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Insights into a Magician’s Mind.

Taking Risks.

Posted on August 6, 2017

I recently took a risk. I talked about religion. In my show. This all happened while performing at FringePVD, the Providence Fringe Festival, in July. I had never performed in Providence nor a fringe festival, but I heard that all sorts of acts and flavors appear at fringe events. So, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to jump out of my comfort zone and try something new. Let’s back up and provide some context… I’m Jewish. I was raised in a Jewish household, and it’s one of the strongest parts of my identity. I pray regularly,

Creating Magic

Posted on July 17, 2017

I’m performing a brand new show July 25 and 29 at FringePVD, the Providence Fringe Festival. Or at least as much of a new show as I can. I told myself months ago that I wanted to to create an all new show for FringePVD. And a lot of the show will be new, while some of it will be material that I’ve performed countless times. Some artists have a quick creative process, but not me. It takes time for me to shape a routine filled with

45 Minutes.

Posted on June 8, 2017

Most of my shows are 45 minutes long. This gives me 45 minutes to shape my audience members’ worlds and provide moments of amazement, mystery and inspiration. And if I do my job right, they’ll leave thinking differently than when they arrived. They’ll have questioned their realities, or perhaps simply have had a fun time for 45 minutes. I bring this all up now because I recently performed at a private party in Des Moines, Iowa, and my client proposed to his girlfriend right before my show. The mood in the room rose to an ultimate high, and I had a blast performing

Video: “A Day in the Life.”

Posted on May 25, 2017

As a performer and entrepreneur, every day looks very different from the next. I spend my hours booking shows, engaging in arts and crafts, performing, running the business… and the list goes on. So here’s a sneak peak of my day-to-day life; I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I do living it!

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Inspiration.

Posted on May 1, 2017

Photo Credit by Cirque de Soleil Beatles Love Show.

I saw The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas last August, and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. It was engaging, moving and incredible all wrapped up in one; a powerful theatrical experience that made me question every single show I’ve performed (and will perform). The show’s message (love) provided meaning for all of the rollerbladers, trapeze artists and circus performers. It inspired me to fill my shows with substance stronger than just

Waking Up

Posted on April 23, 2017

I was scheduled to perform at 11PM recently. The venue was close to my house and it was going to be a short show, but still, it was at 11PM and I was tired. I performed vocal warmups backstage to help wake me up. I ran through my set a number of times in my head and even did the “shakedown exercise” that many people do in theater classes; (it’s a good thing to know if you don’t already). But despite these attempts, I was still tired and it was almost showtime. The curtain opened and I walked on stage,

Last Minute Changes

Posted on March 27, 2017

I recently traveled to Louisville to perform at a private event. I love traveling and am lucky to have a job that allows me to perform for audiences nationwide. The show was set for Saturday night, and I arrived Friday morning. I went straight to the venue from the airport in order to meet my clients and check out the performance space. I was impressed both by the hospitality of my clients and the venue itself. But, I quickly realized that I had prepared parts of my show for a smaller venue, and audiences in the back seats were not going to be able

Learning from Mistakes

Posted on March 6, 2017

I walked off stage after performing and thought to myself, “I was so bad.” To put this into context, let’s back up 15 minutes, before my act began… I usually put my phone away before I perform, but I am bored. My set is starting late, since the performer before me began late. I’m sitting on a chair on stage, waiting for the call to open the curtain and begin my set. I’m scrolling through my Facebook feed and emails, trying to occupy my time while I wait for my turn to shine on stage. I’m not thinking about my act at

What is My Role?

Posted on February 22, 2017

“A magician is an actor playing the part of a magician,” claims Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, the father of modern conjuring. While I agree with this theory in many respects, I’ve always struggled to find my role on stage. Am I an artist? An entertainer? A magician?  I believe my first job is to entertain. To reveal a sense of wonder and bring happiness to others. But I struggle so often to bring about art in my shows. I want to push others much like a musician would. Lyrics and melodies move people, but does magic as well? I believe

Always Read the Airplane Magazines

Posted on February 7, 2017

I usually tend to read airplane magazines. You know, those free ones in the back seat pockets. I think it’s a mixture of the the sudoku, travel pictures and random articles that attract me to them. I read a quote in one of those magazines a couple of years ago that changed the way I view show business. It’s from illustrious magician and performer, Penn Jillette. His words struck me so strongly that I ripped the page out and keep it folded in my desk to reference from time to time:

Don’t fall