Landed safe and sound back in Dallas on Monday afternoon after the final show on Sunday night. My time in Vegas was filled with meeting magicians, learning about what it’s like to do this crazy art professionally, spending time with magician friends, and making new ones!
Meeting Mac King
A highlight of the weekend was seeing comedy magician Mac King’s show on Saturday. Mac has a hilarious show, incredible magic, and a really likable personality onstage.
My last performance was Sunday evening. I spent Sunday morning improving the act and cleaning up the movement/timing on my tricks. As a result, I think the most fun performance was the last. I realized that over the run of shows, my act got smoother and more relaxed. I guess the old saying “Practice Makes Perfect” is true … although I have yet to do a “perfect” show. There’s always more to work on, which I guess is half the fun!
With other magicians at the Vegas Magic Theatre
This last photo (right) is of me with the rest of the magicians at the Vegas Magic Theatre. Thank you, Vegas, for the great time … I know I’ll be back!
Also, I want to thank the SMU Daily Campus for the great article about my Vegas Adventure. I hope that the article shows that you really can do ANYTHING during your time at SMU. You can read it here.
Magician Paul Vigil at the Mirage
Sorry that it has taken me this long to write my next blog post …. but it’s been busy over here! I have performed two shows and have three more to go. Audiences have been very receptive to my act, and I have gotten some great comments after the show about my magic. I can’t describe how exciting it is to be performing on a Las Vegas stage after having grown up as a kid watching Las Vegas magic specials on TV.
In addition to performing in the Vegas Magic Theatre show, I have gotten to see some other shows in Vegas. Wednesday night, I went to see a magician named Paul Vigil. Paul is a polished close-up magician who has a very intimate magic show at a bar/lounge in the Mirage casino.
I also went to Cirque du Soleil’s “O.” This is a spectacular cirque-style acrobatic show, but the amazing thing is that the stage itself is one big pool of water! Performers exit and enter from the watery depths, and the lighting/visuals are stunning. Highly recommended! I also saw comedy illusionist Nathan Burton. I have met Burton several times before, and he was nice enough to get me and a friend comp tickets.
Yesterday, I worked with a prominent choreographer named Joanie Spina. Joanie was the lead assistant and choreographer of all of David Copperfield’s shows in the ’90s. She really helped me tighten up my movement in my magic act. I wish I had more time to implement all the great suggestions she had about movement/music into my act for the Vegas Magic Theatre shows, but there just isn’t enough time …. aaahhhh, well…
Today I am going to comedy magician Mac King’s afternoon show before racing back to the Gold Coast casino to do two runs of my show.
This morning I arrived in Vegas and waited for more than an hour in the taxicab before I could get a ride to the Gold Coast Casino (where the show is taking place). Passers-by would have seen me struggling with two suitcases and a really big cardboard box containing the necessary props/equipment used in my magic act. Whoever said show business is glamorous … is a liar! (unless, I guess, you are Brad Pitt).
Finally arrived in my hotel room and spent the next couple hours assembling my props/tables that I use in my magic act. I’ve learned to design everything to pack flat for air travel … it’s amazing what can come out of a suitcase if you know how to put it back together!
After settling in to my hotel room, I headed down to the casino floor to check out the venue. I was very impressed! Really nice looking theatre and an awesome sign with MY FACE ON IT! : ) What a nice ego boost.
I also met the producer of the show. He is one of the world’s leading producers of magic shows both in the U.S. and Europe. This past summer he produced a big magic variety show at the Palladium Theatre in London. Talked with him about my lighting/sound requirements and will be working on getting the act audience-ready at the tech rehearsal tomorrow morning.
Well, I’m off to see some other magic shows in Vegas tonight. The problem is choosing which one to go see. Last time I counted there were about 15 major magic shows running around various casinos.