Monday, November 29, 2010

Wes Iseli's Van Illusion

This Video was shot in October 2010. I wanted to do another illusion like my motorcycle production and this is what I came up with. This was filmed in one straight camera shot and I used no camera editing tricks of any kind. In the video I say goodbye to Natalie and I drive off. After my van clears the screen the camera turns around and I am holding the camera. I hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Our new baby bunnies

It was the last week of October when I got the phone call, someone got a bunny for their child and everyone grew tired of it. “So Mr. Magician, would you like our bunny?” I get this phone call at least once a year. I have not purchased a bunny from a breeder or a store in a very long time. Anyway, back to the story. This person was giving away a male and a female bunny and they had been kept in separate cages. When we went to pick up the bunnies we were told that the child had let the bunnies “play together” a few weeks before and they just wanted to warn us. We get the bunnies home and put them in separate cages and made them comfortable. The next day as I went to feed she had pulled out most of her hair from her belly to make a nest. I grabbed all the
fur and the mom and put her in our special cage we have for mom’s complete with a nesting box. The next day she gave birth to 8 baby bunnies. We got 10 for the price of 2….

Check out my facebook page to see more pictures of the babies...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Our 24 hour show is behind us

This year's 24 hour show was a big success. We made more money this year than in the years past. This year we got to Walmart in Staunton around 9:30 am on Nov 17th to start unloading. We had to put up the tent, my performance table, our donation table that included a TV that played our commercial over and over for the whole 24 hours, and another table that held a coffee pot and other misc things we may need for comfort. We just barely made it, but we were ready to go at 10:00 am. About 2 weeks prior to the event I started putting out word about the event and that includes writing a press release and contacting local newspapers, TV stations, and local radio. My sponsor, The Downtown Hotdog Company also put the word out about us being there and the owner said he knows it was mentioned on at least a couple of radio stations. We wanted to integrate our sponsor into our event so they brought a banner that said The Downtown Hotdog Company and the Harry the Hotdog sculpture. The sculpture also made things interesting because people kept asking us how much for a hotdog or if we served coffee, which Natalie & I figured actually helped us because it brought people over and then we told them we were raising money for the Children's Miracle Network and I was doing magic for 24 hours and that the Downtown Hotdog Company was our sponsor. They then watched some magic and donated the money they had pulled out for a hotdog anyway.
It is hard doing magic in the cold for 24 hours. Besides lack of sleep, my hands get very stiff from the cold. I had some family come by and I had a magic friend come by to hang out for a while which really helps time go by more quickly. I even had a couple of college girls come by around 3:00 pm and they were so impressed that they got on the phone calling and texting all their friends to come by and see the magician who would be there all night. They even came back around 1:00 am with a gallon of steaming hot chocolate for Natalie & myself which was really nice of them. They left around 2:00 am and things slowed down significantly, no more big groups just 1 or 2 people at a time. This year's event was a big success and I want to thank everyone who came out, not only for the donations but for the support, it really did mean a lot to us.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Our 4th annual 24 hour magic show

Each year I perform 24 hours of magic to raise money for the Children's miracle Network. Starting on November 17th at 10:00 am - November 18th at 10:00 am I will be performing 72 shows in 24 hours. The event will take place in front of Walmart in Staunton Virginia and all the proceeds will go directly to charity. I will perform 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off for the entire 24 hours. This year marks our 4th year of doing this and we are hoping for our biggest turn out yet. We are proudly sponsored by The Downtown Hotdog Company of Charlottesville. They helped make this year's event possible. Please come out and see some magic and help support a great cause. For more info on this event feel free to give us a call toll free at 1 877 987 4201. Hope to see you then!