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The Great Howdini’s Magic Castle Audition (and Mine)

I was going through the TV episodes of various shows that I’ve recorded and can’t bear to delete and The VCR Illumination episode of The Big Bang Theory on CBS is still there. I love the show because I grew up as the daughter of a geologist at UC Riverside and let’s just say, this show…
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A Special Day, in Every Way

I’ve had a number of really busy days lately, and Thursday was no exception. I did my very first children’s hospital show ever. My husband Geoff had done one when Rancho Los Amigos reached out to the Magic Castle for volunteers some time back, so he was able to share his experience with me. Still, I…
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Belle 1, Emerson 1 – Sometimes a tie is a big win

(Donning my green hat and tie for the Lucky Charms routine while performing on a train in Travel Town)        So today I wanted to give a  big magical thanks to Eddie Medrano. I thoroughly enjoyed his lecture on performing Magic for Children, and I am happy to report I put something I…
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My Cat Post

I wanted to wait to get a few posts done before the inevitable post about my cat. We all love our pets and think they’re the best. Mine is big, white and fluffy, and she is really attached to my husband. My cat loves to watch television with him. I thought she would lose her…
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This Actor Inspired My Children’s Magic Show

I never really knew Lee Delano, but he turned out to be a huge inspiration to me. He had a long and successful career as a character actor. He was one of those guys who was just working all the time. He appeared in tons of television shows and movies in the 60s and 70s. That…
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Harry Anderson and “It’s Magic!”

“I’m Harry. But then again, aren’t we all?” That’s the first thing that I remember Harry Anderson saying the very first time I saw him on October 20, 1978. It was opening night of “It’s Magic!” and Harry was the emcee and also performing as Harry Anderson and Leslie. I remember him saying, “Now, I…
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Monsterpalooza, Don-Con & Phantom

Next weekend is Monsterpalooza. It is a convention for fans of monster movies, of which I am one. I used to get very frightened watching monster movies because it was all real to me. Over time I have had a few friends who have been in scary movies, so I watched them, and was converted.…
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My First Big Stage Show was in a Legendary Theater

The first time I appeared on stage doing magic was when I was a teenager, and it was in a great historical theater.  Even though it was in Santa Monica, it was destroyed in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Northridge is 22 miles from Santa Monica, which gives you an idea of how big and scary…
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See My Friend’s Movie!

You have seen my friend, Daniel Roebuck, on television and in the movies. He is a working actor (Criminal Minds, Agents of Shield, Man in the High Castle, etc.) We’re such buddies, because just like me at some level, he never really grew up. What you probably don’t know is that he got his start…
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A Chance Encounter with Stephen Hawking

With the death of Stephen Hawking, we recently lost one of the most brilliant scientists I’ve ever met. I really enjoyed his book, “A Brief History of Time”, (although I must admit I’m eagerly waiting for my husband to finish up Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry”.) “Met” may be overstating it…
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