most common question a magician gets, of course,
is "How did you do that?" I can't answer
that, because I don't know how most of this stuff
works myself! But here are a few other common
questions and answers.
much do you charge?
A. It depends on the size of audience,
venue, travel time and the type of show you
want. The best way to find out is to call or
email me with the details.
want to have you do a show for my child's
birthday. How big an area do you need?
A. I do shows in living rooms all the
time. I don't require a large amount of space.
For birthday parties I need about the same
amount of room that a couch takes up. I pride
myself on having a flexible show.
can we see your show?
A. You can always find out where we'll be
appearing by looking at our schedule page. Check back often
because we add new dates as we get them.
long does it take you to set up and tear down a
A. It really depends on the type of show.
If it's a birthday show in someone's living
room, the set up and tear down
there is about 20
minutes total. If we do the large illusions and
sound system for stage or outdoor shows, the set
up is about an hour and the tear down is about
45 minutes or so. It all
depends on how much sleep and caffeine I've had.
much advance notice do you need for booking?
A. The sooner the better! I have done
shows with as little as 3 days
notice, but many of my bookings
are months or even years in advance. If you have a specific
day that you just "have
to have", the sooner I know about it, the sooner
I can hold your date
for you. You can always try me at the last
minute, but you'll have
better luck with at least a month or two notice.
What's the difference between your kids' shows
and adult shows?
A. The shows are almost 100% different from
each other! The kids shows are
loud and fast paced. I get the kids screaming
and wound up beyond
belief. The kids' shows revolve around cartoonish
props that are
very colorful, and a few wacky inventions that
do crazy things. It's a
lot different from the traditional "top hat and
cane" style of magic.
The adult show is also fast paced, but without
all the screaming (well,
at least so far). It's a fun show with a few
"Vegas style" large
illusions thrown in to keep the "awe" factor in
place. There are a lot
of comedy routines involving magic, where
audience members get pulled up
on stage with me. Both shows are very
interactive and a blast for us to
Q. How did you start doing magic?
A. I have been interested in magic since
I was a child. I remember watching the David
Copperfield and Lance Burton specials. I didn't
really start messing around with it until my
mid-twenties. I saw an ad for some magic
instruction video tapes on TV and ordered them.
They were called "Jaw Droppers" and had a lot of
little tricks and gags in them. I started doing
some of the material at work and really liked
the reactions I was getting so I studied harder.
I met a couple of magicians here in Rapid City
(Kirk Kokinos and Bob Capperton) and they
started me off on the right foot by teaching me
the ropes of restaurant magic. The next thing
you know I'm working weekends in Applebee's
doing tableside magic, and spending way too much
money on large scale illusions.
love the loud vests. Where do you get your
A. I have several different "looks" for
different shows. The vests are
custom made by my mother in law, Karyn DeYong.
She is absolutely amazing and can make anything,
want to get started in magic. Do you give
A. No, not at this time. I really don't
have the time with my full time job and the