Magi-Whirl

I got back from Washington DC earlier this week, as I had been lecturing and performing at Magi-Whirl, which is put on by a prominent ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

They had asked me to speak about my career, starting from when I first got interested in magic, and eventually became the youngest Junior Member of the Magic Castle… All the way to being in BeLIEve and the shows that ensued thereafter. I did a Q&A after my talk, and had a great time communing with my fellow magicians in attendance.

That night I performed in their gala show, where I did some pieces of mental magic I’ve had in development for some time. It was a blast, and I really enjoyed perfoming things the magic community hasn’t really seen me do before.

Pluuus, I got a signed Dell O’Dell book. A total gem! Here are some photos from the lecture, of what I wore for the show, and Magical Moments:

NYC and the 109th Salute to Magic

I returned from NYC late last night, and had a whirlwind of a trip. I got to visit a city I love, catch up with lots of friends, and emcee and perform in the Society of American Magician’s 109th Salute to Magic show. It’s the longest running annual magic show in the US, and was an honor to be a part of it. We had an amazing line-up, and after working on mostly TV-related projects recently, it was refreshing to be back on a big stage.

I also got to see Basil Twist’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” which was incredibly thrilling. I first read a profile in the New Yorker about his insanely brilliant puppet work while I was in high school, and became obsessed. So to be able to see one of his signature shows was a dream come true. I got to tour the backstage afterward and even meet Basil. And I was a stammering fan girl for sure... Kind of embarrassing, but the whole thing was amazing.

The show is accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, whose broadcasts and music I listen to regularly, and being able to meet him and discuss his role in the show and his work, in general, was crazy. I spent quite a bit of time with him and some of the puppeteers, and picking their brains about performance art was awe-inspiring.

All in all, a phenomenal trip, but I’m happy to be back at home in LA with my bird (who’s very happy to see me [and vice-versa]) to film more videos, which will be up soon!

March Favorites: OOTD Edition

I was painfully uncool in high school, and like so many of us, I got bullied. And I certainly got bullied more if I came to school dressed in cute fashion. So I opted out. I basically dressed in camping clothes from REI, and figured it was just easier that way.

But when I got to college, a new world opened up, as I started to care a lot less about outside opinions. I was just over it. So I got more playful with my style, and what started out as simple florals and black berets turned into sparkles and fur. I was coming into my own, and I wasn’t afraid of it.

I wound up leaving UCLA early to go to Vegas and join Criss Angel’s TV show, which turned into years of live shows. Long story short, while being in the shows was an amazing experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything, I wound up having to swap my sequins for spikes and my lamé for leather.

However, after the injury that forced me to leave the shows (I tore my achilles in the upside-down straitjacket escape), I’ve started to come back to the things I treasure and adore: rhinestones, denim, faux fur, and lots of pink. And at the same time, I absolutely can’t resist a good Slayer tee… But I fail to see any dissonance. It’s my taste, and it’s what makes me me.

And when I concoct an outfit that resonates with me, I just want to wear it over and over. I have to force myself to switch it up! So here are four of my current favorite #OOTD’s that are all I want to wear:

Vaudeville Past

While I don’t exactly come from a family of performers, I do have a bit of a performance linage. My mother was fourth in the nation in figure skating, which I literally JUST found out… Way to keep the cool stuff a secret, MOM! But anyway, her paternal grandparents were in Vaudeville, which was a live variety theater spectacular.

In the Roaring Twenties, they were on the Pantages circuit, one of the largest and most influential in North America. I always loved hearing their stories as told by family members while I was growing up.

My great-grandfather, Merrill, was the lead trombone player in the band, and my great-grandmother, Sylvia, was a dancer. Her most famous act was where she would do acrobatics on the back of a little person who rode a unicycle. Yeah. I know, right?

While I was in Criss’ Cirque du Soliel show, my grandfather passed away, and I inherited the Vaudeville photo albums. They were tattered and falling apart, and so when I was backstage after my act, I set about restoring them.

Here are some of my favorites:

Magic Jewels

Janie was the name of my great-grandmother, i.e. my mom’s mom’s mom, and she was quite the character. With a vibrant personality ripe from Texas, she would be adorned in fur and jewels even in the thick of summer. It was just her taste, and I admire her commitment!

When I started performing, my mother slowly began handing down some of Janie’s pieces to pair with my costumes (although her real jewels are in a safe). Displayed over antique magic books, here are the ones I like to make a habit of wearing: