I love doing Sugar Rush. I'm thinking of doing it at the SAM national convention in Pittsburgh next month. It got really great comments when I did it at the Magic Castle too.It just got a really nice review. Check it out here.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
This project is truly one that I have wanted to finish for quite some time, and it looks like my wish is going to come true. I wanted to create a closer for my show that has the same visual and emotional impact as the wonderful, yet ubiquitous snowstorm. I was performing a partial version of this, for many years, until I had a fateful discussion with my good friend Puck who helped put the missing pieces into place.
Our collaboration has produced the final product that I had been searching for all these years, and we are going to make it available to professional performers to add to their performances. Here is a sneak preview of the piece.
More details will be coming, and we will most likely be taking pre-orders for this over the next month or two. The finishing touches are being made to the necessary props. Everything is being made to our exacting specifications by a designer who holds the patent on the special bubble producing machine that allows us to make Wishes a reality.
This routine is a fusion of the bubbles from the air, misers dream and snowstorm that, features audience participation, great magic, beautiful visuals, and is all framed by a wonderful heartwarming story.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Lets just say I win a million dollars and have the opportunity to put my own magic show in Las Vegas...I'm going to take every word this guy says to heart. If I don't win a million dollars and don't get to put my show in Las Vegas...I'm still going to take every word this guy says to heart. Magic really isn't about the magician...It's about the experience of wonder that the magician should give to his audience.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
My routine for the razorblades that I have been doing for almost two decades was wrestled out of my brain by Bob Kohler and released to the magic community. Everyone who has taken the plunge, ponied up and plunked down the 800 bucks (I know it seems like a lot) has said it has been well worth it. It has been my bread and butter, reliable, surefire closer for years, and now it can be yours....if you've got the dough. All kidding aside though, this routine can be done as a talking piece, behind a bar close up, or on stage to music. I spent years researching the best of the best blade routines, and what I have come up with solves all the problems. It really is the most simple, elegant and deceptive solution for this classic plot. I have been complimented on the method by quite a few great thinkers in magic including Teller, Gaeton Bloom, and Bob Kohler just to name a few. I'm really proud of this effect and will continue to do it. I hope you will too.
Read about it here.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
My latest trick released to the magic community is a quirky new take on the classic salt pour. By combining forces with my long time collaborator, Bob Kohler, we have taken the best aspects of what each of us likes about this plot and method and created a hybrid that has roots in the classical approach, but takes the trick to a whole new level. You can pour endless streams of "sugar" from your hands and the audience is laughing along with your predicament. And the best part is that when you end the routine...you end CLEAN. There is nothing to hide or get rid of at the crucial moment in the performance.
Now sure, there have been a lot of salt pour routines to hit the market in the past few years and all of them have their pluses and minuses. You ask why do we need another one. The answer is basically that no one has really solved the ending problem until now. Bob has really come up with something diabolical that not only allows you to keep pouring and pouring and pouring, but you end like you should....with nothing else to see. Actually to be honest. there are two gimmicks in play but the audience never sees them. The initial gimmick is crafted beautifully and powder coated with a matte black finish that virtually disappears into the shadows. It also has many improvements I cant really disclose, that help make the manipulation effortless.
What I really like about the entire thing is, that it's FUNNY! But not only that, it is a real fooler. I have been opening with this for a while now and after the show people always comment...."Where did all that sugar come from!?!"
Well...folks ...it comes from here: