Friday, March 23, 2007

Houdini's Death Revisited!

Greetings one and all!
It appears that the mystery surrounding Houdini's death has grown since the biography was written that I mentioned in my earlier blog. Some of Houdini's family want his body dug up so that they can have it tested to see if Houdini may have been poisoned - and the suspects are the Spiritualist (think psychics, fortune tellers, etc.). And, if you have seen my "Authors of Mystery and Horror Show" this past year, you know that the most outspoken Spiritualist was none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of Sherlock Holmes fame. It is an interesting theory to say the least - if you are interested in reading the news article you can do so by clicking here.

I also encourage everyone who may be interested to read the new biography on Houdini - it is quite fascinating!

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

One of the Most Asked Questions....


As a "magical educator" I get asked lots of questions. I just recently performed at two schools - one with my "Exotic Animal Science Show" and the other just "Fun Show" for a PTA Festival. At both shows I had my snake, or snakes (at the science show), and I get asked lots of questions after my shows. Of course, I tell the kids ahead of time that they can't ask me how I do my magic tricks, because a magician can never reveal his/her secrets.
However, there is one question that always amuses me and gets a good chuckle, and it goes something like this: "Is that snake (that I am holding or have around my neck) poisonous?"

I get asked this question more than almost any other question. Now for those of you who aren't aware - I use a ball python and also a cornsnake in my science/safari show and, no, neither are poisonous! They do not have fangs, nor do they eat people.

The really funny thing is - adults ask the question just as much as the children do! I guess that I am simply one adventurous looking dude! But I regret to inform everyone that I will not be adding a poisonous snake to my show anytime soon!
But there's always the tarantula and scorpion.... :)

Have a great day!