June 30, 2020

I bumped into someone who follows me on Instagram, and he congratulated me on all of the bookings I've had recently. I said, "Thank you, I've been lucky". He said, "no, it's not luck, it's hard work. You put the work in". I smiled and thanked him. It wasn't the time to make the case I'm going to mak...

June 30, 2020

INTRODUCTION

When I was about fourteen I read a story about a magician by the name of John Scarne. John Scarne’s claim to fame was that he could take a deck of cards shuffled by someone else, and cut to all four aces. He even did it for Arnold Rothstein, the man accused of fixing the World Series of...

February 4, 2020

On December 16, 2019 I booked flights from Los Angeles to Cleveland for January 26, 2020 and returning to Los Angeles on February 2nd. I was going home to Cleveland to see my family. A couple of days after booking the flight, a company in Alabama contacted me to see if I could work the ISEE Conferen...

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 might give the impression that The...

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 sat down at the bar and that's...

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 other potential members waiting f...

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 their sales people/distributors an...