Thank You for the “Thank You”

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Max'sWhen you get a letter from a client who goes to great lengths to let you know how your magic show makes her event special, you have just to bask in the glow of her words.

“Dear Mr. Leodini: I just had to write to you again to thank you for your brilliant performance last March 23, 2018 at Max’s Forbestown in BGC.

It’s been days since you performed for our group of parents and kids & I still receive many text messages from the parents, thanking me for the wonderful surprise treat for their kids. Below please find some of their feedback:

‘Big Thank You! Great job! You deserve a break. Btw, we enjoyed the magic show (more than the kids did???😂🤗) especially the slow-mo act of Leodini. Hilariouschink2!’

‘The party was a lot of fun, especially the magic show which was Jessie’s idea! The Mommys staying on the side during the show were awed and couldn’t figure out how Leodini did all. Enjoyed the egg thrown to cage that turned into a dove.😂

‘Leodini is the wittiest & funniest magician I’ve watched👍His looks can be deceiving at first, but he is so amazingly entertaining! He is really a Filipino pride like you mentioned, Jessie.🏅 Many thanks for including him to our party.’

chink1Sir Leodini, I thought the introduction I made was too short, but I guess I made the right decision to tell my friends and guests that you are indeed a “Pinoy Pride”! (Especially after reading this article you wrote on how to introduce a magician on Leodini’s inner magic).😊

May God bless you Mr. LEO. May you continue to inspire and make a lot of people smile & laugh!😂

Cheers!

Forever grateful,
Jessica Acosta

It’s my pleasure to entertain at your group’s event.

Stay magical,

Leodini

www.sirleodini.com

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Citrus Bill To Lemon Gimmick

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man-stress-male-face.jpgOver the years I have a sour pursuit. Creativity (or the lack of it) has thwarted me at every turn. If my pursuit weren’t about lemons, I would have said it’s a hard nut to crack. Then I would never have to mix my metaphors.

For so long, I’ve wanted to load a signed bill inside a lemon, seal it, hand it to a spectator, and he won’t find any tampering. All this in real time. In the heat of the performance. Live. With all eyes on me.

I couldn’t do it. Sour pursuit.

Enter Citrus Bill to Lemon Gimmick. It addresses the challenge head-on. Continue reading

Magicians the World Over Speak in One Tongue

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My strongest argument to buttress my claim of magic’s universal appeal is the Elmsley Count.

countGo ahead, say it in any language you want. Except in Transylvania (where they say Count Elmsley) or in one part of Manila (where they say Elsmley Clown), Japanese, Mexicans, Americans, Filipinos, heck, all manner of men and women of all races and nationalities say Elmsley Count.

Stay magical,

Leodini
www.sirleodini.com

The Digitalization of Humans

pexels-photo-905336.jpegDigital gadgetry is a grand thing. But like all grand things, it exacts penalties. I would not be a philosopher if I didn’t know that.

Despite their much-bandied-about social media interaction, digital gadgets have a way of disconnecting humans from humans. It seems they have digitized personal relationship and reduced human emotions into bytes and gigabytes. Continue reading

A Performing Lesson from Tom Cruise

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Only in magic the abject lesson of “it’s not what you do but how you do it” is being bandied about carelessly. In other performing arts, this is simply heresy.

Take the movies. Tom Cruise is good-looking and has a great personality. Would you watch his films and stay in a dark theater to watch him loll on the beach and just making goo-goo eyes and nothing else at the camera for one-and-half hours?

Of course not. Continue reading

Do You Like to Move It, Move It?

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Some young magicians in the Philippines suffer from the false belief that their hard-earned sleight-of-hand skill is itself magic.

The truth is that sleight-of-hand, secret moves, expert techniques and manipulative dexterity by themselves are not magic. Continue reading

Reading as a Habit

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books photo: Books books2.jpgMost people believe that persons who read a lot are intelligent.

Omnivorous readers have a reputation for being profound thinkers. Having a good grasp of everything, they can converse with anyone about any topic.

To make it to the list of intellectuals, I read everything that is dangled to me. It is a time-consuming habit, but I invest several hours a day on it just so I could sound erudite.

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The Stuff I Love in Magic

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Here is the stuff I love the most as a magician in the Philippines: 

New Moves –  magicians in the Philippines—and all over the world —love new moves.  They admire manual dexterity. They love knuckle-busting methods to manipulate billiard balls.  Fingers that twist as if with arthritis during a difficult sleight-of-hand get admiring “oohs” and “aahs”, even though the magic is lost due to the contorted configuration of the hand.

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Magic’s Special Lingo

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Magicians in the Philippines, or anywhere in the world, are a curious lot.

They speak a peculiar jargon.  They call red cloths silks, instead of handkerchiefs.

They call a silver ball Zombie, although it doesn’t look like one that comes straight out of the TV series The Walking Dead.

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