Lost and Profound

What have I lost?

Words: When you’ve spent thirty years on the craft of magic and comedy, you come to see how important each word is. A verbal moment carefully built of alphabet block construction becomes a pile of I saw that dust if we forget the terms the effect is built on. It’s literally like saying a magic spell. At a conference in Calgary, I used “the” instead of “your” during an effect and it instantly caused an issue with the volunteer on stage. Losing a word can be the difference between changing a frog to a prince and changing a frog to a toad. Confusion is not magic.
Things: I have lost phone numbers, tape measures and I’m certain, a winning lottery ticket. I can’t prove the ticket would have been a winner. I keep that thought as a memory of my alternate destiny. I could have been a millionaire philanthropist saving the Albino Three Headed Gloat Fish from extinction. Never heard of the Albino Three Headed Gloat Fish? It’s extinct. I wasn’t there to save it with my lost winning ticket money. (Flashback to It’s a Wonderful Life popped up…”You weren’t there to rescue him.”)
Friends: I recently realized that friend has the word end built in as a reminder that people are temporary. No one that I once created memories with has actually died, but time and a lack of current common ground have altered my circle of friends into a single straight line. However, every good joke begins with a straight line…man, that’s good; I should write this stuff down.

What did I find?

An entire room: We have lived in our current home several years. A room just off the main area that we exist in was used as my wife’s office. A Marie Kondo kind of cleansing revealed a new favorite place for me to write in. A five foot wide arched entryway keeps the rest of the house just a glance away, but this room feels like a cabin in the woods. Let’s call it, Surreal Estate. It’s only 8’ x 8’. A bobble head figure of Houdini in a straight jacket and miniature Samurai sword letter opener are within arm’s reach. If I ever need to escape or am attacked by an angry envelope, I’m covered.
Great, I lost my train of thought. So, take stock of your lost and found. You might not find a hidden room, but a winning lotto ticket with my name on it would be a bonus.

Mitchell Hrycan…Think twin and win!

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Double Vision Magic – “Amazing!” CNE in Toronto

“A speaker just blew over on the stage!” text message…..

This past summer, the Canadian National Exhibition invited us to bring our act to Toronto.  The CNE is North America’s oldest and one of the largest fairs.   Needless to say, there was never a dull moment.

It was a fantastic eighteen days of entertainment and almost perfect weather.  We did our Twin Magic and Comedy show fifty four times and had the pleasure of sharing the stage with some amazing acts. Mighty Mike the Strongman, The Fire Guy and Juzzie Smith (Australia) brought their “A” game.  The benefit of working with a variety of professional people is learning from what they do.   How each of us work corporate and conference events, comparing Canadian, European and Australian audiences, along with a million stories from the road.

When you’re going to be performing away from home for almost three weeks in one city, it’s important to have a good “entertainment family” you can rely on.  On this run, blood was shed (during our first show), medics were called, fresh batteries and an entirely new PA system were rushed to the stage by fellow performers.

This brings me to the text message at the beginning of this article.  The Fire Guy was just starting his show, when a large speaker on its stand literally blew over backwards onto the stage.  Mike a I rushed down to the area to help, as “the show must go on” and all of the acts worked together to make sure things were ok for the next performance.  The next day, an entirely new PA system was set up.

Keeping your head in the game over eighteen days is also important.  We used some energizing pre-show music before every set and had a whole list of jokes to entertain the crowd that would arrive, sometimes twenty minutes early.  On an outdoor stage, people may have spent the entire day in the hot sun, they might be tired or hungry, but it’s our job to show them something unforgettable.  We want them to tell their friends about this “amazing Twin Magic show” at the fair.  Judging by the audience in the photo, I’d say word spread quickly.

“We were there!” was our closing line for every show, and after the last day we hope “we will return!”.

Mitchell Hrycan, Double Vision

 

 

Music and Twin Magic

Mike and I use a lot of music in our performances.  I know that might seem odd for a comedy and magic show, but it adds another layer that really completes the picture.  After doing this for decades we’ve become experts at combining our comedy and magic with music.

Twenty eight years ago when we did our first “Double Vision Magic” events in Saskatchewan, the sound was supplied via the venues sound technicians using our music cue sheet.  An example:  Cue – 1) When Mike says “and now something using a frying pan, hula hoop and a $100.00 bill” – play #4 song.  Occasionally, the technician wouldn’t be at his station and would miss the cue, or accidentally start playing the music early, or at the wrong volume, or the wrong song or….you get the idea.

Today, we use a remote control system and handle our own cues, volume etc… It makes a HUGE difference and adds to the production value of our show.

However, it does take a long time to find just the right tune.  Like pairing the right wine with a meal, a wrong choice can still get by, but things wont’ taste quite right.  So, along with our own sound system, lights, backdrop, banners and the vital, “twins, magic, LOL”, we also bring that extra element for your ears to enjoy.

Bon Appétit

Mitchell – The Other Twin

January 14, 2018

Funny identical twin magic show, will travel! Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg

  

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Being “present”.

Sometimes we get crazy mini tours that look like this. Saskatoon – conference strolling  magic, Regina – convention/gala stage show, Calgary – strolling magic and stage show, Edmonton – formal close-up show, Winnipeg  – two day trade show – complete with specialized script.  All of these performances were for corporations ranging from Remax to Mylan Pharmaceuticals. Continue reading Funny identical twin magic show, will travel! Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg

That’s a great trick! Are you a magician? Not quite.

Amateur vs. Professional

Our clients, not only in Saskatchewan, but across North America, have come to trust our act as one they can rely upon to deliver great, “clean” entertainment.  We work hard to combine our original twin magic with music,  clean comedy, and audience participation.  We are a professional magic act. Continue reading That’s a great trick! Are you a magician? Not quite.