David Blaine makes us wonder why is he still alive?
A list of celebrities David Blaine mystifies with his gut wrenching magic include: David Beckham, John Travolta, Johnny Depp, Steph Curry, Dave Chappelle, Drake, Margot Robbie, Patrick Stewart, Emma Stone, and more!
I’ve watched The Prestige enough times to know what magic really is—a combination of illusion, salesmanship, mystery, spectacle and, in this modern era, expert video editing. David Blaine does all these things well and also happens to be a con artist, braver and more bizarre than most of his peers. The one thing he excels at the most, though, is continuously getting people to wonder what the hell is wrong with him and how he’s going to die from this.
By even titling his special Beyond Magic, he suggests that the extraordinary things he does defy categorization and that’s his obvious first trick. The announcer in the intro immediately plays into it, claiming, “This is not only magic. It is the spectacle of the real.” Blaine survives off this wonderment, though he’s aware that most things humans experience can be explained by practical applications of things like math, science and logic, and so he uses them to grand effect as magicians do (the special also refers to him as an “endurance artist”). He’s also very weird and crazy.
Certain so-called tricks Blaine has done (eating glass, holding his breath for 17 minutes under water) simply require him to be bold enough to test his body limits and, more important, to learn techniques that allow him to do so. Others—catching a bullet—require a foolish level of audacity. The first trick he performs in this special (see the clip below) is swallowing wedding rings. He’s filmed doing it on separate occasions in front of celebrities and their family and friends, including John Travolta, David and Victoria Beckham, Sir Patrick Stewart, Margot Robbie and Emma Stone.
After swallowing the ring—and successfully freaking out the participants who momentarily think their ring is gone forever—Blaine shows them his empty mouth and later grabs a wire hanger to retrieve the ring. He asks all the celebrities to pull out the hanger from his mouth. “You want me to pull that. Okay,” slurs Johnny Depp. Somehow, the ring appears on the wire and everyone either screams or stares blankly. “That’s ridiculous,” says Beckham.
There are questions: How did the ring get on the hanger? How much time passed in between when Blaine swallowed the ring and when he obtained the wire hanger? Where did this hanger come from? Why does everyone he performs the trick for somehow have a wire hanger? ’Cause I don’t! Who has wire hangers?!
There are explanations, but I don’t know, and the point is that people pretend to want answers but few of us actually do. We all know by now that Blaine’s appeal—and magic in general—isn’t about the magic itself, but rather stupefying people into believing what the magician is accomplishing is real. That Blaine has duped people into believing he’s a sorcerer is the real trick, from a person who’s learned to become alarmingly good at deception. I love it. Toward the beginning of the special, Blaine video chats with Jennifer Lawrence and does a card trick, after which J. Law further sells his magic skills by telling him he can’t die and, “If you started a religion I would follow it.”
Throughout this special, we learn a bit about Blaine’s process, which consists of deep research and consultations with medical experts who advise him over and over again not to do all these wild stunts, though he never listens. When he talks in his frightening monotone voice about a magician named Mac Norton who called himself a human aquarium, the point is that Blaine wants to learn this, too. “He had the ability to contort his stomach into a home where creatures could live and bring them up on command.” Blaine says he’s spent 10 years trying to “figure out his secret.”
In the special, we see him demonstrating that part of this trick is “overriding the gag reflex,” and he proceeds to get training from a sword swallower. It seems that Blaine has learned because after this segment, he performs a routine where he regurgitates live frogs in front of a group that includes Drake, Dave Chappelle and Steph Curry. They’re all flabbergasted. Knowing that Blaine has learned to swallow swords helps us to understand this and also the hanger trick earlier, but only a little. But anyone who doesn’t know or see any of this background would be like, what the fuck.
The main event of this special and of Blaine’s career so far is the bullet catch, which he did in 2009 in front of a live audience at the MGM Grand Arena. “The deadliest feat in magic is the bullet catch,” Blaine tells us in the special, adding that 12 magicians have died and they were only faking it. He’s doing it FOR REAL, using a mixture of science and fearlessness. “There’s no margin for error,” he says in a voiceover, making sure to sell how dangerous it is. When his friend, who plays the role of the distraught doubter in his circle, asks a good question—Why is he doing this for real and not just faking it—Blaine says, “’Cause it wouldn’t be fun.”
So we see scenes of Blaine at the dentist preparing a mold to help him catch the bullet. And his friend says, “If you do this stunt and you die, it’s the opposite of inspiring the person.” Blaine makes it through and lives, of course, despite having the bullet mouthguard break in his mouth twice. At the end, there’s a creepy convo between him and his friend about mortality and the fact that he might die on stage. “That’s not how I’m gonna die,” he says. “That’s not how I’m dying.” The special suggest there’s a chance he might, though, because it ends with this message on screen: “David Blaine plans on performing his bullet catch as part of an upcoming world tour.”
The one part of this special that freaked me out was Blaine’s mind trick with Margot Robbie. He tells her to think of a memory only she would know, something that Blaine can’t research, and then to find some random word in an article on her phone using search results. He ends up writing the words she’s thinking of (“bunny” and “numerous”) on her hand. There may be something Robbie said in a pre-interview that the show didn’t reveal to the audience, or a crucial portion they removed in editing. Either way, we’re left wondering if Blaine is now, in addition to being a weird magician, also a medium. And also, how is it that he hasn’t died yet.
@clovitoSenior Writer, Jezebel
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Using a pack of plastic playing cards Paul Daniels takes a borrowed, lit cigarette is held against the back of one of the cards. The cigarette is then pushed slowly through the card-and it really melts through! From the other side of card the cigarette is completely pulled out! An adhesive sticker is then placed over the hole to "fix the damage." Removing the sticker, the card is seen by all to be totally restored!Naturally, the response from the spectators is to "do it again!" And you can, once again pushing the lit cigarette through the same card and then leaving the card intact and handing it out for examination!
Something every magician hates to hear when performing is: Do it again!
Paul Daniels came up with a great routine to do exactly that...so with this trick you can perform it a 2nd time and the spectator will be blown away both times, and the 2nd time you are actually allowing the spectator to do the work!
Paul Daniels recently passed away on March 17, 2016 from a brain tumor, he will always be remembered as a great magician that inspired so many and he will certainly be missed in the magic community.
Paul Daniels, who has died aged 77, was the most famous British magician of the past half-century. From an extremely modest background he rose by professional brilliance and sheer force of personality to become one of television’s leading figures in the 1980s. A small man of indefatigable cheeriness, he was a straightforward but astonishingly skilful performer who also displayed a highly developed flair for comedy; the combination of magic and witty chat took him to the pinnacle of showbusiness and earned him a fortune.
The producer of BBC1’s The Paul Daniels Magic Show in the 1980s, John Fisher, said: “Having worked with him on close to a hundred shows, I never ceased to be amazed at his capacity for mastering new and often technically complex material week after week, a challenge non-existent in the lives of the old masters of magic on the halls. Moreover, he displayed an instinctive ability to entertain in a way few of the great hocus-pocus giants have matched.”
He was born Newton Edward Daniels in South Bank, a small industrial town between Middlesbrough and Redcar in North Yorkshire, and for most of his early life was called Ted by family and friends. His mother was Nancy (née Lloyd) and his father Handel Newton Daniels, known as Hughie, who was a cinema projectionist.
Daniels often described a poor but warm childhood, filled with laughter, in a little terraced house with a lavatory in the back yard. “The one big thing I remember about Christmases then is that it was the only time of the year that we ate a chicken,” he wrote in his autobiography, Under No Illusion (2000).
When he was 11 he won a scholarship to the Sir William Turner grammar school in Redcar, and it was around this time that he started to become interested in magical tricks after finding an old book at a friend’s house. Daniels had discovered the perfect way to distract bullies and gain social acceptance. “This new art was an attractive antidote to my shyness,” he wrote, “and the insecure part of me had found a bridge to enable me to communicate with people in a way that I would not have found possible by any other means”.
As a teenager he saw the famous Australian conjuror The Great Levante at a local theatre, and he made his own first appearance as a magician before a smaller audience at a Normanby Road Methodist Chapel Youth Club show when he was 14. He wanted to be a professional from childhood, but this seemed a remote possibility, so when he left school he went to work for Eston Urban borough council as a junior clerk, while helping his father as a trainee projectionist in the evenings.
Called up for national service in the army when he was 18, he served in Hong Kong and, on the journey there, was entranced by a gulli-gulli man, an eastern magician, who came aboard at Suez. This encounter provided more material for the shows he put on for his fellow soldiers. After returning to his job at the council offices in 1959, he developed his magic skills at local clubs. Capitalising on the quick-witted ability to make people laugh while he amazed them, he also formed a comedy act with his brother Trevor. It was in this period that he came up with the catchphrase for which he later became famous, used initially to quell a drunken heckler: “You’ll like this ... not a lot, but you’ll like it.”
Daniels left the council and ran his own grocery business, for a time from a mobile van, while in the evenings touring his magic act with his wife Jacqueline (née Skipworth), whom he married in 1960, as The Eldanis. His professional breakthrough came in 1969, when he was offered a summer season at Newquay.
He made his first television appearance on ITV’s Opportunity Knocks in 1970 and, after extensive stage touring, was given a regular slot on Granada’s The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club, hosted by Colin Crompton and Bernard Manning, in 1974. The following year he was on The David Nixon Show, on Thames TV, prompting Clive James to comment in The Observer: “One of [the] guests was a very droll ‘unusualist’ called Paul Daniels, of whom one hopes to see more.”
And we did, of course. ITV gave him his own series, Paul Daniels’ Blackpool Bonanza, in 1978 and he made his first series for the BBC, For My Next Trick, the same year. This led to The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which ran on BBC1 from 1979 to 1994 and made him a household name.
Some of the tricks he performed were astounding – recreating the stunts of Houdini, for example, or making a television camera in a crate disappear while transmitting what the camera is seeing in real time. In all these performances he employed old-fashioned conjuring techniques, never resorting to using television technology to cheat or enhance illusions. He had a strict moral code on such matters and had strong feelings about the new generation of TV wonder-workers, much of whose impact is achieved by preparations carried out by researchers ahead of the recording.
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Paul Daniels and his professional and personal partner Debbie McGee in 1988. Photograph: Peter Lomas/Rex/ShutterstockBy now divorced from Jacqueline, with whom he had three sons, Daniels was the professional and personal partner of a former ballet dancer, Debbie McGee, always introduced as “the lovely Debbie McGee”, whose role as his assistant became a major feature of the act. The couple had been together for nearly 10 years when they married in 1988.
Daniels starred in It’s Magic at the Prince of Wales theatre from 1980 to 1982, London’s longest-running such show. In this newspaper Michael Billington wrote: “What makes him different from other magicians is his ceaseless sleight-of-tongue.”
He hosted several non-magic television series in the 1980s and 90s, including three BBC1 quizzes: Odd One Out, Every Second Counts and Wipeout. When the new breed of slick and toned TV magicians creating fantastical spectaculars, or – at the opposite end of the spectrum – televised street conjurors emerged in the mid-1990s, the rumpled and bewigged Daniels’s cosy banter seemed old-fashioned, and he went back to touring live shows with his wife while also working behind the scenes designing illusions for West End shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Cats, English National Ballet’s The Nutcracker and the film Return to Oz. He and Debbie did appear on Channel 5’s The Farm (2004), however, and ITV’s The X Factor: Battle of the Stars (2006) and Wife Swap (2007).
In late 2015, shortly before being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, Daniels seemed content with his reduced status: “I’ve got so much going at the moment. We took this little tour out ... it all fits into the back of my estate car and that includes bits of scenery and props.”
He had travelled some distance from his glory days in the 1980s, but the admiring comment of the best-loved comedy magician of them all, Tommy Cooper, made when Daniels first burst on to the scene in the 1970s, still held true: “Paul Daniels is to magic what Muhammad Ali is to boxing.”
He is survived by Debbie and the sons from his first marriage, Martin, Paul and Gary.
• Paul Daniels (Newton Edward Daniels), magician and television entertainer, born 6 April 1938; died 17 March 2016
-Aaron Clark (The Amazing Ziggy)
Paul Daniels Magic Show - Cigarette Through Playing Card Close Up Trick BBC
Recently I read an article that was written by Refinery29.com which was published June 14, 2016. The following is that article which is about Women who are Magicians, the struggles they face, and how they overcome this obstacle that they choose to pursue.
- Photography by Simone Lueck.
3 Female Magicians Tell Us What It's Like To Be A Woman In That World:
Belinda Sinclair, Tanya Solomon, & Maritess Zurbano
When you picture a magician, what comes to mind?
Is it a fictional character like Steve Carrell in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, or Edward Norton in The Illusionist, or Adrien Brody in Houdini? Or is it contemporary real-life magicians David Copperfield, Criss Angel, or David Blaine?
One thing you more than likely will not picture is a woman. But, perhaps it's time we did...
Women were the earliest sorceresses, muses, and practitioners of magic. They dealt cards in parlors, they tricked audiences, and they entertained. One such woman was Adelaide Hermann, who rose to fame in the late 19th century. Starting off first as an assistant to her magician husband, Alexander Hermann, she took over the show after his death. Nicknamed the Queen of Magic, she proved to audiences, night after night, that a woman's place was in the spotlight, not in the shadows.
Yet for some reason, men have primarily represented the world of magic. The brief glimpses of women in films about magic paint them as minor or supporting characters, or the damsel in distress. At best, they're the stage assistant, done up in overly sexualized outfits, adding little, to no fervor to the performance.
Even the recently released film, Now You See Me 2 couldn't get it totally right. The movie's poster was mocked on social media for its glaring lack of women. It featured a sole female, Lizzy Caplan, promoting people to rename the film Now You See Men 2.
Caplan told Refinery29 that while preparing for her role in the film, she tried to find female magicians to talk to with no avail. "There are so few of them," she told us. "Not only are their numbers small, but the vast majority of them have to incorporate this overly sexualized thing, which is really strange."
Once a woman successfully makes a name for herself in the magic business, she is often faced with a series of choices on how to be perceived. There is an ongoing controversy within the industry itself because women are not sure how to be participatory in magic without capitalizing on sex. The common question seems to be, How can I be a female magician without doing a sexualized performance? And the answer, like a magic trick itself, is not obvious. These are gray areas of the magic industry that only women have to deal with.
That's why Refinery29 talked to three very different, very talented, astoundingly captivating women who are all masters of their own distinct type of magic.
Some emphasize humor, like Maritess Zurbano, and others physical endurance like Tanya Solomon, and some, like Belinda Sinclair, focus instead on the history of the art. They each told us their unique stories of how they came to be magicians, what it's really like to be one in 2016, and why they love it so much. Unique stories aside, they all share the same ultimate goal — to leave audiences awestruck.
Here's the side of magic not often seen on the screen, told straight from the muse-worthy magicians themselves.
Belinda Sinclair — Magicienne & Conjurer
From Musicals To Medicine To Magic
Belinda Sinclair had always been drawn to creative subjects, like photography, because she was inspired by her father, a photojournalist for the Associated Press and United Press International. Combine that with the diligence of her mother, who was a local politician, and you're left with the perfect mixture of curiosity and coordination needed to be a successful woman in magic.
Sinclair attended the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan, where she pursued theater. While in school, she worked with Bill Britten, who performed as a Bozo the Clown in the '60s. He used to tell her, "If you ever want to be successful, you'll study clowning!" Sinclair was turned off by the idea of being a clown, and decided to focus her studies on medicine and become a paramedic. From there she moved onto comparative religion, then clinical hypnotherapy, and finally — magic.
"I use magic as a kind of tool to help [my clients] find whatever it is their quiet zone is, to help them find that place that opens up the question or that opens up a focus or that allows them to listen to themselves even for just a moment," she said of her style of performance. "Because with magic, it’s one of the only pieces of universal language you really have to be present for or you’re going to miss it."
History Of Women In Magic
As a result of over 20 years of research, Sinclair has built the largest collection, to her knowledge, of writings, research, and relics pertaining to the history of women in magic. Acquired from various bookstores, and auctions within the magic community, Sinclair has factual evidence that women were the first practitioners of magic. Sinclair keeps a third of her vast anthology in The Conjuring Room where she holds performances for a small crowd of eight to 10.
The earlier magicians, she said, didn't need to hide behind toys and gimmicks. Magic isn't about trickery. It's about expanding a thought process. "I think that the misconceptions behind magic are that magic is the culmination of a bunch of tricks that are designed to entertain," she said. "I really believed that women were responsible for [magic] for very, very many years, and to an extent still are."
Fact or Fiction?
Sinclair is clear to point out that she does not feel that the world of magic is sexist. She isn't trying to bring feminism ideals to the intimate gatherings. However, she does feel that a woman practicing magic is much different than a man. Not due to skill, or spite, but just due to the audience's experience.
She explained further: "When people hear about magic and magicians they think about Harry Houdini and the escape artists and the illusions and the hanging from the head and the gauging of eyes out, and how many steak knives you can put in your tongue. But they are not realizing that the foundation of magic is a university of wealth [of knowledge.] And I have been collecting this university of wealth for very many years. And as a female magician, and I don’t like to separate myself from the [male] magicians because they do work really, really hard, like women. We all have to go through the same basic schooling to get from point A to point B, so I don't want to diminish men from women or create a feminist outlook on it. But as a female, I have the ability to nurture [magic] in a very different way.”
Sinclair suggests an idea that there are two types of magic — endurance magic, and then nurturing magic. “For men, it’s more about endurance magic. It’s eye-candy magic. Subliminally it does entertain, but not as a formula or a system. Whereas I'm using it as a system to bring magic back to what I believe it is supposed to be. Well not, supposed to, but where I’d like to see it go. I’d also like to elevate the purpose the magic."
To Sinclair, the subtleties and mysteries of being a woman in magic was what made the job so appealing to her. They "imparted wisdom" and ignited curiosity. They didn't shock or scare. "You see, women a long time ago never called themselves magicians. Why would they do that? What would be the point? They wouldn’t want anyone to know that they were 'a magician of amusing diversions' they were real. They imparted a certain insight and a certain feeling that carried people through their lives on a daily basis. They were not going to say, 'Look at what I do — I do a trick!' Anyone can do that. They were not going to hang upside down for three hours in order to get people inside of their theater. No, no, no, they were just going to say, 'Listen, your grandmother came and told me a secret I need to tell you.' And then you get hordes and hordes of people — you know, 'I see dead people' — you have hordes and hordes of people who are going to come to you. You don’t even need to advertise."
Magic With A K
In regards to her own show, Sinclair describes it as a "magic show plus." She incorporates different methods of magic, all the way back to the early 1800s, when magic was spelled with a "k." She strives to teach the audience about magic, and leave them wanting more.
"My goal in my life of magic, for the last 33 years, has been to elevate not only the art, but also to change the perception of what it is, what it can be, what the future of it can be, and to build this much more unified or universal — university-like — foundation where people can actually learn all of the wonderful things we learn in school, math, science, in a way the encompasses and compromises the superstition part of it, into something that is organically part of our life," she said.
Tanya Solomon — Magician
Circuses, Sideshows, & Clowns, Oh My!
Solomon didn't start performing magic until she was 30. She was previously working in publishing, and went to graduate school for philosophy. On the side, she was "obsessed" with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. So she did what every circus-loving grad student would do — she ran away with them.
She started by selling merchandise for a few weeks with them, and then things escalated very quickly. "I started performing with them and they encouraged me to perform, and I started doing sideshows, and I travelled with them, and I did finish the master’s degree, but that was it. I literally ran off with the circus. I got the master’s degree in philosophy but that was that. It was all circus for me after that. And I joined the Coney Island Sideshow too and worked with them for a couple seasons. I was doing sideshow things like pounding nails up my nose, and walking on broken glass, all that stuff." From there, she went to New Orleans where she was taught and mentored by a key mentor, Harry Anderson, former star of Night Court.
Male Magicians Aren't The Problem
Solomon said that she never felt she was at a disadvantage performing magic as a woman, even though the traditional image of a young magician is an 8-year-old boy toting around a magic kit. Learning to work with men, and position yourself as one of their peers, is a daunting, but doable task. Male mentors are more popular than female mentors for one main reason — there are more of them.
"Anyone who’s ever become a magician had a mentor. I had Harry Anderson and other mentors, who have all been male because almost every magician is male, but they haven’t treated me any differently because I’m female. I have a feeling that one of the questions that’s going to arise is, 'Do you feel that the male magicians treat you differently?' and what I have to say to that is, professionally — I feel that I’ve always been treated respectfully by professional male magicians. They’re a little surprised to encounter me, if I’m in a place with a lot of magicians they think I’m someone’s girlfriend or wife — they can’t figure out what I’m doing there. Once they realize that I’m a magician, then it’s all shop talk. They’ve been very respectful."
The only type of magician that Solomon has butt heads with are amateurs. And the reasoning why isn't too surprising. "A lot of them are teenage boys, and if I walk into a magic shop and there’s a teenage boy working there he will ignore me in favor of other customers, often. Or he’ll treat me like I must be some little kid’s mother, he won’t take me seriously. Or a lot of amateur magicians just want to show me one card trick after another so I’ll be so impressed with their moves. It’s very condescending. But I never get that treatment from professional male magicians, they all have been really helpful."
The Vanishing Act
Women are so rare in her industry that Solomon has plagued herself with trying to find a way to welcome more women to the industry. She said she couldn't speak for other magic hubs throughout the country, like in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, but from what she's seen, the lack of women is "baffling."
"What I know from there is that a lot of times the magic community reaches out to female magicians, because there aren’t that many. I do not have an answer to that question [of why there are so few female magicians] and believe me I’ve tried to answer it before and then—I’ve never found any discouragement. The only discouragement I’ve found is from amateurs who are intimidated by me."
When asked if the media portrays women in magic correctly, she didn't quite know how to answer since they often aren't portrayed in the slightest. "Now You See Me 2 is kind of accurate, I think. As far as percentage, it’s really low. And again, I don’t know why, I’m just going to keep working on my material. And I kind of wish I didn’t have to focus on being a female magician. I mean, of course I’ll play that up if it will get me a gig, but in the end I want to be taken seriously as a magician and an entertainer. I don’t want to be a “female magician.” I just want to be the best magician I can."
Maritess Zurbano — Master Magician, Author & Comedy Hypnotist
Zurbano started experimenting with magic tricks in Chicago, in her early 20s. She felt the influence of fellow female magician Frances Marshall, who was a popular figure in the world of magic who was well-connected and well-respected in Chicago. From there, she moved to Vegas where she assumed in her “naivety” that “all magicians must love female magicians.”
In Chicago she was treated with nothing but respect, but when she moved to Las Vegas at age 21, it was another story. By 1992, she was a “pro” which, in her words, means she was making enough money to support herself as a working magician. Since then she has played into every stereotype that there is as a woman in magic, from wearing skimpy outfits, to putting up with casual misogyny among her male peers.
Vegas In The 90s
Living and working in Vegas gave Zurbano a unique perspective on other magicians that she carries with her to this day. Zurbano travels frequently to perform in theaters around the world, so she's amassed a large network of fellow magicians, and can say that it is a very male-dominated business.
“The reason why there are very few women in magic is because you have to have very low self-esteem to be in that very misogynistic world,” she explained. “The world I’m referring to is the Las Vegas magic world in the 1990s, which is still prevalent today. If you want to get to the guys that know all the biggest secrets — who are famous, who are the holders of magic knowledge — you have to put up with their stupid-ass misogynistic jokes, which comes with the territory.”
She says the misogyny is rooted deeply in the fact that magic is a male-driven industry. Because the men so outweigh the women, it is nearly inevitable to experience sexism. “The reason why people think of magicians in the tuxedo with some ho next to him wearing a bathing suit is because that’s the male fantasy. The male fantasy is, 'Ah, I can get my bitches to hold a tray and wear a skimpy outfit, be my assistant, and I can cut her in half, and I can set her on fire, and I can make her vanish.' So the most interesting thing is even though I’m a staunch feminist — I’m an educated person, I went to college, I was associate editor of my student newspaper — I’m a straight up extreme feminist. I never thought twice about the image of the male magician in a tuxedo and the woman in the bathing suit. That’s just like, oh okay, whatever. Well, no not whatever, that’s part of the patriarchy, that’s a narrative that we all accept. So it doesn’t become real until you’re actually vying for a spot in a male-dominated field.”
In addition to many male magicians mistreating their female counterparts, there is also a blatant gender pay gap, she said. So much so that she couldn't even compare her income to a man's. It was in no way equivalent. “The thing I’m trying to say is there aren’t enough women in equal positions as men. So your question is kind of like, 'do female American presidents get paid as much as male presidents?' I can’t tell you because it’s never been. I mean if you want to talk historically, women didn’t have the right to vote less than 100 years ago, so historically I would expect that damn straight women aren’t paid the same as men. If they weren’t given the simple right to vote. In modern times — I mean, I get paid a lot of money, but do I know of any other female magicians who have their own TV shows and I can tell you if they get paid the same as guys? There’s none. Not right now.”
Magicians In Movies
Media plays a huge role in how the public perceives certain niche groups, magicians included. When the media plays up certain roles, like women continuously being cast as the Vanna White figure in the magic industry, it's difficult for people like Zurbano to be a feminist magician. In her efforts to quell stereotypes, Zurbano has found it's easiest to address the media itself.
"The reason I talk to media outlets is because this helps me to figure out how women fit into the world of magic. Because magic is for everybody, even though I say magic is the world of men, I’ve seen a sunset. I’ve kissed people. Magic is for everybody. I think in this intersectional world you have to just figure out how to reclaim that, and that magic was taken away from us because — well, I had a baby and I was like, 'I can make milk come out of my breasts, what can you do?' I just baked a kid in my tummy and I squeezed it out of my ass, I am the entryway from another dimension into the current dimension. I am awesome. So I put a hold on my magic career because, I’m not going to do a card trick for you. Why? I’m someone awesome, I’m really amazing (laughs)."
The other difficult part about the portrayal of women as magicians is that "no one’s ever told the truth about being a magician in Las Vegas," she said. "Ever."
Of the magic movies that exist, Zurbano said that it's been the same "over and over and over again" with "the same lines and everybody buys it. That's not the story. The story is much more troubled."
Realizing The True Meaning Of Magic
But, even all the sexist men out there can't spoil the daily enchantment Zurbano gets to experience. It's well-worth the trials and tribulations. "I love the obsessive nature of magic — I complain about misogyny but I also love the people in magic. There are plenty of wonderful people in magic who are cool and funny and smart, and it’s fascinating. There are few things in this world that are actually, really magic, which is what I am searching for."
-Aaron Clark (The Amazing Ziggy)
No I'm not referring to Magic Competitions where Magicians are trying to see who's the best by winning awards...I'm talking about your competitors, and not just other magicians. You see we are all competing for the clients dollars, and they only have some much to spend. So regardless of the type of event all clients have a budget, no matter if they say they do or not. All clients have a perceived amount of money they are willing to spend for a service. Now how much they are willing to spend on a magician is certainly effected by how much they have to delegate toward other entertainment, food, decorations, etc. I've never met a client yet that had unlimited funds for an event and I doubt I ever will. So we all need to be conscious of not only what other services our clients need but also what they cost. For Example: If you have worked a deal to send work to a local bakery and they do the same for you. Then you find out your client is looking for someone to bake them a cake for the party this will benefit you because you know 2 things: how much of their budget is going to be spent going to that bakery, and that that bakery is going to keep referring you because you referred them. You see if we all work together toward a common goal everyone wins. I so hate the every man for himself mindset that many competitors have, we gain so much more by working together and I am speaking from experience about this. I have made it a goal to team up with as many competitors as possible, it's a wonderful way of networking, building a positive reputation, and also it helps you grow your brand.
There is one other mindset that is a big issue for me, and that is that most direct competitors feel that you are taking work from them. And this is the farthest thing from the truth, there is more than enough work out there for us all, it's just important to make sure we are building ourselves up and showing the customers value in our business. However the problem is many competitors feel the need to tear down their competition by belittling them, using slander, and bad mouthing their product or service.
I can not tell you how much it disturbs me every time I hear a cell phone, internet service provider, or cable television ad that talks poorly of their competitors service and how they are so much better than the other. This form of advertising is sickening and should be against the law! I feel the same way about one magician talking bad about another...if we just focus on ourselves and build our brand then the clients will see us as who we are. Put yourself in the clients position, would you want to hear how bad someone else is? or would you rather hear how amazing the person your talking to is? And the proof is in the pudding so you need to have evidence that what you say is true...Don't feed your clients with a bunch of fluff, you need video testimonies from actual clients (not paid actors!) I get that in the beginning you may need to fake it until you make it...but keep it ethical and you will be far better off in the end.
Some great examples of how indirect competitors can team up to really enhance their shows is musicians and magicians working together.
Florida Georgia Line did it with Justin Flom
Michael Jackson, Missy Elliot, and Usher all did it with Franz Harary
& One Direction did it with Dynamo
Magic can be an amazing enhancement to a concert and it doesn't have to be with just stage illusions. With Camera Crews the magicians can roam the concert crowds performing closeup magic which is played on the big screen TV's on the stage. This way everyone gets to see the magic that is happening right there in the arena they are in.
It is certainly a dream of mine to be able to do exactly what these other magicians have done as an opening act for some big names in the music industry!
Sugar Scape wrote the following about Dynamo and One Directions Teaming UP:
Picture the scene - you’ve gone to see One Direction on tour, and they take to the stage looking a little different. Harry and Zayn are dressed in sequined leotards with feather headdresses, Louis is sawing Liam in half, Niall is trying his best to pull a meatball subway out of his snapback.
This wonderful dream could soon become a reality by the sounds of it, as awesome magician Dynamo has revealed that the 1D boys have asked him to get involved with their next tour and create a ‘magical spectacular’. AGH.
We’ve always said there’s something a bit magical about One Direction (and not just the fact that Niall looks a bit like a house elf), but apparently they quite fancy taking a proper step into the wizarding world with a bit of help from Dynamo.
According to The Mirror, the boys are in talks with their pal Dynamo, asking him to join them on their next tour and work his magic on their show, after he blew their little socks off during his amazing appearance in the 1D Day shenanigans.
The release of their fourth album, Four, probably means another tour is being pencilled in somewhere, and Dynamo revealed: “The 1D boys in the past have talked to me about creating some magical spectacular incorporating my magic with their tours, that would be amazing.”
It sounds like the 1D boys might be levitating by their ankles, pulling pigeons out of their pants and finding your secret 4 of clubs card in NO TIME, as Dynamo then added: “There is potential for it in the future.”
We see lights, we see sparkle, we see a whole lot of sequined spandex, and we are VERY EXCITED about this idea.
We’d prefer an appearance from Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Salem the cat, but this would still be quite good.
What do you think then? Would Dynamo be a good addition to a One Direction tour?
I was so excited to see America's Got Talent's guest star Darcy Oake who is a Canadian Illusionist that became famous from his international performance on Britain's Got Talent in 2014 where he came in 5th place. Since then he went on a UK tour in 2015 and now he has just performed for America's Got Talent in 2016 there performed literally the exact same act but with some very noticeable differences from his act 2 years. Watching the 2 videos I have below you will see they really are essentially the exact same act...with one major difference which is in 2016, he's got a much BIGGER show with a lot more Glitz and Glam.
But there is one thing that you may not have noticed if you haven't seen his 2014 recently. I noticed an subtle yet extreme difference in Darcy's stage presence in his 2016 performance which really made me dislike watching it. You see in 2014 Darcy wasn't famous, he was just talented! His dove magic was and still is extremely impressive. However, in 2016 he performs with an arrogance, he comes across as very cocky, and it seems that he has let the fame go to his head. I have never met Darcy so I don't know if he is actually like this in person or not, but I can tell you that it certainly does come across that way in his show.
Now don't get me wrong here, Darcy is still Extremely talented and puts on an amazing show. I'm just saying that I would be much more excited about seeing the 2014 Darcy than the 2016 Darcy that I just witnessed. I hope that this was just a one time occurrence with being on A.G.T. plus all the hype that comes along with that, and not something that he does in other performances. I guess it could even be the directors of A.G.T. making him perform with an attitude from all his rehearsals for that show. But I suppose time will tell and I hope that Darcy continues to do well as he does have a tremendous show to offer, he continues to perform amazing illusions and escapes! Congrats on your success Darcy and I wish you the best!
- Aaron Clark (The Amazing Ziggy)
As a magician you have to be prepared at any moment to perform a magic trick for a spectator...it never fails, where ever I go I am asked to perform a trick. I'm sure this has a great deal to do with having my business plastered all over the sides of my car promoting my business. So it is to be expected, but I personally have to carry 3 tricks with me where ever I go. Why 3? Well because the first will blow the spectators mind, and of course they are going to say can I see something else. But I have to carry a third for when you meet a potential client and you really need to seal the deal. I will say this is a big issue for my wife considering she is looking forward to spending quality time with me when I'm not working and suddenly I'm approached by a random stranger who wants to see magic. This is always like walking a tight rope as I have to be super careful about when I go ahead and show them a trick, or when I turn them away as I need to focus on my family. I will tell you one of the absolute worst scenarios was we were having dinner as a family and we were all holding hands, heads bowed, and I was saying grace aloud to bless the food to the nourishment of our bodies. We were seated outside near where my car was parked and midway thru my prayer I am interrupted by someone who wants me to show them a magic trick. I could tell my wife was ready to go off on them, so I politely declined and said that I was with my family and we were in the middle of saying grace so it wasn't the best time. Now I can tell you I really had to hold my tongue there as I too wanted to really tell that person how rude they were, but I just asked myself what would Jesus do and I remained calm, giving them the benefit of the doubt that maybe they just didn't notice that we were praying.
I will say having a working knowledge of knowing how to use everyday objects that are pretty much always at an arms reach is very helpful to perform magic on the fly. I can't count the number of times I've been somewhere in a bathing suit by the pool, or at the beach, etc. where someone hears me talking about magic and wants me to perform a trick for them. And I can say majority of the time I will put on a quick show for them and even if I don't have a business card with me I find a way to make sure they know how to get in touch with me. I usually ask them for their business card, so I have a way to contact them, and I do this for anyone I meet who I think might make a great potential client, giving them my card is great, but having theirs is way better! Another way I get their info is when they want to take a photo with me, I ask them if they will text me that photo. Then I have their cell phone number so later I can text them my website and contact info.
There are a lot of great ways to communicate with your clients and potential clients, but I have found that about 90% of the time by texting with my clients I'm able to have a closer relationship with them to where they actually get to know me as a person more so than just a magician they want to hire.
I would love to know what techniques other magician use to communicate with their clients that works the best for them. Do you like using Facebook Messenger? Email? Text? Facetime? Skype? Zoom? or do you prefer to just call them on the phone?
So how do you prepare for when you're not prepared? What tricks do other magicians have as their go to close-up magic trick for fooling an audience when your not working?
Troy Von Scheibner who is a magician in the U.K. wrote a great article titled:
10 things no one tells you about being a magician.
Clean fingernails are essential and you will be poor for many years. Troy explains why the life of a magician is not always magic.
1. You will be the most popular and hounded person at any party
Everyone is compelled to ask to see a trick as soon as you say ‘I’m a magician’. Then, once you show one person a trick, it's scary how it spreads like a virus – then everyone knows you’re a magician and you have to do tricks all night. Obviously getting into magic you want to show people tricks, but sometimes you just want to chill.
2. You never leave the house empty handed
I’m always prepared, especially these days. People see me on TV so they’re like, ‘You’re that guy, show me something’. I might borrow an object off them, but I’ll always have a pack of cards on me. I guess if you’re a doctor you probably get it as well, like ‘I’ve got this thing…’ or if you’re a comedian: ‘Tell us a joke!’ It’s an occupational hazard.
3. Good breath and clean fingernails are essential
I spent years being a resident magician in restaurants, and people take hygiene very seriously. When you come in quite close to someone and you have dirty hands, they won’t enjoy the magic as much because they’re too busy looking at how grubby your fingernails are. And if you’re talking close to someone, you don’t want your breath to be kicking – you need to make sure that’s in check.
4. It’s the Wild West out there for budding magicians
It’s a competitive industry. I guess a lot of people keep a lot of stuff to themselves, and even though it’s a niche market it’s tough to get work. It’s like any industry, really – you get people that genuinely want to help you out, and then you get some that don’t want you to succeed and be better than them. They want the work, the money, the contacts and don’t really want to share that.
5. Most of the money you make will go back into buying playing cards
Cards can be a magician’s number-one prop, especially a close up magician. [When performing] I’m giving people packs of cards to shuffle, I’m ripping cards up, and when people shuffle cards they get all adventurous and drop them on the floor. I need them in a certain condition, so when I’m doing a performance I might go through two packs. They’re not cheap, so it’s better to buy in bulk than a pack at a time.
6. Social skills are crucial
A lot of magicians tend to be quite awkward and a bit socially inept because they’ve spent so many hours practising in front of the mirror, so when you have to go out and show people it can be quite daunting. Good social skills help you connect with people better, and if people like you they’ll automatically like what you do.
7. The Magic Circle is no joke
It has its own headquarters situated in a quiet, mysterious place where you wouldn’t expect it, and inside it looks amazing. If you want to become a member there are two ways: if you’re more a theorist than a performer, you can do a dissertation. The other way is a practical examination – you’ve got to perform in front of 12 judges who are big members of the Circle. I did my first audition at 18 and got membership. I never really went to the meetings – they were always on a Monday night and I’d be busy at gigs, but it’s just nice to be able to say I’m part of the Magic Circle. What’s the Christmas party like? Magical.
8. Building a reputation takes time, for no money
I had to do a lot of free stuff to get my name out there. I made loads of business cards and just handed them out, and I had to prostitute myself a bit, like ‘Let me show you this’, even if people didn’t want to see it. You’ve got to play it smart – If you perform in a nice restaurant you might get famous people in there, or people that work in newspapers or TV, so you’ve got to make the most of every table and blow them away.
9. It won’t happen overnight
Magicians have to do magic for 10 or 20 years before they get to the point where they’re like, ‘I’m ready’. I did magic for 10 years prior to getting my first series, and I don’t think you could do a TV show after just a year or two in magic. Writing a great song might take you five minutes, and if you sing it beautifully and it resonates with someone – it’s a hit. It’s one thing learning the magic, but it's another thing being a performer, especially on TV.
10. You’ll need a thick skin
Magic is like a religion. You get people that truly believe and no explanation is necessary, but then you get the people think it’s a load of bollocks. I like to cater for the people who think it’s bollocks, because I’ve been doing this now for so many years. This is my career, my livelihood, my passion, and what I do for the people on the streets is exactly what you’re seeing at home. There’s no other thing that’s happening, I can actually do these things. For it to be dismissed as a camera trick is frustrating, but that’s what comes with it.
If you don't know about Troy I highly recommend you checking him out, his magic is legit amazing!
-Aaron Clark (The Amazing Ziggy)
If you have ever seen the Food Network TV Show: Cupcake Wars then you will know who Justin Willman is. Justin Willman is not only a TV Show Host, he is also a magician & comedian known for his regular appearances on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Conan, and @Midnight. His debut comedy/magic special Sleight of Mouth premiered earlier this year on Comedy Central to rave reviews. The L.A. Times called him, "A new breed of comic who's making magic cool again for grown-ups. " Playboy dubbed him, "The freshest and funniest magician working today." Time Out says his live show, "Has to be seen to be disbelieved."
Justin was born in St. Louis, lives in Los Angeles, and does not own a rabbit. You may have seen the viral video of Justin and his newlywed wife Jillian Sipkins, when Jillian appears to make Justin levitate during their first dance as husband and wife. Now this is exactly the kind of relationship everyone think of when they imagine a magician and their spouse. A loving magical relationship where they both enjoy magic and they try to outdo one another on a regular basis. Well that's not my life! Not even close! Now don't get me wrong, I love my wife with all my heart and soul...but you see I've been fascinated with magic since I was a child and I have spent my life learning every day new magic tricks, studying other magicians, and trying to always be open minded to learning new and better ways to perform my illusions to enhance my performance. So the hard part for me is I don't have someone to share my ideas with, my wife HATES magic. If I even bring up the topic of magic she is frustrated and annoyed by it...considering this is how I make a living, you would think maybe she might want to pay attention and help give constructive criticism. But no sadly that doesn't happen either, if by chance I do catch her in the right mood to where she will give me some advise it is usually filled with eye-rolling, making fun of me, or talking about how corny or lame the trick or my jokes are. I don't let this discourage me one bit though, as I have a daughter, "Parker" and she LOVES magic and she gives me all the constructive criticism I need. Not to mention, it helps Parker and I bond as a father and daughter should. It also teaches Parker the tricks of the trade, that hopefully one day she will master for herself. She has already begun performing stage illusions with me, and we are putting together her very own show as well. What I do love is that my wife does conceal her magic hatred when it comes to our daughter. She will give very good feedback for her...so it's just me! I guess after 12 years of marriage I have just come to understand that it's not something my wife will ever enjoy, even if it's how food gets to our table. Now one thing that Justin Willman and I do have in common, is that both he and I are married to photographers who are extremely talented. That I must say is a true blessing, and I'm sure Justin would agree it's awesome having a wife that can take your photo shoots for you.
-Aaron Clark (The Amazing Ziggy)
So I was watching Jimmy Fallon and his guest speaker was Aaron Paul who discusses how we failed miserably when trying to do a magic trick for Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams. Turns out that J.J. Abrams is a huge fan of magic which I must say is kind of amazing and I could only dream that maybe one day I might be able to perform a show for him! So it turns out that he gets a lot of his mystery ideas from the fact that as a young boy he purchased a "Mystery Box" of magic from a magic store in New York. The $15 Mystery box contained $50 worth of magic and J.J. Never opened the box and to this day it is still a Mystery as to what is inside. He considers this a constant source of inspiration as it always sits on his shelf.
I am such a fan on the TV Show Lost, I have the entire series and have watched it from beginning to end on numerous occasions! There is a direct connection between how TV Magicians view performing magic and how directors & producers in the film industry are able to work their magic. J.J. Abrams discusses this point exactly during his TED talk in 2007. He talks about during the filming of Mission Impossible 3 there is a scene where Tom Cruise has a gun that gets put into his nose by the "Bad Guy" a British Actor. But during the shoot Tom says that the gun is really hurting his nose. So J.J. thought of his mystery box and decided he needed to shoot the scene in a different way, so that it wouldn't hurt Cruise's nose any longer but they could continue take after take until they got it right. J.J. thinking outside of the box decided that the hand holding the gun could actually be Tom's hand in which case Tom would know how much pressure up his nostril would be enough but not too much. Looking at the shot you would NEVER know if J.J. hadn't told us. It comes across to the TED audience like a scene from Magicians Secrets Finally Revealed. It just goes to show how J.J. really understands TV Magic, and this is a great example of why J.J. has been so successful in his career. So if you ever get to read this J.J. I hope you will consider hiring me to perform magic for you, it would be an honor!
-Aaron Clark (aka. The Amazing Ziggy)
Magicians that team up and work together will have twice the work rather than competing against one another and more frequently pushing clients away because of the negative and hurtful comments that are said about each other. I believe that we should never talk bad about our competition! EVER! First of all this just makes you look bad to the client by belittling your peers. Second, it's more important to build yourself up than it is to tear down someone else. Even if what your saying is 100% fact and true, it is still not something to tell your clients, the proof is in the pudding as they say. So, if that person isn't doing a good job and has a bad reputation, then they won't be around very long anyway. Be true to yourself, remain humble, give glory to God and praise Him for your blessing and you will be rewarded.
If we all come together as a team we can then profit from one another. If I have a client that wants a magician and I'm not available, wouldn't it be better for me to book one of my fellow magicians and profit 20% on them. Plus I retaining that clients info for future bookings, rather than losing the client all together or just referring them to another magician? I mean this is a business we are in, and I assume we all do this because we want to make money and not just because we enjoy performing magic. Though I suppose, If magic is your hobby this wouldn't apply to you. I'm mainly speaking here to working professional magicians. The other benefit of teaming up is you create closer connections with other magicians and you can learn from each other, sharing is caring after all.
So what I'm getting at here In the words of Rodney King: "Can't We All Just Get Along?" We all need to work together, and let go of the competition mentality. There is more than enough work for us all, it is up to you to determine your reputation. So you can either give your clients a reason to brag about hiring you and how great the experience was, or you can belittle your competition and then your arrogance and bad attitude will show thru and your clients will have that to tell their friends, families, and anyone on social media.
Many Magicians including myself offer Team Building Workshops and Seminars for corporate events where we use magic and mentalism in ways that excite and encourage the corporate professionals to work together to achieve a common goal. I hosts and present an enjoyable fun team-building workshop where the delegates can learn exciting new skills that include magic tricks. My clients use my services as team building magician so this it can add a different, intriguing and fun angle to their day.
A typical team building event teaches the delegates some easy to do but impressive magic tricks that can be performed after the event has ended, for both family or business colleagues and associates.
The concept is for participants to work together in small teams to learn these magic tricks and mind techniques. Then with their newly acquired skills they perform to the whole group in an end of event magic show, similar to the TV Show Wizard Wars. Wizard Wars inspires this principal of comradery that I have been referring to. And wouldn't you know it Wizard Wars was founded because of 2 magicians Rick Lax & Justin Flom who came together with an idea of doing magic with every day objects, the idea spawned some really ingenious magic and really made magicians put the creativity to the test. Which is exactly why I use this in my corporate magic team building workshops.
The teams are encouraged to come up with their own presentations for the tricks so challenging their creative thinking, communication, presentation and problem solving showcasing their own unique abilities and talents. The show performed by selected delegates creates a great atmosphere where all involved are rooting for their colleagues and willing them to succeed.
Here is what Wikipedia tells us about Wizard Wars:
Wizard Wars is a reality competition show in which teams of magicians create and perform original magic routines before a live studio audience. Their acts are judged on creativity, deception, and showmanship. Vegas headliners Penn & Teller head up the judging panel, alongside magic critic Christen Gerhart and World Champion of Magic Jason Latimer. Wizard Wars also features four "home team" magicians—the "Wizards"—who return every week to take on new teams of "challengers." Wizards include street magician Justin Flom, stage illusionist David Shimshi, mentalist Angela Funovits, and con man Gregory Wilson. The series premiered August 19, 2014
Wizard Wars was created in 2012 by Vegas-based magic consultant Rick Lax and street magician Justin Flom. Flom filmed the original Wizard Wars pilot in Lax's apartment, on a $15 budget. The competing magicians created routines with placemats, beach balls, colored erasers and fake oranges. Flom's YouTube video, featured on Wired.com and BoingBoing.com, caught the eye of production company A. Smith & Co., who worked with Lax and Flom to sell the show to the Syfy network. Flom now stars in the show as a "Wizard"; Lax works behind the scene as a producer and magic consultant.
Season 1 Wizard Angela Funovits creating in the 'Magic Workshop.' Also pictured: Series creator Rick Lax (far left) and Wizard/series originator Justin Flom (middle).Notable magicians appearing on Wizard Wars include Las Vegas headliners Murray SawChuck, Tommy Wind, Nathan Burton, Greg Dow, America's Got Talent's Leon Etienne (Season 8), and Naathan Phan.
Over a million people watched the Wizard Wars series premiere. The episode highlighted Canadian illusionists Chris Funk and Ekaterina, who ended up losing the "Wizard War" to "Wizards" Gregory Wilson and Justin Flom.
Speaking on behalf of Flom and himself, Lax said this of the Internet-to-series premier journey: “The most unlikely part of the YouTube-video-to-Syfy-show transition was that the original Wizard Wars vision stayed in shape...Everyone told me, ‘Hollywood is going to tear your idea apart,’ but that didn’t happen. Only thing that happened was the magic got bigger and better.”
Wizard Wars maintained "very solid ratings" and was renewed for another six episodes. In these six episodes ("Season 1.5") former Challenger Billy Kidd joins the cast as a full-fledged Wizard.
-Aaron Clark (The Amazing Ziggy)
So many of you know that there are famous magicians that have done incredible things to bring Magic into the limelight, names that I'm sure would come to mind are David Copperfield, David Blaine, Criss Angel, Penn & Teller, and maybe even one of my favorites Lance Burton. But not many people realize how magic is actually a big part of many very famous actors lives. The first one that comes to mind for me is the very talented "NPH" Neil Patrick Harris. For anyone who is not familiar with him, here is his bio from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Patrick_Harris
So what has NPH really done to help bring Magic into the limelight?
I think the real question is what HASN'T he done !?!?!
Well he sometimes will showcase magic in a very subtle way. As in the 2015 performance when he hosted the 87th Oscars and he did a fantastic shadow routine featuring a magicians hat and cane appearance. This was during the opening scene of his Broadway style performance which of course he pulls off with sheer class. But NPH really brings his Magic A-Game when it come to his role as a TV Show Host for Best Time Ever! NPH has so many amazing talents which he showcases on a frequent basis, from flaming tight rope walking, fire breathing, cocktail bottle juggling, a catwall trampoline acrobat performance, to pogo sticking into a back flip amidst a thrilling party scene. But no matter what he does he always finds a way to sneak in magic tricks that really enhance his performances! What else can I say I just love the way he does what he does!
Keep up the great work Neil!
NPH is Legend....wait for it....dairy!
-Aaron Clark (aka. The Amazing Ziggy)
#NPH #NeilPatrickHarris #MagicInTheLimelight #AndTheAwardGoesTo
My Name is Aaron Clark and I'm know as The Amazing Ziggy. I've been a Professional Magician for over 20 years performing all over the US and internationally, but mostly for events on the east coast in the Atlanta Area.