VANISH MAGIC BACK ISSUES vanishmagazine64 - Page 7
Paul Romhany & Joomag
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Jeff Christensen, Louie Fox, Nick Lewin,
Paul Romhany, Gregory Wilson, David
Gripenwaldt, Hal Meyers, David J. Atwood,
Joe Ledoux, Felicity Fields, Matthew Dinaro
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Hal Meyers, Ben Robinson
Paul Romhany & Sydnie Anderson
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I recently returned from a magnificent magic festival called the Ontario Week
of Wonder - OWOW Magic Festival in Fergus, an hour out of Toronto Canada.
The organizer was Ryna Joyce who did an incredible job making sure all the
acts were well looked after, and everything ran like clockwork. It’s his dream to
make this an annual event. Therefore, if you are looking for an intimate festival
with live shows, lectures, workshops and amazing company, then put this one
in your books.
This edition features one of my favorite magicians, Sean Watson. Sean’s story is
very close to home and it’s encouraging to know that magic can be a tool which
helps people choose positive steps in their lives and they in turn help others.
Sean has overcome numerous adversities shared by many children and it’s
encouraging to know these hardships can be overcome and those affected can
accomplish amazing things. This is an extremely moving article, one I hope you
all read and share. As I said, this story is close to home therefore a very special
one for me and my family.
Another VERY important article was written by Hal Meyers (aka Dameon)
concerning Respect. The best advice I got when I was 18 was from my friend
Alan Watson. It was prior to me going on tour with Chuck Jones and wonderful
guest acts Ricki Dunn and Marvin Roy aka “Mr. Electric”. Alan told me to sit back
and not show them card tricks, to let them talk rather than me try and prove
myself to them. It was the best advice ever. The golden rule when around other
professionals, especially those who have been in the business for twenty plus
years and are well respected within the community, just SHUT UP! The more
you try and impress them the LESS impressed they will be!! Remember, they’ve
seen it all. Acts come and go in this business, one minute you might be a hot
ticket and the next you are just another cog in the wheel. In my case, on this
tour, I shut up and the other acts opened up, they shared stories and advice,
this turned out to be a fantastic trip. I ended
up with life long friends and mentors. Now
the advice I often impart is to be humble.
Hey, on your own turf, go nuts on social
media to promote yourself, however, when
around other entertainers humble goes a
long way. In many cases when acts keep
talking about how great they are and build
themselves up it is often a sense of insecurity.
Tough love advice for some, but trust me,
it goes a long way, especially if you want to
have a long successful career in this business.
Hopefully you will notice I’ve made physical
changes to the size and style of VANISH. I am
looking at condensing it to fewer pages and
offering a printed magazine down the road.
NOVEMBER | 2019