Happy New Year! Wow. Later this year I turn the big 50. That’s 34 years performing professionally and 44 years practicing magic. Believe it or not, I’ve had a deck of cards in my hand almost every day now for 48 years. Dang I’m old! When not performing, practicing, writing or booking shows I enjoy playing Texas Hold’em. I’m in a league. Lately, I’ve been playing extremely well.
I started off the year right by doing a show for Phoenix House as has become tradition. These troubled teens love magic and my show and I find it very rewarding performing for this audience. Magic has been a huge blessing in my life. I’m so lucky to get to make money with my passion.
I performed many shows for many regular clients over January and February. I’ve made some new clients as well. For years people have asked where to come and see my show and the answer has always been, “You’ll have to hire me, because I rarely do public events.” Until recently that is. The end of February I rented out a theater again and sold tickets to my one-man show. It was great to see fans, friends and family at my show. My friend Ladonna, who I play poker with, whom others have nicknamed giggles, helped me keep the audience in stitches with her infectious laugh. I purposely put her in the front row because I knew this would happen. Seen in the pic on the right is herself and her husband Howard.
I booked several Penguin MAXX events for later this year. Penguin is the #1 online retailer of magic. Currently, I hold the record for having the highest rated lecture with them with the most 5 star reviews. My second download lecture with Penguin is in the top 10. This is impressive considering they have thousands of products for sale. From time to time they have live events in well-known cities across the US where one can see their favorite magicians lecture, perform and session with them.
My colleague and friend Alan Paoletti did a video interview with me for his webcast (seen below). Alan is a good friend and one that I recommend to clients when I am not available. While performing in Houston I stayed with my magic buddy Scott Wells. Scott helped arrange my first lecture tour across the US forever ago. Scott asked that I appear on his podcast while there. Here is a link to that interview.
Any one that claims to know me, knows I’m fond of not just magic but puzzles, illusions, art, etc. So I added the perfect product to my line. It’s called the Ambi-Ring. It’s a nice looking finger ring that doubles as an optical illusion. Check it out here.