Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. The most common types of jobs i get are birthday parties for all ages, young and old. And in the fall retirement communities call on me to do their holiday events, mainly halloween. I love those jobs because you get every age group during those shows. Although, i do all events and occations. I did a chili cook off once. I also do wedding receptions, communioun parties bar and bat mitzfas ,and many more places. I recently began adding music to my show.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. If you are unsure about a magician or other performer, ask for a demonstration. It couldn't hurt. That way you have an idea of what to expect and also know the quality of the performer.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. As a spectator i'd want to know everything. But everyone knows that a magician never tells his secrets. The main thing people ask me is about my rope tricks. I get them every time and they are a crowd favorite
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. My work stands out because i am very good at what i do. Unfortunately there are, from what customers tell me, a lot of people out there who call themselves magicians who are not that good. So this leaves a bad taste in their mouth for the next magician. The customer, if unsure, should ask to meet for a demonstration from the magician.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. What i love about my job is everything. You get to learn things that are not know to the general public. The reactions i get from people while performing is priceless. If the reactions were money i'd be set for life. I love bringing back that sense of wonder to the audience. I love doing street magic for a few reasons. A couple of them are when someone comes up to me and say things like "my son/daughter saw you last year and they still talk about you" and most recently someone said to me "my kids saw you last night. They made me buy some spongeballs and they spent the night and today pretending they were you". Doesn't get much better then that. :-)
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. As with any magician, people ALWAYS ask how I do what I do. I always tell them practice is how I do it.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. There was once upon a time when i went to hospitals to do magic for the kids that were there. So i was doing my little show for them and getting lots of smiles and laughs from both parents and children. After the show one of the parents came up to me and said thank you. And she had told me that thats the first time her child had smiled in three weeks. Just to know that my show had taken her away from a scary place she didnt want to be at to a place of wonderment and joy was awesome. Does it get any better than that?
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I have been in love with sleight of hand and magic for my whole life. I read those corny library books on how to do tricks as a child, but knew not where to learn more. When i was 34 a magic shop opened up in the next town over. So i got some tricks and started from there. They closed down due to not many magician in the area. Thats when i had discovered that i could learn on line and i havent looked back since.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I'm proud of all the jobs I do.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. New magic effects(tricks) are coming out all the time. So i am constantly learning one thing or another. The learning process literally never stops. Thats one thing i love about my job is that it is always evolving in one way or another
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. In the world of illusion, there are new things coming out every month. So much so that it is impossible to keep up with everything out there.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. My most recent project, always, is learning and practicing. I have many dvds to learn from. The dvds range from around $30 up to $100. And that is one reason magicians charge what they do, in my mind. In this field learning isn't cheap.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Save money, go online, and buy dvds.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. I think my greatest strength that comes with my job is that i am very good at interacting with people. I was born to be an entertainer. I always thought i'd be a good actor. Being a magician is a five fold job. You have to be good with people, good with phychology, a good actor, a good comedian and a good magician as well
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. Everything. Always. Never stop improving yourself.