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Monday, July 9th, 2007
8:23 am - "Scrolls" now available for Order!

Well, the time has finally come. My book, "Scrolls: A Book of Story Telling Magical Theatre" is finally available for order from Leaping Lizards Publishing.

"Scrolls" contains routines, essays and a one-man show of magic based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe entitled "Poe's Grave."

Effects include "The Devil's Suicide" (my version of the six card repeat), "The Eye of The Seer" (a spooky approach to The Egg Bag), "Reincarnation - The Broken and Restored Thread" and many other effects.

And if you order before August 1st you will receive a bonus CD of effects as well.

For a sample from the book or to order please visit:



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Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
5:41 pm - Doing Demo Videos

Well it's taken a fair amount of work, but I've managed finally to put together my first website demo video. It's not much, but I rather like it for a first effort. Once I get a better handle on how to do this video editing stuff I can make improvements until I get the kind of thing I really want all together.

Behind the cut for slower connections...Collapse )

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Monday, May 21st, 2007
10:57 pm - On the artistic integrity of a good story...

Okay, usually I'm talking about magic, or perhaps I'm talking about my rapier studies and SCA related things.

This time I'm talking about story telling via "Heroes."

So we now have ended the story. Or have we? Now that the first season is over, let's talk a little about how it ended. I am not satisfied. A couple of months ago I heard that they were going to take the story into another season. I knew then that I was likely not going to be happy about it. And here it turns out that I am correct.

First the big continuity error: Peter Petreilli should have just flown away. He could you know. The first power he absorbed was his brother Nathan's. We know that once he absorbed a power he could use it again and again. He could fly. And if Peter loved everyone "unconditionally" then he should have been willing to fly off and blow up at a safe distance. Why did it take Nathan to do that for him? Because he's scared? Well, yes, they established his reliance on his brother throughout the season, but I'm still no so sure. He seemed ready to use other powers to protect people despite the danger to himself.

But who else should have died? DL certainly. I'm guessing that in the original story that DL probably did die. Why didn't he? We'll get to that.

Who else? Ando probably, and definitely Syler. Ando's death would have turned Hiro into the hero he is supposed to be and Syler was the villian that needed to be destroyed in the end.

So why didn't these guys actually die? (And yes, Syler is still alive. The image of the manhole cover is painfully obvious even without the "symbolic" cockroach crawling on it.) I'm guessing "Corporate Greed."

The network sees that they have a good thing going making them money. So they say "Hey, let's change the story a bit so we can keep everyone's favorite characters and milk this thing for more money." So out goes the artistic integrity of the story. You could see it. You could feel it. The ending didn't justify all that had gone on before.

Imagine how much more powerful the story would have been if Ando had bought the farm at Syler's hand in Isaac's loft? That would have been the moment that Hiro's heart would have been sacrificed to the dragon just like in his favorite story of Kensie. How much more would it have meant to Nikki to save Micha once she truly realized that he was all she had left of DL now that she knew that despite the manipulation of their lives and relationship they really did love each other?

Someone once told me that the difference between a Hero and a Champion is that a Hero is dead. Cynical, but think about that in light of little Molly looking at Parkman and hoping that he doesn't die.

I've enjoyed this series right from the beginning and I expect that I'll continue to enjoy it into it's second season. But this would have been so much better had it been a one shot thing. The artisitc integrity of the story would have been maintained. I know that it's a battle for writers to keep their visions intact in the face of corporate greed. It's sad to think that this story seems to have suffered that.

For those of you who are the "artistic story teller types," whether you be magicians or writers or whatever, think about the artisitic integrity of the story you create and tell. Think how much more it could be if you don't hold back and especially if you don't sell out. Those moments are precious and it sucks to give them up to something that might be easier to do or will be "more commercial."

Oh, and while you're thinking about that, also think about who was wearing Kensei's armor at the end there. Looked like "Hiro's dad" didn't it? *smile*

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Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
11:53 am - On the road to publishing!

As of today, Leaping Lizards Publishing has accepted my manuscript for my first book of magic entitled Scrolls.

Scrolls is a book of magic routines, essays and a full script for a one man play of magic routines based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe called Poe's Grave. A release date has not been set as yet, but expect it sometime around Fall of this year.

For updates and more information visit Santiago's Magic on the web.


Enter a World of Elegant Magic

Santiago's Magic

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Friday, March 16th, 2007
5:43 pm - And so it begins....

A long time project of mine is finally coming to fruition.

I have entered into negotiations with a publisher for my first book; Scrolls.

Scrolls is a collection of magic routines, essays and a one man play of magic effects based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. If all goes well then it will be published sometime in the fall.

I can only begin to scratch the surface on how I feel about this. Every time I have had an article published I have been overjoyed. Being a writer is almost as much fun as being a magician, and I've wanted it for far longer. When some of my essays started to see print I became utterly enthralled with the idea of actually publishing a book. Like many people I've even started half a dozen different novels and like many people those novels remain unfinished.

But creating a book of magic was something different and now, here I am, talking with a publisher!

Wish me luck, and believe me, if this all comes together you can bet you'll be hearing about it and where to buy it!

Enter a World of Elegant Magic
Santiago's Magic

Santiago's Magic Musings: Writing about Magic.

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Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
4:10 pm - David Copperfield Show

Well, that was wonderful. The last time Roswtr and I saw Copperfield live the show ended in a somewhat unsatisfying way.

What we saw last night was excellent.

Amusingly enough after David appeared on stage (doing Harley's Ghost - appearing in a box with a real Harely Davidson) he opened with the same effect I've been opening my own show with for a couple of years now!

The levitation up through a table was increadible. I have an idea how it could be done, but it whether or not the same method is employed or not I don't know

There was a routine involving "impregnating a woman on stage" which was intended to be comedy. There has been a joke going around on Letterman and Leno and other "Late Night" shows which is basically that Copperfield was going to impregnate a woman on stage without touching her. Turns out there is a trick here. It's really just stage dressing for doing a name and card prediction, but it was kind of creepy since the card revelation was done with what was supposed to be a soni-gram image. This was the big down turn in the show in my opinion and I know I wasn't the only one.

The sleight of hand with a scorpion was interesting to me, but ultimately unsatisfying. It could have been better. All that really occured was that the natural instinct of the scorpion to pinch something was used to reveal a card selected by a spectator.

The lottery number prediction combined with the revelation of a car on stage was utterly beyond brilliant though and true to real Copperfield mystique. Story, presentation and magic were all combined to create a fantastic illusion. What got me the most was the lottery numbers appearing in the metal license plates. More then anything else, that aspect of the illusion blew me away.

The big effect, Transporting himself and an audience member to Perth (yes, around the world), is an effect which sounds good, but is largely impractical on stage. After all, the only thing we know for sure is that we see what appears to be someone on a video link up. But regardless of that, the presentation is well managed. A lot of convincers, a lot of good staging and a very well arranged version of what is basic transposition effect on stage. The first time we saw it, we were not happy, but this time around it was much better. Clearly the result of having performed it for the past few years.

The last effect, vanishing 13 people on stage at once and making them reappear at the back the auditorium was also excellently done.

Copperfield has, over the past several years let more and more of his humor on to stage. He did so by bringing back an old effect using his duck Webster. He also did it by much of the audience interaction he engaged in.

I was pleased with the show and definitely feeling well energized after seeing it.

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Thursday, February 1st, 2007
6:40 pm - Santiago's Dreamworks Adventure

My Performance at Dreamworks.Collapse )

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Thursday, January 11th, 2007
10:36 am - Scammers at it again!

Scammers try any number of ways to get your money.  About a year ago I recieved a message which had a number of the tell tale signs of being a scam, but I investigated it just a bit to verify.  Basically the message I recieved said someone was interested in hireing me to entertain at an event, and they were willing to pay for my travel, lodging and everything else along with my services.  It looked potentially like a large paying gig.

I sent back a proposal and promptly recieved a cashiers check in the mail for several thousand dollars over the amount I quoted.

This is, of course, how the scam actually works.   They expect you to call or email them back and say "I'm sorry, but you sent to much money."  They then tell you  it's alright.  They trust you to cash the check and send them back the difference.

Yeah, right.

See, here is the thing.  It's all in the timing.  If you do this relatively quickly then by the time your bank has managed to verify the funds, it's to late.  The check is, of course, a fraud, and the bank will then hold you responsible for all the money including what you sent back to the scammer.

No, I was not caught by this.  I never lost a dime, but I did gather enough information in my dealings with them to open an FBI case.

So, I'm putting the word out there.  If you happen to get a message like the one below, it is a scam.  Don't go there.


Mr Keyshawn Jaxson , recommended us your company Santiago's Magic.
Below you will find a proforma invoice with the full details of our first order.
Please sign and send back to us by fax or email: proforma_invoice.doc

Thank you in advance, and contact us as soon as you can, with a full offer.
Also let us know if the prices you published here at http://old.pinagalli.org are right or not.

Manager Campbell Nick .
Jaxon & Soons LLC, California
Phone: 795-637-3884
Fax: 395-657-9969

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Saturday, December 9th, 2006
1:12 pm - You know you've done a good show when...

You get great responses from your audience and run out of business cards before you leave the venue.

You have women from the group coming up to you and demanding that you hypnotize them because it "looked so relaxing! and not at all what I thought it would be!"

You have the Hotel General Manager called in to see your show by the Captain - and the Hotel GM demands your business card and says: "We will have more work for you. I promise."

And the BIG clue that you have done a good show is when the client comes up to you and books you for another party, right then and there and then tips you $250!

All-in-all, it was a pretty good night in Chicago on Michigan Avenue, working for a financial planning company's holiday party at the Peninsula Hotel!

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Monday, December 4th, 2006
11:19 am - Role-Playing Quotes

Since I can't post directly to Stella's journal for some reason... maybe she will see it here and copy it...

Bedevere: "Well, it's a cavalry charge. Group ONE Mages! Cast 'Haste' on the third rank of their horses!"

Osric: "Are you out of your ever-lovin' SKULL?!"

Bedevere" "Group TWO Mages! Cast 'SLOW' on the FRONT rank!"

Osric: "Bedevere, are you SURE that you're Lawful Good?"

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Sunday, December 3rd, 2006
12:44 am - A Show Takes Me Back To My Roots

It's not often that I get to do a formal close-up magic show these days. Most often, when I'm hired as a magician, I'm hired to do either strolling magic or strolling magic at a party or other hospitality event.

But Friday night, I got to go back to my roots and do a sit down, single table, close up magic show for sixteen people, all adults, in a private room at Maggiano's in Skokie, Illinois for an hour.

The group was a periodontal dental practice's holiday party - the two dentists, both men, and the rest of the staff, all women.I was seated in the middle of one long side of a rectangular table, with two ladies on my left on my side of the table and one on my right. The two dentists, with two more ladies, were also on my right, three more ladies were on my left, with the rest of the group being seated across from me.

To say that this is where a close-up guy like me is really in his element is to put it mildly.

I tend to start out in a rather self-deprecatory manner - "Good evening, folks, my name is Lee Darrow... as if you cared..." pause, smile, wink... "I'm the magician, hypnotist and mentalist to Sandals & Beaches Resorts in the Caribbean... I know, I know... It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it!" and right in to my Linking Rings routine.

With the 16" rings. Standing up.

From there, it was right into my sponge ball routine, complete with the "Sponge Ping Chien" move and sawing in half and the walnut finale, just to keep them laughing... shades of my days at the old New York Lounge on Lincoln Avenue, just down the street from Magic, Inc.

And we had FUN!

True, the Australilan Poker Deal routine (Wild Card) got them going with the oddball story about the "pasteboard shortage down under" and why they deal off the bottom of the deck and all... and they enjoyed the "Tom Cruise, Top Gun, F-14, Twin-Engine Failure, Bail-out Of The Aircraft and Get Anthony Edwards Out Of The Movie" routine (LePaul's Gymnastic Aces), but the topper of them all, as far as the laughs went, was the "Regression to Prevent a Bad Relationship" routine (a routine using 2 different denomination bills and a coin purse with a really strange mid-point.

I'm not bragging here (much) - I'm glowing. It's really nice to know that I can still do this kind of gig and get just as great a reaction as I used to when I was doing it four nights per week, almost twenty years ago!


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Thursday, November 16th, 2006
4:52 pm - Blackhawks, WindyCon and moving

Well, I know it's been some time since I posted, but it's been busy, what with the after concert thing for Carlos Mencia, the Sandals Resorts tour and whatnot.

In the last couple of weeks, I have done a Halloween special show for the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team at the United Center in Chicago, in costume as a mad scientist.

Now, there's a backstory about that - see, I'm allergic to many forms of makeup and I had another private party to do after the hockey game, so I didn't want to do anything that would cause me problems, so I tossed on my "Mad Scientist's Union Local 3.14" lab coat and showed up the requisite hour early.

The agent's assistant, while I was away from my assigned position in the lobby, dropped a small paper bag on my table, containing makeup from the agent, hoping that I would get the idea and "do something Halloweenish" to my face.

When I came back, I found the crumpled bag and, seeing as how my table was next to a trash receptacle, I naturally thought that someone had missed the bin and tossed it!

Well, when he came back, he was not happy. Fortunately, the doors had not opened and the bag was retrieved, but, when I explained about my makeup allergy, he said, "No problem" and took off only to return a few minutes later with an EYEBROW PENCIL and fimer instructions for me to "do something or go home."

Since the doors were to open in less than five minutes, I took the pencil and headed into the washroom across the hall, only to find that the Men's Rooms at the United Center do NOT HAVE ANY MIRRORS! So, in the half-light of the corridor (they only turn on the lights there when they open the doors), I put on a forehead-thru-eye-to-chin, freehand Heidelburg dueling scar.

When I turned around, the agent's assistant gasped, paled and said, "Perfect!" He then took off like a shot.

Throughout the night, people commented on my "scar" in a positive manner.....

I wonder if Tom Savini needs an assistant for the next Zombie movie?

WindyCon is the biggest of the Chicago regional science fiction conventions. I wound up doing a close up magic show there for 49 people on Saturday night (I was up against the Masquerade Ball, always a HUGE drawing card, AND the art auction), so my numbers were nothing short of astonishing.

On Sunday, at 2PM, I did a shortened version of the hypnosis show, without music, to a half-house, which, again, is amazing because everybody was busy checking out, doing last passes at the dealer's room or had already left.

At least I didn't have to freehand a dueling scar for either of these shows!

And we're moving at the end of this month! All the way across town to the East Side of Chicago, into an upscale neighborhood, into our very own house, which we have been renovating for what seems like forever.

The business phone numbers should stay the same, but the personal numbers, aside from the cell phones, will be changing. Keep in touch with us for information on those...

Until then, Happy Thanksgiving!

Lee Darrow, C.H.

current mood: working

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Sunday, October 29th, 2006
2:49 am - Entertaining CARLOS MENCIA!

Thursday evening, after his Punisher Concert in Chicago, I got to do a little magic for the man I consider to be the bravest comedian in the world - Carlos Mencia! WHAT a gracious and nice guy he is, too - not to mention that the show was off the hook, da bomb and F^%#in' FUNNY!!!

I got to do my version of Tai Cheat (some of the magi know it as "Crazy Man's Handcuffs") for Carlos, Brad Williams and Carlos' brother Joseph.

Carlos cracked up when I did the effect in HIS hands and Comedy Central TAPED IT!!

What happens next is anybody's guess, but the guy from Comedy Central who did the taping asked for a Performer's Release and said that it COULD wind up on Carlos' page (www.carlosmencia.com) and on his page over at www.comedycentral.com as well!

Talk about One Free Ticket to an Air Walk for a week for this magical dude!!!

THANKS CARLOS, Brad, Joseph and Comedy Central!

You made my anniversary night something to remember!

Lee Darrow
The Interactive Entertainer

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Tuesday, October 24th, 2006
8:12 pm - Do not trust Chu's Magic!

I do not trust Chu's Magic!

Why? Because they are SPAMMERS!

I have never bought a single item from Chu's Magic. I never even heard of them until I started recieving advertisements from them. Advertisements for people I've never heard of for material I have no interest in.

The only way they could have gotten my address would be to have bought it from someone else or harvesting it from somewhere.

In any case, SPAMMERS are already annoying enough. Getting SPAM from a business I might have considered doing business with if I had found out about them through legitimate means is not only annoying, but flat out enraging.

I will not do business with Chu's Magic and if you care about your privacy I would suggest that you don't either.

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Santiago's Magic

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Monday, June 19th, 2006
9:40 am - What Impresses You?

I was considering some of the things that happened at The Dragonslayers event I did this weekend, and I think I'm finally narrowing in on one particular incident that sort of unsettled me.

The Dragonslayers event was a Ren Fair kind of thing and I had a booth which I preformed magic and fortune telling out of.  It was fun and I had a good time.

However I knew that I wasn't going to be the only magician who attended the event.  One of the other local professionals was there as well.  I've known him for a number of years and typically when someone calls me for a kids show I direct them to this performer because he is very good with kids.

He showed up at the event and came in behind one of the audiences I had gathered while I was performing my three rope routine (yes, I know what it's called, but I'm trying to be general here for the lay people in my audience.) which actually works in a fashion most magicians aren't aware of.  In fact every magician I've shown it to claims they have never seen this variation, which is why I keep it this way.

After my show was over he approached me and we caught up with each other.  We hadn't seen each other in a number of years and the last time that he and I actually even worked a gig together was something like 8 or 10 years ago.

After a few minutes of catching up he pulled out one of the ubiquitous card wallets that magicians are plagued with and proceeded to show me a trick.  Now you have to understand that these little care wallets, or as they are often referred to: "packet tricks," are sometimes very problematic.  After all, when you pull one of these out, the first and automatic assumption on the part of the spectator is "these must be faked/gimmicked."  And very often they are correct.

Okay, admittedly I have one or two of these myself.  I stopped buying them years and years ago when I realized the problem with them I just mentioned.  But to be perfectly fair, there is one that I still use once in a while.  I choose to use it because I feel that the effect is strong enough to outweigh the obvious problems and suspicions.

However this particular effect presented to me was, well, kind of lame.  In my opinion anyway.  I'm sure that it is probably impressive to some people.  I'm certain that it must be impressive to the children who are his primary audience.

What struck me as strange in this case was that he seemed to think that I would be impressed as well!

Now I'm not saying that to somehow brag.  That isn't the case at all.  Rather what I'm getting at is that when magicians get together to talk shop we aren't usually going to try and impress one another with a "packet trick."  It just isn't going to happen.  We'll show them to each other to discuss the mechanics and see how clever the creations can be, but trying to impress one another with a "packet trick" is just plain foolishness.

This morning I realized why this bothered me so much.  When last he and I worked together, all those years ago, this was the same kind of thing he was doing then.  He was doing a number of other things as well, but this was indeed a substantial part of his work.  Over the years I have worked hard to expand my repitior and to move away from these kinds of things because they are so common and so "obvious" to me and therefore I assume to my audiences.

That was a long time ago and I'm sorry to see that this performer is still stuck in the world of "packet tricks."  I would have thought that he would have moved on from there by now.


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Monday, June 12th, 2006
10:24 am - John Edward is at it again....

Holy crap. He's on TV again. A new series. "John Edward Cross Country." Now he's going every where to get the audiences.

TiVo caught it for me. I'll be letting TiVo know that was a bad thing. "Bad TiVo. Bad bad TiVo."

In the meantime I decided to watch. Definitely the same old tricks which anyone who picks up their first book of "mental magic" would know. Interestingly enough he has a few new tricks for how to pass the buck. At least they are new tricks to my experience.

Okay, I know I don't need to tell all of you this, but I feel a need to state this anyway.

John Edward is a fraud. He can not "speak with the dead." No one can. He is doing nothing more then a battery of well known linguistic tricks and basic salesmanship skills such as active listening. He is using techniques familiar to magicians all over the world.

Don't fall for this crap. Even when I do it as a magician to entertain you, don't fall for it.


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Monday, June 5th, 2006
3:37 pm - Gothic at Midnight


Santiago's Magic Theater and Wild Babu Productions present

Joshua Kane's

Gothic at Midnight

A Tribute to The Masters of The Macabre!

Join us as we cheer away an evening with tales of revenge, madness and despair. Classically trained actor Joshua Kane, inspired by the old-time radio dramas of Orson Welles and Vincent Price, populates the stage with unforgettable characters, bewitching audiences with a devilish sense of fun and whimsy. Audiences will experience a roller coaster ride of terror and laughter.

Drawing from the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Ambrose Bierce, and other Masters of the Macabre, Kane "amuses you with his antics, frightens you with his intensity and charms you with his tales of the fantastic."

--The Charleston City Paper

For more information or to buy your tickets visit:

Wild Babu Productions

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
9:44 am - Helping out

There comes a time in a performer's life when helping someone out becomes a part of what they do. This last year, it's been two-fold: my sister-in-law coming to live with us, temporarily, after the passing of her husband and now, my being accepted to help out a fellow mage from Joliet, IL who is losing his eyesight and is making the transition from performer to agent - booking wedding parties.

So, when the notice came on TheMagicCafe'.com about a fellow mage who was losing his eyesight and who needed a few Chicago magicians to "handle a few contracts for weddings for me because I'm losing my eyesight," I felt it was time to step up to the plate and help out. Not for the money, but because I knew that he had an idea - an idea that I could help him with. He had left his job with the local power company only four years ago, leaving his medical benefits behind and, suddenly WHAM! Cataracts in both eyes and, he discovered, a genetic predisposition to detached retinas. After five operations, complications in one eye left him legally blind in that one and the other one is fading, slowly. He knew he couldn't continue as a performer much longer and asked some of the people on the board for help.

Over the years, my work as a magician, hypnotist and mentalist has allowed me to travel to places that I never would have seen, otherwise. I have performed at resorts on exotic islands in the Caribbean, like St. Lucia and Turks & Caicos (which, incidentally has some of the finest scuba diving and snorkeling of anywhere in the world), to the great casinos of Las Vegas, the grand hotels of New York, Miami, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Atlanta and many other cities. And it has allowed me to meet some of my childhood heroes as well - Buster Crabbe, who played both Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers in the movies, Johnny Weismueller, who played Tarzan, Robert Heinlein, Dean of American Science Fiction Writers, W. Clement Stone, the Motivation Guru, BB King, legendary Blues Man, Oprah Winfrey, the original cast of Star Trek and many more.

I've been very fortunate in my performing life and, when we got to talking, this magician and I, his idea kind of sprouted, I think. I hope so. His website is located at http://www.amagicalwedding.com and should be updated shortly to include the agency functions.

So I will be working with him on some of these contracts in the future, it seems. Not for the money so much as to help a friend and to put forward something that I have believed in since I was very young - the concept of the Chinese Obligation: When someone helps you out, you are then obligated to help ten others.

In case you hadn't noticed, the Raconteurs is a rather sizable group..... !

Lee Darrow, C.H.

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2005
6:01 pm - The Opening of Professor Scratch's Flea Circus!

Well, this year my big Christmas Present to myself was my very own Flea Circus.

I've been thinking about this for several years now, ever since I met Katie Kangaroo at an ICBM conference. The idea had appealed to me long before then but Katie told me so much and so I began spending more time with the idea.

As of this coming New Years Eve I will begin offering my own Flea Circus Entertainment under the name of "Professor Scratch."

I've created a new website and I will be doing my first show New Years Eve! I'm very excited to add this to my show offerings. I've never wanted to do "kids magic shows" but doing "kids shows" is something that I've known I would maybe have to do in order to keep building my entertainment business.

As much as I love the coporate gigs and wedding gigs, I go through the occasional dry spell, which I wouldn't have nearly as much if I was willing to take the "kids shows" I usually pass up.

I've never wanted to do magic for kids because magic for kids doesn't interest me and so I don't want to work at it very much. The Flea Circus is a show the interests me and gives me enthusiasm. As such I have the focus I need to produce a worthy and worthwhile show with it.

I'm truly excited about it and I hope you'll all take a peek at what I've got up so far on the web. As you read the site you'll see the kind of humor I am going to inject into the whole thing.

It can be found at:


Thanks all!

Tim "Santiago" Converse

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Santiago's Magic

current mood: happy

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Sunday, November 27th, 2005
8:27 pm - The Protocols of The Elders of Magic - A Review

If you were not one of the limited 500 people to buy this book, you might be missing out.

On the other hand, I'm willing to bet that there are also a number of people who bought this book who will be disappointed.

I am not one of them.

I won't reveal the contents, but I will tell you about my reactions. Admittedly I have been somewhat excited about seeing this book. The mystery around it's contents, combined with the limited run and the fact that all copies would be autographed made it worth my while to take a gamble and spend the money.

And when I opened it I must admit that the first thought in my head was "where is the signature" followed closely by, "wait a minute... I spent money for this??"

But as I read through it (it took me practically no time at all), I began to realize that Max had a point in putting this material together. Max is to clever by half to have done this as an elaborate prank.

So what am I really supposed to be getting out of this?

Like so many of Max's routines, the outcome depends upon the spectator.

One can choose to see it in a negative light. One can choose to see it in a positive light.

In my case I have decided that not only do I want to see it in a positive light, but I also want to see it as a challenge.

I'd be willing to bet that many of you, magicians who actually care about the "Art of Magic" will decide to see it as a challenge as well.

And that, my friends, is a good thing.


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Santiago's Magic

current mood: busy

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