Magic is an art. That trick your uncle showed you is just a trick. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s not magic either. If you think magic is for kids, you’re thinking of tricks, not magic.
Magic makes you question what’s possible. It amazes and even infuriates. It leads you to see the world through new eyes.
I have been a professional magician for over 20 years. I am a “close-up” magician, meaning I do sleight of hand magic using cards, coins, rope, and other everyday objects. The magic I do happens in your hands, right in front of you.
(Image: Me performing for my former students at Virginia Military Institute.)
I get a lot of enjoyment out of doing magic and love performing at private parties and corporate events on occasion. If you are looking for a magician, I believe that close-up magic is ideal because of its adaptability to any gathering size and its interactive nature. While going from group to group at an event, I can tailor each performance to the changing audience.
Close-up magic works in any setting. I have performed at trade shows, private parties (weddings, anniversary parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, etc.), and all types of corporate events. I have also performed at four different Club Meds in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Florida, working nightly at these resorts for several weeks at a time, performing in English, Spanish, and French depending on the language of my audience.
In recent years, my focus has been on psychology research and teaching. But this experience has only deepened my appreciation for the psychological impact of magic.
Throughout college, graduate school, and then most recently as a psychology professor, I continued performing magic in different venues. As a professor at Virginia Military Institute, magic was the only thing I could do to wake my students up! (That’s where the picture of me in uniform comes from – I wasn’t actually in the military, that’s just what we were supposed to wear. So no, that isn’t my typical magic attire.)
I recently decided to leave academia. Now that I’m no longer teaching, I have much more time to pursue my passions such as magic.
I started doing magic as a teenager, performing and competing in Southern California, where I was selected to be a member of the Academy of Magical Arts (the Magic Castle) in Hollywood. In 1998, I took first place in the annual International Brotherhood of Magicians Junior Close-up competition, one of the largest magic competitions in the world, with magicians from 29 different countries in attendance. That same year, I became the first junior to ever be named Magician of the Year for International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 313. In 1999, I took first place at the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians Junior Close-up competition. I was also featured in the Los Angeles Times and several times in the Orange County Register, in recognition of my magic. Since my competition days, I have continued to develop my magic in venues of all types across the country and world.
One of my other great passions is speaking other languages. Magic has been a wonderful vehicle for doing this in different parts of the world. For a period of 10 years, I travelled every summer to different Club Med resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. There, I performed for a few hours every night in English, Spanish, and French, depending on my audience (80% of guests in the Dominican Republic were from France). There were some weeks when I happily went the entire time without performing at all in English!
Looking for a Magician?
I don’t do big stage shows or perform for large numbers of people at once because people like to experience the magic up-close in their own hands. Performing for one small group after another, I can work any size event, from 20 people to hundreds. I most often perform during the reception or cocktail hour at weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, corporate events, and other private parties (e.g., anniversaries, 40th/50th birthdays). I can also perform fluently in Spanish and French. Below is a sample of my past clientele. If you are in the Tompkins County area and looking for a magician, send me an email using the Contact button below.
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