Daniel Jaspersen Magician@Play

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Congrats to Aiden Sinclair

Posted by djaspersen on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, In : Stories from the Trenches 
Once upon a time … I was a hard working magician based in Cheyenne, WY. One day, I saw a poster for another magician’s show at a popular venue in town. Confused, curious and a little defensive, I contacted this magician to see if he wanted to meet for a drink. 

I remember that night very well. We met a brew pub on a freezing cold evening in February. We sat and swapped stories of shows that we’d done, books we’ve read and magicians we admired. Turned out, we had a lot in common. 
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Make 'em look good

Posted by djaspersen on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, In : Stories from the Trenches 

One of the basic functions of my job is to make the person who booked me look good.

After a recent show, I was chatting with the young woman who had booked me to perform for her event. The show was my full (60 minute) mindreading stage show. She had a grin pasted to face as I asked how she felt about the evening. It was hard to get a full answer out of her, because she was constantly being thanked for putting together such a fun evening.

During the performance, I had called her out by nam...


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Tip of the iceberg: Palm-Reading

Posted by djaspersen on Monday, October 28, 2013, In : Stories from the Trenches 

I was sitting at a square kitchen table with a couple of young ladies (early 20’s) Saturday evening.

The event was a Halloween house party at which I’ve performed for several years in a row. About an hour earlier, all of the guests had gathered in the living room for a 20-minute performance of magic and mind reading. The rest of the evening, I did close-up magic at the kitchen table for small groups.

Upstairs, there was a psychic doing readings for the guests. Over the course of the ev...


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Dealing with "magicians"

Posted by djaspersen on Monday, September 9, 2013, In : Stories from the Trenches 

This happens often: Mixed into a group at an event is a “magician.” This guest is easy to spot. Either he mentions his work with magic directly to me as I’m in the middle of a trick, or one of his friends pipes up and gives him away. That’s fine with me. Most of the time, however, a “magician” is the one who leans over to his buddy and whispers methods as an on-going play-by-play commentary of my work.

Before I go on, let me define what I mean by “magician.”

This is a person, g...


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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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Magic in a small town

Posted by djaspersen on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Stories from the Trenches 


 

This past weekend I had the chance to perform in the small communities near Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming. I had three performances in two days in an area with less than 2,000 inhabitants. Upon reflecting on this little adventure, a couple big ideas emerged.


1) Small Communities need good entertainment as much, or more, than bigger cities do. When you go to a major metropolitan area, it is easy to find some form of a show any night of the week. You can see live theater, comedians, mus...


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Headline Prediction

Posted by djaspersen on Monday, December 10, 2012, In : Stories from the Trenches 

Pushing Mentalism

More than a simple magic trick. During the month of October, I was a special guest on the local TV Morning Show. They asked me to perform once a week for the entire month. On my first appearance, I handed a large envelope to the host to safe-guard. She locked it in her desk until four weeks later. Sealed in the package was my prediction of the Newspaper headlines for the date of October 29, 2012.

This is one of the most difficult feats in all of mentalis...


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The (Catholic) Druid

Posted by djaspersen on Saturday, April 28, 2012, In : Stories from the Trenches 
Working for various groups means that I get to meet people from many different walks of life. Many times the people I get to chat with are relatively normal. They are professionals in the fields of medicine, law, education, etc. They have families and weekend hobbies and all in all, they are interesting people to get to know. 
One evening, I was performing close-up magic at a bar. Sitting at the end of the bar was a guy in his late forties. He wanted to see a little magic. After the trick was ...
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A success

Posted by djaspersen on Friday, April 27, 2012, In : Stories from the Trenches 
I recently performed some magic at a very casual gathering of friends. There was a woman there who is in her early sixties and very (very) chatty. It's a good thing that I have the experience in performing that I do, because she did not play by 'the rules.' She would talk whenever she wanted, take the cards from my hands and shuffle them, watch from every which angle and generally be a magician's nightmare.
At the end of the trick, I still managed to find the right cards, fool the pants off o...

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