When I was a teenager I remember in a issue of Magic Magazine (I think), I saw a picture of Mondre performing. The picture has stuck in my head for over 20 years. Last week I was able to work with Mondre at Wonderground in Las Vegas!
I had a blast hanging out and chatting with him.
I also love that his act didn’t disappoint me. I’ve seen many shows that I read about as a kid and when I finally see it as an adult, the show is a clunker. Here’s a video of Mondre that I found :
This also brings me to something that I think is lost on kids today, which is seeking out shows. When I was a kid there was no youtube, I had to actually ride the bus for hours to see a show. When seeing a show it had value and a lot of it. I really took in the show, it wasn’t just something that was happening in the same room as me.
My advice to anyone who wants to be a magician is to go out and actually see shows! Go see any live show, not just magic, not just national acts…go see every single show you can!