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Watching these political debates makes me realize that I’ve had some very interesting political experiences being a magician... In Houston I have performed fundraising events for Mayor Bill White and fundraising events with First Lady Barbara Bush. On the national stage I presented exclusive dinner entertainment for Vice President Walter Mondale’s Presidential fundraiser. After one particularly …
Years ago I was asked to present a show and “lecture” for Johnson & Johnson. I presented the lecture after my show and it dealt with how people perceive magic and how people are fooled.  It was fun and it was a hit (people mentioned it to me years later)… but I put the lecture aside for years …
September 11th… When the twin towers fell, Carol-Ann and I were entertaining on a cruise ship in Europe and it was frightening being away from home with such tragedy happening and very little news available to us at sea.  Our contract finished shortly afterwards and our flight home was diverted to avoid certain air space. I was …
There are a few books that I am mentioned in — many of them are “technical books” on magic; one non-fiction book about a producer who I worked with that was murdered in a high profile case; a biography of Bob Fosse (When Bob Fosse died he left $60,000 for a “party” for his friends …
We are often hired by companies for the sole purpose of creating attention and stopping traffic. Magic has that unique effect on people. One of our clients, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, hired us to entertain at their convention booth at McCormick Place in Chicago. For those unfamiliar with McCormick Place, the total isle length of the convention space …
While I was performing at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City one week, I got a call from the Vice President of Entertainment at Trump Castle Casino Hotel with a frantic call saying, “Foster Brooks didn’t show up — can you do the show tonight?” I had just stepped out of the shower and …