Thursday, September 2, 2021
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Monday, July 26, 2021
"Thank you for bringing the Art of Magic! You created such a fun experience for us all. We will cherish these memories for years to come. Thank you for your magical entertainment!" ~Nkechi O.
Nkechi gave her husband a 60th Birthday Party he will always remember. I had the opportunity to work with an amazing team including our planner Jeryse Kelly, DJ and emcee Scott Faver, and photographer Alexxis Great who captured these reactions. The guests were expressive, beautiful, and really fun. It was a wonderful party!
|The Magic Pizza Delivery|
|Cheers to a Great Audience!|
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
This was a fun project that developed over the course of a couple years. Although I've been performing the effect for many years, I added a baseball theme story presentation, and had the idea of doing it on an infield design. Then I read Dick Steiner's book, Trifecta, where he describes using baseball, football, and golf designed table tops for his effects. I wanted the design to be on a dinner napkin so I could use it in a more versatile manner. So I found the material with a green field like color and visited my tailor, Maya Diaz to cut and sew the napkins. Then it was off to Rick & Alison Ivansek at AG Werks to design and print the infield design. These came out very nice. My friends Anne Philips let me wear the Diamondback's World Series Championship shirt and hat which was very cool, and Frank Frounfelker did the camera work which looks great. I'm grateful to all these team players for their help producing this video!
Finally, I'd like to dedicate this to the cherished memory of Daryl, a dear friend and one of the greatest magicians I've ever known, who taught me the effect almost 40 years ago.
PS. This effect has an additional ending which has to be seen live to be appreciated. Seriously now, as an attraction, I imagine performing this in a private show for the Diamondback's team & organization, as well as the VIPs in the suites. If any of you know anyone who can arrange this, please let them know!
Monday, June 14, 2021
"You were awesome last night. They all talked about how much they loved the magic and your personality! You made an unforgettable night!" ~Kristin F.
|At the Troon Country Club|
"Thank you very much for making my birthday party a success! You provided a fun, memorable, special evening that I will always remember! Everyone thought you were amazing!!! Your professional skills as a magician are superior! Your personality is delightful and engaging! Your effort in personalizing your performance is much appreciated!
A special thanks goes out to you for you kindness in doing some tricks for the staff as you waited outside the room. They LOVED it! You are welcome to use me as a reference for anyone who wants to hear from someone who has used you twice."
Friday, April 30, 2021
Friday, April 16, 2021
Recently I had the pleasure to perform at a celebrity golf tournament, the Chip Fore Charity event, for the Crain Family Foundation at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale. We got a lot of great photos and some video as well. Here's the best one starring Brandon Webb and friends as we worked some surprising magic together. You won't be able to see the specific effect, but you will see what it looks like when I entertain at your event, ie. the affect I have on groups of people. That's the real Magic Fun!
Monday, February 1, 2021
This is the home of generous friends in Tempe on New Years Eve and center stage for the event. My first official driveway show, complete with lights and sound, was for about 30 people at a neighborhood block party. The driveway has a slight elevation which increased my visibility. Everyone gathered in a semi-circle, small groups seated in lawn chairs and standing room only on the street, socially distanced and wearing masks. Two teenage boys, who have a strong curiosity about magic, agreed to help and they nearly stole the show with their antics. A Covid safe event to ring in the New Year, in the driveway of "a rusted out garage", this show was one to remember!
For home entertainment, driveways, patios and poolside, are ideal outdoor areas where Shawn's Magic Fun can be best enjoyed. Call 602-403-7309 to learn how we can amaze your guests at your next home party.
Monday, November 23, 2020
"The more thankful I am, the more I have to be thankful for."
In light of our Thanksgiving holiday this week, I want to sincerely thank all my clients who have hired me over the past few years. I feel so lucky to entertain people with my magic and share it as a business and a professional career for over 35 years... WOW!
As a more advanced form of gratitude, I'd also like to thank all the prospects who inquired about my work and, for whatever reasons, did not hire me. In other words, I'm grateful for the work I have and the work I don't have. I'm also grateful for the work that's coming. There is a lot of magic still to be done!
This year has been a sort of "forced sabbatical" from performing which is how I earn my income. So I've had to shift to the business side of my work which includes mostly marketing projects; upgrading my websites, producing videos, and getting ready for whatever "rebound" that may occur after the virus crisis is solved and the shutdown ends. At this point, I feel many people are starved for live entertainment. However, when "things" open up, I believe it will be a slow process of people getting comfortable hosting and attending events.
Imagine going to the theatre to see a concert, a play, and a magic show. Imagine going to the Magic Castle to watch the world's greatest magicians. Imagine going to Las Vegas and seeing the the myriad of theatre shows and concerts. Imaging going to the Rustler's Rooste or your local restaurant and inviting the magician to come entertain at your table. Imagine going to an outdoor festival or fair and joining in a crowd of strangers to circle around a magic or juggling show. Imagine having a magician work the crowd at your next corporate event, a dinner party, reception, or trade show. Imagine... and let's make magic happen again!
Thank you for reading and following my blog. I wish you all a magical Thanksgiving holiday!
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Well, I really missed working the Arizona State Fair this month. So I worked on a new promo video for festival producers and fair managers with the hope that they might hire me for 2021 and beyond. It was exciting to work on this video and I learned a few new things that make it much better than the video I made last year. One of the coolest things I learned was to record the voice over using the microphone on my ear buds and the Voice Memo app on my iPhone. I also added the Ken Burns effects to add motion to the photos, and used dissolve transitions for a more seamless look. Overall, this is my best video so far. Finally, the crowd photos give me hope that someday soon we'll be able to gather together, to smile and laugh, to hug and hold hands, without social distancing, masks, or fear.