A Chunk of Business Cards

One of the best pieces of business advice I was ever given came from Paul Daniels, famous British TV magician of the 80’s and 90’s. The advice: give a business card to every person you interact with. In about 2001, Paul was travelling in Sydney and briefly gave a one day workshop on business skills …

  

The Ironic Calm of Air Travel

I find air travel soothing. I’m also aware that this isn’t a common view. As an aeroplane passenger you’re often suffering from cramped legroom, dry air, poor ergonomics, difficulty sleeping, crying children, mediocre food, and all the other thoroughly non-soothing things going on. There’s also the occasional total scheduling clusterf***. But when I’m on a …

  

Magic Is Not About The Tricks. It’s About The Man.

(Andrew Masters is a good friend and frequently brilliant writer. Partly because he is brilliant, and partly because it means I get to take a break this week, I asked him if he’d be up for writing a guest post for this site. If you like it, I can also highly recommend his award-winning piece …

  

Serendipitous Colour Combinations

A few weeks ago at The Magic Castle in LA, I got to see a collaboration by two usually independent performers: Bizzaro and Mr (Jordan) Right. Each usually performs solo, but for a special appearance in the Peller Theatre at the castle they had collaborated on a two-person show. One thing about the show immediately …

  

Hilariously Heinous Hashtag Hijinks

Back in April 2013 I was asked to perform at an invite-only magic convention in New York. Apart from being a well-known institution in the magic industry, this particular convention is also noteworthy for its name. Specifically: Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic. Unsurprisingly, this is usually abbreviated to just “Fechter’s,” “FFFF,” or “4F.” The “Fechter” refers …

  

Simon and Davefunkel: Live and Actually Prepared Now

Back before this year’s Melbourne Magic Festival, Dave Lee and I realised we badly needed a live audience in order to work on material for our upcoming and severely ill-prepared shows. Hence we found a small theatre, booked it for a few nights, and asked friends and family to come out and watch us work …

  

United Airlines: The Sequel

A month ago, I had a pretty bad experience with United Airlines. I was going to the US for a month, and my Melbourne to LA flight was cancelled and replaced with a 31-hour odyssey of insanity and terrible customer service. Still, I got there eventually. A few days ago, with the trip concluded and …

  

Chair Saga Part III: The Chairs Live On

A couple of months ago I wrote about buying 40 chairs of various heights to improve the seating visibility for my and Dave Lee’s shows at the Melbourne Magic Festival. The article ended with me wondering what the hell we were going to do with the 40 chairs now that the shows were over. Well, …

  

Magic Live: The Close-Up Experience

(From left to right in the photo above: Yann Frisch, this guy, Johan Ståhl, Jon Armstrong, Mike Costa, Steve Valentine, Denis Behr) Now that it’s over, I can finally talk about a really cool thing I’ve been excited about for the past few months, but had to keep secret. Specifically: performing as part of the …

  

The Amazing Accidental Hansa Theatre Rear Shot

Back when performing for four months at the Hansa Theatre in Germany, I was, as usual, videoing most of my performances. At one point, I started experimenting with using a new GoPro camera. I figured that they were small, easily installable into different parts of the theatre, and the new Hero 3 Black model came …