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Magicans: Life in the Impossible

Last night I went to the premiere of the documentary Magicians: Life in the Impossible. I’ve witnessed this movie slowly come together over the past five years, and it was a vicariously cathartic experience to finally see it come to life on the big screen (Full disclosure: I personally know the directors and most of the cast. This …

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Magic Magazine: The Final Issue

One of the reasons this blog has run largely dormant for the past three years is that I’ve been preoccupied with writing for MAGIC Magazine. Beginning in January 2014, I’ve been writing a monthly one-page column called “Walkabout Soup”, about, well, all manner of magic-related things. That was ironically one of the toughest things about it; Stan – …

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Deep Water at IndyFringe

Dramatic things happened today at the Indianapolis Fringe Festival. I was doing the 6pm performance of my show Alien of Extraordinary Ability while it rained outside. About two thirds of the way through the one-hour show, the room started flooding. It wasn’t a lot of flooding, but the front section of the audience floor was definitely filling up with water. Clearly …

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Stardust on The Street

Woke up. Yawned. Put on shoes to go and buy milk. Walked to the corner shop on Hollywood Blvd. Found a big crowd blocking the pavement. Wondered what they were there for. Assumed it was some typical blockbuster movie publicity thing. Paused to have a look. RIP David Bowie; 1947 – 2016. It’s funny; big …

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Last Minute Christmas Theming

After the success of Simon and Ghostfunkel at the Variety Collective Halloween Special back in October, Dave Lee and I were invited to do a spot at the VC’s Christmas special. Well, it’s happening two days from now. We have some rough ideas for the set, but as usual with Simon and Davefunkel co-productions, most …

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Short, Sweet, and Highly Commended

Wow. I figured the Short and Sweet theatre festival would be fun, interesting, and a good chance to meet some new people and bounce ideas around. That all went as expected. What I didn’t expect was to walk away with an award for “Highly Commended New Theatre Work.” One of the things that’s interesting about …

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Photos by Homer

Homer Liwag has a fairly well established reputation for being a goddamn genius. In between his duties as David Copperfield’s design director, he’s also an amazing magician, magic creator, designer, illustrator, videographer, photographer, and all-round polymath. Though I first heard of Homer though his magic products CoinOne and CoinTwo (which I purchased purely because of …

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Short and Sweet – A Short Theatre Festival

Short and Sweet is a performing arts festival that celebrates short-form theatre. You know; like a short film festival, but with live theatre pieces rather than films. Long story short, I’m going to be presenting a performance piece there next week. This year’s Melbourne Short and Sweet is split into three categories; Dance, Theatre, and …

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Simon and Ghostfunkel

A few weeks ago the Variety Collective held its annual Halloween show. Dave Lee and I agreed to put something halloween-themed together. We had some rough ideas, but nothing concrete. On the morning of the show, we decided that we really should probably actually write something. So, over brunch, we put this together… There was …

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The Variety Collective

The Variety Collective is a weekly variety show in Melbourne. It was formed when a bunch of comedians, magicians, musicians, circus artists, and other unconventional performers decide they want somewhere to strut their stuff for the public. While there are a heap of comedy clubs and live music venues out there, places to see variety …