Saturday, November 24, 2007

Creativity Challenge #2, originally uploaded by jackandcatcurio.


Nice Thanksgiving, nice evening at work last night. Nice, nice, nice. Another picture perfect day here in sunny California. Santa Anna winds blowing in warmer air from the desert. Not good for brush fires in Malibu, but good for morning sunbathing in N. Hollywood.

Nothing going on too much lately, just laying low, enjoying the passage of time. Work is turning around for me. Not sure if it’s the holiday season, or just my new direction of an all music set. I’m getting better reactions and hats. All part of the learning process. Been pushing my crowds out a bit more making my circle larger. Do what’cha can, know what I mean?

Polly had Thursday and Friday off so we’ve been enjoying some extra time with each other. Best friends, and very happy together. Lots of time spent in each others arms, lips locked and staring into each others eyes. Lots of fun. . . I think.

Waiting for my iPod to finish charging, think I'll rearrange my street show playlist to a new 3 song show.

1) 4 Ace Routine:Fancy Production into Dr. Daley's Last Trick to Jamie Cullum doing "I get a kick out of you"
2) Coin Routine, coin rolls, roll out to star, vanish and reproduction, coin falling up to Charlie Chaplin's "The Circus:Magician
3) Cups and Balls to Charlie Chaplin's " "The Gold Rush"

I've been breaking it up and doing the Stripper Deck Pitch after the coin routine, but it drags the tempo of the show down, in my opinion. All a work in progress. NO Mental Photography Decks for weeks, not sure if or when I will see more. That doesn't make me happy and messes with my income to put it bluntly.
Tom Frank • Magician

Friday, November 23, 2007

303/365, originally uploaded by Overread.

Chris Angel

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

, originally uploaded by Dai Vernon.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Recently sold on ebay

This is a 2 1/4" round antique pocket mirror advertising " Herrmann The Great.....Greatest Magician"....printed on back curl is "Julius Weber Reading PA".....This pocket mirror is not cut or damaged but it is in USED has bumps under the celluloid, some small brown stains at the bottom and some surface wear and light scratches so please bid accordingly.......

Sold for $1,536.00 WOW! for a little give a way pocket mirror

Street Performing

Street performing is a humbling experience, I routinely have my ego served up to me, usually, cut up in bite size pieces. Sometimes you go off on some poor motherfucker, the culmination of aggravating experiences over the course of a rough evening. It doesn’t make me feel good to admit that I let a teenager get under my skin. Shit, they're just teenagers, that’s their job. It’s very important to keep my eye on the ball. What I’m talking about is taking everything in stride. This is a tough town by anybody's standards. Deal with the pitch, with love in my heart and a smile of my face. Entertain, mystify and hopefully show the poor bastards a good enough time that they’ll part with some of their cash.

Like Flat Top told me, “I want to be good enough that even the ignorant people get it.”

, originally uploaded by Dai Vernon.


As I continue work on my tan, I think about my art. About who and where I am in my life.

70 degrees and sunny with blue skies, doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Enjoying a cigar in the backyard working on the laptop.

Had a good time last night hanging out with a couple of street magicians. Daniel I had spent a some time with, another young man from Tucson named Seth joined in the dinner magic session. We talked about Slydini. Seth performed some of Slydini’s cigarette magic capably if not a tad fast. I showed him my wooden cigars, which he had never seen. I fooled the guys with a Slydini linking ring sequence that Cellini taught me almost 25 years ago. I was the 20 year old kid back then, now, I’ve turned into an old fart.

I enjoy hanging out with younger magicians. They all have that dreamy, inspired, gonna conquer the world look in their eyes. As for me at 42, I’m figuring out, that I have a favorite chair. . . another thing I didn’t see coming.

I see a little bit of me in each one of them. I remember what it was like to move around , see the world, and experience life though naive colored glasses. The world was my oyster.

Something about dealing with death, life, marriages and divorces, kids and child support, successful businesses gone sour and all the emotion that these things can bring. Shit, I’m lucky that I operate an any level at all.

I love magic as much as I ever have, and I love Polly as much as much I love magic and that’s A LOT! Life is grand even with the curve balls that continue to be thrown my way.

What do I have to complain about.

At the restaurant Daniel did some of his ball manipulation and some work with cards. I taught him the basics for the Le Paul Spread Pass, as well as introducing him to the SWE Shift. I did a few routines. I fooled Seth so bad with the Panoramic Shift during my ambitious sequence that he grabbed the deck and looked through the entire pack for a duplicate. I was flattered.

We wanted to shoot some video, so rather than shooting in the parking lot of the Sizzler, we took our stuff out on Hollywood Blvd. and had some fun.

Below, you can check out a couple of the clips I shot of Daniel working. Enjoy. . . unless your Chris Karney. . . for you my friend. . . I recommend a drink.

Daniel Davenport • Card Magic

Santa Monica Pier

, originally uploaded by Dai Vernon.

Daniel Davenport • Cups and Balls

Here's some footage from last night on Hollywood Blvd. This was after a magic session at Sizzler with Daniel and his buddy Matt. Always fun to hang out with magicians.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Harvey & Ras

Harvey went home earlier this week. It sure was good spending some time with my old buddy. We met in the late 70’s at the JCC. I think we might have been in a show together or something. Then we attended high school together at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Harvey, Polly and I talked about the old days at SCPA. Troubled times for all of us. . . but a LOT of fun.

Harvey was only in town for a few days. Both Ras and I wanted to show him a good time without too much running around. One evening we drove out to Malibu to survey the property that Ras and his wife bought and are building on. Fucking awesome!!! 4 acres of undeveloped canyon land with an ocean view. On the Ventura County line a tad north of Zuma Beach on the PCH, it will take urban sprawl a decade to encroach on these pioneers. What’s now a pile of dirt, will be their home for the rest of their lives.

The next day we met Polly, who was working on the back lot at Paramount. We got a brief golf cart tour on our way to where Dirty Sexy Money was shooting. A gallery interior on New York St. with lots of extras. I don’t know if harvey thinks it’s as cool as I do, but I love going on set. After lunch at Astro Burger we Polly gave us a little tour of the Darlings Apartment Interior. All cool shit!

Another afternoon and evening we started out in Venice Beach checked out the freak scene there then headed up to Santa Monica for a Sushi Dinner on the Promenade. LA is a fantastic city with so much going on, really a very exciting place to live.

Harvey found me my first house with Moira, on his street in Hartwell, a suburb of Cincinnati. We were buds. I met Ras through Harv in the early 90's when Moira and I started attending some Grateful Dead shows through the mid west. Seems like a lifetime ago. Always nice to see old friends. . . well not always. . . the the ones you like. . . you know what I mean.