Daniel Jaspersen Magician@Play

Build an Iceberg

November 13, 2013

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 moves in my sleep. In fact, I’ve done most of them with my eyes closed out of challenges from the audience.

Here is the real magic enters the game. If you think that those 10 tricks are the extend of my abilities in magic, you’re flat wrong. They are the tip of the iceberg. They represent the core routines that I feel best suit my character and style, but there is much more under the surface. This too is very common for the serious student of magic.

Behind the scenes, I am constantly studying, reading, researching and writing magic. This is the side of magic that is the most fun for me. I love digging into new and old books alike, hunting for little gems of knowledge. I read history, comedy, linguistics, theater, sports and study psychics and modern psychology. I watch performances on YouTube and talk shop with other magicians.

The effect of all of this studying is that there is much more under the surface of those 10 tricks. There are times when an audience requests a certain type of magic be performed. Other times, the topic of conversation has shifted in one direction or another. Having that deep, hard-core knowledge, and being able to reveal it at the right time can make you the stuff of legend.

I’ve said this before, any monkey could learn a few basic card-tricks, but making REAL MAGIC is a much different story.

Magician’s Take Away: Stay Thirsty. If you’re a serious student and performer of magic (OR HUMAN), you have to keep moving forward. I’ve come across magicians who are quite stagnant in their studies, and it shows. It shows if the sub-surface is rather hollow.
If you build that berg (German for Mountain) of knowledge, that also shows. The way that the tricks are presented reflects the depth of thought. You ability to hold conversations about magic (or any other topic) is affected by this unending thirst for knowledge.
Stay Thirsty My Friends.


Being Human

November 4, 2013

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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Tip of the iceberg: Palm-Reading

October 28, 2013

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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Slow Down

October 25, 2013

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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Press Release: Keeper of Secrets

October 7, 2013


For Immediate Release


Magic comes to The Loveland Feed & Grain in October!

For the first time ever, The Loveland Feed & Grain will play host to an interactive magic show through a program called Arts @ The Feed & Grain. Arts @ The Feed & Grain is committed to bringing programs that support innovative art experiences of all disciplines working in the avant-garde.

Arts @ the Feed & Grain" is funded in part by ArtPlace America, a national creative placemaking progr...

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For those who don't like magic

September 16, 2013

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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Dealing with "magicians"

September 9, 2013

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

July 29, 2013

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

July 15, 2013

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

July 9, 2013

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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