On August 28, Sammy will perform a set at The Ice House in Pasadena for the 7 Comics for $7 series. Details here. (http://icehousecomedy NULL.com/event NULL.cfm?id=318574&cart)
At this year’s Comic Con in San Diego, Sammy performed at the Witches of East End party for three consecutive nights alongside fellow LA magicians Crow Garrett (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/CrowGarrettMagic), Christen Gerhart (http://www NULL.christengerhart NULL.com), and Misty Lee (http://mistylee NULL.com). The packed event included the star-studded cast of the Lifetime series as well as costumed warlocks and witches.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone incapsulated the divide between realism in magic and the misanthropy that is so prevalent in the art. It’s been some time since I wrote a “food for thought” post on this site, but this is a topic I find myself thinking about from time to time.
As I develop current material, I look at others who seem to be locked in the past. Magic is an entertainment medium and like the communication model if our “message” is not relevant to a modern society (i.e. the way we dress, the material we perform, the music we play onstage); our “receivers” automatically tune us out if they are not seeking nostalgia. In general, there seems to be too much duplication and way too little thought in the magic community…still. To this day, I still see horrendous suits that are supposed to look like tuxes from the 40s. I hear the same patter to billboard the same routines from magician to magician. In every promo, I see many magicians who look like half their fingers are broken as they awkwardly extend their hand out to the camera lens. At one point will this age old art evolve and turn around?
While I am creating a natural approach to magic, plenty of other under-35′s are doing the same. They’re out in the world recapturing the wonder that people are supposed to feel in this saturated media climate. It’s hard work; but I sense we are embarking on a new wave of making magic accessible, relevant, and amazing.
Isn’t that what entertainment is all about?