. My dad was a steelworker from Pittsburgh, he worked in those hot smoky steel mills you see pictures of with lots of smoke and molten steel […]

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The Magic Underground

When I got into magic many years ago, I was always intrigued by what was called, the magic underground.  The magic underground was made up of individuals who were not necessarily professional magicians, but they were recognized for their highly developed skill set.  They knew the latest moves, they were well connected, they were highly […]

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This Is “The End”

This is the end, beautiful friend This is the end, my only friend The end Jim Morrison “The End” In magic, it’s all about “The End”. That is what the people remember—the End of the Trick, the Climax, the Big Finish, the Killer Ending, the Finale, the Magical Ending. Having grown up watching and learning […]

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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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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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