Wednesday, July 26, 2017

While we are on tour we use these

When we travel, we like keeping tabs on our progress. We found these travel stickers on Amazon that do not cost a lot. You can put them on the outside of your vehicle. We make framed pictures from every tour but we love looking back at out travels.



Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Juggler and A Magician?

About 8 years ago, Rick the Juggler and tommEE pickles started a show called Rickles and Pickles. A unique act with two professional performers with different skills. This show is comprised on the merging of juggling and magic in a new way.

Rickles and Pickles perform at fairs and festivals throughout the USA and are proud members of the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals.

You can see pictures of Rickles and Pickles or find the best festival performers at http://jugglerandmagician.com or reach them directly at 310-439-9301



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My favorite Danish Magician Book

Rune Klan is a very creative and funny magician. Several years ago with magician Joshua Jay, he created a book about his magic. Most magicians knew him for his coin work. I met Rune in Las Vegas at a magic convention and I got to see his creativity in person. So when a book was coming out, I was one of the first orders for this book.

The book is in three main parts with everything from close-up work leading into his stage show in a comic book format. The material is easy to read and understand and gives you insight to a comics perspective to magic. My favorite tricks are a pizza face effect and a mustache prediction.

The book is a little more expensive than other books but it is something that I will not get rid of. There is so much material unlike other magicians routines that help me create my own magic. I have seen Rune on several american TV shows and also know that he is a relevant star of our craft.



Monday, July 17, 2017

The Best book to learn magic from!

I have a copy, most of the people I teach have a copy. It is Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic. The Complete Course in Magic book have everything from self working tricks to large stage illusions. It goes through card magic, coin magic, mental magic, rope magic and so many other tricks and props that make this book the best value for the money when it comes to magic books.

I still use my own copy when looking for new ideas or something to get my creative juices flowing. You can get it in hard cover or paperback. If you want to be a magician or learn a couple of tricks, do not pass this one up.



Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Best Portable Amplifier I Have Used

I have used a lot of amplifiers. Large ones, small ones, wall-powered and battery. I am going to share a secret device in my inventory. It is a portable amplifier that is powered by a lithium battery and is loud enough for hundreds of spectators. It is the Hisonic HS120B Lithium Battery Rechargeable & Portable PA (Public Address) System with Built-in VHF Wireless Microphone, Car Cigarette Lighter Cable, Carrying Bag ,1 Hand Held +1 Body Pack.

I have used this on Bourbon Street in New Orleans without any issues. The bars around can hear my voice inside clear without any distortion. This amplifier does get people asking about it all the time. My friend, a juggler also bought and uses one himself. One of our favorites is the included car charger. What a time saver. I have seen similar products for $300-$350. This is, at the time of writing, only $99. Do yourself a favor and look at the Hisonic Portable PA and welcome a great weapon to your competition.






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Let me show you how I learned magic

A lot of people ask me "Where can I learn magic?". Apart from my lessons I will usually point someone to the library. There is many things you can learn about magic in the library. It is especially good for children and their parents. Below are some links of some books and also videos explaining those books. Every book below was found in my local library and these or many more might be found in yours. Just explore Dewey Decimal 793.8 and you might find books there or look in the card catalog for magic, magicians, magic tricks or illusionists.




















If you cannot get to the library or find these books, they are also found on Amazons site too. Below are some referral links to the books.



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Secrets for a memorable party

Every loves to have fun and we all love gatherings. It is always great when your guests comment on how they enjoyed the event you put on. No one wants to see their guests leave early, look bored or yawn at your party. Here we will discuss several choices you can make when putting your next party together.

Before you start planning your event, think of what your guests and friends enjoy. Are they business collegues? Are they social companions? Think of conversations you have or things you have done. Do you go to bars with them? Do they sing karoke? Do you discuss sports? These are things that should be in your mind before you plan out your event.

Think about your guest list. It would be a shame putting enemies in the same room and having drama ruin an event. You should also think about the theme of the event when you are asking guests to come over. You wouldn't want your old boss listening to your favorite techno if he didn't listen or go to clubs with that type of music.

Ok, you have some ideas in your head but what are you planning. Do you want the party to be a social gathering? Is it a wine tasting? Are you planning on having people eat? Are you presenting something?

If you are having people socialize, some people on your guest list might be left out. A good way to have people feel more comfortable is to hire a magician. Having an entertainer bring groups together to watch something unexplanabe will loosen your guests up and they will have something in common that they can talk about.

If you are having a wine tasting, you might want to invest in some wine products such as nice glasses and decanters. You also could look into how your selections might be pairs with meat appitisers and cheeses. Taking a wine class couldn't hurt either. Making sure there are places to rest glasses near the seats are a must. It would be unfortuate to have guests hold glasses the whole night or spilling a beverage.

People love to eat but sometimes can be a difficult task if you aren't having the party catered. You are the host of your party and you should be socializing with your guests, not in the kitchen. Another thing to consider, if you plan on food, you have to schedule around peoples eating habits. Guests will get cranky if they are waiting on the food and who knows how much they will really eat.

You might want to present something in a party. It might be a tupperware party, sales pitch or possibly a something that people haven't experienced yet. No matter what it might be, a presentation might only last for a certain time. You guests will need to socialize after the presentation. You might use an entertainer here. With socail sistuations, distractions are very useful and can make the time that guests might be waiting for something, seem like the time has not been a factor. A magician or other strolling entertainment might improve the situation.

All of these suggestions are opinions but people love parties and I am a person.

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