Thursday, April 29, 2010
On April 22nd Natalie & I performed our Magic & Illusion Show at Nelson County High school. The event was a fundraiser for the band department. The director also wanted Natalie & I to get to the location early to help with the in school promotions. We got to the school and performed close up magic in the cafeteria for both the middle school and high school lunches. I was performing close up magic and talking up that night's show telling them this is just small stuff, wait until tonight. They even had several band students walking around selling tickets. The kids loved it, I was at times completely surrounded with spectators and the director said more people bought tickets during those lunches than the whole month they were on sale. That night Natalie & I went on stage and the show went great. The audience was great, the director doubled as my light and sound guy and he did a great job. I had some family come to the show which made the night even more special. Everyone said they had a blast and couldn't wait to come back to see us next year. Thanks so much Nelson we had a lot of fun!
Monday, April 19, 2010
Natalie recently accompanied me to a show in Northern Virginia where the company Ekko Title was opening a new location. I was asked to perform walk around close up magic only. We got to the location around 15 minutes early, I set up a table to perform at, and I was introduced to everyone at Ekko Title. Their main clients were realtors. They had a band, lots of food, and an open bar for the event. I did walk around for the party going from room to room performing until it got so busy it was hard to fit down the hallways. That is when I went to my table and entertained there for the rest of the time near the front door. It worked out a lot better; I could work for bigger groups and people knew where I was, they did not have to look for me. They had a tent which attached to the building over the front doors and stretched out into the parking lot, that is where I was. Natalie & I had a blast, the event was a success, and even the guys from the band came out and were very funny with their reactions to the magic, they were blown away.
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
In this month's video I wanted to do something a little different. I choose to demonstrate some card spinning and card throwing. Card throwing and spinning have been around for years. Howard Thurston, a magician & illusionist in the early 1900's, was known for sending a playing card out into the balcony onto an audience member's lap.
Playing cards have been thrown so hard that they travel over a 100 yards and at close range they can puncture the skin of a water melon. Natalie & I took our video camera to a local park and attempted to film this demonstration. Due to high winds it was impossible, so we went to a local library and got permission to film the video in their conference room. That explains why you can hear babies faintly crying in the background in the video.
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On Saturday April 10th Natalie & I performed at Hazel River Restaurant in Culpeper. The restaurant had prepared a 4 course dinner and went in with a local winery, Rappahannock Cellars, to complete the meal. On the menu was Crab Cakes, House Smoked Salmon, Filet Mignon with Mushroom Sauce, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and a Vegetable Medley, then for dessert they served a Magical Volcano/Baked Alaska. I performed close up walk around magic during the first 3 courses then during dessert Natalie & I performed our dove opening routine and then performed an illusion surrounded as the finale. Everyone had a really great time and the customers were asking when this was going to happen again so they could bring back their friends. By the time we packed up, the restaurant had already started talking about doing this again in the fall. They said next time the dinner & show would be held in the larger hall next door to accommodate more illusions and more people.