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Much love,
David

 

Generations

Generations I recently stumbled across an image of some young well-dressed magicians at the table with one of magic’s all-time greats – Howard Thurston. Among those young magicians was Bob Tilford and Phil Thomas. When I knew Bob and Phil, they were much older. They...

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Chan Canasta

Chan Canasta by Ida Kar, vintage bromide print, late 1950s I think Derren Brown will be remembered as one of the all-time great mentalists. Fortunately for all of us he is still in his prime and if you want to, you can see him perform. He will certainly be the focal...

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Read Books Ma Boy

Read Books Ma Boy “Read books ma boy,” was the mantra of my favorite dealer, Phil Thomas and later the mantra of my friend and mentor Denny Haney. I am still learning the wisdom of those words. If you are reading this blog with no interest in performing yourself, you...

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Act Development

Act Development I’ve been doing magic for a long time. I started when at the age of eight my parents gave me a magic kit for Christmas. I did my first paid gig, a birthday party, at the age of fourteen. I’ve been a mentalist for twenty years and I am still developing...

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Live Your Dream

Live Your Dream Living your dream and making a living doing what you love are two different things and yet they are related. It is likely you will not feel that you are living your dream until you are earning your living doing what you love but you can start living...

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Annemann

Annemann Theodore Annemann was one of the great mentalists in the history of the art. I would never ascribe the term “greatest” to anyone in any performance art. Muhammad Ali may have been the greatest fighter of all time but in any performance art greatness is about...

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Know Thyself

Know Thyself Socrates admonished his students to “Know Thyself.”  He said, “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” It is also the beginning of effective marketing and branding but more importantly it is the beginning of a satisfying career and a fulfilled...

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The Silent Script

Have you ever seen an illusion that created a mystery, but you weren’t sure exactly what the mystery was? Sometimes the performer isn’t sure either.   I once attended a Bob Cassidy lecture. For those of you who may not be familiar with Bob he was one of the great...

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The Prestige

The Prestige The Prestige is a theatrical mainstream feature film that premiered in 2006. I knew about it long before it came to local theatres and I could not wait as it dealt not only with the theme of magic but magic in the Victorian period.    In real...

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The Great Blackstone

The Great Blackstone I never saw Blackstone perform. He crossed over when I was only five years old. And yet of all magicians living or dead, he had the most profound impact on my life. My grandfather Raymond loved magic. He was a traveling salesman who spent most of...

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