Saturday, December 30, 2006

Pic du Jour • From the archives • Session Shot

Tom Frank rolling coins

This pic was taken by Homer Liwag in his Hotel Room at the Paramont Hotel in Seattle, WA when the Copperfield show was in town.

Friday, December 29, 2006


Hello friends! It's me again. . . back after a bit of a holiday blogging break. Actually, while vacationing in Tijuana Mexico, Polly and I were married after a Tequila and over the counter Vailum binge. A fight broke out at the drug store where the sales person was having trouble convincing me that I couldn't purchase 10,000 10 milligram Vailum Pills. I was taken into custody and Polly was upset with having to blow our wad (that was dog eared for pills, booze and cheap motels) on bribing our way out of that country.

All's well that ends well.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Pic du Jour • Holy War

Holy War

Both Sides Now • by Joni Mitchell

Bows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I've looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

I've looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It's cloud illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all

Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I've looked at love that way

But now it's just another show
You leave 'em laughing when you go
And if you care, don't let them know
Don't give yourself away

I've looked at love from both sides now
From give and take, and still somehow
It's love's illusions I recall
I really don't know love at all

Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say "I love you" right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
I've looked at life that way

Oh but now old friends are acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I've changed
Well something's lost but something's gained
In living every day

I've looked at life from both sides now
From WIN and LOSE and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all

I've looked at life from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all

Jimmy Talksalot

I met a couple of buskers yesterday from New Orleans. Jimmy Talksalot and his buddy Jorde. Jimmy is a student of Doug Conn's. I love magic and magicians. Always fun to make new friends. They said they had come find me and so they had. It always makes me a bit uncomfortable when people talk me up. Jimmy said I was a legend, I corrected him and told him I was a hack. The best hack I know. . . but a hack none the less. He said that I am one of Doug's heros. He gave me Doug's phone number and I called him on my way home. It was good to talk to Mr. Conn after all these years.

Jimmy and Jorde got their performing permits for the Promenade and were out there today working. Jimmy has a nice show with with some coin, ball, rope and cigarette magic. Jorde had his one man band rig and is learning magic from Jimmy. They said the Eric Evans and Sonny Holiday will be out here in a few weeks. Looks like there will be a lot of magic at the Promenade. Good thing the Universal City Walk is finally going to allow me to perform there after 6 months of persistence.