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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 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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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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