Showing posts with label Lee Asher. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lee Asher. Show all posts

27 September 2019

Ontario: Win your OWOW registration & over $600 in magic gifts

The OWOW Magic Festival will run Oct 25, 26, 27, 2019.

From the OWOW Magic Festival:
Win Your Registration & over $600 magic gifts for FREE!
Register for the OWOW Magic Festival before Oct 4th for your chance to win over $600+ magic goodies & swag, courtesy of Lee Asher, Paul Rohmany,& Michael Close!

  • ​​    OWOW Registration Fee ($145 value!)
  •     OWOW VIP Festival Swag ($75 value!)
  •     Michael Close: Teaches Crafting Workable Magic Masterclass ($45 value!)
  •     Lee Asher MEGA PACK of magic goodies ($95 value!)
  •     Paul Rohmany Custom BOR Marketing DVD!! ($250 value!)
Win your registration and festival swag!  PLUS incredible magic bundle from Lee Asher, learn how to polish your magic with Michael Close and Paul Rohmany gives you the best tool to make more money from every show!

Read more and enter.

From the OWOW Magic Festival Twitter feed:

03 July 2019

Kickstarter: Authentic Jerry's Nugget Playing Cards

With over 27 day still to go, this Kickstarter has already raised over $400,000 Cdn!

From Kickstarter:
In 1970, Jerry's Nugget Casino printed what would become one of the most collectible playing card decks ever manufactured by United States Playing Card Company (USPCC). They made them for the tables but opted not to use them and put them in storage for 20 years! Almost thirty years ago they started selling them in their gift store with the final price of $2 a deck!
Playing card expert, Lee Asher, recognized the unique quality and feel of these cards and began evangelizing about them. In due course, Jerry's Nugget playing cards became legendary. 

By the fall of 1999, these cards sold out, yet the demand continued to grow. Today, authentic Jerry’s Nugget cards are among the most desirable and expensive modern decks on the market.

But finding an authentic deck presents a real challenge. Due to their considerable value and the immense demand, knockoffs proliferate eBay and other outlets.

This prompted Asher to suggest Expert Playing Card Company try and get the exclusive license to print these iconic decks again. And after more than three years of pursuit and negotiation, we finally made a deal with Jerry's Nugget Casino! 

Read more and back.

From Lee Asher's Twitter feed:

16 June 2019

Lee Asher's thoughts on the recent Cartamundi / USPCC deal

Skip to the bottom of this post to watch Lee's video.


From the June 4th article "Cartamundi to acquire The United States Playing Card Company" from Cartamundi:
Turnhout, June 4, 2019 – The Belgian privately owned group Cartamundi has signed an agreement to buy The United States Playing Card Company (USPC) from its parent company Newell Brands. The acclaimed playing cards maker’s focus is on North America and Spain. Through this acquisition, Cartamundi continues to invest in the global entertainment market.

The United States Playing Card Company, owner of the iconic brands such as Bicycle®, Bee®, Hoyle® and Fournier®, is the global standard within the world of playing cards. The business employs over 350 people and has manufacturing facilities in the U.S. city of Erlanger (Kentucky) and the Spanish city of Vitoria (Álava). In 2018 USPC realized net sales of approximately 112 million US dollars.

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From Lee Asher's Twitter feed:

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15 March 2019

Lee Asher at the Conjuror Community Summit

The 2019 CC Summit will take place August 23rd & 24th in Tupelo, Mississippi.

From the Conjuror Community Summit:
Lee Asher

Elite card magicians celebrate Lee's astonishing visual magic and unrivaled knowledge in the playing card world. He's also the most approachable expert you'll ever meet. At CC Summit 2019, he'll share his modern classics, and reveal secret miracles he’s never shared before!

Read more and register.

20 February 2019

Lee Asher's living room lecture

Living Room Lecture by Lee Asher February 20th.

From the Conjuror Community post "Collecting Playing Cards: 4 Simple Tips That Save HOURS" by Benji Wilkins:
Lee Asher has created more original, astonish and practical magic than just about anyone we know. When he joins us next week, he’s going to reveal REAL card magic secrets and miraculous tricks. But that’s just the beginning…

We’ve known Lee for 25 years, and when it comes to collecting playing cards the SMART way, he’s always been better at it than ANYONE we know.

And when we go to Lee’s home next week for this intimate online event, he’s pulling out all the stops! You’ll discover the best versions of Lee’s most famous tricks—and receive the kind of personal instruction you can’t get at ANY live magic event.

But that’s just the beginning. To make Lee’s debut CC appearance even MORE special, Lee has offered to give an easy-to-follow, mindblowing masterclass on how to make collecting playing cards easy and fun—without spending a fortune!

Read more and register.

17 May 2017

Toronto: Playing Card Collectors Meeting

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
Sunday June 11th, 2017 at 2PM - 5PM

WHO: Anyone with interest in collecting playing cards
WHAT: Playing Card Collector's Meeting
WHERE: Browser's Den of Magic (3220 Dufferin St. #19, Toronto, ON M6A 2T3)
WHEN: Sunday June 11th, 2017
COST: $10 OR Free for those who attended the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash

Playing Card Collectors Meeting - Calling all card collectors within a 200 kilometer radius of Toronto and the GTA!

With the help of 52 Plus Joker (North American Playing Card Collector's Club), the Browser's Den proudly offers you the opportunity to attend this free meeting and receive expert tips on caring for your collection, as well as learn methods to keep your cards in top-notch condition. Plus see decks of cards you've only read about in books and online.

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15 April 2017

Wes Barker: Magician on tour

Wes Barker has a new web series about his touring life.

Here's episode two, to give you a feel. (With appearances by Chris Mayhew, Jonah Babins, Keith Brown, and Lee Asher.)

From Wes' YouTube channel:

13 February 2017

Montreal: Lee Asher lecture

From the Montreal Magic Jam:
Tues March 7th

Lee Asher is coming to town, and he’s going all out. He’s combining all his lectures into one super lecture for this special event. You’ll learn powerful pieces of magic such as:

– THE RIPPER: Visually rip a single playing card into the four Jacks
– WITNESS: A joker transforms into the selection inside a zip-lock bag while held by the audience
– THE TOUCH: Give anyone the power to win every card game
– THUNDERBIRD: Four aces dynamically appear at your fingertips
– VINO VERITAS: Audibly divine a selection using a glass of delicious wine
– THREE STYLIN: Multi-coloured poker chips visually fly from hand to hand
– DIVING BOARD DOUBLE: A stylish double lift that impresses even the most skilled
– ASHER TWIST: One at a time, four aces revolve face-up then face down again, delighting your audience each time it happens.
– plus much more.

Lee will also show (PERFORMANCE ONLY) some of the new things he has in the pipeline. So please join us on March 7th for an evening of fun.

PS This is an interactive event, so please make sure to bring a deck of cards with you.

Read more and buy tickets (early bird discount available).

04 August 2016

Lee Asher in the Daily Herald

From the Daily Herald:
"There are thousands of us, my friend, worldwide," says Lee Asher, 40, president of 52 Plus Joker (, the playing-card collectors club coming to the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Oct. 20-22 for the group's Annual Playing Card Collectors Convention. "We're kind of the Comic-Con for playing cards."

While euchre is believed to have led to the addition of the joker to modern decks, to collectors, cards are so much more than finding a decent euchre deck.

"Most every world event that's ever happened since the dawn of time has been documented on a playing card," says Asher, a professional magician from Toronto. "If you can think of something that happened, it's probably on a playing card."

Read more.

28 June 2016

Diary of a Sorcerers Safari newbie - part 10

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A camper's notebook. Photo by Rosemary Reid
A camper's notebook.

Day 5: Tuesday August 18th*
Cheesy omelette breakfast.  I saw the rabbits again!  And I saw a bright green frog too.  Still no sign of the deer. 
At card class Shawn Farquhar talked to us about stuff I’d never considered.  He said, “give people a sense of wonder.  Don’t make them feel stupid or small.”  And then he said this quote from American poet Maya Angelou:   
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

We played “Capture the Flag” which was so. much. FUN!

The camper show was fantastic.  Before the show, Lee Asher made his group perform walk around for the audience.  They did really well. 

Pre-show walk around. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Pre-show walk around.

Then the show started.  Some of the kids performed things they just learned (or even made!) this week!  Others made stuff up and some came prepared with things they’d been working on the whole year.  Shout out to them all!
Emcees: Chaz and RJ.
Performers: Cathy, James, Brad, Matt, Tariq, Jordan, Ava, Vincent, Landon, Matthew, Nathan, Will, Ben, Jack, Nick, and Jeff.
Backstage: Simon, Holden, Serena, and Jarrett.
Sound and tech: Steve Kline (for this and all the other shows!).
Production assistants: Mike and Lisa Close, Dan Wiebe, and Mike Toal.

Owning the stage. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Owning the stage.

Sponge balls. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Sponge balls.

Something big is about to happen! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Something big is about to happen!

The coolest thing about the show was that everyone’s performance looked good.  Beginner kids went first so they didn’t have to go after someone who had more experience.  I don’t see any competition between the kids.  The adults want us all to shine. 
Today’s electives were Pulp Friction (with Lee himself!), linking rings, Gravity Half Pass (with Aaron Fisher!), Assistant’s Revenge stage illusion, Miser’s Dream, any card at any number, and Patriotic Ropes. 

Bill Wells and Sheldon Casavant talking coins. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Bill Wells and Sheldon Casavant talking coins.

Patriotic ropes with Phil DaCosta. Photo by James Carey Lauder.

I did the linking rings and was kinda surprised (and disappointed) to learn how they work.  It seems that some of the most wonderful effects are based on simple ideas.  Loran was a great teacher, but I’m going to have to practise a lot more until I feel comfortable doing it in front of anyone!

Rats. Camp swim got rained out.  (I wish I tried the high jump yesterday).  Silver lining: we all piled into the Staff Lounge and had a big impromptu panel with Shawn, Eric, Phil, and Mark.  They do things off the top of their head better than I can do anything I’ve rehearsed a million times.  I wonder how much of it is pure talent and how much of it is hours and hours of practise.

Shawn speaking at the panel. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Shawn speaking at the panel.

To be continued ...

The 2016 season of Sorcerers Safari will run from Sunday August 7th through Friday August 12th, 2016. For more information, or to register, please visit

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* The “Diary of a Sorcerers Safari Newbie” is primarily based on the 2015 camp season.  It is an aggregate of many perspectives, and at times includes events from previous years.

25 June 2016

Catching up with Discourse in Magic

Jonah Babins and Tyler Williams have been steadily producing podcasts since their launch in April.  Have a look at what they've released so far...
As an aside, am I the only one wondering when someone is going to launch Datcourse in Magic?

From Discourse in Magic:
Welcome to the Discourse in Magic podcast! This is where we tackle magic’s hardest issues, theories, philosophies, discussion, and more to help you explore.  We jump into all sorts of resources and most importantly actionable tips to help better the art and become a killer performer!

  • Episode 11 – How to be a Great Teacher, Mentor and Student of Magic with Aaron Fisher and Adam Grace
    June 16th, 2016
  • Episode 10 – Playing Card Innovation and Economy in the Era of Crowdfunding with Lee Asher June 9th, 2016
  • Episode 9 – Community Month: Introduction Magic Shops, Camps and Friends June 2nd, 2016
  • Episode 8 – Performing Tips for the Working Magician, From Restaurants to Big Illusions with Chris Westfall May 26th, 2016
  • Episode 7 – Ethics and morals for the modern magician with Ben Train May 19th, 2016
  • Episode 6 – Creating a fictional premise with conflicts and twist endings that rock May 12th, 2016
  • Episode 5 – Designing magic for the screen and the stage with Patrick Kun May 5th, 2016
  • Episode 4 – Improv and being open to change with Chris Mayhew April 29th, 2016
  • Episode 3 – Personality, character and connecting with your audience with Eric Leclerc April 27th, 2016
  • Episode 2 – Going viral, the Reddit secret, and Rubik’s cubes with Steven Brundage April 23rd, 2016
  • Episode 1 – Introduction Episode April 20th, 2016

Read more and listen to podcasts.

17 June 2016

Catching up with The Dave Attwood Show

Dave's been busy this year, recording new podcasts every week or so.  Have a look at who he's been interviewing, then click through to his site and have a listen!

From Attwood Magic:
The Dave Attwood Show

A glimpse into Dave's mind and his slant on current events, celebrity news, relationships and the ever changing roller coaster ride of fatherhood.

Episode 130, 2016-06-04 (Mike Norden and Gordon Boyes)
Episode 129, 2016-05-28 (Raul Fernandez and Frank Padilla Jr.)
Episode 128, 2016-05-22 (Anastasia Synn)
Episode 127, 2016-05-14 (Greg Dow AKA The Shocker, Bizzaro, Krystal Lawrence)
Episode 126, 2016-05-07 (David Regal)
Episode 125, 2016-04-30 (Murray Sawchuck)
Episode 124, 2016-04-09 (Kenrick ICE McDonald)
Episode 123, 2016-04-02 (Trevor And Lorena Watters)
Episode 122, 2016-03-26 (Bill Abbott And Jamie D Grant)
Episode 121, 2016-03-19 (Eric Knaus aka The Great Zucchini)
Episode 120, 2016-03-12 (Kainoa Harbottle)
Episode 119, 2016-03-06 (Max Maven)
Episode 118, 2016-02-27 (Lee Asher)
Episode 117, 2016-02-14 (Karl Hein)
Episode 116, 2016-02-13 (Shawn Farquhar)
Episode 115, 2016-02-06 (Jeff McBride)
Episode 114, 2016-01-30 (Dan Harlan)
Episode 113, 2016-01-23 (Oscar Munoz)
Episode 112, 2016-01-17 (Joe M. Turner)
Episode 111, 2016-01-09 (Jason England)

Read more and listen to podcasts.

07 June 2016

Diary of a Sorcerers Safari newbie - part 7

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A camper's notebook. Photo by Rosemary Reid
A camper's notebook.

Day 3: Sunday August 16th (cont)*
Dinner was good but the ice cream pie was AMAZING!

At the theatre they said Chris Mayhew is making a video of camp.  I can’t wait to see that!  Rosemary said she runs the Sorcerers Safari social media accounts and will help promote events that campers are involved with.  Impressive.  I don’t get the sense that people here think they’re better than anyone else -- they all just want to see everyone succeed.  Just like our moms and dads.  But WAY cooler. 

Mike Close played some beautiful piano before the show.  (Is everyone here crazy talented?)  The lip syncs were extra funny tonight. Rosemary (singer) and Chris Westfall (background cheerleader) did “Cheerleader" by Omi, and Jonah (with Jonah supporting) did a duet -- "Love Is An Open Door" from Frozen.  HYSTERICAL!!!!

Found myself a cheerleader!  Still from video by Chris Mayhew.
Found myself a cheerleader!

Jonah backing up Jonah.  Still from video by Chris Mayhew.
Jonah backing up Jonah.

Tonight’s show was called the “World Champion Show” and featured three award winning magicians!  I got to see Greg Frewin, Shawn Farquhar, and Daryl all on the same stage.  I bet that the evening shows alone are worth the price of camp.
Greg Frewin. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Greg Frewin.

Shawn Farquhar. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Shawn Farquhar.

Daryl. Photo by James Carey Lauder.

Rocket popsicles for bedtime snack!  (The sugar will help keep me awake for cabin visits!)  Eric came and gave us all mouth coils to try.  (I thought they would never end!!  We’re going to decorate the bunks with them tomorrow.)  Lee Asher showed us some super cool tricks with cards and then he showed us specialty decks we’d never heard of.  They looked really fancy.
Eric sharing secrets. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Eric sharing secrets.

To be continued ...

The 2016 season of Sorcerers Safari will run from Sunday August 7th through Friday August 12th, 2016. For more information, or to register, please visit

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* The “Diary of a Sorcerers Safari Newbie” is primarily based on the 2015 camp season.  It is an aggregate of many perspectives, and at times includes events from previous years.

02 April 2016

  • Jeff’s thanking: the MonteCassino staff. Cheers to the office, engineering, hotel, bar and kitchen staff.
  • Also thanks to: Annie Pinsky, Dick Joiner, David Merry, Magic Mike Segal & Jen Segal, Ben Train, Michael Gillis, Chris Mayhew, Lidden Li, Shawna York, Nicole Lee, John Michalson, Roxanne Talbot, and Christina Asher!
  • Thank you to the Zone Performers:  James Harrison, Ben Train, Chris Mayhew, Big Louie Lebetjis, & Joe Deng.
  • Special thanks to John Talbot and Lee Asher, without whom none of this would have been possible.
  • A touching video tribute to Tom Mullica.

09 March 2016

Toronto: Best Magician Contest 2016

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
"Best Magician Contest 2016"

Hello all Magic Lovers, the BEST MAGICIAN CONTEST is BACK for you. This is your opportunity to show your skills.

In the evening of April 16th, 2016, A1 Chinese Radio ( is giving out opportunities to the magic lovers! Bringing along with your own incredible skills, the candidates will enter into an exciting competition held on a magical platform in Market Village.

This is the 5th year magician contest to gather a large amount of Toronto magicians within the magic community and the qualified contestants will be challenge among each other and then finally compete for the fame of Top Magician in Toronto.

This might be the LAST YEAR we are having the contest at MARKET VILLAGE because this famous landmark will be renovating very soon. Hence, this is a historical moment for all magic lover to witness the contest of BEST MAGICIAN one LAST TIME at Market Village.

This Year, we will also have Lee Asher, Jim Tam, Jeff Pinsky and Magic Mike to be our judges.
Performance: Stage Magic or Close-Up Magic.
Contestant: All Ages, All Genders
Event date: Apr 16, 2016 (Saturday) 7:30pm
Venue: Market Village (Steeles & Kennedy) 
(Event will be host in Cantonese and English. Contestants can use any langue for their Magical Routine.)

We are now starting the YOUTUBE audition. From now till 30th of March, all participants only need to submit a roughly 2 - 5 minute video to
- Please submit your video before March 29th, 2015 to waive the $20 entry fee. Any video(s) submitted after March 30th, 2015; a $20 entry fee will be applied.
- When submitting the video, please provide us your name and contact, so we can contact you.

*We will arrange an audition, AFTER we got your videos. Roughly 8 magicians or Magic group/ team will be chosen at the audition by the director of A1 media Toronto. These magicians will be competing on April 16, 2016 for the BEST Magician award 2016 & People choice award. ONE VIDEO entry per contestant only.

The winner of the competition will be receiving the following:
- “Best Magician 2016” trophy, “People Choice Magician 2016”
- Your chance to perform at CNE on with A1 Radio at Canada Day.
- Gift(s) from our main sponsor(s).

Look forward meeting you guys, See you all at there!!

30 October 2015

iTricks interviews Lee Asher

Listen to Lee Asher talk with iTricks about playing cards, Sorcerers Safari Magic and Performance Camp (the 20th anniversary, learning from the kids, the B4 class, Keith Brown, and women in magic), Greg Frewin, becoming a Canadian citizen, and Pulp Friction the book.

27 September 2015

Lee Asher on magical connections

On the afternoon we went, we were lucky enough to catch four different magicians performing on the pitch. While all of them were noteworthy in some fashion, one performance stood out the most for me. I've never seen anything like it before and it's one of those instances where it makes you reflect on your own life.

Magic Man Andrew Eland, a wonderful comedian and sleight-of-hand artist by way of South Africa, is that act. He's got an amazing knack (one of the best) for insanely difficult sleight of hand. Multiply that by the fact he's an excellent performer (and super funny), and you'll start to understand why he's considered a true legend among the underground.

During his performance we saw that day, something terrible happened. Not bad like finding the wrong card, but honestly terrible and gut-wrenching in the kind of way that sends shivers down your spine. As a performer, I never want to face this. Ever. Right there, I watched it happen to Andrew.

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11 August 2015

Download your free copy of "Card Culture"

Did you know that Canadian resident Lee Asher is the Vice President/Director of Publicity and Membership; Associate Editor for "Card Culture," the 52 Plus Joker's monthly digital playing card magazine?

This publication is a treasure trove of information for playing card aficionados from all over the world. It is published each month and available to members of 52 Plus Joker's, the American Playing Card Collector's Club.

For a free sneak peak visit the to see a special edition of "Card Culture."

You can also find Lee at Sorcerers Safari Magic and Performance Camp, and ask him more about 52 Plus Joker's and "Card Culture" there!

From a press release:
In order to further promote the hobby of collecting modern, antique and vintage playing cards, 52 Plus Joker, the largest playing card collectors' society in North America, is releasing a special complimentary issue of CARD CULTURE Magazine. This issue is a compilation of popular articles from previous issues and is meant to be representative of the type of content the magazine carries on a regular basis. 
52 Plus Joker President Tom Dawson says, "In my many years of experience, I can't recall any monthly magazine that has covered card collecting with this level of professionalism and enthusiasm. It's become the industry standard, a valuable resource to the society, and to 'card culture' as a whole. Along with our long-standing quarterly publication, Clear the Decks, it makes the low cost of membership in the club an exceptional bargain for the price."

This special issue is twenty pages long and contains six articles in total - a typical reader can finish it in under ten minutes.

If the history, origins, manufacturing and collecting of playing cards interests you, then you're going to love CARD CULTURE and all the other amenities offered to members of 52 Plus Joker. For only $25 per year ($35 outside North America), the privileges of membership to this unique club include:

-CARD CULTURE: monthly digital magazine including all current and past issues
-CLEAR THE DECKS: all new issues of our printed quarterly
-Access to the Ask Alexander database of all our magazine archives
-Personal account on
-Free expert appraisals of selected decks from your collection
-Inclusion within the 52 Plus Joker club roster
-Invitation to the Annual 52 Plus Joker Convention
-Access to advice and information on all things playing cards 

The 52 Plus Joker club is always eager to welcome new members, including collectors, artists/designers, Kickstarter project backers, magicians, cardists and anyone else with an interest in the world of playing cards, regardless of their level of experience! Read your complimentary copy of CARD CULTURE now, then join today. We invite you to forward this special issue to anyone you think would be interested in its content or the 52 Plus Joker club.

If you guys have any questions, comments, thoughts, etc. about the club or CARD CULTURE, just email the Director of Publicity Lee Asher at Lee [at] LeeAsher [dot] com.

24 May 2015

Review: "A Series of Unfortunate Effects"

From the Magic Junkies:
Coming in at around 90 minutes, A Series of Unfortunate Effects is a fun, engaging and wonderfully unique instructional DVD featuring some of the best card magic I’ve seen in some time. The movie (yep, I’m calling it a movie) features appearances by Lee Asher, Jeff Hinchliffe, Glenn West, Chris Westfall, plus the creators Chris Mayhew and Ben Train. Bill Abbott even makes an appearance as a maniacal card collector – hey if the shoe fits  Even without the card routines and explanations, I thought the movie was really fun with several laugh out loud moments. The chemistry between Chris Mayhew and Ben Train provides an enjoyable romp through underground card magic. (I’ll take this moment to mention that Chris Mayhew cracks me up!) The video itself is shot in HD and edited beautifully, with great attention to detail throughout. The appearances and card routines are just icing on the proverbial cake. It is a creative adventure that is a joy to watch.

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07 October 2014

How do you deal with failure?

In his post "Magic Gone Wrong," Lee Asher makes shares some valuable insights on failure.

Leave a comment below to share what you have learned from a time when things didn't go according to plan.

From Lee Asher's Playground:
Have you ever performed magic for a group of people, only to realize the routine isn't going to end as expected? Do you remember the feeling you got when it happened? Terrible! Most magicians can relate, because if you've ever presented magic before, you've probably been in that kind of situation. Maybe even more than once?

As a beginner, for me, it happened a lot. Nonetheless, those initial experiences shaped me into the performer I am today. With time and practice though, I learned to limit my amount of failure.
Currently as a professional, it rarely happens. Though, when stuff goes awry these days, it makes a meaningful, albeit painful, impact on me.

MAGIC GONE WRONG Recently, I was asked to perform at the Atlanta Harvest Magic Convention. It's a wonderful get-together filled with warm & compassionate folk. In one of the rooms, for the formal close-up show with over hundred pairs of eyes watching, I failed miserably with a set I'd been performing for a while.

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