June 20th, 2019

The month began with a cruise ship gig. Specifically a monster of a four-ship, twelve-country, fly-all-over-the-damn-world-doing-magic-for-wealthy-septuagenarians cruise ship gig. The schedule: fly from LA to Hong Kong. Get on a ship that ends up in Vietnam via Cambodia. Fly... [Continue reading]

The month began with a cruise ship gig. Specifically a monster of a four-ship,... [Continue reading]

March 17th, 2019

"I'm a private detective," said Dirk. "Oh?" said Kate in surprise, and then looked puzzled. "Does that bother you?" "It's just that I have a friend who plays the double bass." "I see." "Whenever people meet him and he's... [Continue reading]

"I'm a private detective," said Dirk. "Oh?" said Kate in surprise, and then looked... [Continue reading]

March 9th, 2019

Back in March 2016, a guy called Nick Paul asked me to be a guest on his podcast "Two Magicians One Mic," in which each month he would interview a different magician about life, the magic industry, and whatever... [Continue reading]

Back in March 2016, a guy called Nick Paul asked me to be a... [Continue reading]

February 7th, 2018

Sodium Polyacrylate (known as "slush powder" in the magic industry) is a white powder that can absorb up to 300 times its own weight in water. Half a teaspoon is enough to solidify a large glass of water, tranforming... [Continue reading]

Sodium Polyacrylate (known as "slush powder" in the magic industry) is a white powder... [Continue reading]

February 1st, 2018

I was offered a three month gig in Macau. I accepted it partly for the experience, partly for the stories, but mostly because I needed the money. During employee orientation, the company set us up with accounts at the... [Continue reading]

I was offered a three month gig in Macau. I accepted it partly for... [Continue reading]

August 27th, 2017

I was flying to a cruise ship gig. This was good. I had a one-night transit in Shanghai. This was less good. Sure it sounds fine. Shanghai! A big exciting cosmopolitan city! Even if you get in late and... [Continue reading]

I was flying to a cruise ship gig. This was good. I had a... [Continue reading]

June 27th, 2017

As I check in at Honolulu airport, I think about the live cockroach trapped inside my bag. Neither myself nor the cockroach are happy with the situation. Several hours earlier I'd been on a cruise ship, having just finished... [Continue reading]

As I check in at Honolulu airport, I think about the live cockroach trapped... [Continue reading]

January 13th, 2017

I'm writing this from my dressing room in Macau, which is also going to be my home for the next three months (mainly Macau, but to a large extent the dressing room too). I'm here on a contract with... [Continue reading]

I'm writing this from my dressing room in Macau, which is also going to... [Continue reading]

November 16th, 2016

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... [Continue reading]

Last night I went to the premiere of the documentary Magicians: Life in the... [Continue reading]

November 14th, 2016

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,... [Continue reading]

One of the reasons this blog has run largely dormant for the past three... [Continue reading]


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