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 to ever 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 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 and reality can become dream-like.

Here, you can learn about my show "Mysterium" and see some films I've made about magic.  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.

Mysterium is a magic show that lasts about 1 hour. It can be scaled as an intimate close-up performance for a table of 8-10, or as a larger parlor-style show for 10-30.

Full of storytelling and audience involvement, the show will take my audience to other places, other times, other realities.

In "Mysterium," dreams become real and reality becomes a dream.

Watch "Mysterium" Trailer

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.

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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.


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,


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.

Some of my close-up & parlor trick magic apparatus

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