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STOP THE PRESSES!  At the October 2018 Magic and Meaning conference, David was named an INSTRUCTOR at the very prestigious McBride Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas!  David has been studying at the school with Eugene Burger and Jeff McBride for twenty years and has longed for this for ten years.  He was named Instructor along with Jordan Rooks, CJ May, Time “Santiago” Converse, Will Bradshaw, Daryl Rogers, and Charles Stonewick.  There are also three new Ambassadors of the school:  Clinton Combs, Alexis Brouard, and Jeff Christensen.  We are very grateful to the faculty Jeff McBride, Dr. Lawrence Haas and Tobias Beckwith for this great honor.  David lectures at Magic and Meaning (the TED Talks of Magic), facilitates classes and discussion, produces video segments for Mystery School Monday online broadcasts, writes articles for the school’s Secret Art Journal, performs at Wonderground and emcees as needed.

David Speaks on Magic and Racial Sensitivity

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

At the recent Magic & Meaning Conference in Las Vegas, David gave a talk entitled “Magic in the Margins:  Applications for Magic in Minority Sensitivity Training.”  The conference is like the TED Talks of Magic.  In essence, the talk is about that magical moment that happens when you truly listen to understand another person who is significantly different from yourself.  It happens when you listen to understand what it’s like to walk in their shoes for a few miles.  It is a surreal experience that radically alters your perception of reality.  That moment can be explained by certain magical effects that are framed as “puzzles” or are “visually surreal” because they evoke feelings similar to the experiences David describes.  He talked about knowing South Africans while at Denison University, the struggle for the school’s divestment from their country to end Apartheid, and a racial incident that happened three doors from his room and led to a boycott that changed the trajectory of David’s life forever.  (In the midst of all this David actually dined with Desmond Tutu’s mentor, Archbishop Trevor Huddleston.  Together they changed a nation.)  The talk also explored the possibility of using magic in group experiences in minority sensitivity training – with special thanks to global peace activist and conflict transformation instructor, Daniel Buttrey.  The talk was warmly received.

David Launches Fine Parlor Magic!

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

We recently launched Fine Parlor Magic at StoryTellers Cottage here in beautiful Simsbury Connecticut with the assistance of cottage owner, Lisa Natcharian.  We had a “soft open” with good friends on David’s birthday, September 30, and our first official show for the public was on October 13 at 8 pm.  Fine Parlor Magic is an immersive theatrical experience.  Upon arrival you are greeted along the walk with glowing luminaries and mysterious music on the porch.  Inside there is more music, hot served hors d’oeuvres, magical drinks (BYOB), and mystery puzzles to solve.  The magic begins in the large kitchen with David performing a formal close-up show.  Then we retire to the Victorian Parlor of Wonder for a full hour of Fine Parlor Magic!  Guests leave having shared the common experiences of enchantment and inspiration.  Cocktail attire is required and David wears a handsome tuxedo!  Shows are produced quarterly.  www.FineParlorMagic.com

Athulya Narayanan, David’s Student, Wins Pageant!

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

We are delighted to announce that Athulya Narayanan, David’s magic student, won Best Talent at the Miss India Connecticut Pageant on September 14, 2018!  She also won Best Social Media and Second Runner Up!  The judges were so impressed with her that they are sending her on to the national pageant in February 2019 – something not usually done for second runner up!  We are so very proud of all the hard work Athulya has put into her magic, and moreover into who she is as an intelligent, kind, poised and ethical person.  We are exceedingly happy for her!

Performing at the Big E Sept 15 – Oct 1 !!!

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

 

We are proud to announce that David will be performing at The Big E, the New England states fair and expo.  

He has three shows a day on the stage behind the Connecticut building.  

 

 

Showtimes:

Friday, September 15:         1, 4 & 7 pm          Saturday, September 23:      1, 4 & 7 pm

Saturday, September 16:      1, 4 & 7 pm          Sunday, September 24:        3, 5 & 7 pm

Sunday, September 17:        3, 5 & 7 pm          Monday, September 25:       1, 4 & 7 pm

Monday, September 18:       12, 4 & 7 pm        Tuesday, September 26:      1, 4 & 7 pm

Tuesday, September 19:      2, 5 & 7 pm          Wednesday, September 27:  1, 4 & 7 pm

Wednesday, September 20:  1, 4 & 7 pm         Thursday, September 28:     1, 4 & 7 pm

Thursday, September 21:     1, 4 & 7 pm          Friday, September 29:         1, 4 & 7 pm

Friday, September 22:         1, 4 & 7 pm          Saturday, September 30:      12, 4 & 7 pm

Sunday, October 1:             3, 5 & 7 pm

Holiday Issue of The Lamp Newsletter!

Posted by on Dec 11, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Our holiday issue of The Lamp is here!  Whatever meaning you ascribe to the season, may it be full of peace and joy for all people…

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The New Audio Ape Remote Control – AWESOME!

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

My latest Pro Hacks segment is available online.  It’s a review of the Audio Ape Remote control for music systems.  I also offer a couple hacks for using most any remote system.  Enjoy!

An Article About My Life & Spiritual Take on Magic

Posted by on Feb 28, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Here’s an article about my perspective on magic and spirituality that just came out.  Enjoy.  It took some courage to share this much of my story.

ProHacks to Care For Your Body

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

My latest “Pro Hacks” segment is online.  It’s about the cool stuff magicians use to make life easier.  This month:  caring for the body.  Want to find a GREAT way to get rid of bags under the eyes?  How about a way to add an amazing fresh scent for your audience to enjoy at the venue – it just makes people smile.  Just click here:

Pro Hacks Episode 1 – Travel Hacks

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Here are some cool “hacks” that make magicians life easier when they travel. My new video series “Pro Hacks” made it’s initial debut on www.McBrideMagic.tv last night. First segment: Travel Hacks! Click Here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSH6YKSdh5o&feature=youtu.be

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