I know I am a fool! But I am getting quietly optimistic that we could be back at parties soon. I do hope so because it’s how I make a living! Rishi Sunak’s grants for self employed have ticked me along; I’ve ended up earning about 1/3 my usual income in the last year and obviously my diary for the year ahead is empty.
I have been volunteering recently at a vaccination centre in London and just WOW! It’s run brilliantly and the lovely other volunteers I work with make it a pleaure to be standing in a freezing car park directing cars and pointing people to the right path. I’m pretty star struck at the tea making zone to rub shoulders with the awesome NHS staff. What a time it has been for them it has been and how amazing they are.
I do not know what will happen in coming months and have really become numb to the good and bad news, but I need to be ready to go and up for a party because turning up full of enegy with a big smile on my face is what I am paid for. So I am working hard learning new magic tricks, writing jokes and getting fit. And boy has the last year given me material to write about!
For now, it’s not party time, so keep wearing your mask. Follow the guidelines and get a vaccine as soon as you are offered one! I’ve had my first dose and looking forward to the second one.
What do you think? When will you be having parties again?
Oh, PS I made a new showreel video of what I do. It’s pretty crazy and good fun.
It’s what all the kids want to know and all the magicians too. Who isn’t curious about all the nonsense that goes into a magicians case. I love the grand magic shows with immense sets behind curtains but there’s something special about the magician who walks into to any kind of room with a suitcase of nonsense, plonks it on a table and has a room full of people amazed and maybe laughing.
I love doing shows for kids. They have a great sense of wonder and a brilliant sense for comedy and daftness. But if your room is half full of adults which it usually is in British birthday parties, then why not try to entertain the whole room?
This video was enjoyable for me as I spent a great time going through not just my dusty props (from months of having no gigs thanks to Covid) but through so many photos and videos of my performances and even me playing around at home and with friends where a lot of tricks can get shaped and played with.
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From rock and roll bands to a circus contortionist to a balloon modelling specialist to a funny magician I have always had great fun in what I do. I never liked to follow the crowd and always strived to keep pushing forward changing and improving on what I do. My new project for 2020 was weekly YouTube videos. I am having great fun making them.
I had a fun day with magician superstar and lovely guy Brendan Rodrigues recently doing an interview with him and him doing an interview me. We have a very different style in the world of magic but we have a mutual respect for each other and always a great laugh.
I am all for folks being more informed. I myself have an impressive degree in politics. Less impressive being a 2.2 from Northampton Uni but nevertheless. What a time of information bombardment we are thriving in. But it’s too much. News is grim by nature. “Why don’t they report positive things?!” It’s not news that’s why fam. We expect things to be good and assume they are and will be so news is bad news and it’s bad. So don’t wake up to bad in your ears and take a break from it once in a while.
I made a funny (WHO SAYS?) video on the topic. You will like it. I promise or your money back.
YES! So excited to finally get me a green screen for my YouTube videos. As a magician I have bought tons of props, gadgets and gimmicks for my shows and 90% have ended up boxed away or sold to other entertainers (they all do the same haha!)
The GS was one of these things where I thought I wanted it but had a feeling I would be selling it again soon. But NO! Loving my first attempts at having fun with this and it looks great and I have hardly opened my imagiantion on it yet.
The Elgato green screen if you can find one is so easy to set up and pack down. It’s a nice size for solo sit down or standing filming.
The part I am troubled by is how tricky to light they are. I wanted to update my video lights for a while but when I shone them on me and tried to film green screen oh boy did I need to get some new ones.
A lot of video tutorials on my dearest YouTube were frothing at the mouth over the Aputure 120D but it is rather big to set up in my shoe box sized flat. I was tempted though but when I realised that for green screening you need even lighting and not the artistic type with one key light, I looked for a set and came across the awesome and way more flat pack/plays big Aputure Amaran’s. They are iPad size and are fantastic. Battery and mains powered a variety of light types, really bright and REMOTE CONTROLLED BABY! Forget your videos, flash them at the neighbours when they put the bins out while I hide behind the curtains that what I am mostly using them for.