Birthday Magic

Birthday Magic

By Mark Aldrich
“I did not want to learn how to perform the tricks; I wanted to perform magic. With a capital M. I wanted to be astonished, too.”

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I wanted the ultimate magic kit when I was a kid for my birthday, which arrives like a tedious habit each November 18, but as with so many things in life, disappointment lay in the fact that the magic kits grew more complex, more “magical,” only with higher prices.

Each kit included a “magic wand,” which was just a wooden dowel painted black, or, in the more expensive kits, painted black with a white tip, because a white tip on a black stick is the same thing as classy. The photo of the kid on the magic box with the white tipped wand often showed the kid in tails and with a top hat. I am sure that because of kids like meā€”or because of a kid named meā€”the toy companies needed to add the disclaimer to the box that read, “Hat and tails not in package.”

In all of the kits, from simple to pricey, the tricks were easy to follow, both for the performer and, unfortunately, for his audience. Most of the tricks in magic kits are the basic shell game and some variations of themā€”balls and cupsā€”or they include a set of pre-marked cards or a dummy set of all aces or all jokers. I was always all disappointed.
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Meghan’s ‘UG! Quarantine’ Interview

Meghan’s ‘UG! Quarantine’ Interview

By Mark Aldrich
An opportunity to learn more about Meghan Jenkins.

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The clichĆ© “necessity is the mother of invention” gained credence for actors, singers, comedians, and writers in 2020. The pandemic and quarantines that defined this year prevented performers from plying their craft in front of live audiences, saw theaters closedā€”some permanently it appears, and shuttered film and television productions.

Performers have utilized many online services that they may have once have only employed as adjuncts to their live performance careers: Instagram, Patreon, YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, Stageit, Zoom. There are more. Where once a singer might have announced an upcoming concert on those platforms, the singer now performs on those platforms live, and some of the services allow the performer to sell tickets to the performance.

Meghan Jenkins has found herself an in-demand performer and talk show guest on a number of these brand-new online shows this year. Just as she started her weekly comedy/improv/talk show, The The Ding Wrong Show, and needed a network to publicize the show, the network appeared.
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