FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS   

What do you do, Rob?

What is "interactive" about your magic?

Do you ever invent your own card magic?

How and when did you get started in card magic?

Will you perform at a party for children?

How do you work at a large gathering?

Do you teach card magic?

How do I contact you?

What do you do, Rob?

I entertain people by performing interactive close-up magic with playing cards. Usually, I'm playing with a full deck, although sometimes two decks or just a few cards. Drawing upon a unique repertoire developed over the course of 35 years, I work at private and corporate parties, receptions, restaurants, festivals, and similar venues.

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What is "interactive" about your magic?

The magic I perform depends on what you do – what card you pick, what numbers you say, when you stop dealing, which pile you select, where you cut the deck, or the magic spell you place on an object. You are an integral part of what happens. Without your input, there would be no magic. I will ask you to shuffle, deal, and pick cards, not simply show a monologue of demonstrations. I might even ask you, "How did you do that?" Everybody wins.

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Do you ever invent your own card magic?

Yes. A painter who is an artist usually mixes his or her own colors and rarely uses plain colors right from the tube. Likewise, I blend things together in new ways, often to the point they become something new. People have described my creations as poetic, crazy, impossible, and the best thing that's happened all day.

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How and when did you get started in card magic?

In 1973, while I was at a Canadian summer camp learning visual and performing arts, a student of world-famous magician Doug Henning taught me some card magic and I was hooked. Thank you, Danny.

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Will you perform at a party for children?


If the audience is mostly people who are over about ten years old, I will gladly perform. At a party for a mixed crowd of adults and children, I involve youngsters with activities that match their abilities, such as turning over a card, rolling dice and counting with me, making simple decisions, or saying, “stop,” as someone deals the cards. (Children love to tell an adult what to do and when to stop.)

Most children seem fascinated by what I do, and I am quite approachable, but I do not perform children’s magic; it's a different art. If the audience is mostly people who are under about ten years old, I recommend you find a magician who specializes in children’s magic.

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How do you work at a large gathering?

I go table-to-table ("strolling"), performing short sets. At parties without tables, I either set up in one place so people can come and go as they desire, or stroll among the guests, working without a table. Often, the small audiences grow as their reactions attract attention of other people.

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Do you teach card magic?

Yes, I teach beginners. Usually, I teach individuals, but have taught classes to small groups on occasion.

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How do I contact you?

Click the Jack of Diamonds below for my contact information.

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