Saturday, November 29, 2008

"Modern Art Meets Circus Illusion"

Well, it's done. The newest illusion for our show is ready for performance and will be presented this Dec 6 and 7 at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico, CA.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Modern Art Meets Circus

Several things happening these days....

#1 The economy has slowed our corporate season way down. So more time to work on new props and restore old ones.
#2 I topped the scales at 191 10 days ago and decided that was way too much so I have Atkins my way down to 180 on my way (hopefully) to 174. (See Spam Picture below...proof it's all about meat meat meat!
#3 Modern Art Meets Circus the illusion I've been working on for a couple of weeks is about 2 days away from finished. Here is a pic of it:
#4 We performed our 2nd annual performance at Laytonville Elementary School on the California North Coast and it was a grand success. The whole community turns out. Maybe that's because there isn't a theater in a hundred miles. Who knows. None-the-less, it went well and we had a blast.

Princess Olivia and i doing a Spam Commercial.....
#5 Happy Thanksgiving to all. We have relatives coming down (which is why I tried to sell our show 1/2 price to anyone just to get out of joke).

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Updates and dates:

It's that time of year where we (in between bookings) make repairs on props and equipment, design and build new props and or equipment (and costumes), and market like crazy for the new year. We have designed and are building a new version of sawing a woman into two. We are restoring an illusion we performed regularly in Japan 12 years ago and some new surprises from Mami's sewing Machine.(You will see some quick change illusions coming up this season.)

We will be performing at Laytonville Elementary School this Friday evening (it's their biggest theater setting in town). It's a fundraiser for the school. 6pm is the start time.
We will be at the Chico Christmas Craft Faire the weekend of Dec 6 and 7 as well. The other bookings are private events.

We updated the website and will continue to do so over the next 2 months.

We have also updated It's a new direction for us. Just the corporate stuff.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Smoking Shark Upwards Bound and more!

Even though we travel....a lot! the kids do get to go to school. Monday was progress report day for Victor and we found ourselves sitting around the little half moon table in his class across from his teacher discussing Victor. Turns out he is doing OK (this was tough for us to hear because up to now all the kids were doing "outstanding" in 2nd grade. A's have been the norm and a B was rare and always looked at as a D might be looked at in most families.) Each child is different. One are Victor excels in is creativity, be it art, sharing, or stories. Here is a story Victor came up with for a test. The criteria was "Write a funny story." No other hints, tips or ideas, just "Write a funny story".

The Smoking Shark:
I was at the beach and a shark jumped out at me. He had a cigarette in his mouth.
I took it out of his mouth.
He bit my head. Then he put it back on. I said, "Thank you."
The shark said, "You're welcome."
He had another cigarette.
I said, "sharks can't smoke and they can't talk."
"Well", said the shark, "I guess was just made that way."
The end.

Upward Bound:
Monday we performed an evening show at the Mega Neighborhood Church in Chico, CA for that area's Upward Bound Basketball group. Upwards is a Christian based athletic league that teaches Biblical principals through sports. Monday was the end of their Basketball season and awards night. As a special treat they had us preform a show with a message. Since we are Christians and the Bible commands that we do EVERYTHING for the g Glory of God, we have developed a program where we share the salvation message (along with other points like self control, obeying parents, etc) that we mix with colorful , dramatic illusions and stunts and routines.
It was a lot of fun. And with our crazy season of fairs and festivals and theaters that have been 99% secular it was awesome to get back into doing programs that edify the Church and Christ and not ourselves.
The Audience was made up of maybe 75% folks who call themselves Christian, 10% who were full practicing believing Christians with a noticeable walk with Christ and the rest non-Christians. It is nice to have programs like this to show all that being a Christian isn't anything like the way the Media or left-leaner's like to portray Christians. That being a Christian is actually very cool and very Spiritually rewarding. That Christianity is comforting and kind, like Jesus himself.
The show went smoothly and the message warmly received. Afterwards the pastor prayed with the crowd and offered and invitation for Christ. Many Children and even some adults accepted Christ! Praise God.

What a great night.

I introduced a new trick: I have a large sketch pad laying flat on a table. After performing my Ball-Silk-Dove routine I pick up the pad and have the crowd yell out their favorite magic show animal. There was a large cry for a bird so I opened the pad and drew a dove (or as close as I can get). Then I closed the pad and push in on the ends of the closed pad so it bows the front and back creating an opening. A dove comes up out of the once flattened pad and the page with the picture is now blank.

Friday, November 7, 2008

AM Tehema

Our AM Program is a Just for School Show program that we bring to various county school districts. Today we brought the show to the Red Bluff: Tehema District Fairgrounds where we performed our 70 minute show.

A rare photo of the woman that produced all 7 of the Kent Kids...Mami.
(She worked the door today)
A quick shot of the stage prior to the show. The Fairground auditorium's stage is tiny compared to the stage we generally use for our AM Programs.

The banner and a bus.

Princess Olivia exiting the stage notices the camera and waves...notice the flat bunny...first she made a dove appear, turned it into a bunny, stabbed the bunny, made it vanish, the reappear, then she flattened it....busy young lady.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

This That and the other

I Promise no politics.
Just found these pictures:

At Calico Klaus the Blacksmith made this knife from a horseshoe. It throws well. I chipped one of his walls up pretty good.
Princess Olivia's Birthday Present from September becomes her singing buddy a couple of days ago.

Gangsta Princess C!

It really did rain Halloween night. Jim was in the middle of juggling fire when we ended the show early. Our stage got washed.

The bird on the rock the locals call a chucker. It's similar to a quail or a pheasant and it runs like a roadrunner. It makes a honking noise like a bike horn. Calico.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A word from Abe

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. * You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. * You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. * You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. * You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. * You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence. * You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could, and should, do for themselves.
- Abraham Lincoln. Very wise words written years ago, and we still don't get it.....

Election Results

Well, the longest election process I have ever experienced is over. For that and the fact a few people I supported and a few issues I supported succeeded I am happy, but reserved.
I am also happy because over the past few years I have seen first hand so much hate and spite and anger (most of it irrational) has been on display. So now it is the put up or shut up time. Show me the money, y'all. If the hope and change guy can't pull it off, or reneges on his promises or pushes through socialist changes, stays in Iraq, and doesn't pull us out of the economic woes then what? Prepare ye self for inflation, unemployment, and the thought police.
I believe we have a Jimmy Carter and we all know we need one of them before we can have a Ronald Reagan.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Vote Early! Vote Often! & 2009 Tour

Did you vote? If you haven't then get out there. If you have great....I should say, if you are truly informed and really know what you are voting for then vote. if all you know is slogans and sound bites...stay home...your ingorance may give us a BAD situation.

As of today Kentucky's laurel County Fair, Beech Bend Park ; New York's Ulster Fair; CT's Quassy Park have all confirmed...we will East of the Mississpii for all of July and most of August. Looking to book maybe Maine or one of the state on the drive back after those gigs. Any connections? Let me know.