Well… same old song and dance.  I’m busy with shows and projects.  Some of my clients over the past several weeks have been Reunion Tower, Jackson’s Pottery, Exxon, etc. I drove to Houston for one gig.  Then I followed up that trip by going to Austin to hang out with two of my favorite relatives, my cousins Rodger and Alex.  It’s hard not to smile when with them.  Both have been a positive force in my life.  The following weekend I helped Rodger and Alex renovate the property they purchased.  The property once belonged to my great aunt and uncle.  Rodger grew up there and I spent many summers there.  My uncle Harlan was an architect who built the house.  It’s solar powered and has other energy efficient qualities.

While in Austin I shot more Scam School episodes.  It’s now called Scam Nation.  See an episode at the top and bottom of this post.  Brian Brushwood has been a friend for at least 12 years.  It’s been incredible to watch how he’s become a powerhouse and influencer online.  He’s the host of several Youtube channels like Modern Rogue, Night Attack and co-hosts a podcast called Weird Things.  I’m lucky to know him.  He’s a smart business man and a good friend to me.  He just attended a small birthday dinner I had the other night along with his wife Bonnie.  If you want to be successful then surround yourself with accomplished people.  I have done that in spades with Brian.

My friend Melissa helped work my magic booths two weekends in a row.  The first was for Penguin Magic in Dallas.  The second was for the Texas Pinball Festival in Frisco.  The Penguin event was very profitable.  The pinball event.. not so much… but I had a blast there and made some new friends.  While at the pinball festival I had the good fortune to meet and perform for the actor John Rhys-Davies.  He was a gentleman and begged for more magic!  He’s best known for his role as Sallah in Indiana Jones and as Gimli in the Lord of the Ring movies.

I met up with my childhood friend Kevin to help him celebrate his 50th.  I love hanging with Kevin and the Davis family.  One of Kevin and I’s first concerts was Cheap Trick.  After that we became die hard fans.  We’ve seen them together many times.  To carry on that tradition I got us awesome seats to see them again in May.

Recently my friend Thom Peterson was in town from the UK to give a magic lecture.  He and his wife Annabel stayed the night and we had a good visit.  Annabel is an amazing artist and does designer cakes now for a living.  Her work is incredible!  Click here to see her site.

I just had a birthday and my friends and family have been fattening me up.  I’ve eaten at Javiers, Blue Fish, Del Friscos, Fish City Grill, Kenny’s Burgers, Jack Allen’s, etc.  My gift to myself was to take another trip to California to visit the world famous Magic Castle.  The Castle bought my dinner one night and I took in lots of great shows with friends.  One night I did a private performance for the Hiltons.  I didn’t know until the next day that they were Paris Hilton’s parents.

The big news is that my mom beat cancer!!  I am beyond blessed.

 

I think time is speeding up.  I can’t believe it’s already 2019.  I kicked off the year again by doing a show for Phoenix House on January 1st.  These mostly withdrawn teens go bananas when I’m performing my magic there.  My show is only half an hour but I usually end up being there 2 hours to visit and sign autographs.  I think they are just happy to have company and to know that anything is possible when you set your mind to it.

These first two months of 2019 have been filled with private and corporate events.  Once again I’ve been in the homes of millionaires and billionaires.  I did a string of shows for Omni Hotels.  Plus some casinos in Oklahoma utilized my services.  I took my father to my gig at one casino on Fat Tuesday.  Some of those backwoods gamblers thought I was from another planet.

I took a vacation to Vegas and stayed on one of the Hilton Grand Vacations properties.  While in Vegas I saw some amazing shows and ate well at various fine dining establishments.  I only gambled a little but came out ahead which is good.  As an excursion I toured the Neon Graveyard and it was actually pretty cool.  I was surprised how much of Vegas’ history I knew.

After Vegas I went on to Los Angeles to see my friends Lorna, Chloe, Mitch, Jeff and Riccardo.  It was fun spending a little time with each of them.  While in LA I took in the Magic Castle and saw many great shows during the Valentine’s week.  I also had the chance to meet and visit with Crispin Glover (of Back to Future fame) and Bob Odenkirk (who plays Saul in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul).

Back at home I did a TV spot on WFAA to promote a run of shows I’m doing for Reunion Tower.

My home is turning into an arcade.  I had a pool table, shuffleboard, two slot machines, three pinballs, one multicade, one pachinko machine, one vintage arcade, plus my big screen with various gaming systems.  I just added another pinball machine called Safecracker and another arcade game called Ice Cold Beer; both of these machines are rare and collectible.  I’ve recently created a custom DJT coin for my machines and to use as business cards.

When not performing my shows or traveling I am working on projects.  I’ve got a secret project due out in June.  I recently signed another book deal with Dover books.  If it goes we will do a third project together too.  I am slowly compiling Bamboozlers Volume Four.  I hope to release a Bamboozlers Deck before the end of the year.  Plus I always have ten other projects I’m tinkering with.

This is always my busiest time of the year.  Between November and December I did 35 paid shows.  That’s not including all the parties I went to for family and friends.  Most of my shows are for corporate clients and a handful are private events in people’s homes or businesses.  One of the highlights in November was flying to California and working the show Boobie Trap in Hollywood.  It was a great line up and I had some friends come out.  The profits that night went to the victims of the fires in California.

Mid November I flew to California to work the Penguin Maxx event in Los Angeles where I performed with some of the best like Michael Weber, Brent Braun, Chad Long, Michael Kaminskas, Dan Harlan, The Other Brothers, etc.  It was a fun and profitable event.  While in Hollywood, CA I visited the Magic Castle where I am a member and had the privilege of performing for and talking at length with the actor Collin Farrell.

In November I filmed an interview for an online show called ALL IN with Bryan Weatherford.  Bryan is a great guy and host and we had lots in common.  On the show I performed many routines.  Bryan said later that I was one of his favorite guests. Watch parts of my interview at the top and bottom of this post.

In December, I did the bulk load of my shows, but also released my new product called Diamond Dice.  These dice are made for magicians and can be used in mentalism routines.  I now manufacture three different sets of trick dice.

The best part of the holiday season, besides the plethora of work, was seeing family and friends.  It’s rare that I get to see my family who is scattered about the metroplex.  Mom is still battling cancer and I try to make it out to her chemo treatments when I can.  I know from battling cancer myself that everyday is a gift.  I’m thankful for all my loved ones.

 

Whoa!  Three months have flown by since I last blogged.  I always feel like I’m behind schedule.  Funny thing is I’m the boss and I make the schedule.  Regardless, I constantly feel like I’m trying to catch up with the goals I have for myself.

I kicked off August by being the feature story for Penguin Magic’s monthly magazine.  Penguin Magic stocks most of my 30 products, has featured two of my online lectures and I’ve appeared on the bill for many of their road shows.  They’re always a fun group to work with.  In fact I did their Chicago Maxx event Sept 21-22 and I’ll do one for them in Los Angeles soon.

In August I saw the cirque show KA in Vegas with a friend and had an awesome dinner.  The show was amazing!  I stayed at the swanky SLS resort.  While in Vegas I gambled of course (poker and black jack), went up in the High Roller (largest rotating wheel in the world), saw the Mat Franco show and the Mike Hammer show.  I had dinner with Mike and The Amazing Jonathan after his show and had a blast cracking jokes with them.  The highlight was dinner at Beauty & Essex.  OMG!  I don’t think I’ve ever had a better meal.

Then the Magic Live convention started on August 5th so I moved into the Orleans hotel.  It was yet another magic convention where you’re up every day at 8am and go to bed between 3-5am.  It was non-stop fun and learning.  The shows and lectures were good.  The fellowship was better.  I did make a few purchases and I’m working those routines into my acts.

Once home in Dallas I had dinner with my good friend Jeff Davis who was in town from California.  The next night I worked at the Peacock Theater and was part of a variety show on August 11th.  I love the Pitchford family.  One day soon they hope to have their own Magic Castle like theater to showcase magic here in north Texas.

I’ve been adding games to my house.  I added the Vertigo (made by VPcabs) multicade machine to my collection.  I had my cabinet custom done to match by black and silver furniture in my living room. Currently it plays 245 games.  Most of them are virtual pinball games, but it also has classics like PacMan, Centipede, Frogger, Galaga, Space Invaders, etc.  I also purchased the collector’s edition of the pinball machine AC-DC called Luci.  It is a sexy machine that features 12 of their songs, tons of blinking lights, lots of bells and whistles and very fast play.  Everyone that comes over loves to play it!

 

I attended several comedy shows the past few months.  One was at Hyena’s and it was a great show.  The others were by an improv troupe called Four Day Weekend.  Their show is brilliant!  They takes story suggestions and lines from the audience to make their show so each time it is different.  I took a couple of friends and they thought it was the funniest thing they had ever seen.

Like usual I’ve been playing lots of poker and have a decent ranking in my league.  I’m also staying busy with shows.  I’ve had private functions at Ocean Prime, Dive Coastal Cuisine, Dallas Country Club, Southwest Airlines and many more.  On Thursday nights, when I’m not working and in town, I have a tradition of meeting my friends the Bailey’s and their crew at Blue Fish for sushi.  We always get their best waitress Ally who was recently promoted to Assistant Manager.

I took a small trip to San Luis Obispo in September and had a wonderful time with friends.  While in SLO I ate well, saw some wineries, took in The Madonna Inn and Morrow Bay. I just renewed my deal with Dover books and they now have permission to reprint my book Close-up Magic Secrets for the next 10 years.  I just released my new Diamond Dice that allow magicians to know what number will be chosen.  My friend Michael Kaminskas was in town and lectured and stayed here a couple of nights. I’ve attended many family birthday dinners.  I feel like I am going nonstop!!

My mother is going through breast cancer so I’ve been attending chemo treatments with her when I can.  The good news is mom’s tumor has shrunk considerably.  Plus mom is tough and has had a great attitude through the whole ordeal. I’ve been through cancer and know it’s tough.  However, I was lucky not to have chemo treatments.  I pray for my mom constantly and hope my readers will too.

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.  It was fun seeing people dressed up like saloon girls and gunslingers.

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.