This weekend a few of us went to the It's Magic show presented by Milt Larson and Terry Hill. Now in its 52nd year, It's Magic is a traveling show which features a variety of different magic acts every year. And whenever I get to see it, I am reminded of how much I love magic.
Me with Milt Larson, founder of the Magic Castle in Hollywood.
This year featured an amazing line up of magicians including Tom Ogden, Dan Birch, Danny Cole, Jason Latimer, Eric Buss, and Chuck Jones & Company. If you ever get a chance to see any of these acts I recommend you jump on it.
The show was hosted by Ogden who kept the crowd laughing with his classic one-liners. The audience let out audible gasps as Birch wowed them with his dove act. Cole beautifully wove magic and music in his CD manipulation act. Latimer ended his set with his new laser act which, if you haven't seen, you should look up on youtube. The always zany Buss shot a bajillion snakes out of cans in his Snake Symphony routine. And amid flashy large-scale illusions, Chuck Jones did a very touching Floating Table routine with a little girl from the audience.
From left to right: Danny Cole, Dan Birch, me, Tom Ogden, Eric Buss, Jason Latimer and Chuck Jones.
My wife and I stumbled upon a variety show on our honeymoon in Hanover where we saw Danny Cole perform almost five years ago and Jason Latimer used to stop by our old retail shop when he was studying at UCSB. It was great to watch their acts again and see some things that were new to us. Live performance is a very important part of magic and so it's really great when we get to participate in it and support it.
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