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100 Days of Gratitude - Day 90 - David Copperfield & Bill Bixby


I'm thankful for David Copperfield and Bill Bixby! Yes, absolutely.

They are the two reasons I wanted to be a magician when I grew up.

The short lived TV Show "The Magician" starring Bill Bixby was the coolest thing I watched when I was a kid and Copperfield on TV was simply amazing in the 80's and 90's as I was becoming a pro. I  think it's time he comes back to TV - I'd love to see it.

I am thrilled to see David getting reimpassioned about magic as it seems lately. He is, in my opinion, the greatest living magician in the world. He's earned that title & it's great to see him enjoying it again.

We saw David Copperfield perform at the MGM Grand in May and he was clearly having a great time performing - and if he wasn't - he was a great actor. It's good to see that passion again.

If you get a chance to see David while he's having fun - do it - I did and it was a great show.

If you're a stage magician - you've been influenced by David, I know I have and I'm grateful for the inspiration.

You can follow David at @d_copperfield on twitter. I do.



100 Days of Gratitude - Day 89 - G&J Shows

Since October 1, 1994 I have been touring theaters, school auditoriums and Civic Centers throughout Texas.

G&J is the initials of the promoters who put those shows together. I'm putting just initials, because I don't want to have their offices flooded with calls from magicians who think they can do a better job than me. This happens all the time - and I ALWAYS find out the name of these magicians who are too lazy to get their own gigs that they think they need to try to take someone elses. 

In this case... it won't happen. Relationships that last this long are built on trust & communication.

I work about 65 shows a year for G&J. They are a mixed blessing of awesome and just OK. While when I started with them they were at the high end of the events I did, now they're at the low end on the pay scale, but that is balanced out by the steady work and the non-existent marketing costs and flexility on what I perform.

This steady flow of shows gives my business some stability and this has truly been a win-win situation for both G&J and for me. I'm sure we'll continue doing these shows as long as it is a Win-Win.

Talk about repeat business... it's now been over 1200 shows with one client.

Thanks G&J & here's to another 17 years!


100 Days of Gratitude - Day 88 - Wheeled Luggage

Every once in a while when at an airport I see someone actually carrying their luggage.

Remember doing that? I barely do.

The guy (or girl) who figured out that we could put a handle and wheels on luggage was a genius and they deserve to be millionaires and I hope that they are.

I wheel my luggage somewhere almost everyday - and my back is thankful as well.


100 Days of Gratitude - Day 87 - Photoshop

There is not a day that goes by when I'm on a computer that I'm not using Photoshop for one reason or another. It's an amazing program and tool.

I feel like I have some pretty good skills at Photoshop (though not necessarily with design sense), but anytime I watch a program like PixelPerfect - I realize that what I know about the power of Photoshop has barely even scratched the surface.

I use it to create websites, logos (though I should use Illustrator - a program I'm planning on learning), touch up pictures, resize images for newsletters and the web and much, much more.

If you've never worked with Photoshop, it does have a steep learning curve, but once you learn the basics, then everything else kinda makes sense with it too.

You can download a free trial version for 30 days here. That being said. The program is ridiculously expensive at $700 to start (much cheaper if you buy it while you area a student).

Photoshop - thanks. You are the 3rd most used program on my computer after Outlook and Firefox. I truly appreciate the genius that went into creating your awesomeness.


100 Days of Gratitude - Day 86 - Having learned HTML Code basics

Today, as I'm in the middle of a major overhaul of my Game Shows To Go website (it's not changed yet - so if you click that link you'll see the old site), I'm very grateful that in the mid 90's I learned the basics of HTML - the language that web pages are coded (written) in.

While there are a lot of tools, such as (this site is hosted on squarespace), wordpress, DreamWeaver (what I use), FrontPage, and dozens of other programs that help you make websites easily, there is almost always a time that it helps me to know the basics of what the underlying code means.

Don't get me wrong. I'd have a hell of a time creating a website totally from scratch with only code, but having the base education makes using the more advanced tools easier.

My first website was created for me in 1994 by my good friend Fred Rosenbaum. It was written completely in notepad. I took it over in 1996 and created it in Microsoft Publisher. Check out the WayBack Web Archives of the sites - it's pretty hilarious. At the time though I was one of the first to have video on my website using "RealVideo" - remember that!

The magic website is due for a major update/upgrade, but we'll have to take it one step at a time.

Until then... HTML - I salute you and I'm glad when this internet thing started, I had to learn to speak your language. It helps me every day.