Hey, Look, a Website!

October 20, 2010

Well, it’s official, I have a website.  Nothing fancy, I just started working on it, in fact, that’s what I was doing all day yesterday instead of practicing and blogging…  I just wanted to have it going before I showed up in public so I could direct people there to look more professional.  I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now, and yesterday, I was so tired from my real job (and a little burned out on practicing) that I decided to take the day off, so to speak, and get the site up and running.  I also decided (my wife made me) to clean my office/practice space.  Now I can practice a more effectively and I’ve got a better spot for my video camera.  So it’s back to work.

I’m feeling pretty comfortable with all the routines as they are so now I just need to weave them all together into the tapestry that is a magic show (what a lame metaphor, anyone can see it’s more like a quilt).  This means that at some point I’m going to have to run through the whole shebang from soup to nuts (that’s start to finish in case you’re under 60 years old).  The timing has me worried a little.  I don’t really know how long the act will be and I’m worried that it will either be too long, and I’ll have to cut stuff, or it will be too short and I’ll have to add stuff.  Adding stuff would be the most trouble because that would require working up an entirely new piece at the last minute.  Not always the best thing to do.  If I know me, I’m probably worried about nothing.  I got the impression from the event organizers that it really didn’t matter how long it was, they just needed to know so they could work out the rotation for that stage.

In other news, I got these cool replica 16th century cards from the same place where I got my costume thinking that I could use them for card tricks at the faire.  However, when I got them, they turned out to be printed on a much flimsier stock than most cards so I can’t use them for tricks.  Bummer.  The backs are blank though (as is accurate for cards of the day) so I had the idea of printing my info on the back of them and giving them out like business cards.  It should be cool.  So what will I use for card ticks, you ask?  Well, I thought of just using normal cards and saying, “F you, I’m a magician, what do you expect?” to the anachronism police, but I may use another deck I have.  It is a replica historical deck as well, but it’s printed on actual card stock so they handle basically like normal cards.  It is a replica 18th century deck, but I doubt anyone would notice the difference.  Let’s just keep this between you and me.  I hope there are no playing card historians in the audience.


On the left, a 16th c. card. The middle is 18th c., and the right is modern. Really, they just got lazier.

It’s back to practice for me.  You should check out my website while you’re at it.  I’m still working on it, but feel free to tell me what you think.  I know I need some better pictures, but that will come soon enough, don’t worry.


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