Corporate entertainment sizzler reel update!

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Amazing Magician, Corporate Entertainment, Funny short videos

As a corporate entertainer and Chicago magician, the bulk of my leads are split between repeat customers and people who find me on through a web search.  Whether someone is looking for a stage show for a corporate event, employee appreciation dinner or holiday party, or close up magic for a cocktail party, hospitality suite or trade show, they always want to see video of my performances.  My previous show reel worked wonderfully for a long time, but it became time to update, so I present to you… My new promotional...

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Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Amazing Magician

I’m a Chicago magician and corporate entertainer now, but I’ve not always been a professional magician.  For the first half of my life it was my hobby, not my job.  It still is in a way.  Even if I didn’t make my living performing magic close up and onstage for private and corporate event entertainment, I’d still be just as obsessed with magic as I am now. One of my current obsessions is inquiring into how a performance can create an experience of magic.  Traditionally “magic as art” creates a “magical experience” by showing the audience something that is seemingly impossible.  What I’ve noticed, though, is that demonstrating the impossible is not the same as creating a magical experience. There are performers and performances that are clearly, obviously and intentionally not “magic,” yet they create a magical experience.  In the above video, the viewer knows the performer is controlling the balloon and pretending it can’t move, but his execution of the illusion is so extraordinary that it really seems like the impossible is occurring.  It’s not magic, but it feels like magic… Hence the hashtag: “itsnotmagicbut I think magicians can lean too heavily on their methods and secrets, expecting them to do all the work, when in fact it is our job as performers to carry the load.  What’s missing is the effort, the thought, the exploration, the practice and the rehearsal.  If you start with putting in a lot of work as your foundation, then add in a secret method, you won’t just perform the impossible. You’ll create...

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