ou...need a magician! Why? Everybody loves a magician! Oh, I know that they say that everyone loves a clown, but what do they know? I mean, they also say that things will look better in the morning, and we all know what a load of crap that is. The point is, that you need a magician. And right here, you've got a choice of two:
As of April 29th/00, Finally Updated!
Why do you need a magician?
Are you kidding? Better to ask how you did without one for this long! I mean, look how many specials programs on magic there have been on TV lately. Magic is the universal language. It's a puzzle, it's a mystery. It's fun for children of all ages. It's spontaneous, it's irreverant. It defies the laws of physics and thumbs its nose at human nature. When it comes to normality, magic just drops its pants and gives it the big old moonpie. What were we talking about again?
Right, magic. A magician gives a kick-in-the-pants jolt of energy to any event. It warms a crowd, brings them together. It's a lot of fun. Really. Trust me.
Why hire Andy Blau?
Andy Blau (which is me, 'natch) has been doing magic in a variety of venues for over ten years (dear lord, has it been that long?). I have experience with improvisational theatre, Murder Dinner theatre, and plain old everyday theatre. I've worked at Yuk Yuk's, A Little Night Magic, and Canada's Wonderland. Which is all well and good, but not the real reason you should hire me for your shows.
The real reason is this: I'm damn funny. I've developed a Hey-you!-Look-at-me! style that grabs the audience by the neck and won't let go. I bring people up on stage (and if you're paying the bill, you can pick who those poor suckers are), I go down into the crowd. I make fun of everybody, most often myself. I make a mess, and refuse to clean it up. That's just the kind of guy I am.
As mentioned, there are two different types of shows. Andy Blau, Magician Extraordinaire is my classic nightclub act. Check out the link for the full details, but the nightclub act is a slick display of card skill, object manipulation and audience participation smothered in a sauce of con-man attitude. This act can be performed either on stage or moving through a crowd (either standing groups or table to table) for larger events.
The second type of show is called Zoltan the Adequate, Geek Magician. What is a Geek Magician, you ask? (and well you should!) Zoltan is a street-monger from the days of the English Renaissance, who clearly does not understand the bounds of good taste. Starting with a broad-base of humor, pile on self-mutilation with a dollop of gore, and all wrapped in a bandage of magic and illusion. Enough to shock and startle the most rigid audience.
Do you have a good recipe for guacamole?
As a matter of fact, I do. In parts of Toronto, I'm world-reknowned for this recipe. It comes from my old friend Emily Peetoom (who, frankly, has only called me like, once in the past three years):
Mmmm, guacamole. Huh? Oh, contacting me! I though you'd never ask. Well, chances are if you can look at this on the web, you have email. If not, move into the 20th century, Luddite-boy!
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll get back to you within a day or so. Really. I swear. Have I lied to you yet?
Now go look at one of the big links at the top of this page, darn you!
.....to Zoltan the Adequate's Home Page
.....to Andy Blau, Magician Extraordinaire's Home Page
.....to Andy Blau's Home page