I haven’t lectured to magicians in seven years, but have invented a lot of new tricks in that time. In the late 1990s, I performed about 80 lectures all around the world, including in Australia, Hong Kong, Alaska, all up and down the East Coast, throughout the South, and through Texas, which is a country unto itself. Oh yeah, don’t forget Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. And New Orleans, where I had in my audience a midget and a man who’d had a tracheotomy and asked questions through a voicebox.
The lecture I did last evening was held at Cassidy’s Hotel in central Dublin, and my hosts were the unusually talented Dublin Society of Magicians. When I looked out at the audience, I saw 45 smiling Irish faces, and when they asked questions, it was in that lovely Irish lilt that is so cute, I mean, even if the guy asking the question was a hulking bouncer type, the minute he opened his mouth and spoke, that musical accent made you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. They say things like ting instead of thing, troo instead of through, and DRAW-hada instead of Drogheda.
This lecture coincided with the release of my new magic book, Notes from the Red Spot, which is a compilation of most of the tricks I’ve published so far, plus a few new ones that I’m excited about. Red Spot can be bought online here: http://www.amazon.com/Notes-Red-Spot-Magic-Groves-ebook/dp/B00KJOCLEA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401878553&sr=8-1&keywords=notes+from+the+red+spot
I performed about 15 tricks and explained each and every one, and at the end, the guys posed for the Yikes photo below.