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,


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?

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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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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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