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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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Using Magic in your Real Job

Yes!  You LOVE Magic… But is Making the Decision to become a Professional Magician the right choice for YOU? Arthur Benjamin, Ph.D We all know of magicians who have decided to turn professional that have become successful… some more than others.  But can you name some magicians who have become MORE successful by choosing NOT […]

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Best Advice from a Magical Mentor

Magicians Only:  What was the best advice you ever received from another magician about magic or life in general? Following up on my Blog Post from last week about magical mentors, we saw a lot of  names of great magicians that we learned from or would have liked to learn from. So I’m curious what […]

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Now You See It… and Now You Don’t… Lost and NOT Found!

Magicians Only.  What was the most expensive magic prop you lost and how did you lose it? Today I put my Extreme Burn setup ($20’s to $100’s) inside my right pants pocket.  When I was taking my car keys out of that same pocket I accidentally pulled one of the twenties out and it fluttered […]

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Magical Mentors

Here is a question for Magicians Only.  If you could have three magicians of the past watch your performance… and critique it.   What three Magical Mentors of the past would YOU like to get advice from… and why? For me it would be Nate Leipzig, Max Malini and Eddie Fechter.  Leipzig, because of what I […]

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