November 20, 2018

It is rare for a week to go by without someone asking if I'm "from The Magic Castle", and I sometimes respond by telling them, "I'm from Cleveland", which usually gets a laugh. I say it for a laugh but I also say it because I'm afraid that if I simply say "yes", it mig...

February 24, 2018

I met Giovanni at the bar in Villa Nova Italian restaurant in Newport Beach on Pacific Coast Highway. I had walked into Villa Nova looking for a gig. I had just arrived in California and I needed to find a restaurant to perform in so I could start giving out my card. I...

February 7, 2018

The night of my audition at The Magic Castle, I had my checkbook in my right inside jacket pocket and my deck of cards in my inside left pocket, as I do now as I write this. I walked into the Magic Castle and went downstairs to the "Hat and Hare" bar with all of the ot...

September 20, 2017

I was performing at Woody's Wharf in Newport Beach when I met Scott, who has a company based in Boise, Idaho. They sell open and enclosed trailers for snow mobiles, razors, landscaping, and other such equipment. They were hosting a conference at the Grove Hotel for the...

May 26, 2017

Until recently, all of the shows that I do happen when the people who hire me need me to perform. In other words, I don't decide when the performance happens. For a long time I've had the idea of selling tickets to my own show. This February I did it. I set the date fo...

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