During this wonderful Christmas season I can't help but think about all the amazing family and friends I have. 

I've reached out to a few of my friends recently and the response and love has been overwhelming. My family too, despite all the highs and lows of the last year my family has been incredible. 

So, a true thank you to all my family and friends. I highly recommend you take the time to pass on your love and affection to those close to you this holiday season. They love you, even though you might not hear it said as often as it should or as you might like.

See Some Shows!

19 December 2014, Shane Cobalt

Magic is extremely incestuous in performance. We see people copying the same videos they've seen and performing them for audiences over and over again. We see the same tricks by the same people. Magicians steal lines, effects, and unfortunately entire shows in some cases...

So, what do we do?

For starters, if you are going to steal, at least cross disciplines...

Second Hand

17 December 2014, Shane Cobalt

Some of my favorite finds have come from vintage and second hand shops.

I've found a few wonderful books like The Magic of Alan Wakeling and Thurston on Card tricks in second hand shops, the prices, ridiculous. I even found The Thurston Illusion Show Workbooks Vol. 1 and 2 in a second hand book shop a few years back. 

Find An Expert!

16 December 2014, Shane Cobalt

For nearly a year now, I've been humming and hawing over a project. It's got nothing to do with magic, but it is an important lesson in finding the right person with the right expertise. 

Language Barriers

15 December 2014, Shane Cobalt

I've always wanted to speak multiple languages fluently, truth be told the Canadian school system is actually quite good at giving students the opportunity to learn Parisian French, and with an incredible teacher in Elementary school named Madame Chambers, and then Ms. Howe, it has prepared me quite well to pick up French again, which his exactly what I am doing now.