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27/03/2009



Ok, I may come across as a bit of an Apple evangelist, but I have got to say how fantastic the guys are at the Apple store. I've been having their one to one sessions each week and it's been great. Amazingly useful. I started with imovie as I had some old super 8s that I had had transfered to DVD and needed to learn how to edit. Then I did some work on Keynote, which for those unfamiliar with the program is an equivalent to powerpoint. This I used to build a multi layered quiz which I performed for a client recently in The Cottswolds for around 80 or so people. It was a roaring success and I now have a great template to go further with that type of presentation. It will also be a useful tool for any future business lectures. The last few weeks I have been looking at Numbers which is a spreadsheet equivalent to excel. Just more apple like. This is also propelling me forward into looking into database programs namely Bento which I have just downloaded the demo for. Certainly much more exciting and user friendly than most of the general software out there. If only all stores were as helpful and efficient as the Apple stores, what a pleasant experience shopping would be.
I had a fun gig this month on one of the boats on the Thames, for a 40th birthday. I performed a lot of very strong psychologically based magic and some new ideas which went down a storm. I am also working on something new which has been quite a challenge and still a way to go, but hopefully will have a new magic performance piece soon.
Here's a recent picture of me with the famous sceptic, debunker and magician James Randi at The Blackpool Magic Convention 2009. This year was particularly good. I was disappointed not to have gone to The South Shelds Convention as they had some people I was very interested in seeing, Patrick Redford, Banachek and David Williamson. I hope they come down to London.

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18/11/2008


Aside from using magic to promote Akvinta vodka, I performed on a boat called Tamesis Dock. It was in aid of The Inga Foundation, a pioneering charity helping farmers adopt Inga-alleycropping. The party was a complete sell out and a very enjoyable and friendly event. A lot of last minute events seem to be cropping up this Winter. Time certainly flies, I can't believe it's been two years since I was performing magic in Dubai on various oil rigs! I suppose as the dark nights draw in I become a little melancholy for the sun. Although my thoughts go out to the poor people in L.A affected by the wild fires stirred up by hurricane winds.


I have also been watching what I think is certainly one of the best shows to have been on TV, up there with The Sopranos, maybe even better over all and that is, "The Wire".
Five season were made for HBO. Ironically this one slipped under the wire. Set in Baltimore in the USA I urge you all to get it on DVD. It'll take a couple of episodes to get into it, and perhaps subtitles for some to understand the dialect and street language, but I urge you to preserver. Also some fantastic performances from a largely unknown cast interspersed with some British actors such as Dominic West who plays Officer Jimmy McNulty and Aidan Gillen, who plays the new Mayor, Thomas "Tommy" Carcetti and Idris Elba as Russell "Stringer" Bell . I love it that the Brits are taking over US TV! At least they have some TV. Also I want to see Jonathan Ross back on the telly. Ok, he did wrong, but really it wasn't that bad! Now there is virtually nothing good on telly over here. I've followed Jonathan since The Last Resort show and think we've had value for money as a presenter. It is the typical British attitude to money, that of jealousy rather than praise at ones success. If the BBC had not nabbed him a commercial channel would have. I bet his new book, Why Do I say these things, does well!

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