Monday, March 29, 2010
On March 10, 2010 Natalie & I filmed this illusion at a local park. This is an idea I have been toying with for some time now and I had made it tough on myself with the criteria I wanted this illusion to meet. It had to be easily portable, it had to be light weight, I wanted to make it from scratch, and last but not least I did not want any angle issues that you may have with other versions of this trick. Well the finished product of this illusion met all those demands and it worked so well we were even able to perform it outside. You can even hear kids screaming in the background playing. We try to film a new trick or illusion each month and put it up on youtube.com. To see past videos just search wes iseli.
To see this video "Wes Iseli's walking through a wall illusion" cut and paste this link into your address bar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOklI4f7G84
Monday, March 22, 2010
On March 21st Natalie & I performed our Magic & Illusion show at the Moose Lodge in Fredericksburg Va at 2:00pm. This show was only offered to the members of the Moose lodge. We got to the location at 10:00 am and started to unload the van and trailer. Since this stage was smaller than what we were used to we needed to figure out all the logistics for the staging of the show. The doors opened at 1:00 pm and since there was no front curtain Natalie & I hung out in our dressing room, which was a storage closet. The show went great and everyone had such a great time that even before we started packing up people had already started talking about when they could bring us back. As of now they are looking into a date for early October. Natalie & I had a great time and we could tell the audience really enjoyed themselves. Thanks again for everything, we will see you guys again in the fall.
Picture above is of all the volunteers who lent a hand making this event a success.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I know as a kid I always wondered what was going on behind the curtain before the show started and I remember watching the feet walk back and forth within that 1 inch gap between the curtain and the stage. This month I thought it would be fun to show you some pictures from the road. They are all backstage from the endless waiting between set up and performance time to the application of the stage makeup; I wanted to give you a true behind the scenes look at our show.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Natalie & I performed our Magic & Illusion Show for Halifax County High School for the 4th straight year in a row on March 5th. We had our 1st show at 2:15 in the afternoon for the all the kids in the high school to attend if they were on the good behavior list. Since this event was a fundraiser the school charged each kid a couple of bucks to see this 1 hour teaser show. Since they had over 850 kids at the teaser show everything they made the night of the show was profit. This group of high school students really had a great time. When we performed the illusions they all gasped and applauded, but when I performed my comedy cards across with 2 teachers everyone ended up laughing out loud and having a great time. That night at 7:30 pm we performed our full 90 minute show for the rest of the town who brought their families. This event was used as a fundraiser for the athletic department for the school and they all said they were pleased with the amount of money they were able to raise from our show. After 4 straight years working for this group of people they seem like family. Thanks again for everything guys and we hope to see you again next year.
The picture above is of all the coaches and the athletic director after the show.
Monday, March 1, 2010
On February 27th Natalie & I performed on a bill with several other magicians to help raise money for an adorable little girl named Hayley Kudro. The local ring chapter 320 of IBM, otherwise known as The International Brotherhood of Magicians, decided to put on this charity show to help with her rising medical bills. The show ended up being close to 2 hours including the intermission and everyone seemed to have a really good time. There were 6 magicians on stage; Brian Bence, Jim Oberg, Jordan Berneking, Dennis Phillips, and Mark Trimpe. Natalie & myself closed the show with my comedy cards across, Natalie’s silk and dove routine, and an illusion, then we produced doves, turned a dove into a bunny, and produced a duck. The show was emceed by Eddie Tobey.
We even had a couple of close up magicians walking through the crowd before the show; they included George Buckley, Jim Champion, and David Clauss.
We had magicians doing card tricks, floating objects, spinning plates, pulling ropes through people, balloon animals, making drawings come to life, and much more. This was the first time our club has done something like this and I feel like there will now be more projects in the future.
The group raised over $2000.00 for Hayley and they said more money is still coming in. She really was a beautiful little girl and she took a liking to me and Natalie wanting to hold a dove and pet the bunny. After we packed up she wanted a hug from each of us then she wanted to help Natalie take care of the animals.
Please help this beautiful little girl out if you can by visiting caringbridge.org and visit the hayley kudro website.