Archive for August, 2010

Lance Burton Retires

A Legend of Magic Closes the Curtain

The Dove Master

September's Cover of Magic Magazine

Hopefully this doesn’t mean an end to his career and just the beginning of another chapter in his magical life.  Talking with residents of Las Vegas, Lance Burton is more than just an entertainer, he is an a social icon of the city by always helping locally in many ways.

Please pick up a copy of this magazine at your local home town magic store.  This is MAGIC Magazine and can also be picked up at www.MAGICmagazine.com or order a subscription.  Both of these pictures have been used from the magazine and all credit for the pictures is given to MAGIC Magazine.

I am looking forward to see what this Magic Great pursues next and reading the article.  The local Vegas paper reported that Lance wouldn’t reveal his plans, but they do involve a fly rod and a frying pan.  Sounds like our buddy needs a little Rest & Relaxation.

Release of the Doves

Is there anything that Lance does that doesn’t look magical?  I saw a commercial he did once about adopting animals and his mannerisms alone just made you think a tiger was going to appear out of thin air!  We love ya Lance and hope your vacation won’t be for long.

As we aspire to be a great magician, it is  legends like this that we must study. Not just because of the trick itself, but mainly one must understand that these are great entertainers and this is what continually draws the crowds every night.  Learn this secret and you too can be very successful.

Hopefully, my subscription will come early because I am very excited to read all the articles relating to Lance Burton and his future.  If you  don’t have a chance to get the magazine, stay tuned for an update from Vynn Credible.

Magic Tricks or Magical Entertainment?

How much does a Magic Show cost?

Most people don’t realize that, when talking to a true professional entertainer, this question can be as vague as someone calling a local garage and asking how much it would be to fix their car that won’t run. There are different types of preparation, costs that are involved, and planning that must be done before every different type of show.  Therefore, here is some information to think about before you start your search for that perfect entertainer.

Most people I talk to really have no idea what to expect, but with some key information, together we can create a perfect event for their special occasion.  First of all, how many people will be attending your event?  Believe it or not, it makes a huge difference and this number will help develop what type of show would be best.  For instance, let’s say you are expecting 500 people, there is a cocktail hour before dinner and then time for a show afterwords.  It may be best to have close up magic during the cocktail hour so the crowd will be encouraged to stick around after eating for the entertainment.  Most laymen refer to this as David Blaine magic because of the familiarity of it on TV.

Next, would be the time.  Most kids magic shows are best to kept at 30 to 45 minutes, depending on age, because of attention span and restlessness.   Don’t be afraid to add some balloon twisting after a show, because this is something they can enjoy without sitting still! :)  After a family event, when time allows, I’m often asked to add this on as a last minute thought because parents have not thought what they were going to do with all these children in their home!

Finally, and probably least important is the price.  Prices will always vary depending on the entertainer, so ask for references.  In most cases, “you get what you pay for” couldn’t be more true.  I post my references from a source that checks who is sending in that particular testimonial.  Recently, I began video taping them to add even more validity.

Now, to answer the question…Magic Tricks or Magical Entertainment?

While reading my Testimonials, you will notice that everyone of them mention something about how well they were entertained and never mention that all I did was trick them.  This is the biggest compliment I could ever receive.  After all, I am a Magical Entertainer and with my comedic style, it is impossible to leave without a smile on your face.  Everyone wants to be entertained and that is my ultimate goal.

Then name says it…Vynn Credible!

TropStock Kids Comedy Magic Show

Magic Show Poster for Vynn Credible

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Check out this poster about to be plastered all over Brevard to promote the largest Tropical Rock festival of the year featuring Magical Entertainment by the one and only Vynn Credible.

Kimley-Horn & Associates has been named by FORTUNE Magazine as one of it’s 100 Best Companies to work for and that was easy to see why from all the great people I got to meet this afternoon before, during and after the show.  We were all having so much fun that I didn’t want to do my closing act, however I am glad that I did.  I say this because everyone was laughing so hard that they were almost crying!

This company has a monthly fun event for the employees and I look forward to the next time they ask me to come and entertain.  I was also very impressed with the complex that they had designed and work in. Luckily, I was given a tour of this huge building and got to see this “Green” building and all of it’s cool features, including the flower garden on the roof!


McDonald’s Magic Show

McDonald’s is a great place to have your kids birthday party.  After all, the kids are out of your house, someone else

 sets up, someone else cleans up, and there is a cool hamster maze for the kids to crawl through, all in the comfort of A/C.  Speaking of A/C, I know one magician and balloon twister that can really appreciate doing a show inside instead of outside!

 

Once again, I had a lot of fun performing for a 5 year old’s birthday party.  Twisting balloons in all kinds of shapes and sizes and as always, someone requests the easiest balloon ever…the worm.  Seriously kid…a worm? Do you want it twirled up like a snake ready to strike? How about in the shape of something, like a heart?

“Nope.”  He says, “Just blow up the balloon and put a knot in it. That’s what I want.”

Well, I gave him what he wanted and he took off running excited as ever when I handed it to him.  This is a great lesson that I should have remembered from my mentor.  It’s not what you want that is important, it’s what makes the audience happy and entertains them that you should do.

However, after a half dozen swords I tried to get the boys to be a little more creative and showed them some more balloon shape options and then they were excited to chase each other around with bumble bees, sharks and a parrot on their head!

Timing is everything, make sure that the “bringer of the cake and ice cream” understands to wait until after the show or (mental note for next time) start the show after the cake and ice cream have been served.  This a golden nugget for any new magician starting out, so take note! :)

Birthday party Magicians are a lot of fun and I encourage parents to try out a good one (like me!).

Restaurants do not allow live animals.  This is the only down side that I have come across so far.  Therefore, if you would like my magic show with the live rabbit, then it must be done somewhere else, like your home.

Thanks again to the family that booked me for a 3rd time!! You guys are VIP’s to me and can’t wait for the pictures.  They will be added to this web page and the Vynn Credible Fan Page on Facebook.