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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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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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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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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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Ignite Cheyenne 4: The Topic

Posted by djaspersen on Thursday, April 5, 2012,
I'm in the middle of putting together my talk for Ignite Cheyenne 4. The format of the event has forced me to focus my thoughts onto one small area. I only get 5 minutes. In reality, I could carry on about this topic for hours and hours, but I don't know that anyone besides me would find it interesting. Sadly, I won't be performing any pieces of magic for the talk (maybe afterward). 

The topic that I have decided on is very important to me as a performer. I believe that the audience (of any li...
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Mommy, where does magic come from?

Posted by djaspersen on Tuesday, March 13, 2012,
The following is a semi-true story. 

I didn't get into magic as a kid. When I was 11 years-old I told myself how to juggle. From then on I was a juggler. There is a difference between knowing how to or being able to and being a juggler. I live, breathed, slept and occasionally ate juggling. (So far, its all true)
When I was in college, I was working a store in the Mall of America called Air Traffic. They sell high-end strategy games, stunt kites and juggling gear. I was 20 and a resident juggle...
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