I have been interested in magic since my mom gave me a magic set when I
was about twelve. It's been a lifelong passion. I especially like close-up and parlor magic. With my wife, Marcia, I performed a series of shows across the U.S. for National Geographic. I perform regularly in my local area and also when traveling the world. I may be the only magician ever to perform in Antarctica.
I've spoken at the MagiFest convention about creativity as it overlaps in magic, photography and writing. Marcia and I regularly attend magic conventions.
My magic is driven by storytelling. My goal is to give a few moments of astonishment. To rekindle wonder. As in my films and novels, I want to transport you to a world where the impossible can happen, where dreams and reality merge. To me, each trick is like a little film or story. My ultimate goal is to share the gift of wonder.
I do close-up and parlor magic. Close-up is for 5 -10 people sitting around a table. Parlor is for a small group of 10 to 25 — in a living-room setting. I do effects with a wide range of objects: cards, coins, cups, balls, silks, lights, photographs, and exotic things acquired on my travels.
Here, you can learn about my show "Mysterium" and see some films I've made about magic. Watch a recording of one of my shows given on Zoom. Learn, too, about my book "Magician's Choice", an historical fiction novel that is about a young man breaking into the real world of professional magic in the 1940s. It is my homage to the wonderful men and women who have made magic the enduring art form that it is.
Member, Society of American Magicians
Member, International Brotherhood of Magicians
Mysterium is a magic show that lasts about 1 hour. It can be scaled as an intimate close-up performance for a table of 5-10, or as a larger parlor-style show for 10-25 or more. Mysterium is not a set show. It evolves and changes depending on the venue, on whether it is to be presented as close-up, parlor scale, or online on Zoom.
Full of storytelling and audience involvement, the show takes my audience to other places, other times, other realities. In "Mysterium," dreams become real and reality becomes a dream.
Watch a Zoom performance of Mysterium
This historical fiction novel follows the story of Guy, a young magician coming of age in the 1930s and 1940s. Seeking his destiny, Guy encounters some of the great magicians of the era including Harry Blackstone, Lou Tannen, and Dai Vernon. He joins a carnival where he has adventures with an assortment of colorful characters. From the Garde Theater in New London, CT, to small towns of the South to the theaters of Broadway, from the deserts of Africa in WWII to the night clubs of NY, Guy’s life is informed by the “magician’s choice.” The story is an exploration of youth and age, fame and betrayal, vengeance and compassion. As it transports readers inside the world of performers, the story explores themes of free will and fate. “Magician’s Choice” is a tale full of surprises, secrets, and wonder. A story where things and people are not always what they seem to be.
Available on Amazon as an eBook or Paperback.
Also available as a paperback book at Vanishing, Inc.
WAITING for the MAGICS
Like most magicians, if I wasn’t buying my tricks at a brick-and-mortar magic shop, I was ordering them by phone, or from catalogues. Nowadays, I buy them on the internet. However I ordered them, what has not changed is the excruciating wait for the box of magics to be delivered.
TIME WILL TELL
A magic prop owned by the great magician Howard Thurston may hold more secrets than we think. A short-story that plays with how the past and the present may inform each other in surprising ways.
The ART of MAGIC
This film celebrates the art of classic magic posters. Set to music, the film presents sorcerers, magicians, wizards, imps and devils, floating ladies, grand gestures and all sorts of mischievous mayhem. These posters are a colorful, crazy look at the art of magic.
Reproductions of the posters featured in this show can be found at the Norm Nielsen Gallery, www.NNMagic.com
Some of my close-up & parlor trick magic apparatus
Dramatic finish to a parlor show
Magic catalogues were seductive. They offered astonishing miracles.
Sometimes, though, the trick did not live up to the drawings and descriptions.
THOUGHTS ON MAGIC
Why do I like magic? I like it for its rich history, its colorful characters, its beautiful and clever apparatus and its amazing, zany posters.
To me, a trick is like one of my short films. It’s a story. It’s a chance to transport people, however briefly, to an alternate universe where the laws of nature and assumptions of how the world works are questioned and turned upside down.
I like the challenge of magic. It’s not hard to do a magic trick. But it’s quite hard to elevate it beyond a puzzle to a moment of true astonishment. To create strong magic takes study and a lot of thought. It takes hours of practice, which I find meditative. In performance, I love the interplay with people. Unlike many art forms, magic is an interactive experience where the audience participates in the creation of wonder.
I like to see people smile when something truly astonishing has happened right before their eyes and sometimes in their hands. Ultimately, magic is a gift, the gift of wonder. It's a gift I love to give.