Accordion Adventures: Jersey Polka Richie

Posted by Peter Monticup on 8/5/2020 to Monticup's Music 0 Comments

JERSEY POLKA RICHIE

From time to time, I've performed in big shows with various other artists and performers.
The most memorable shows were the ones where I think I might have had a better time than the audience...

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Need Your Opinion: Oct-ical Illusion

Posted by Peter Monticup on 8/3/2020 to We Need Your Opinion 6 Comments

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THIS ONE?

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OCT-ICAL ILLUSION
Let me show you a very clever way to reveal a selected card...

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My Magic Adventures: Entertaining the Queen

Posted by Peter Monticup on 7/30/2020 to Monticup Performs 1 Comments

ENTERTAINING THE QUEEN
Wherever I go I am always ready to entertain.

Strolling through the Lake Anna Renaissance Faire, I met the Queen of the Faire.
It was the perfect opportunity to entertain the entertainers...

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Musical Interlude: "Blackbird"

Posted by Peter Monticup on 7/28/2020 to Monticup's Music 1 Comments

BLACKBIRD
"Blackbird" was written by Paul McCartney in 1968, and released on their legendary "White Album".
It is among the top ten most recorded songs of all time.
And here is another recording by me!

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Need Your Opinion: Coinfounding Box

Posted by Peter Monticup on 7/26/2020 to We Need Your Opinion 2 Comments

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COINFOUNDING BOX
Let me show you a piece of closeup equipment that's quickly become one of my personal favorites...

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Showmanship Tips: Changing Gears

Posted by Peter Monticup on 7/26/2020 to Showmanship Tips 1 Comments

CHANGING GEARS

You've spent loads of time writing and rehearsing the perfect show- and then IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR PERFORMANCE something throws a monkey wrench into the works!
>This does not have to spell disaster for you, if you are prepared for the unexpected...

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Performance: Alexanderia in HOUDINI NOW

Posted by Peter Monticup on 7/24/2020 to Monticup Performs 2 Comments

Alexanderia the Great, Escape Artist
Alexanderia and I teamed up for a show called HOUDINI NOW in 2014.
Here are two clips from this show...

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My Magic Adventures: Rehearsal for Houdini Now Show

Posted by Peter Monticup on 7/24/2020 to My Life In Magic 1 Comments

REHEARSING FOR THE UNDERWATER ESCAPE
It was late October, and Alexanderia needed a place to rehearse her underwater breathing control on the day before performing in our Houdini Now show.
But where to find a rehearsal spot, especially one where the media could come and watch?
DIRK'S POOL!

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Magic History 101: Giant's Rings

Posted by Peter Monticup on 7/23/2020 to Magic History 101 0 Comments

What better way to show how big a giant is than to demonstrate how big his finger is in comparison to yours!
Let me show you some vintage giant's rings from my collection...

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Accordion Adventures: Enzo and Elvis

Posted by Peter Monticup on 7/21/2020 to Monticup's Music 1 Comments

TORNA A SORRIENTO

An Italian classic! Here's the story about playing the song for Enzo, the Catskills club owner who was also Elvis' Number One Fan...

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Need Your Opinion: Strung Out

Posted by Peter Monticup on 7/20/2020 to We Need Your Opinion 2 Comments

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STRUNG OUT
Let me show you a trick that's been around for over 100 years...

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Performance: Carnival Of Wonders Sideshow

Posted by Peter Monticup on 7/20/2020 to Monticup Performs 2 Comments

CARNIVAL OF WONDERS SIDESHOW
Here is the FULL one-hour production of the Carnival Of Wonders, performed in the intimate Gateway Theater in 2013.
The show was scaled down to fit the venue, but actually it is my favorite performance of this show...

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My Magic Adventures: Rehearsal for Electra

Posted by Peter Monticup on 7/19/2020 to My Life In Magic 1 Comments

BACKSTAGE before the CARNIVAL OF WONDERS SHOW!
Sideshow Steve gives Electra and me some important and much needed last minute tips on performance day.
Bloopers happen!
Yes, we DID have a big fire extinguisher ready!

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Showmanship Tips: Lemons Into Lemonade

Posted by Peter Monticup on 7/19/2020 to Showmanship Tips 1 Comments

LEMONS INTO LEMONADE!

It happens to all of us.
The performing situation is not ideal, or the spectator is not cooperating.
Time to think on your feet! And just maybe it will turn out better than you could imagine...

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Performance: Rocco

Posted by Peter Monticup on 7/18/2020 to Guest Performers 3 Comments

Our friend, the legendary ROCCO, performs his jawdropping manipulation act in this clip from a 2017 performance in Macau!

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Magic History 101: Magic Novelties

Posted by Peter Monticup on 7/17/2020 to Magic History 101 1 Comments

Broadly speaking, magic as a hobby embraces more than just the usual magic tricks and props.
Magicians are also fascinated by unusual and sometimes bizarre gimmicks, games and- stuff!
Let me show you some vintage novelty items from my collection...

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