Author Archives: DocDixon

The Floating Watermelon …Of Death (Part One)*

If you’re going to fail, it’s best to fail fast, get it over with, and move on. Here’s one of my failures, the Floating Watermelon …Of Death. Join me in the way back machine kiddos, over 30 years ago. At … Continue reading

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Increase The Volunteer’s Reaction So That You Increase The Audience’s Reaction

If your stage volunteer goes bug-eyed reacting to your magic, it’s almost certain that feeling will transfer over to the audience in their seats. The audience will be either amazed with the volunteer or entertained by the volunteer. Either outcome … Continue reading

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When You Have To Keep Your Distance

In June of 2021 I got a call from one of my best friends. He’s a fellow cruise ship magician and in a few weeks he was returning to the ships. Because he’s in an ever changing post/still covid world,  … Continue reading

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The Worst Thing

Nearly forty years ago I introduced the ancient square knot gag in my show.  It’s the gag with a piece of rope with two dowel rods in it, allowing the performer to tie a knot in the rope and then … Continue reading

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When 11 Is Really 12

A few posts back I took a deep dive on my work on cards across. Now I want to take a situational deep dive for something that will eventually happen if you do cards across for a long time. It … Continue reading

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Help Them See The Trick By How You Script The Trick

Continuing my ongoing obsession with smart ways to pack small & play big … An appreciation of Mr. Chris Power’s coins through silk performance. Enjoy. Before continuing, if you’d like to learn this trick, here’s a link. I have no … Continue reading

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Step Out Of Frame

This post is part of a much larger essay on presenting the cups and balls on stage. It will appear in a book planned for a 2023 release. The thoughts covered here go beyond the cups to routines where the … Continue reading

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Photo Kindness Part Two

“Can my kid take a pic with you?” This post is for comedy magic performers working family events, like shows at fairs, festivals, amusement parks, you name it. This post may not be for the mugging averse, but I think … Continue reading

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Photo Kindness Part One

Her: May I take a picture with you? Me: Of course. I’m honored. What’s your name? Her: LindaMe: Where are you from Linda? Her: Orlando.Me: Great place. I perform there occasionally. (Takes pic.) Me: Did the pic turn out OK? No heads cut off? Her: (Laughs) … Continue reading

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How I Got My Cards Across To Be 45.6% Smoother, Defeated The Commies, And Outlawed Taxes*

If you ever wanted to get inside my head (Oh, mercy, you don’t want that, but if you did) today’s blog post is for you. One of my favorite sayings is “Amateurs practice until they get it right. Professionals practice … Continue reading

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