Daniel Jaspersen Magician@Play

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We forget about the rain

Posted by djaspersen on Thursday, February 6, 2014, In : Magic and the Magician 

Stop. Stop working. Stop worrying about your day. Stop thinking about what to make for dinner. Stop and enjoy the world for a moment. Please.

Because I work in magic, I am surrounded by secret methods, discussions about performance ideas and studies of crazy sleight of hand concepts. Its easy to forget about magic. You see, what I experience is dramatically different from what my audiences experience during a show. Sometimes I forget to make the magic real.

We all make this little mista...


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3 Creative tips with your smartphone

Posted by djaspersen on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, In : Magic and the Magician 





I (like many people) spend a lot of my time on the go. And also like most people, my trusty smartphone is almost always with me. I’ve had to learn to record my creative ideas while out and about. Here are a few ways to capture that muse before it slips away.

1) Talk to yourself while you’re driving? I do...a lot. Use the voice memo app to record all those genius ideas. I always label the voice memos as I start it. Then it’s all a free flowing conversation with the empty chair next ...


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A lesson from Michael Bay at #CES2014

Posted by djaspersen on Thursday, January 9, 2014, In : Magic and the Magician 

Let Michael Bay’s flop at the Consumer Electronics Show (#CES2014) be a lesson to anyone who takes any stage. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch it now.


Here is the basic gist of the problem. Bay’s teleprompter failed on him. So, valiantly, he decided to try to wing it. He crashed and burned worse that any disaster he’s created on the big screen.

He was being asked to speak about his action scenes. His work. His style. He couldn’t deliver a simple message regarding his own artis...


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Dear Magicians, most of your stuff isn't magical

Posted by djaspersen on Monday, December 9, 2013, In : Magic and the Magician 

Deep down, people love magic. I’m not talking about kids. Adults love magic. Grown men and women, love magic. They do. Unfortunately, most of them don’t know it because they’ve not experienced the real deal.

There is a confusion of terms that is primarily the fault of “magicians” today. You see, simply being able to have a card selected, shuffled back into a deck and subsequently found in some seemingly impossible way DOES NOT equate to magic. (Nor does the linking of a couple of ...


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Dear Magicians, You're creepy.

Posted by djaspersen on Friday, December 6, 2013, In : Magic and the Magician 

I had a wonderful little gig recently for a very respectable organization. As the cocktail hour was winding down, my job was finished and I chatted with the woman who had booked me to perform. She was very complimentary regarding my style, professionalism and the quality of the magic. At one point she leaned a bit closer and lowered her voice as she gave me very real feedback about my profession.
She had shopped around and looked at several different magicians in this region. To use her word...


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Magic is Beautiful (part 1)

Posted by djaspersen on Thursday, November 21, 2013, In : Magic and the Magician 



From an artistic philosophy, I believe that good art mirrors nature. Artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, etc.) see the world through a unique lens. Sometimes that lens is very clean and clear, such as the works of Leonardo di Vinci. He studied nature, animals and humans and tried hard to recreate them as accurately as possible on the canvass. Others have a more prismatic, distorted lens. Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali gave us their worldview in twisted, bizarre, yet beautiful works....

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Build an Iceberg

Posted by djaspersen on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, In : Magic and the Magician 



At a close-up, mingling style performance, I will generally perform about 10 different tricks all night long. I simply do the same handful of tricks for everyone. This is a very common (smart and efficient) approach for a close-up performer. It doesn’t matter if the event is 1 hour or 4 hours long. I’ve been doing this for years.

As a result of this methodical approach to mingling, I’ve performed many of the tricks thousands and thousands of times over the last 10 years. I can do the ...


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Being Human

Posted by djaspersen on Monday, November 4, 2013, In : Magic and the Magician 

Talking with a friend who wants to create a circus type show, he made a very interesting observation. The current dominant force in circus is Cirque du Soleil, the French-Canadian troupe.

My friend observed that, as amazing as Cirque’s performances are, they have taken the humanity out of circus. The costumes, make-up and abilities of the shows have been pushed so far, that it seem the performers are not human anymore, but something else. This is not a bash on Cirque du Soleil, simply a k...


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Slow Down

Posted by djaspersen on Friday, October 25, 2013, In : Magic and the Magician 

I was on a juggler’s website yesterday, and checked out his promo videos. I started as a juggler and still enjoy watching skilled manipulators work.

As I watched him, I was able to follow the majority of his tricks, because I’m a juggler. He was juggling so fast. Way too fast. It was hard to appreciate the skill involved with what he was doing. It reminded me of a comment that a very good friend of mine (a non-juggler) said to me several years ago. She said, “It all looks the same to ...


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For those who don't like magic

Posted by djaspersen on Monday, September 16, 2013, In : Magic and the Magician 

Not everyone likes magic.

I happen to disagree.

A magician whose work I’ve studied for many years recently tweeted: “As wonderful as it is, not everyone likes magic. Try to only share your magic with people who enjoy it.”

I found the tweet a bit sad and misleading.

First, let me back up a little and clarify that I am a fan of this magician’s work. His was the very first lecture I attended. I’ve purchased his products and read and used much of his material over the last ten years. I ...


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On disbelief

Posted by djaspersen on Monday, April 29, 2013, In : Magic and the Magician 


 

“to procure for these shadows of imagination that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment...”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge


It is a common concept for theater goers to turn off their logic and reason to enjoy the show in front of them. Imagine you’re sitting 5th row center at a broadway-grade production of The Wizard of Oz. The Wicked Witch of the West is sending her flying monkeys off to capture Dorothy and her companions. The monkeys don’t actually fly, rather they are swung acros...


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Reflecting on TEDxCSU

Posted by djaspersen on Friday, March 15, 2013, In : Magic and the Magician 

(Photo Credit: Clark Hodge. Conversketch: Karina Mullen)
 
 I walked off the stage as over 500 people applauded the TED Talk I had just delivered. Backstage, handshakes and high-fives came in from the other speakers and crew members. A quick thumbs-up text from my wife buzzed into my phone and the tweets poured in. The thrill of being on a TED stage pulsed through my veins.


What a massive opportunity? To be a speaker at a TEDx Event was an honor. It was quite humbling to be on the same stage as...

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TEDxCSU Preview

Posted by djaspersen on Friday, February 22, 2013, In : Magic and the Magician 

I'll be presenting for TEDxCSU on March 2, 2013 at the Colorado State University Lory Student Center. Most of the time, I am booked to perform magic and mentalism. This TED Talk gives me the opportunity to discuss many of the choices that are made behind the scenes as I develop the magic. I'll be discussing how I Blur the Line between fiction and non-fiction to create disruptive magical moments for people around me.

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Perceptions of Magic

Posted by djaspersen on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : Magic and the Magician 

How is Magic Perceived

One of the most important questions that a magician must ponder as they build their act and develop their style is, “How will this be perceived by the audience?”

As novice performers mature into working professionals, there is a threshold that must be crossed. At some point the magician needs to think about character and how they appear, what they convey and what artistic message they are trying to communicate to the masses.

It is my opinion that the d...


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Fooling

Posted by djaspersen on Friday, January 25, 2013, In : Magic and the Magician 

“Well, you fooled me.”


I receive this comment quite often. Most of the time it is from middle-aged men, but it ranges all ages and backgrounds. In the moment, I take it as it’s intended - as a compliment. It is their way of saying, ‘Nice Work.’ or ‘I enjoyed your performance.’ It feels good to know that my audiences enjoy my work, and are fooled by it.


To be honest, this comment disheartens me a little. The ability to fool the audience's senses is a prerequisite for the c...


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Magic at a Wedding?

Posted by djaspersen on Thursday, January 3, 2013, In : Magic and the Magician 

Getting Married in 2013?

Congratulations!


There is a lot to plan and prepare for the big day. Dress, Food, Venue, Entertainment, Tuxes, Entertainment and so much more.


Have you ever considered hiring a magician to entertain at your wedding reception? Magicians have a unique skill set that can bring people together and entertain for the whole evening. A well-versed magician can add an element of class and memorability to you event. At the end of the night most people won’t remember th...


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What does the Japanese Tea Ceremony have to do with Magic?

Posted by djaspersen on Monday, December 17, 2012, In : Magic and the Magician 

What does the Japanese Tea Ceremony have to do with Magic?

One sunny afternoon in a small rural town in northern Japan, a group of American students and adults were partaking in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The host, an older Japanese gentlemen, quietly prepared the sweets and tea with a precise choreography that has been refined over years of rehearsal. He explained to his guests the various segments of the ceremony and it’s uses in classical Japanese hospitality. The Americans smi...


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On the Juggler's Mentality

Posted by djaspersen on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, In : Magic and the Magician 

On the Juggler's Mentality

I recently awoke from a pleasant night of sleep with a thought lodged in my noggin. It was one of those concepts that you end up pondering for many hours to come. During the quiet moments in a hectic schedule, you return to the topic.

“There is a fundamental difference in the mentality of a juggler and a magician.”

My mind mulled this idea around for a couple days. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The thought was triggered by a questio...


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On Inspiration

Posted by djaspersen on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Magic and the Magician 
“How do you learn magic?” is one of the most frequently asked questions I get while performing. Many people are genuinely curious about where I get my material from. As with many things, there is a long answer as well as a short one.

The short answer is: Books, DVDs and other resources that are available for purchase through various magic shops.

The longer and more accurate answer involves many factors. It’s true that I have a library of magic books and videos that I reference on a regu...

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Part 1: Magic, more than tricks

Posted by djaspersen on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, In : Magic and the Magician 
The Question before me this evening: Does magic have any importance for the real world?
If so, what?

Magic is an art-form. If we can accept that art is the creative expression of one’s self, than there is no question that magic is a form of art. It’s true that there are those who simply learn to work a pack of cards and can deftly fool you. They are more tricksters, and craftsmen than artists. However, there is also a line where a magician (any artist really) opens his soul to the audienc...

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