Daniel Jaspersen Magician@Play

Browsing Archive: July, 2013

Social Chameleon 3 :: The Ladies

Posted by djaspersen on Monday, July 29, 2013, In : Stories from the Trenches 

The magician is the same. The audiences are different.


As I mingled through the Holiday party of around 500 guests I was flagged down by table after table wanting to witness some magic. Many of the groups were guys with beers hoping to catch me in the act, or at least learn a tidbit of sleight-of-hand that they could try. I spend most of the evening demonstrating card cheating techniques (with a twist of magic) and discussing cheating at the card table. Guys like knowledge. I didn’t teach a...


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Social Chameleon 2: The Senator

Posted by djaspersen on Monday, July 15, 2013, In : Stories from the Trenches 

The magician is the same. The audiences are different.


It was a hot sunny Saturday morning outside of the historical mansion I was performing at. I was chatting with one of the organizers of the event when an announcement came from the podium located at the front door. A US senator would be addressing the crowd in a minute and we were to congregate near the front.


Following a glowing introduction, the pinstripe clad silverback approached the microphone. He spoke charismatically about the hist...


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Social Chameleon 1: Teen Hipsters

Posted by djaspersen on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, In : Stories from the Trenches 

The magician is the same. The audiences are different.


I happened upon a small band of teenage hipsters showing each other videos on their oversized smartphones. Upon asking about what they were watching and they eagerly included me in the viewing. I chatted casually with the alpha while the others carried on in their social media binge.


After a minute of small talk, I casually handed him a blank index card and a pen.

“Write down the name of a person that many of these guys would know. Not ...


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Behind the curtain - Spoon Bending

Posted by djaspersen on Friday, July 5, 2013, In : Stories from the Trenches 

As I pulled onto the interstate ahead of traffic, I cranked the music, rolled up the windows and watched the fireworks explode in my rearview mirror. On my way from from a gig in Denver, I made some mental notes about a new piece of magic I’d experimented with - Spoon Bending.


Over the last four year, the elegant mangling of a fork has become one of my signature pieces of magic. I’ve done it for US Senators and Federal Judges all the way down to 5 year old kids. It works. It’s brilliant...


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