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The Audio Clock

Here’s an idea I have found to be wonderfully helpful. I do not remember sharing it before. I hope it will be as useful to others as it has been to me. Whenever possible, I play “pre-show” music. I don’t push too hard on this, but I do make a reasonable effort to convince clients to let me play my own music rather than theirs. This is done for two reasons.  First of all; clients

By |2018-12-10T18:53:13+00:00December 10th, 2018|

A Christmas-themed Trick

Note: This is a presentation concept for you to use with your magic when doing educational and/or inspirational programs. I developed the routine in context of a Christmas-themed trick where a feather plume changes color.  However, I think you can use the concept with any trick where one thing changes into another. The message is for a school show setting, but can be adapted to other circumstance. I hope you take time to read it and

By |2018-11-26T18:16:41+00:00November 26th, 2018|

Why Do I Do It?

A simple truth about show business is this: If you can’t handle uncertainty and insecurity, get out! As a full time, self-employed entertainer, I get no sick pay and no paid vacation. No company pension plan awaits me if and when I decide to retire. As an entertainer, my wife and I do a lot of ministry work. For us, ministry is the same situation. We have no organization which sponsors us. We have no one who

By |2018-11-12T21:57:20+00:00November 12th, 2018|

Do You Really Want to Say That?

Recently I was preparing for an upcoming lecture and considered a magic routine I particularly like. I thought, Maybe I should share this in the lecture and explain how it is done. The next thought to come to my mind was, “No, there is no point in showing it because it is too hard to learn. Most of the people in the lecture won’t be interested because of the degree of difficulty.” This awareness bothered me. It

By |2018-10-22T18:06:30+00:00October 22nd, 2018|

Step It Up!

While doing internet research I came across an interesting article written for those who have their own bands. The author is Evan Zwisler, a New York City based musician. He writes for Soundfly, which is a web publication focused on the modern music scene. The article was written for performers who already have some success. The intent was to help them achieve more success. This premise immediately caught my attention. What do you say to performers who are

By |2018-10-08T19:57:23+00:00October 8th, 2018|

Let's Give the Ball a Round of Applause?

What do you say at the end of a magic trick? I am tempted to say “I am amazed at how many magicians do not seem to have thought through to the final words they will use in a routine,” but I actually am not amazed. It took me years to become personally aware of this same issue. When I was younger, and less experienced in magic, my focus was on doing a trick properly and

By |2018-09-24T18:14:13+00:00September 24th, 2018|

The #1 Positive and the #1 Negative Church Trends

Every church, and every church leader, faces challenges.  Often we believe that if we were in a different size church, a different denomination, or worked with a different demographic our problems would go away.  As illusionists, we wish we could make all of your church problems disappear.  Unfortunately, we just do illusions - not miracles.  :)  However, we can reassure you that many of the challenges that you face in your church are the same

By |2018-09-11T10:24:44+00:00September 11th, 2018|

Are You Having Any Fun?

Here is something about me that few people know. In fact, about the only people who would know this are those who have worked with me in a big show. Before all my secular stage shows, in my pre-show music, about seven minutes before the show is to start, I always play the song, “Are You Having Any Fun?” (The version sung by Tony Bennet in duet with Elvis Costello.) The song is played at

By |2018-08-13T18:32:22+00:00August 28th, 2018|

I Learned Because I Listened

If you are a magician, here are some names you should know.  If you are not familiar with the work of these performers, it is to your loss. They all were, or yet are, treasure troves of magical knowledge and information. Ali Bongo. Karrell Fox. Jay Marshall. Billy McComb. Warren Stephens. Pavel. Trevor Lewis. Hank Moorehouse. Marvyn Roy. Johnny Thompson. Fukai. Jupiter. Fantasio. Norm Nielsen. Shimada. Why this particular list of names? Because, relating to them,

By |2018-08-13T18:08:13+00:00August 13th, 2018|

Annoyed

I just returned home from the annual convention of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians. While there I was interviewed by Matthew Hill, the new owner of the Dock Haley Magic Company, about my life as a gospel magician and about my thoughts concerning gospel magic in general. During the course of the interview I was asked a question that caught me by surprise. Matthew said, “What about gospel magic annoys you?” The word “annoy” means

By |2018-07-23T23:12:52+00:00July 18th, 2018|
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