Thursday, April 19, 2018

Time to Learn a Magic Trick!

The most frequently asked question I get is "How did you do that?" People always want to know the secret -- they think. But the truth is, what they really want is the wonder to continue. If  I stopped and explained every trick I performed, the wonder would quickly vanish and along with it --the fun. So, I never explain the tricks I am performing.  

The second most frequently asked question is “Can you teach me a trick?”  If I have time, I will teach a trick to someone who really wants to learn.  That question tells me that there is a more than a casual interest in simply learning secrets. He or she wants to experience the wonder from my side of the fence. 

With that in mind, here is a simple trick that won’t blow anyone’s mind, but will certainly amuse and make them go ‘hmmm’.  If you have an analog watch or clock handy this is for you. 

What Happens
Place a folded piece of paper in a visible place.
Have someone name a number between 1 and 12. Then ask that person to place his finger on the 12 of the clock face and begin to spell his number as he moves his finger one time for each letter. For example: If the chosen number is ‘3’, your assistant would spell t-h-r-e-e and end up with his finger on the 5. Then starting at the 5(or whatever number your assistant’s finger is on), repeat the process – this time spelling that number f-i-v-e  and ending on the number ‘9’ Repeat this one more time(in this example spelling n-i-n-e) and have the assistant take note that he stopped at the number ‘1’.
You open the piece of paper and show that you had written that exact number on the paper. A perfect prediction.

What’s the Secret?
This one works itself. Just follow the instructions above and you will always end up on the number ‘1’. Yup, that easy.  Before the performance, merely write  “You will stop on the number 1” on a piece of paper. Fold it up and you are ready to go. Try it a few times to see for yourself. 

With the right build up, this can be a real fooler. I wouldn't recommend repeating it though. Since the ending point is always '1', the method would become transparent fairly easily. 
This is just a quick sort of ice-breaker or time-filler. Have fun with it!

Visit my website at  to see more about the magic shows I offer.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Great Scott gets a face lift!

Ok, maybe not me personally, but my website just got a much needed facelift.  Wow, it's hard to keep up with all the changes in the online world. When I started this business a decade and a half ago barely anyone was looking for a magician using the internet. Those that did had to be seated in front of their computer screen. Now, it seems, most are searching on their phone . . . and the yellow pages (remember those) while still around are not of any real value anymore -- great as kindling for the fire though.

So, the new site is up. Take a look and drop me a note if you find anything that doesn't work for you. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Magically Nutritious School Assembly Program

It's been a busy summer, and I've had chance to debut my new show "Magically Nutritious" in libraries throughout Wisconsin and parts of Illinois. Now its time to release it to the schools. If your elementary school is looking for a great school assembly program -- this is it. There's tons of fun with a solid message based on the MyPlate curriculum. Check out my website at to see more about this and all my other fantastic school shows.


Friday, December 11, 2015

2016 Summer Library Reading Program

Every year I go through the process of creating a brand new show. In the summer I roll it out to the libraries throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. Why do I do this? Well, it helps on so many levels. First it helps me stay current with my craft. Thinking about new ideas and ways to present them sharpens my mind and in the end there's a finished product that didn't exist 6 months prior.

It's also good for the libraries. They get a show which has been crafted with them especially in mind. So reading is emphasized and library use is promoted. Then there are the kids and their parents. They get something new to experience -- even if I've been to their library several years in a row.

So, there are a host of great reasons to make a new show each year. Of course it's a lot of work. Hundreds of hours go into creating new routines, choosing the right mood music, writing new ventriloquist skits, and creating special props. Plus there's the monetary cost for new backdrops and props. But in the end, seeing the smiles and looks of astonishment -- hearing the laughter and reading the great reviews after make it all worthwhile.

This year I am the Nutrition Magician. Presenting a fun-filled magic show that teaches kids about healthy living. Look for the show at a library near you.  .  . and if your library doesn't have this show scheduled, tell them about Great Scott's "Tricks, They're Magically Nutritious" show.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Wrapping Up The Library Magic Reading Shows -- On to the Schools

This summer I had the privilege of presenting my latest library show to thousands of children, caretakers and parents throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. The show, titled Amazing American Heroes, featured magic, music and a bit of ventriloquism. What was the purpose? Maybe you weren't asking that. It may seem like a magic show is supposed to be about nothing in particular -- just lots of "Wow". Yes, I do those types of shows, and this show had plenty of Wow in it. But I also try to create a program that will educate and inspire -- especially when kids are in the audience. After one recent show, a boy of about 12 came up to me and said "You know, you could be a motivational speaker!"  Thanks. That is one of the goals during the show -- to motivate.

Well, if you missed the show, that's OK. After a full summer of performances, I'm now offering it to elementary schools. American history in a very fun format. We'll touch on the major accomplishments of men and women like Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Neil Armstrong, the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart and more. Visit my website at to see more.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Milwaukee Magician

Looking for a Magician in Milwaukee or anywhere in Wisconsin, Illinois? Well visit my website at to see more about the types of shows I offer and see what others are saying about the performances.

I have shows for School groups - educational and fun programs for students in the elementary grades. It's a fun way to learn about or be refreshed in a topic.

Birthday Parties -- I do shows for all ages. Lots of fun and amazing magic. Plenty of interaction and laughter to be had.

Scout Programs -- Scouts get a customized show just for them. The Magic of Scouting.

Gospel shows -- I perform for church groups of all ages. Sunday school, main church, Outreach events. Fun illusions with a Christ-centered message.

Banquets or Business Meetings -- Hey, I am adult after all. I know how to 'suite up' and present a mature program that is clean, but still plenty of fun for an adult crowd.  Lots of participation and laughter to be had.

It doesn't stop there though. If you have a need for entertainment, give me a call. I'd love to help you out.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Amazing American Heroes -- the magic show

People don't really talk about heroes anymore. Yes, we see a plethora of movies about super-heroes -- those fictional characters with mythic powers who fight equally fictional mythic powered villains. But we have forgotten about the great men and women of the past who lived
right here in this country and helped to shape not just our culture, but the world's. So, I'm in the process of finishing a show that touches on some of these people and highlights their accomplishments. They worked against the odds and delved into uncharted territory -- literally or intellectually. They weren't perfect, but true heroes are real people who stretched the boundaries of what we thought was possible.

This summer, perhaps at your library, we'll explore some of these individuals in a show I call Amazing American Heroes. Hope to see you there.