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.
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.
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.
Whenever, we hear a comment from a client like “that was an incredible magic show, very entertaining!”, we know we’ve achieved our three key objectives.
Whether you’re a public speaker, performer, or doing a “live” webinar, being seen, being heard and being good would seem to be automatic. Unfortunately, we’ve seen many presenters at conferences/conventions have two out of three, and that’s not good enough. Continue reading “An incredible magic show…”