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!