I’ve been fixing up my house since I moved in.  I’ve slowly been adding a second game room.  I travel lots and work hard so I want my place to be a fun house and a refuge.  Currently I have two pinball machines, a slot machine, a pachinko machine, a shuffleboard table, a pool table, dart board, etc. I’ve also added a game called Donkey Bags, a 1956 stand-up arcade called a Skill-Roll machine, plus some backyard games.  I’m expecting a few more arcade games soon.

June and July were filled with shows for the Dallas Country Club, Dive Coastal Cuisine, Reunion Tower, The Don’t Tell Supper Club and the Quixotic World.  I made a jaunt to Austin to meet my friend Deanna, see my cousin Rodger and see one of my favorite shows Esther’s Follies starring the amazing Ray Anderson. At the end of June I flew to New Jersey to work another Penguin Maxx Event.  I worked alongside some of the best in the business (Dan Harlan, Michael Kaminskas, Brent Braun, Meir Yedid, Michael Weber, Losander and John Lovick).  It was a fun and profitable event.  I’m happy to be apart of this ensemble.  We will do it again in September in Chicago.  It was great seeing fans and friends and making new ones.  I was there 1.5 days and flew home on Saturday June 30th.  Sunday July 1st I flew into Burbank and was greeted my good friend Mitch Fleck.

The following Monday I prepped and checked into my apartment for the week provided by the Magic Castle.  I was ready to begin my 13th performance week when I learned the news that my best friend in LA died that morning from heart surgery complications.  His name was Brian Gillis.  I idolized Brian.  He was Johnny Carson’s favorite magician.  In the early 2000’s he would put me up at his Castle in Redondo Beach.  He loved to laugh and I loved to prank him and make him laugh.  He was a fixture of the Magic Castle.  It was a strange and somber week for me this time. However, I could hear Brian’s laugh in my shows even though he was gone.  I mentioned his name in each of my shows to honor him.  He was such an amazing magician… it’s hard to put into words.  Watch the clip of Brian above and judge for yourself.

As usual my shows got stronger and stronger throughout the week at the Castle.  Often times I received standing ovations.  This is not easy to do for the time slot I was given.  I’d do 4 shows per night between 10pm and 1am.  People are tired and drunk and have seen lots of great magic by the time they get to me.

Although I was sad about Brian’s passing, the week was one for my memory books.  Many great things happened.  Entertaining John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen was a highlight.  Running into Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray and TV fame twice was fun! However bonding with my friend Riccardo Berdini, who was a mutual friend of Brian’s, was one of the most rewarding.  Hanging out with my good friend Mitch Rogers who flew out to see me was lots of fun. Mitch and I toured Warner Brothers studio and stood on the sets of many famous movies and TV shows.

My friend Mitch Fleck, who is one of the nicest and smartest guys I know, always has a room for me if I need it.  He and I saw the show Boobie Trap on July 4th which features a dozen variety entertainers.  The show was good and the big treat was seeing my friend Justin Willman emcee that night.  Justin rocked the room.  He’s well known in the magic world, was the host of Cup Cake Wars, and has a Netflix series coming out soon.

As I wrapped up my work week I saw my new friend Fenik from Mexico lecture at the Castle.  He did a great job.  His routines are well thought out.  I attended a little bit of Soapy Smith night at the Castle.  That evening I met the amazing KC who I plan to see again very soon!

Now that I’m back in Dallas I’m catching up on desktop business and sending invoices to clients for upcoming shows.  I’m packaging routines and thinking about what to market next. The big thing on the horizon is Magic Live in early August.  I’m excited to be there in Vegas to see the shows, buy some new toys, and see all my friends and colleagues.

See some of the latest Scam School episodes starring myself below:

 

I kicked off April by flying to Atlanta to do another Penguin Magic Live event. I was lucky to be working along side the best of the best.  It was myself, Danny Garcia, Michael Weber, Chad Long, Dan Harlan, Brent Braun, Gazzo and more.  We performed on Friday night and lectured on Saturday.  The crowd of about 200 was enthusiastic and fun!  It was great seeing old friends and making new ones.  We do it again in late June and return to Newark, NJ.

Once again I’ve had several house projects, poker tournaments, attendances at the Peacock theater and have been working many private shows.  Some of my clients recently were a classic radio station, Meals on Wheels and Southwest Airlines.  A friend of mine owns a few bars and has had me work at The Velvet Elvis and tonight I’ll perform at The Local Public House. Both are biker bars and I have learned over 30 years of performing that bikers go crazy for my magic typically.

One gig was especially sweet.  I made a friend playing poker named Jeff.  Jeff told me he wanted to marry his girlfriend Terri and come up with a magical proposal.  Since they both met playing poker we arranged it where I would “magically” deal her favorite hand the King and Queen of Hearts and follow it up on the board with a Royal Flush.  The last two cards blew her mind and luckily she said yes!  I’m happy for both of them.

I have some friends that I consider family basically.   I love the whole lot of them.  My buddy Woody, who has since passed, I’m sure enjoys watching our relationships blossom.  I have spent holidays and graduations with them recently.  I’m proud of all of them and especially Rylee who just graduated and swept the sports awards banquet.  She is going to school on a basketball scholarship.  I was shocked to see she quoted me in her high school year book.  This young lady will go far and I know she will succeed in her quests.

Find more recent episodes of Scam School starring moi below.

 

Where does the time go?  Wow!  I’m about to catch up on four months of blogging.  The biggest news is that I bought my old house back!  It was mutually beneficial for my ex-wife and I.  She will always be my friend. I’m happy to be back in the old neighborhood with my friends and all the new amenities near me.  It’s a booming area here.  Much time has been spent on painting, refurbishing, unboxing, purging, etc.  For those that visited the old house you’ll remember it was a fun place to be.  Well… the fun keeps increasing with more games, etc.  Come by and visit!

Luckily I have been busy with shows which are usually private parties and corporate events.  I returned again to Jackson’s Pottery.  I’ve done a lot of work for a well to do family.  I had a big show at the Ritz Carlton.  I worked the Dallas Cowboy’s Club.  I’ve had gigs at Reunion Tower and many more.  One show I did was a fundraiser for a lady battling cancer; they didn’t have a budget so I did it for free!  There were mostly adults at the fundraiser that night but you can see in the fire photo that kids are always drawn to me.

Some of the fun things I did over the past couple months were playing lots of poker.  I had dinners with family and friends.  My buddy Jesse helped me with lots of house projects.  I attended the Texas Pinball Festival where I did magic for Lou Ferrigno “The Incredible Hulk”.  And how can I forget the Epic Nerf Battle #3.  My buddy Jared Guynes entertained thousands in an epic way!

I also did the morning TV show Good Morning Texas again.  It was shot live and used to promote my appearances at Dallas’ Reunion Tower.  The host was blown away.  I did a visual morphing card illusion and did a mind-reading trick.  The producer said that they’d love to have me back.  We will see what happens.

In February I made time to make a trek to Austin to film more episodes of Scam School.  To date I’ve done about 40 episodes.  I believe I am the most regular guest star magician on the show.  See some of the new episodes below.

 


On Jan 1st I went to bed at 2am; awoke at 4am; caught a shuttle at 5am; flew out on a 7am flight; arrived in Dallas at 9am; was home by 10am; packed a show and drove to downtown Dallas to do a show at noon.  It’s a show I do every 1st of the year for the Phoenix House. I could have stayed at the casino resort in New Mexico I was at or subbed out the show, but I knew I’d be missing out. The kids there are suffering from alcohol and drug addiction.  This group loved my show and clamored and flailed their arms like they were going crazy.  I stuck around and taught some of them some card moves.  It was a fun day for all of us.

The following Friday I flew to Burbank, CA and stayed with my buddy Mitch and attended the Magic Castle with a girl friend.  We saw many great shows but I was there to specifically see Richard Turner the blind card cheat.  Check out the new documentary about his life titled Dealt.  I proudly contributed to the movie to make sure that it was made.  My name actually appears in the credits. It’s a great story about an amazing man.

While at the Castle I had the pleasure of entertaining the actor Jon Bernthal who has had many great roles in TV and film.  Jon is best known as Shane in The Walking Dead and The Punisher in the new Netflix series.  He and his friends were very complimentary of my magic.

Another night I did a private show for Aaron Paul, his wife and their friends.  Aaron was Jesse in Breaking Bad which is one of my favorite shows in the history of television.  Aaron was subdued until I began performing and then he turned into Jesse by screaming and staring at his friends wondering if they had just witnessed what he did.  His group was wild to perform for so I kept hitting them with my best stuff.  He actually asked for my autograph which I found amusing.

Once back I did lots of shows for some regular clients.  I’ve played lots of poker.  I drove to Oklahoma to see friends. I had a great meeting with Reunion Tower where I now have some gigs lined up. Plus I spent time with various friends for dinners.  The month flew by.  The big news is I’m buying a house.  Currently I’m packing for the big move.  Life never seems to slow down.

 

December was nuts!  I worked 29 gigs this month.  I think that’s a record.  That doesn’t count the 6 other parties I attended with friends and family.  Most of my jobs were in the Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex thankfully.  I still had 12 days off which was nice.  I worked for many loyal repeat clients and brought on several new clients.  It’s wonderful to be paid to do what you love.

I also attended another show at the Peacock Theater.  The Pitchfords are so kind to do this and keep me on their exclusive list.  One day soon they hope to build their own version of the Magic Castle here in Dallas.  If anyone can do it they can.  I brought along my friends and clients the Politos.  They had a blast watching the variety show of comedy, magic and singing.  It was nostalgic to see one of my favorite magicians Rudy Coby do his act up close and personal on the stage.  Rudy is Labman and does an act where he has 4 legs.  You have to see it!

I went to the car dealership to get a new tire and I left with four new tires and a new car.  I had a 2015 black and yellow Stingray Vette and now I have a 2017 charcoal gray and black Stingray Vette.  The new model has some different lines, a different grill, a front and back camera, new security features, a feature called Carplay, etc.  I love it.  I picked up a friend one night and she said.. “So you bought the Batmobile.”  She liked it as well. Plus, I went to the trouble of adding the XPEL protection to the front half of the car to protect it from rock chips.  XPEL is an amazing magical self-healing wonder.

Two of my gigs took me to the new Lava Cantina in The Colony.  It’s a huge place with a great vibe.  The food and service are terrific and they do big concert events on their stage outside.  Over the two days I was there they had famous chefs, rock stars, reindeer and Santa there. They told me that my magic garnered the most attention over their 2 day extravaganza.  It’s worth making a trip to see this place.

December 30th I flew to Albuquerque, NM to work a gig at the Sandia Casino & Resort.  That night I met a fun group of ladies who were there from Vegas to dance in an Elvis tribute show.  They invited me to dinner and we had a blast.  The next night I rang in the New Year with them on the dance floor.  I definitely started off the New Year right!

More than being fortunate to have so much work I am always reminded that I have a great family and a good network of friends.  The holidays were a little melancholy for me but when I do an end of year tally I realize that I am truly blessed.  I look forward to what 2018 brings.  I see good things ahead.

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  I love the weather and the fact that most of my performances are done during the holiday season.  In October I celebrated many family birthdays.  I’ve had lots of gigs taking me all over the state, lots of sushi dinners with my friends the Baileys, lots of poker tournaments and lots of prepping for a tour. I was also fortunate to attend two shows at the Peacock Theater (one of magic’s hidden treasures).  Plus, I spent the day at the State Fair with a good friend.

My East Coast tour took me to (Long Island, NY), (Salem, MA), (New Haven, CT), (Providence, RI), (Philadelphia, PA) and (Baltimore, MD).  It was 6 stops over 10 days.  It was very profitable.  Some of the highlights were seeing Marc Desouza’s amazing home theater and his collection of magic memorabilia, Denny & Lee’s huge magic shop, Diamond Magic’s new owner and renovations and the extra time I spent in Salem getting to know the town.  I flew to NY and rented a car.  It was the perfect season to drive the tour to see the changing colors of the leaves.

Upon returning the following day I had a six hour strolling gig and then a fun private event that night.  The following week I had a couple more shows and then flew to Burbank, CA to stay with a buddy.  That night I saw many magician friends in a theater benefit show.  I was very happy to attend.  The next day I went to see a special premier of the movie Coco with friends and was granted free admission to California Adventures.  The place was packed but the rides were fun! A lot of my time on this trip was spent with my good friend Chloe.  She’s an upcoming magician.  I see a lot myself in her with her passion and dedication to the art.  She’s one to look out for!

The next night I had an important business meeting at the Magic Castle that should put some money in my pocket soon.  The following day I found the fashion district in LA and bought some items. That night I was lucky to attend a free comedy show with six upcoming comedians.  It was a good show.

The next day I flew home to Dallas and had a show that night.  While at this show much of the young crowd kept saying, “That’s the magician from Dude Perfect!”  I filmed an episode for their new series on Nickelodean about 6 months ago.  I had forgotten about it.  I’ve posted a clip below but the full episode can be seen here.  I also did a podcast interview for The Commute with Steve Olivas.  My part starts at 17:30. Listen to it here.

I was blessed to celebrate Thanksgiving with many of my family and friends.  Basically, I celebrated four separate times so I could see everyone.  So much food!  I’ll be hitting the gym soon to rectify all the carbs and sweets I took in.  Things are great.  December is looking better than ever.  Currently I have 23 shows booked for December, which consists mostly of corporate events.  I still have 15 days off because there are many days where I’m doing 2-3 shows a day.  Frankly, I hope to do more. I love my job!

I started off August with my new trainer who has been helping me work out muscles I didn’t know I had.  I’ve been busy with lots of projects and product releases.  I’ve added several new things to my site that laypersons will enjoy as much as magicians like the Magic Phone Spinner, Ace of Spades Bottle OpenerJoke Viagra Pills and Magic Money.  All of these items have been selling well.

I made a quick jet to Burbank and Hollywood to work on a magic project and attend the Castle.  It was great seeing friends while I was there. I then flew to Vegas to attend the MAGIC LIVE convention.  It’s always an awesome experience.  It was fun hanging with my friends and especially Cupcake and Rosebud.  I bought some new toys and made some great contacts.  The talks during the afternoons are always my favorite part of this convention.  I witnessed WonderGround for the first time.  It featured hookah pipes, belly dancers and top rate magicians.  The food and atmosphere were good. I’d also like to thank Chris Kenner for inviting me too his palatial estate to hang out with some of the best magicians on the planet.

Once home I got caught up on office work and attended the Amazing Jonathan’s awesome comeback show.  He and his wife Anastasia are truly amazing and kind.  The next day I attended the IMPROV again to support my friends David and Kylie who were doing a family show there. It was fun to attend both of the shows with a good friend.  She and I had a nice time in Fort Worth that weekend and ate way too much food.

I’ve been playing lots of poker.  I’m in a league.  In August I was 450th out of thousands of people.  No big whoop really.  However come September I was 18th in the league.  I’ve been playing in some tournaments that could ultimately win me a free seat at the World Series of Poker.  That would be nice to have a shot at one million dollars!

My calendar has been filled with many shows.  I seem to be going to Fort Worth a lot.  One show took me to Palestine where I entertained hundreds who worked for the school district.  Another gig took me as far as Possum Kingdom lake where I worked for a couple’s family who had met me in Hollywood at the Castle.  The event and venue were awe inspiring.  Plus, many many more fun shows to boot.

I am blessed with many friends.  One girl friend and I spent the day at Choctaw casino in a small poker tournament.  Another group of friends and I meet weekly for sushi. My friend Keith and his merry crew took me out on his mini yacht with his macaw parrot on Lake Dallas.  Another girl friend and I saw Depeche Mode live and I became a fan all over again.  Plus a special thanks to my friend Kim who helped me at the TAOM convention to make it one of my best profit weekends ever!  Life is great and I just released my new Delta Dice.

July started off with a bang by flying into Burbank and then settling into my apartment while I worked the Magic Castle from July 3rd-9th.  I did the late Close-up Gallery and performed 28 shows that week.  Things could not have gone better.  I counted at least one dozen standing ovations.  Keeping people engaged who are somewhat intoxicated at that late hour (10pm to 1am) can be challenging but I brought my A-game and was very pleased with the standing room only crowds and compliments from my peers.  This was my 11th time working a full week at the Castle.  All in all I think I’ve done around 250 shows there.  I lectured there for the third time and had a nice turnout and received more rave reviews.  There is no other place like the Castle and I love it more and more each time I visit.  This time I made some great new friends and some good business contacts.

I returned home and entered a poker tournament with 60 players.  I got first place.  I’ve had dinners with friends this month and some fun private engagements.  One show was for my attorney’s son and my attorney Jerry followed me around the room singing my praises before I could even begin performing for each group.  It’s nice to be appreciated.

I had such a good time in California with my new found friends that I booked another trip out there for 9 days.  I did 2 private events while there and worked with a new friend on a game plan for a big touring show.  He and I had several meetings and interviewed assistants.  I think we found just the right girl.  Plus I talked with a contact about hopefully doing another Asian tour.

Things are really falling into place.  I have several fun projects I’m working on.  I’m working on some new product releases that I hope to get out before year’s end.  I now own the rights again to my Diamond Deck which I plan to repackage and create new instructions with some improved handling.  Dude Perfect Season Two has begun airing on Nickelodean on Saturdays and the episode I helped with should air in the next few weeks.  I almost forgot to mention that while at the Castle I met and performed for Dick Van Dyke and Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman).

To close out the month I’ve attended some really fun parties.  One highlight that happened just this past Friday night was working the Peacock Theater.  The Pitchfords who own Gearbox and the Nerdvana restaurant and cafe put on an awesome show in their home theater about once per month.  I’m talking about a real theater with a stage, awesome lighting and sound and room for 80 people. It’s invite only and I’ve had to decline many times because of my work schedule.  Attending it for the first time a couple of months ago was a real treat.  The talent was first class.  This time I was asked to be on the bill and work alongside some of the best magicians, a juggler, a comedian, a singer, a sword swallower and more.  The show went great and I heard many nice things afterwards from the crowd of 100 plus.

Life is a blast and I’m having fun meeting all sorts of interesting people.  Ooohhh… while in Burbank recently my friend Mitch who helps run Power 106FM brought me in to entertain the singer Omarion.  See it below.

 

It’s amazing to look back each time to see how much fun I pack into each month.  My life and career is full of surprises.  This month was busy with shows for private clients.  One client raises about 50 Arabian horses and brought one to their event.  I did a lecture for the Shreveport club that was well attended.  The gang there put me up at the Horseshoe Casino.  That night I lost $100 quick playing some kind of new-fangled blackjack.  The next morning I planned to play in the Poker Room for a little while before driving back.  I played for 8 hours straight because I was doing so well.  The only reason I left was because I needed to pack for a Florida trip the next day.

Jared & Homars Epic Adventure

Homar left a single comment on my page, and instantly won an all expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World. Before this trip, he had never left Texas or been on a plane. Watch the adventure, and check out the surprise ending! #DreamsComeTrue

Posted by Jared Guynes on Thursday, June 15, 2017

So my buddy Jared Guynes took a guy, who had never left the state of Texas, to Disney World.  He asked if I’d like to join.  Luckily, I was free that weekend and we took in Epcot and The Magic Kingdom.  It was fun to watch our guest Homar experience travel, his first plane ride, a different climate, etc.  It was nostalgic for me to return there since that’s where I bought my first magic book when I was five years old.  See a video of our Disney adventure above.

My book Bamboozlers Three is back in stock.  It cost a pretty penny to print these books but they seem to stay in demand.  I’ve sold thousands of these little bar betcha bibles.  I am slowly writing Volume Four and creating a spin-off product too.  See all my books here.

I’ve been playing lots of poker and seeing lots of friends.  One group of friends rented a limo one night and took us all too a burlesque magic show.  It was an interesting concept.  Seeing the show made me want to work harder at creating my own one-man show here in Dallas.

I got a call from my friend Mitch in Burbank, CA and he wanted to know if I’d come back to Power 106 FM and do another magic video with the famous rapper DJ Khaled.  The last time they had me out to entertain Jason Derulo the response was big.  So I flew out and attended the Magic Castle one Monday night with a beautiful lady friend.  The next day I did my part for DJ Khaled who seemed like a genuinely cool guy.  See that video below.  The next night I attended the Castle again with my friend Mitch.  Then I flew back to do an in-town show.

Once home my buddy Jared had another wild idea.  He asked his facebook followers, “Who had never been to Medieval Times?”  He ended up arranging two party vans, thanks to our friends at Texas Motor Cars, and we took 15 people to Medieval Times and then onto the Cidercade in Dallas for free!  My job was to entertain the party-goers.  We all had a great time.

Now it’s June 30th and one hour before I leave for LA.  I’m returning to work the Close-Up Gallery at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.  This will be my 11th time working a full week there and my 3rd time lecturing at the Castle.  I always feel like a superstar there thanks to the amazing staff and audiences.  I’m very much looking forward to seeing many friends while in California.  Fotunately, I have family staying at my place while I’m gone to look over things and ship orders as they come in.  I love my crazy life!

 

 

 

This month has been fun.  I’ve worked many private events at some really cool venues.  One had me returning to the home of a millionaire with a home much like a resort.  Another was at the Frontiers of Flight museum for Southwest Airlines.  Another was at I-FLY where one can skydive indoors.  Plus I’ve done many other parties in people’s homes, at hotels and country clubs.  More of my Scam School episodes have aired recently.  See one of them above.

This month has been chock full of dinner and lunch dates.  It’s nice to have such a network of people I can rely on.  I’ve seen many old friends, new friends, cousins, siblings, my folks, clients who have become friends, etc.  The pic on the left is my mother and step-father.  When not performing or having dinner with friends I like to play Texas Hold-em.  I’m in a league.  It’s fun but I still have lots to learn.

My buddy Jared asked me recently if I’d like to help to judge at a Hooter’s bikini competition.  It took me only a short while to give him a resounding, “Yes!”  This was the final round held at the House of Blues in Dallas before the finalists went on to Vegas where one of the girls would become the sole winner with a nice contract to be the spokesmodel for Hooters.  It was a fun night!

Bamboozlers 3 is being reprinted now.  I’ve just received another batch of my Sherlock’s 7 Cent Solution puzzles.  I’m writing volume four of Bamboozlers slowly but surely.  Plus I’m working on another project that I’m keeping secret right now.

The gentleman that owns the game company Gearbox practices magic and lives in Frisco.  He and his wife have built a theater in their home and host a variety show at least once a month.  It’s a privilege to be on their list and I had been asked to attend several times before but could never make it.  Well I finally made it and their home, the Peacock Theater, the show, their hospitality was all absolutely incredible.  I was happy to share the experience with many friends.  See a pic from that night on the left.

Lastly, my Ominous Deck is still selling really well.  There is a mentalist named Spidey who has been seen on America’s Got Talent and he loves the effect I created.  Recently he created a video of his take on it.  See that video below:

I kicked off the month by flying to Portland to do another Penguin magic expo.  That same night I rode with Paul Richards and his wife Wendy into Seattle so we could do it all again the next morning.  It was tiring, but lucrative and well worth it.  I’ve lectured and sold things at my booth hundreds of times and I learn something each time.

Once home the next weekend I drove to Austin, Tx.  That Friday night I dined with two of my favorite relatives, my cousins Rodger and Alex.  They are always fun to hang out with.  The following I hung out with my friend Brian Brushwood the host of Scam School.  Brian rounded up his film crew and we proceeded to the Handlebar to film five episodes; look for those episodes over the next few months on YouTube.  Afterwards we all went to a speakeasy called the Floppy Disk Repair Center.  Brushwood knew the password to get us in and we had a couple of drinks before meeting up with my cousins at a restaurant called Moonshine with excellent menu items.

The next day I visited UMLAUF Sculpture garden.  The garden and sculptures were very nice.  I grabbed some grub from a food truck and went hiking.  I drove back to Dallas that night after stopping at the Collin Street Bakery (home of the original fruitcake) for a little snack.

That Monday morning I drove to the headquarters of Dude Perfect in Frisco.  I shot an episode with Tyler and Garrett where I taught Tyler some magic to help him put on a great show as a Hibachi chef.  The Dude Perfect show features trick shots in sports and has over 17 million followers on YouTube.  The five stars of the show are doing well.  This show that I helped with is part of a series that will air on Nickelodean.  Look for it in about one month.  Set your DVR.  It was a fun shoot with the guys and camera crew and I hope to return to work with them again.

Now that things have calmed down I have finished revising Bamboozlers 3 and just sent it off to have reprinted.  Demand for it has been high since it’s not been available the past six months.  I’m soon to run out of my Winning Spinning Nickels and have begun the process to have them back in stock.  Each project takes time and money.  I’m slowly compiling Bamboozlers 4 and hope to lay it out soon.  My birthday is around the corner and I’ve learned that as you get older life only speeds up.

I did a Penguin Expo in Austin and Dallas this month.   The crowds were great in both cities.  It was nice to see so many friends in attendance. It was a pleasure working alongside some of the best in the business which was Mark Mason, Paul Richards, Gregory Wilson and the guys from Penguin Magic.  We each gave mini lectures and demonstrated our wares at our dealer booths.  I hope to do more of these soon.  Some of my magic was featured in Penguin Monthly too.

I was also a guest performer and lecturer at the Winter Carnival of Magic in Pigeon Forge, Tn.  It was a 3 day weekend full of magic.  Pigeon Forge is an interesting town.  It’s like Branson.  The buildings and attractions were unique.  The convention was a lot of fun and one of the highlights was visiting the home of a millionaire who refurbished old gaming machines for a living (like the old fortune teller machines).  The main party area where he entertained the guests looked like a speakeasy with an old authentic Chicago wood bar inside, an ice cream parlor, billiard table from the 18th century and more.

I’ve had swarms of shows from many of my clients to keep me busy as well.  When not performing I’ve been spending lots of time playing poker.  I attended the Texas Pinball Festival for the third time.  I had a great time despite my ulcer and met Sam Jones who played Flash Gordon in the cult classic 1980 film.  Basically, I had fun… and fun is the best thing to have.