The 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.

Q. How 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.

Q. I 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.

Q. When 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.

Q. How long does it take you to set up and tear down a show?

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.

Q. How 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.

Q. What's the difference between your kids' shows and adult shows?

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 do.

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.

Q. I love the loud vests. Where do you get your costumes?

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, I swear!

Q. I want to get started in magic. Do you give lessons?

A. No, not at this time. I really don't have the time with my full time job and the magic shows.

Updated 11/21/2011

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