Showing posts with label Piff the Magic Dragon. Show all posts
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21 September 2020

Random thoughts about "Piff Live from Las Vegas"

Last Saturday, my family participated in "Piff Live from Las Vegas."  I say "participated in" because it is a truly interactive experience!

Piff with A, a very happy volunteer.
I think I heard A say,
"This is so cool, he picked me!"
Photo credit: Piff






Here are some random thoughts that came to mind while watching "Piff Live from Las Vegas":
  • It is an unexpected treat to see Piff perform live from Vegas, without having to shell out for airfare and accommodations.
  • Great view of the show, no one kicking my seat from behind, adjustable audio, no traffic, and free parking!
  • The show is suitable for the whole family.
  • It is packed with comedy, mentalism, and magic!
  • Jade works really, really hard!  
  • So do Francis, Alex, and of course Mr. Piffles.
      
  • The show takes audience interaction to a whole new level!  
    • There's an increased likelihood of spending time on the big screen if:
      -
      your preschoolers / puppets / stuffies / dragons / pets like dancing to Funky Town!
      - you choose to participate in the scavenger hunts
    • There's the standard interaction of volunteers to assist with tricks.  
    • Combined with the excitement of a scavenger hunt.  
    • Plus trivia (for iPhone users).  
    • Top it all off with the roving fan camera concept done at sporting events, where anyone with their camera on can be featured on the "big screen!"
       
  • Never fear, no one is forced to participate.
  • There are sometimes prizes for volunteers!
  • Volunteer selection is done very creatively.
  • Volunteers appear "up on stage" with the dragon himself.
  • For the magicians:
    • Piff weighed in on "art vs craft".
    • Quick demo of a recent release by Richard Young. 
    • Increased shot at prizes if you know your David Copperfield and / or Piff trivia.

  


Here's what others had to say about the show:




 

 

 

Disclosure:  My family and I were guests at this show. The opinions expressed above are entirely my own. I did not receive compensation for the writing or the publishing of this article.

 

 

 

 

29 April 2020

A peek behind the curtain with Piff the Magic Dragon

A peek behind the curtain with Piff the Magic Dragon 
I was delighted to receive an invitation to interview Piff the Magic Dragon!

You can watch Piff, Jade, and Mr. Piffles on PiffTV, where Piff has magicians and comedians on as guests, does some magic, and has little video features.  Episodes are uploaded M-F at 10am and 5pm PST.



Who inspires you magically?

Penn & Teller. The greatest of all the great.

What magical effect would you have shown me had I been there to interview you in person?  
None. Save it for the stage is my golden rule.


What is your first memory of magic?
I think I was around 8 or 10 and I helped someone do the linking rings. I was pretty convinced I had magical powers. So when I bought a set years later I was disappointed to find they were broken. One had a hole in, one was already linked. Very upsetting.


Who inspires you that is not a magician?
 

Jerry Seinfeld.
Had you not shown up at a fancy dress party in your sister’s dragon costume, what type of magic show do you think you’d be performing now?
Something really not worth watching.


Have you experienced anything specific about performing for Canadian audiences in particular?  
You have the optimism of the Americans and the sarcasm of the British. A great combination.


Piff’s connection to Canadian magic?
  

Rick Bronson, who runs the Comic Strip in Edmonton, was the first to book us out there. We sold out 12 shows in a week. A record! I love Rick Bronson.!
Life on the road isn’t all glory and glamour.  There are tight schedules, never-ending bus rides, questionable accommodations, missed connections, and broken or disappearing props.  Tell us about your most memorable touring misadventure.
The dog once defecated all over Jade live on stage, to our mutual horror. By mutual I am referring to Jade and I. The dog felt only relief. I was so appalled I gave a play by play commentary over the whole event as Jade left the stage dripping. Offstage she shed and burnt a few hundred dollars of feathers and returned looking thoroughly nauseated and depressed. After the show the meet and greet line was longer than ever before with people petting, holding and even kissing the dog. Turns out the audience thought it was just a hilarious bit. None of them took it seriously at all. That was until round two started... 




If you could be endowed with the talent to take on any Broadway role past or present, who would you pick and why?
 

The narrator from Shockheaded Peter. My favourite show.
So as to not scare off any aspiring performers, please share with us your favourite thing about touring.
Doing the show. That's the only part of this whole enterprise that makes it worthwhile, and I love it to pieces. If you don't like the show part, then quit immediately and start making some real money.



 Do you have any tour or pre-show rituals you’d be willing to share with our readers?
I try and do nothing ritualised so that I don't have to do it every night. Once I had a lucky t-shirt. I lost it and the next gig went very badly. I swore off talismans after that.



Do you have any tips for keeping up one's mental health during quarantine?

Quarantine is tough on everyone. Be kind to each other. And make sure you eat well.



Is there anything else you’d like to share about you or Mr. Piffles with our readers?
A dog is a great business partner. Just find someone else to clean up after him.





Thank you Mr. Magic Dragon for making the time to answer our questions!

You can watch Piff, Jade, and Mr. Piffles on PiffTV, where Piff has magicians and comedians on as guests, does some magic, and has little video features.  Episodes are uploaded M-F at 10am and 5pm PST.








13 April 2020

International Stars of Magic show livestream April 15

Keep your eyes on the Greg Frewin Theatre's YouTube channel.  There's a very good chance this won't be the last spectacular livestream lineup!


(As an added bonus watch new episodes of PiffTV uploaded M-F at 10am and 5pm PST.)



From Greg Frewin's Facebook post:
Join us for #2 International Stars of Magic show livestream April 15 @7PM EST.

For the Niagara SPCA Humane Society.

https://youtu.be/6moYdHS8TYc

An amazing 2nd show with amazing stars for a good cause.


17 September 2019

"The Lucky Dragon Tour" with Piff the Magic Dragon

From Piff the Magic Dragon:
OCT 10 THU - Casino Regina, Regina, SK
OCT 11 FRI - Casino Regina, Regina, SK
OCT 12 SAT - Gold Eagle Casino, North Battleford, SK
NOV 8 FRI - Sagebrush Theatre, Kamloops, BC
NOV 9 SAT - Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC

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07 June 2019

Gander and Cornerbrook: Piff The Magic Dragon

From Arts and Culture Centre:
Piff The Magic Dragon
Presented by Newfound Promotions
July 4 Gander
July 5 Corner Brook

50% Comedy 50% Magic 100% Dragon. Piff the Magic Dragon, Top 10 finalist on America’s Got Talent and with a residency at the Flamingo Casino in Las Vegas, Piff brings his mixture of charm, wit, and wizardry to Gander, NL. Accompany by Mr. Piffles, the world’s only magical Chihuahua, Piff is sure to wow the audience.

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From Phoebe Hancock's Facebook page:




18 April 2018

Calgary: Piff the Magic Dragon

From The Laugh Shop Calgary:
May 10-12, 2018

Piff the Magic Dragon – The stand out star of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, imagine Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks and you’re on the right track. With over 12 million YouTube hits to his name Piff has performed to hundreds of thousands of people in preposterous venues such as Radio City Music Hall, the O2, London, and Sydney Opera House. His sidekick Mr Piffles, The World’s First Magic Performing Chihuahua has been levitated, laminated, shackled in a straitjacket and shot out of a cannon all in the name of entertainment. Just one thing: They don’t do Children’s Parties.

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29 March 2018

Windsor: Piff the Magic Dragon

From the March 25th article "Q and A: Piff the Magic Dragon" by Dalson Chen in the Windsor Star:
Piff the Magic Dragon likes to point out that he’s not as famous as his older brother — Steve.

But the English-born magician with a spiky tail (John van der Put) isn’t hurting for work these days, having been featured to great response on Penn & Teller: Fool Us and America’s Got Talent.

Witness Piff’s deadpan humour and ironic illusions in person when he performs at Caesars Windsor on Friday, March 30.

Q. Dragons seem to be very popular now, what with Game of Thrones, Imagine Dragons, Dragons’ Den — have you noticed people giving you more respect?

A. Yeah, finally. It’s a good time to be a dragon. Before that, it was just about being shot in the face by a dwarf or a hobbit. But times have changed.

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16 August 2017

Winnipeg: Piff the Magic Dragon

Thursday Aug 17th - Sunday Aug 20th

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14 June 2017

Winnipeg: Piff the Magic Dragon

August 17 - 20th at Rumor's Restaurant and Comedy Club.

From Rumor's:
The stand out star of season 10 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was without a doubt Piff the Magic Dragon. Think Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks, then throw in the World’s First Magic Performing Chihuahua™ – Mr Piffles. With over 40 million YouTube hits to his name, Piff has performed to hundreds of thousands of fans all over the world in iconic venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe, the O2, London and Sydney Opera house. He was the opening act for Mumford & Sons on their 17 date UK tour and even graces the cover of their Grammy award winning album “Babel”.

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26 May 2016

Calgary: new show added for Piff the Magic Dragon

Updated as of 6:40am EST:
  • The new Sunday 7pm show is now sold out.  A new Sunday at 9:30pm show has been added.  Check The Laugh Shop for the most up to date information.


From The Laugh Shop:
Piff the Magic Dragon: Exclusive Concert Presentation
May 26 - May 28

EXCLUSIVE CONCERT PRESENTATION

THIS IS AN 18+ SHOW – MINORS ARE NOT ADMITTED.

May 26-28 – all shows $29.95

Thursday 7 pm – SOLD OUT!
Friday 7pm & 10pm – SOLD OUT!
Saturday 7pm & 10pm – SOLD OUT!
Sunday 7pm – SOLD OUT!
Sunday 9:30 pm – $29.95
9:30 pm SUNDAY SHOW ADDEDPURCHASE TICKETS

Piff the Magic Dragon The stand out star of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, imagine Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks and you’re on the right track. With over 12 million YouTube hits to his name Piff has performed to hundreds of thousands of people in preposterous venues such as Radio City Music Hall, the O2, London, and Sydney Opera House. His sidekick Mr Piffles, The World’s First Magic Performing Chihuahua has been levitated, laminated, shackled in a straitjacket and shot out of a cannon all in the name of entertainment. Just one thing: They don’t do Children’s Parties.


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09 October 2015

Edmonton: Piff the Magic Dragon

From the Piff the Magic Dragon website:
Nov 03    The Comic Strip (SOLD OUT)
Nov 04    The Comic Strip (SOLD OUT)
Nov 05    The Comic Strip (SOLD OUT)
Nov 05    The Comic Strip
Nov 06    The Comic Strip (SOLD OUT)
Nov 06    The Comic Strip
Nov 07    The Comic Strip (SOLD OUT)
Nov 07    The Comic Strip
Nov 08    The Comic Strip (SOLD OUT)
Nov 08    The Comic Strip (SOLD OUT)

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