Hold on a Moment…

About a week or so ago I saw a local magic show in Seattle. The show was good and one of the performers asked me for some notes on his performance. The thing I told him, and this is something that I consciously have to do in my show is to pause to display the … Continue reading “Hold on a Moment…”

About a week or so ago I saw a local magic show in Seattle. The show was good and one of the performers asked me for some notes on his performance. The thing I told him, and this is something that I consciously have to do in my show is to pause to display the prop after the magic has happened.


In my show I do a trick where a drawing disappears and reappears inside a ball of yarn. When the drawing comes out, I unfold it and show it to the audience. When I show it, I pause and silently count in my head from one to three. This lets people process what they are seeing.

One of the challenges as a performer is that you know what it happening, so your brain doesn’t need to process what it’s seeing. The audience needs a few beats to figure out what’s going on. Simply holding a item for a dedicated amount of time makes a huge difference in audience reception!

Taxing Them…

I’m not even halfway through the run here at this two week fair and my challenge of getting a new joke or bit each day is already getting pretty hard. Today is the fifth day, and I’ve got an idea for today, but pretty much dried up with ideas as of right now for the … Continue reading “Taxing Them…”

I’m not even halfway through the run here at this two week fair and my challenge of getting a new joke or bit each day is already getting pretty hard. Today is the fifth day, and I’ve got an idea for today, but pretty much dried up with ideas as of right now for the rest of the run.


Today’s idea is going to be with my Object in Ball of Yarn magic trick. I’m going to ask the kid to sign a W-9 tax form to get the dollar bill. I’m also going to try doing a torn and restored bill, instead of just folding to get to the mismade bill. What I’m planning to do is that in lieu of the kid signing the W-9, I have to do some tax withholding. I’ll then tear the bill, and eventually restore it.

Ideally if I end up doing a torn and restored bill in the Object in Ball of Yarn trick, that frees up my mismade bill routine to be used in a different show. That will help me build up my second show.

Finding the Silver Lining…

While working on the Object in Ball of Yarn, recently I 3D printed a fishing reel to reel in the yarn. Every time I used it for the first few shows I worked the reel. Yesterday I decided to let a kid reel in the reel. Guess what happened? Within two cranks, the kid snapped … Continue reading “Finding the Silver Lining…”

While working on the Object in Ball of Yarn, recently I 3D printed a fishing reel to reel in the yarn. Every time I used it for the first few shows I worked the reel. Yesterday I decided to let a kid reel in the reel. Guess what happened? Within two cranks, the kid snapped the reel off the fishing pole!


When that happened, I was bummed out, however I’m also smart enough to see the “silver lining” in the situation. When the kid broke the reel, it was funny. My thinking then shifted to, how can I make that happen every time?


This solution was pretty simple. I just epoxy’d a magnet on the pole and the reel. When someone goes to crank it, they come apart. It’s a simple , and effective solution. The bonus is that’s today’s new bit I’m working on for Day 3 of a new bit in the show every day.