(Photo) Belle Performing Close-up at the Strolling Magic Showdown at the Magic Castle
Belle Daily has been involved in magic and show business since she was a teenager. Her first on stage appearance in magic was in her teens at the famed Mayfair Music Hall in Santa Monica, where she transformed from a doll into a living person. While still a teenager, she traveled across the country appearing at state fairs where she flipped the usual approach to magic. Instead of a magician magically floating her, she breathed in helium, making herself into a human balloon who floated high above the heads of the audience. She also performed one of Harry Houdini’s signature illusions, Metamorphosis, and was noted by fellow magicians for her amazing speed when she disappeared from inside the locked trunk and instantly appeared on top.
In her twenties, she began doing close-up magic at restaurants, country clubs, private parties, and for corporate events. She produced stage shows with several fellow magicians and emceed. She developed a show for children and was invited to perform it at the Magic Castle at a special event for the children. She learned to juggle, read tarot cards, and balloon artistry, but passed up the opportunity to learn fire eating when she found out how often people got burned.
She was also very involved in the theater, working behind the scenes. This included working for many years on the annual It’s Magic! show, produced by Magic Castle founder Milt Larsen and featuring the greatest magicians from around the world. She learned a lot from watching and associating with some of the best of the best. For many years she was also part of the production staff of the annual Academy of Magical Arts Awards Show (which magicians think of as the Oscars for Magic.)
She worked on the Japanese television special for Japan’s leading magician, Shimada in America, in one of the very few times she acted as a magician’s assistant. She appeared on stage as a kuroko, an assistant dressed head to toe in all black, and helped Shimada with the very difficult costume changes that accompany magically changing into a dragon dancer. When David Copperfield was rehearsing a floating Ferrari effect for an upcoming television special, it was her Mazda that was used in rehearsals since David neither drove nor owned a car.
While Belle initially skipped college in favor of doing magic on the road, she did eventually go back to school. She found that earning her MBA has been enormously helpful in working with her corporate clients including: Latham & Watkins, Amgen, Deloitte, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and First American Title.
Belle has extensive performing experience and a deep knowledge of magic. This allows her to design and create her own original magic effects. She loves the creative side of magic as much as the performing. Of course, Belle is a magician member of the Magic Castle. She is funny and professional and a great addition to your next event.