"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the
whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the
most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
- Roald Dahl
I have just come home from seeing "Empire". Although the ticket prices were very expensive ($87) the show was very good and it ended with the audience on their feet! The show had a similar look and format to the Las Vegas show "Absinthe" and includes circus, comedy and burlesque.
Ill post some photos of their set up..................
I received an email this morning with a lovely review / testimonial on my lecture in NZ from Andrew Wilson :
"Joel Howlet lectured at the 2013 New Zealand Magicians' Convention with some brilliant visual magic. We could tell that this was in use in his current stand-up or children's shows. Many who watched quickly realized that they could use this material also. His busy sales table afterwards suggested that his ideas, routines and props were seen as performable, entertaining and magically effective. His presentation and the clear theatrical thinking behind the basic script of each routine were an education for the audience."
Andrew Wilson, Organizer of the 2013 NZ Magicians' Convention.
Had a fantastic time last night at Weber's Circus. The show was of the usual high standard and includes juggling, horses, clowning, spanish web, dogs and the wheel of death! You have plenty of time to go and see them as they are showing in Swansea until 15th September and then Richardson Park Hamilton from 20th September - 13th October.
Please note when viewing the link
above that NONE OF THE PHOTOS WERE “photo shopped”. This photo shoot was arranged with scientist, Dr Karen Coombes, the world’s
leading expert on the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo. The photos are designed to
draw attention to the plight of this rare and beautiful mammal, which is found
only on the high tablelands of Far North Queensland, and is today threatened by
habitat loss, dog attacks, and road traffic. For more information, see Dr
Coombes’ website: www.treeroorescue.org.au
This promotion is the
latest episode in the history of a remarkable feat of magic. Just as a
tree-climbing kangaroo is sometimes said to be a myth, the Indian rope trick
has been called a myth also. It is not. The true history of this
centuries-old mystery has been greatly distorted over the past 100 years.
Very excited to tell you that I'm off to attend two Magicians Conventions in the USA on Friday (2nd August) and will be away till 20th August! Ill be in Pigeon Forge (where Dolly Parton grew up) and Las Vegas (the Magic Capital Of The World).
Can't wait to talk magic with like minded people and learn some new effects / techniques for my act back home!
Ill post an update and some photos when I get back.
Just back from a great adventure in Far North Queensland. As soon as I arrived in Cairns on Thursday I was taken to the ABC studios for a radio interview.
Following this was a drive up the mountains to Ravenshoe where I had the pleasure of staying with my magic friends Jim and Gwen Mc Keague.
Saturday soon came round and I presented two sessions of my one man show at the ...Festival Hall. My thanks go the Win Board for sponsoring the show and for her advertising efforts. For more information on win of Win's Gallery and her artwork please visit : www.winsart.com
During my visit I also used magic in a promotion (More details at a later date) to raise awareness of the plight of the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo. This animal, ONLY found on the tablelands of Far North Queensland, faces threats such as habitat loss, dog attacks and road kill incidents. It was a privilege to work with Dr Karen Coombs who is the worlds leading expert on this rare mammal. To learn more about her work visit : www.treeroorescue.org.au
A magician is practicing new tricks at home when he accidently turns his family into a three piece suite , after trying to reverse the spell he fails so rings an ambulance . Hours later he phones the hospital to see how they are doing and the doctor says ' oh they're very comfortable '
This Saturday is "World Circus Day". I hope that the traditional circus (under a big top with clowns and animals) continues to bring joy, excitement and wonder to children of all ages long into the future.
have done a few shows for oldies this week as its “Seniors Week”I don’t
do many shows at Nursing homes as a lot of places simply don’t have the
activities budget to allow for a professional entertainer to come in, and other
places already have fantastic programs in place as well as volunteer entertainers............ Whenever
I visit an aged care facility it is always a “feel- good-show” as the old folks
really enjoy the magic and it’s something that most of them remember from when
they were children.
while setting up the show I had an old lady wander over for a chat. She was
well groomed and I would guess that she may have been in her 90s. She told me
that in her day she had been a performer and worked the Tivoli circuit. She had
assisted several magicians in the past! I enjoyed the chat with her and continued to set the show.
show went along smoothly and I reached the point in my program where I needed a
volunteer! I said “ladies and gentleman,
I will need a helper from the audience and I know there is someone here this
morning who has had experience at being a magicians assistant”I
bought this lady up to help – at this her demeanour and her posture changed.She put on a real “showbiz smile” both the audience and I could tell she loved
every minute of being up there! After
the show this lady came and found me and gave me a big hug. She was a little
choked up and said “I didn’t think I would ever be a magician’s assistant again
– that was wonderful! Thank you for such
a good show.”
THANK YOU to all who had me perform or who came along to see my shows these school holidays! I have enjoyed the busy run of shows and appreciate the kind feedback on the new material I have added to my show in 2013.......................