"Thanks, Robby! This was Robby's girlfriend's birthday party, at their home. Their friends are mostly in the 25-35 age range - young professionals, newlyweds and engaged couples. They are bright, educated, confident and adventurous - an ideal audience for Close-up Magic. In every room I entered, people crowded around to see the magic, got their friends involved, and the word spread quickly. I ended up staying longer than planned because latecomers heard about it and wanted to see the magic, too. Thanks goodness we got an extra hour of sleep that night!"
"Thanks, Nancy! They were a most grown-up, polite group of 9-year old boys! They really enjoyed the show, even the parts geared to the younger kids. They focused during the lesson, and it was fun to see them gain confidence as they learned. Magic for older children is always a challenge, especially when they're bright. Of course they want to figure things out. So from ten years of summer camps and after-school programs, I created a Lesson Show for ages 7 and up. They relax and enjoy the show knowing they will soon learn their own tricks. And bonus Web tutorials reinforce what they learned at the party. "
"Thanks, Judy! This was a daytime show for a law firm that planned fun activities for National Administrative Professionals Week. At 3:00 pm each day, they had a break with entertainment and snacks, and the staff really enjoyed it. The staff were in a fun mood and the informal setting allowed for lots of audience interaction and banter during the show. I had a blast! This type of in-house activity is a great idea for staff appreciation events and much more cost-effective than lunch (and drinks) at a restaurant. "
"Thanks, Shawntrell! Sometimes you walk into a home and you can feel the love. This large, close-knit family loves to laugh! The children are remarkably bright and courteous, and once they understood the show was interactive, they really got into it. So did the adults! It was a pleasure to perform for them, even for the 49ers fans! <g> These are the times when I am amazed and blessed to be able to make a living doing magic. "
"Thanks, Cynthia! This was a Halloween party for a Senior Center and it was a blast! The crowd was great and very enthusiastic, and I cannot say enough nice things about the staff. They are absolutely tops! The care they take with their seniors and the way they took care of me made everything delightfully easy and fun. I grew up near a nursing home and spent many a summer polishing my act by doing weekly shows there. The staff and residents loved the visits, and I got to sharpen my skills. Today, I have decades of experience working for seniors and understand their special needs. "
"Thanks, Yong! This was a very special gig. Yong planned to propose to his girlfriend, and wanted me to do some close-up magic and then magically produce the engagement ring. We planned it very quickly, and the whole thing went off perfectly. Sherry was stunned when the ring appeared in her own hand, and thrilled to say yes (after nearly fainting)! They have asked me to perform at their wedding reception, and I can't wait! It is always a privilege to be involved in special moments, and something I take very seriously. What a fun way to cap off the year!"
"Thanks, Miguel! You arranged everything perfectly and made my part much easier! This was a very small corporate holiday party, perhaps a dozen people, in a private dining room at Co Co. Sala in Washington, DC. These very sophisticated, high-level executives and partners with Booz Allen Hamilton really enjoyed my Parlor Show and participated enthusiastically. I knew they'd be a fun group when they sang Christmas carols with gusto! This was a great experience and a perfect match of the right show for the group. "
"Thanks Anna! Anna's mother was celebrating a birthday ending in "0" and graciously turned it into a church fund raiser. The community is very warm and welcoming, and made me feel right at home. The children ranged from toddlers to teens and they, along with the adults, enjoyed the stage show. The stage version of my "That Was Amazing!" show is designed for an "all ages" family audience and this one included a special piece featuring the "birthday girl." Stage or platform magic shows for church, temple, school and Scout groups are great fun and can be an effective fund raiser - ask me!"
"Thanks, Larry! You know it's going to be a fun backyard party when you arrive and you can hear the blues band (Flatfoot Sam) warming up, see the barbecue truck and smell the pig roasting. Nice people who work together and genuinely enjoy each others' company are a pleasure to entertain, and this was a great pleasure indeed. I look forward to performing at the school where your daughter teaches!"
"This was a picnic for families in an Air Force unit at Joint Base Andrews. What a fun bunch, and some of these airmen are incredible cooks! (I'll be watching for your BBQ restaurant in a few years!) Both of my parents were Naval officers, so I know what military families go through. That is why I do so many military events, especially for the families. If you are active duty or reserve military or know someone who is, I am happy to serve you!"