Gems in the Most Unlikely Places

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Some magicians think they know everything and need no more input from other performers. Worse, they are so set in their ways of doing things that even if they see value in other people’s views they are no longer willing to change.

I follow a different tack. I listen to everybody and harvest nuggets of genius from everyone.

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Filipinos Are Always Laughing Because…

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filipinoslaughingWe Filipinos are always laughing because we are a happy race.

The Philippines is in the Far East. We get to see the sun rising ahead of most of the world. Since the sunshine catches us while half of the planet is still sleeping—a happenstance, if you asked me—our happy genes are already working while the genes of half of the world’s people are still resting in slumber. Continue reading

Closing the Year with Christmas Parties

christmas parties photo: Office Christmas Parties christmas-party_zpsdf5e42f8.jpgI always find Christmas parties fun. But after performing daily at Christmas parties for a good part of December, they can also be predictable. Still fun, but predictable.

From my experience, Christmas parties come in two types. One, the family Christmas parties attended by parents and their children. And two, the all-employee, all-adult Christmas parties.

If you are like me, you will find the second type of Christmas party more fun to perform at.

Fortunately, you are not like me

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IMC 20th Anniversary Show: Opening Act

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Doc Moraleta and me preparing to produce all the night’s performers from this box.

Many magicians in the audience thought we did a Steinmeyer illusion.

That’s partly correct.  Only the well-posted Bob Dureza got it right. It was Jarett’s 21-Person Cabinet from Jim Steinmeyer’s the Complete Jarett.

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Buyer Beware

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woman-crying-birthdaybirthday party is a live celebration.  When something bad or unexpected happens, one can’t rewind the flow of events and start over.

Some parents, though, get lost in the shuffle and opt to hire the cheapest performer. They have this romanticized notion that the cheapest performer is the best choice. The result is sometimes not the way they expect.

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Come Up with Your Own Funny Magic Words

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 photo 4ae8d440-e3af-40e1-a417-94c0e2bcc5be_zps9grzobyf.jpgTo get extra laughs, or at least elicit smiles from the audience, stop using hocus pocus or abracadabra as magic words.  They are well worn-out and awfully not funny.

Here are tips to create your own funny magic words—the emphasis is on funny.

Say something funny. Duh. Example: one funny magician I saw said, “Let me recite the magic word I learned from the church. Bingo!”

Just make sure you are not performing at a bishops’ convention. I doubt they will find that magic word funny.

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Performing for Sick Children

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tears in eye photo: Tears BlueEye-Tear.jpgMany of my friends may have noticed it already. I rarely attend charity shows when the audience comprises terminally ill children.

Contrary to rumors, I am a human being.

I have emotions to handle. The tear ducts in my eyes shed tears.

I have had bookers asked me to do shows for cancer-stricken children. Performing for sick kids has opened my eyes to an awful truth: I suck at emotion management.

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Clichés in Magic Performances

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 photo 6032dd2c-40d4-4553-aa6a-08da75972656_zpsqz97axh8.jpgComing up with a sparkling patter to go with a magic performance is difficult. That explains why many stage magicians would rather perform in pantomime.

Those daring to present a talking performance usually opt for the easy way. They use a generous amount of clichés in their scripts.

Clichés are expressions that have lost the power to touch the emotion due to years of overuse.

I’ve listed a few below. I hate them because I once made them parts of my show. But one day I had an epiphany. I realized I’ve grown tired of them.

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