Saturday, February 25, 2017

RIP Daryl

I first saw Daryl at Haine's House of Cards in 1984 and I clearly recall, dreaming, that one day I could be close to his caliber of greatness.  At that point in my magi-life, I had never felt so inspired.
Imagine seeing (pre youtube / DVD)
Daryl's Rope Routine, Elbow Knee & Neck, Audio Transpo
Ultimate Ambition & a plethora of FISM award winning Card Magic (ex: the "Hot Shot Cut" before the word "Cardistry" was even a word.)
I'm confident he inspired (several?) generations of magi & You'll find his magic runs deep through my own creative output (ex: Spongolgy, Triumph Tools, Coin Spectacle & much more)
Indeed, he was "The Magicians Magician" and he set the bar for delivering strong / quality content higher than anyone before or since (and did so with unequaled, joyous enthusiasm.)
I really could ramble endlessly
RIP Daryl

Friday, February 17, 2017

Post It!

One reason I'm reviving this blog is to post ideas for posterity

Here's a snap shot of some post-its from my desktop

the list is piling up and growing daily
(thank goodness)
*and there's plenty more where that came from.

My intent is to use some of this blog-space to document these ideas and some of their development
and I intend to do so using the many mediums offered by modern technology.

This (revived) blog was a post it note 3 days ago

all for today

stay tuned

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted time

ok, this is two days in a row
(which is one more than yesterday)

for the most part, these pages will be filled with things that I find interesting 
hopefully, my discoveries will be useful to (some of) you

occasionally, I'll go off on a theory / theoretical rant
... that day is not today

today... is just the act of getting out two blog posts in a row

ok, so anyway... thought of the day:

Silicone Thimbles
wow, these things are great
you can find them at your local "hobby lobby" (and I suppose most big fabric stores)
I like the "Dill Buttons" brand. They come in diff sizes... google is your friend

I just ran across these (haven't tried them yet)
they look fun (and inexpensive)

While I'm on the subject:
If you're interested in thimble magic,
I highly recommend Steve Beam / Joe Mogar's "Digital Effects"
(I LOVE this book. It's so so good on so many levels. You'll learn, laugh and enjoy some of the great sleight of hand magic, some great theory and thoughts on presentation and as usual, Steve's entertaining writing will keep you on the page to absorb each nuance.)

In other news:
Over 15 years of practicing and playing with thimbles...
I Still haven't put them into a show

what's that quote?
"time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time"


which reminds me:

cardistry thought:
2:42 (that thought is for me)

I really do like"The Virts"
IMO, they are one of the few "acts" that have placed cardistry on a public platform that can be enjoyed by laymen and card geeks
all their stuff is worth checking a look
I hope they're selling lots of decks

ok, so that's our post for the day

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Begin... (again)

wow, it's been over two years since my last attempt at re-starting this blog

... ahem  ...  do-over

Sunday, December 28, 2014

All Back(s?)

Ok, this blog has been dormant long enough

I've been going though a shit ton of heavy life crap & appear to be over the hump

as such, I can get back to trodding through this existence as only I can (and I hope the same for you: *in your own special way of course)

Me thinks My initial postings will likely focus on my re-entry into the busking arena
I've worked the cobblestones of New Orleans on and off for the better part of 20 years...
and now that I'm back on, it's more challenging than ever (status quo for me... and busking)
I suppose the sadist in me that brings me back... that and lack of any real job skills ;)

Anyhoo: it's a beautiful morning and I find that's the best time for me...
on that note: I'm outta here... and heading out there!

cya around!

Monday, August 18, 2014


The Conjuring Arts Center is running their sumner reading program again.

I mentioned this series last year & was gonna leave it at that, but their latest release is a MUST have.

if you're late to the party, better late than never ...

Week 7 of this summer's series features the classic (epic) "Expert Card Technique" 

... Nuff Said

Go, unplug that DVD player & give your brain some candy.

Open note of THANKS to all the fine folks at the CAC.