Monday, August 3, 2020

Considerations When Booking a Magician

“It looks so easy.  Walk around and do some magic tricks.         Everyone is having fun.  So let’s hire a magician for our event!”

That’s what most people think when they see a strolling magician.  It's a fun and easy add on to the main event.  Like background music.  It certainly adds to the atmosphere and people really do enjoy close-up magic.    
So how to hire a strolling magician?  Who’s the best?  

Find out what to look for and how to find the best strolling magician in Arizona!
Read more... 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020


Here's a video of a live performance of the Rings at the Arizona State Fair in 2019.  I'm learning about the different types of videos that seem to be effective on YouTube and this is not one of them.  

Magic videos that get the most views, likes, etc. are ones that show people reacting to effects.  They are basically the performer saying, "Look, watch...", and then Magic happens, followed by screams and expressions of astonishment.  Another type of magic video that seems effective is one that shows the performer (or just the hands) doing visually beautiful and seemingly impossible effects for the camera.  This is called "eye candy" magic which I for one very much enjoy.  I've been watching numerous videos of young, highly skilled magicians and have enjoyed being fooled badly.  It's very inspiring!  

Since the shutdown (it's been 3.5 months since my last live performance), I've been learning to record and edit videos for my clients, YouTube channel, this blog, and for promotional purposes.  Stay tuned to see my efforts to create new types of magic videos of my work.  Your comments are appreciated.  Thanks for following my blog!  

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Raving Fan!

A nice letter from my boss at the Rustler's Rooste.
Thank you Tom!
By the way, the restaurant is open and the band is playing.  
  Magic fun coming soon!

Monday, May 18, 2020

Magic Beyond the New Normal!

Getting ready for the rebound.  It's been two months since my last live performance.  So I've been working on the business side of things like updating websites with new contact forms so it's faster and easier to contact me.  I am ready for the parties, when the resorts are bustling with tourists, when the golfers are celebrating in club houses, when the fairs open and draw thousands of families together, and when the Rustler's Rooste Restaurant is full of folks hungry for the "beef & brew with a view", and of course, music, dancing, and lots of magic fun.

Magic Beyond the New Normal means visually stunning magic and comedy hospitality entertainment within the bounds of safe, comfortable distancing. Magic without helping hands from the audience from a mystery man behind a bandana who creates magical memories you can enjoy for a lifetime. 
Ideal for outdoor events.  

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Yelp Page Updates and Reviews

Virtual Services Now Available:
Personalized Birthday Magic Videos
Live Online Magic Presentations

Shawn Eric is quite simply a fantastic magician, entertainer and man. I've worked with Shawn on dozens of occasions at top area resorts and private parties. He delivers exceptional magic with charm and delight.
~Gene Urban, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Custom Magic Online

Well, it's officially 2 weeks since my last live performance at the Rustler's Rooste Restaurant.  They had to close temporarily just like every restaurant.  The first week of April, I will celebrate 6 years working there, even though I won't be performing there again until they reopen.  It's a great experience as I learn a lot about performing in an often loud, chaotic atmosphere and working with others (a team of waiters, busers, hosts, and managers) whose service and food comes first.  

One of my favorite things about the RR is the sheer number and variety of people I get to entertain.  I try to get around to everyone, even if it's just to say, "Welcome", but with 500-1000 dinners per night, that's a lot of magic and crowd love!  The music (Peso Dollar Band) is awesome too!  

In light of our present circumstances and the forced break in my performances, I've been busy working on the business (getting ready for the rebound), reading some magic books (The Magic of Johnny Thompson), and learning & practicing some new magic.  I'm also going online by posting some new magic videos for my YouTube Channel.

One video idea I'd like to share with you.  I have a client who booked me for his wife's birthday party but had to cancel.  So I made them a personalized video of me performing a Birthday Card Trick.  I was able to send him this video on her birthday.  The next day a friend was talking about how her daughter's birthday party had to be cancelled, so I made a video for her which they loved! 

The idea is new for me, it's still evolving and I'd love suggestions on how to improve it.  This is a low quality (720p) video due to Blogger constraints, but hopefully you'll get the idea.

If you'd like a personalized Birthday Magic video for you or someone special, just contact me and we'll set it up so they can enjoy a bit of magic for their birthday.  And please share this offer with everyone you know, thank you!  

Call or text: 602-403-7309  


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Inquire to Book Shawn Eric!

Friday, January 31, 2020

Western Fairs Convention!

The Western Fairs Association held its annual convention in Reno on January 19-22.  I was able to make an adventure of it and below are some highlights...

On the road, 95 north of Vegas.

Winning Instagram photo!

Friends from the Arizona Fairs Association.

Dennis Forel and Terry Godfrey.

James Reid.

Ernie & Mary Lee G. and Lynette.

Jack from Trinity County Fair.

Anais and Andrew.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

New Business Cards!

 Very happy to have new "seeds" to sow for the New Year 2020!

Designed and produced by creative friends Rick and Alison Ivansek, owners of AG Werks.  Check out their website at 

Thank you all for reading and following this blog!
I hope you find something of interest or value.
Wishing you all a Happy and Magical New Year!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

7th Annual Cups & Balls Session

In October, I had the pleasure of visiting magic friends in Los Angeles for an all day event celebrating one of the oldest tricks in magic, the classic cups and balls.  Organized by Tom Frank and hosted by Dave Ramey, the event draws about 75 magicians each year.  The format is "show and tell" sessions where participants can talk about their interests and props (cups, balls, wands, tables, pouches and pockets, costumes, loads, etc.) or they can perform their favorite routines. This year Gazzo appeared and did a surprising close-up routine while sitting at a table and spinning a long tale about a long drive across the country.  The best part of the day was seeing old friends and meeting new ones, watching the younger magi do their thing, and sharing lots of stories and laughs.  

Johnson Cups for my close-up work.

Tom Frank, organizer of the event.

With Gazzo & Kris Bentz.

Cups for political satire, Napoleon on the run.

Cellini Cups for the stage.