Monday, March 28, 2011
Rodney Dangerfield's classic joke was how he never got any respect; well sometimes in my life I feel the same way. I have been a full time professional magician for 15 years now, I have traveled all over the East Coast and even ventured a time or two to the Midwest. Natalie & I have performed for CEO's of corporations, resorts, the British Embassy, and in auditoriums and theaters all over. People still ask me if I am still doing magic as if it is a hobby and I should have grown up by now and gotten a real job. Some people think I only do kids birthday parties and I get compliments like "my kids love you". That is great, don't get me wrong but I am more than that. My ego doesn't stand a chance to get big with comments like this always swirling.
A few weeks ago Natalie got a call from a customer who wanted us to perform a show for their family reunion. The lady on the phone went on and on about how excited she was on having us and that her family was also excited since they had just recently saw us at a show. We performed that show this past Saturday and I felt great on the way to the show knowing that these people were so excited to see us. When we got to the show the parking lot was packed and there was nowhere for us to park and unload. So I called and asked for the contact person. The person who answered asked "who is calling?" I said "Wes Iseli Magician" then she said "Who?" and I said "Wes Iseli Magician" then she said "Um, we don't need an electrician" and she hung up the phone. I had to get out of the car and walk up into the event location and wander around until I found the contact and ask where to park to unload.
On the way back to the car I shook my head thinking "I can't get no respect."
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
A while back I filmed a video introducing my newest baby bunnies while at the same time using them in magic tricks. This is my only video where the magic is not the focus but the bunnies are. I will put up a real cups and balls video one day, during this video I was just messing around. I hope you enjoy!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Natalie & I do several types of shows, from small family shows to company picnics all the way up to our full evening Vegas style Illusion show. I thought this month I would fill you in on what it takes to put on the average show. One hour prior to leaving our home on a show day I will go get the show animals out of the outside
building and put them in their travel cages, which usually entails 2 doves and 2 bunnies. Then we check the show contract to see if the customer ordered any extras, such as levitation, kid magician, magic from our web page etc. Our van is already loaded with the main parts of our show, but most extras we need to pack for each
show separately. If it is a large show our big sound system will also need to be loaded. Then we put on our show clothes and get ready to go. We then load the van and plug in the address into the navigation. Since we spend so much time in our van we try to make it as comfortable as possible. We have a Sirius radio, a cooler, a
DVD player, and a couch to nap on while the other drives. It is very common to spend way more time on the road traveling to a show than it takes to set up, perform and pack up the show. Attached are a pictures from back stage at our illusion show.