Wow! Such an incredible week at Magic Live 2019 in Las Vegas. To be honest, this was my first time attending, but it definitely won’t be my last. It was a little overwhelming to see so many people that inspired me all in one place. I mean, I went to a party on the first night and David Copperfield walked in. Are you getting this? David Copperfield. Usually when I attend a party, the most popular person there is the Chick-Fil-A cow.
The lectures were beyond top notch. It’s way too much to get into, but I will say that gears haven’t stopped turning since I left. I probably got the most out of 3 different lectures. Harris III talked on storytelling and really made me rethink my approach to certain moments in my show. Had a great talk with him after and it really confirmed where some of my efforts need to go. Then I saw an incredible lecture by Harrison Greenbaum, as seen on AGT. His lecture was titled “You Are All Terrible”. I wanted to be defensive before I walked in, but it was literally some of the best information I’ve ever heard. It was such a tribute to originality and I honestly believe that every regular performing magician needs to see this presentation. Finally, I would say Mario the Maker rounded everything out for me as far as what I needed to hear. First off, if you ever get a chance to see his kids show, yes I said kids show, GO SEE IT! There’s a reason he has opened for David Blaine. It’s more than just a kids magic show…it’s watching an inventor at work. I’ve never been so inspired to take my show to another level than after seeing him. From his 3D printer creations to electronics, remote controls, robots interacting with him, it’s just a new level of thinking. Made me feel lazy. But ultimately, all 3 of these lectures were a punch to the gut…but in a good way.
Outside of that, just some incredible shows. Pipo Villanueva and Dani DaOrtiz are just artists. The absolute best! Pipo did his one cup version of the cups and balls and it’s hands down my favorite version of that trick. So pure, so simple and so amazing. Then there was Dani’s show. He asked my friends John and Erik to sit next to him at the table, and he proceeded to destroy the room with card tricks. You just haven’t experienced a card trick until you see him live. There’s just nobody better.
To cap it all off, I got to spend the whole convention hanging out with good friends and one of my best friends in the performing world and in real life, John Hinton. Just made the trip that much better. And with an In N Out Burger just a mile from the hotel, you better believe we hit that place up. Of course we Ubered, since it was almost 110 degrees.
All in all, a great convention that I can’t wait to go back to! Below are just a few photos from the trip!
Mac King (one of the best shows in Vegas)
Amazing Jonathan (one of the funniest of all time) and his wife Anastasia Synn (another incredible performer)
Garrett Thomas (one of my consultants for Fool Us and one of the most creative minds in magic)
Lance Burton (former Vegas strip headliner at the Monte Carlo)
Friend Luke Dancy (amazing creator and former Charlotte resident)
Friends from Fool Us
Friends John Hinton and Erik Casey, along with Pipo Villanueva and Dani DaOrtiz
Performing for amazing creator and David Copperfield consultant, Chris Kenner.
DMC (star of the awesome Netflix series, Death by Magic)
Too many friends to name here, but a great dinner!
The one and only David Copperfield. One of my biggest inspirations.
John and myself with Criss Angel. I’ve heard nothing but great things about his new show!
One of my best friends and an incredible performer, John Hinton.