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Another Busy October

It is with some sadness as I write this. In my last entry I wrote about the Academy of Magical Arts Awards Reception and the presenting to Max Maven of a Masters Fellowship.  It really was his evening. He had been battling a brain tumor. His first surgery was in July 2021 and he has…
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Academy of Magical Arts Awards Show

The Magic Castle is the club house for the Academy of Magical Arts. Since 1968, the Academy has had an awards ceremony, the magic world’s equivalent of the Oscars. My husband Geoff and I began working behind the scenes of these events in our early 20s. Geoff even won an award one year. He was…
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WMA and Magic Castle News

I have loved being a member of the Women Magicians Association that is affiliated with the Magic Castle in Hollywood. There were online meetings during Covid but they got fewer and fewer and a number of the people involved in running it got very busy in their lives and asked for help. I stepped forward…
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Losses and Strays

I have been continuing to do magic shows at night and on weekends. I continue to love my day job at Cedars-Sinai, now the number one hospital in California (and number 2 in the nation). It is great to have a job where I feel like I can make a difference. Then, with my magic,…
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MAGIC Live!

I have arrived in Las Vegas. Last Saturday performing at Warner Bros. was fun, but exhausting. I had originally planned to leave Los Angeles at noon on Sunday to drive across the desert with my wonderful husband. As it turned out my cat Leeloo passed away recently from cancer, and we were really worried about…
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Eat. Drink. Do Good.

I had a fabulous time last night performing magic at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank. As part of the outreach program at the Magic Castle, I performed strolling magic for “A Culinary Evening with California Winemasters”. This is a big benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and I was joined by Sarinda Sincharoen, Dan…
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Terrifying

It was late Sunday evening and we were relaxing and watching tv. The lights went out and we were plunged into total darkness. We immediately went into a fight or flight response. Were they back? Did they turn off the power? Were they going to come in again? As we were trying to figure out…
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Hurray for Hollywood!

Things have been a bit stressful lately, and we both felt we needed to take a couple of days off. We were going to make it a four day getaway, but then our cat Leeloo was diagnosed with cancer so we had to cancel and stay close to home. She passed before our vacation but…
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Heart Breaking

This blog entry will be a little sadly self-indulgent. I just lost my dear cat Leeloo to cancer. This on the heels of losing my father-in-law. She lasted less than a month after we got her diagnosed. It was very aggressive, but she was in good spirits right up to the end.  This is not…
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Christmas Time

I made it through December. In some ways, it was more difficult than last year when Covid was much worse. I was unable to do live Mrs. Claus shows except through Zoom last year. That was just not as fun for me. My highlight was when the little 4 year old from Canada asked if…
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