What a crazy month! I travelled over forty hours in three days to do one 20 minute show in Saudi Arabia, had an incredible last performance and closed out the run of my one man show DECEPTIONS in Hollywood, lectured and performed at the great Genii Convention in Florida, managed to squeeze it a quick vacay where the noseeum flies and mosquitos had a feast on my legs (so happy to help out mother nature) and met some rather huge jellyfish. OUCH.
On top of that I still filmed, edited and uploaded all the material for two updates of MOTG!
Last month was an incredible amount of material, getting that Genii lecture shot and uploaded was my major focus. I’m happy to report that the lecture was a hit at the convention, even with Richard Kaufman chasing me off stage for going too long - what can I say, I’m a giver!
The stuff on SUPERSTAB alone was worth the subscription. At Genii, the great Tom Gagnon shared his handling of SUPERSTAB and it’s fabulous, I’ll be sharing that in December along with the long awaited release of my HOLEY QUEENS card routine.
But let’s talk this months update shall we?
Stuff for every level is what we promise and this month it’s what we deliver.
Fist of all I recorded a special HOW TO USE THIS SITE video, detailing how to use many of the features of on MOTG and how to navigate it. Don’t forget you can always use the search bar if you are looking for something specific.
Being Halloween I couldn’t help but feature some of my all time favorite Halloween Pranks.
FIVE SEPARATE VIDEOS: THE FLY, THE EYE, THE BONES, THE FINGER and THE THUMB.
Which I uploaded early to the PARTY STUNT section so that everybody could have a chance to use them. Don't just think of these as only useful for Halloween, these are even more powerful when used throughout the year when nobody expects them.
I started a brand-new playlist of Standup Card Magic as the first playlist was full of awesome material.
STAND UP CARD MAGIC PT2 begins with my handling and presentation for Joshua Jay's INFERNO card trick. You may think of it as a close up effect but I will show you how to make it play on the biggest stage and create real moments of magic within the routine. Obviously you will have to buy Inferno to learn the secret of that trick, it was bestseller for Vanishing Inc, you probably already have it, but I will tell you everything else you need to know. Josh was very excited when I shared this with him.
4 SEPARATE VIDEOS: NIGHTMARE - STRANGE NIGHTMARE - NIGHT MATCH and DOUBLE NIGHTMARE have been added to EASY CARD TRICKS ANYONE CAN DO revealing my handling's and variations on ANNEMANN’S NIGHTMARE effect. A practically self working mind blowing routine that I used to use all the time at strolling gigs, especially when the crowd was burning my hands. Simple and easy to do with maximum impact, including a super clean, impossible card to matchbox.
To the HOW TO ENTERTAIN YOUR KIDS playlist I have added THE FIR TREE, for those who simply want to entertain the kids without screen time this is a great stunt. This is also the first of many more ways to use magic and classic magic related stunts to entertain friends and family in a more casual setting.
To the PARTY STUNT section I added SMOKED, a wonderful gag to pull on any smoker friends. I teach the classic method and then show you my own personal technique, this one is a lot of fun, and maybe a tad dangerous…. Check out my handling, it’s perfect for card in cigarette too…
To the PACKET TRICK section I added MY FIRST PACKET TRICK, this is really for those who are new to magic. This truly was the first packet trick I ever learned and the one that inspired a lifelong obsession with the genre. Perhaps more knowledgeable magicians will know this and will have probably passed over it, not realizing its impact. So I recommend you give it another look.
To the ADVANCED CARD MAGIC section I added a biggie, my first hard-core sleight-of-hand close up card routine called ROYALLY FLUSHED. This is my go to ‘I don't want to play cards with you - look how skillful I am’ show off routine. An extension of the Paul Harris stunner RESET, with non-stop eye candy, a handling that flows and a killer ending. No gaffs, all sleights, any deck.
To ADVANCED CARD MAGIC I’m adding the VANISHING BOX AND DECK (from the C2P collection) this has been the opening sequence to my Close Up Act for the last thirty years, a killer fast sequence that grabs attention. Thank you Ken Brooke!
Within ADVANCED CARD MAGIC and the CARDS ON STAGE play list I have re-organised the CONUS ACES into its own playlist. Within that playlist I have also added the PALM AND RECOVERY, which will give you everything you need to know to pull off one of the greatest stage card routines of all time.
In AWESOME AND UNUSUAL COIN MAGIC I have added the HAN TIME a coins though hanky sequence from the CLOTH collection. A lovely handling of the 'Han Pin Chien Coins Through Table’ but through a hanky held by the spectators, with an almost visual 'drop thru' effect.
I added my teach in on the ever useful ELMSLEY COUNT to the CARD BASICS Playlist.
And as promised I’ve designed the first ACT for the ACTS playlist. The all important written notes for STAND UP ACT ONE are downloadable on the site. I have also organized the specific routines into the STAND UP ACT ONE playlist so it’s all easy to find.
Designing the act took a tremendous amount of time, fitting the stuff together, having it build etc. Any one who has ever tried to formulate a show will feel my pain. But I think I pulled off a good one and can’t wait to try it out one night. I hope it shows you the possibilities with the material we have here on MAGIC ON THE GO.
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