Performance

Sleight of Hand Artist, Steven Carlson

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Sleight of Hand Artist, Steven Carlson, performing his elegant style of close-up magic for guests at the beautiful Forepaugh’s Restaurant in St. Paul, MN.  The magic event was on Halloween night, a tribute the great escape artist, Harry Houdini.

in 1899 Houdini’s career was going nowhere and he was seriously contemplating retirement from entertainment.  But his big break came in St. Paul, MN at the Palm Garden beer hall, (less than a half mile away from the Forepaugh’s mansion) when he met manager Martin Beck.  Beck, impressed with Houdini’s handcuff act, advised Houdini to concentrate on the escapes and booked him on the Orpheum vaudeville circuit.  The rest is history.

Houdini died on Halloween in 1926 he was 52.


Video

One Coin Magic

Magic with coins is my favorite expression within the performance art of Close-Up Magic.  I have worked with this particular “One Coin” routine for approximately 35 years.  A magical effect is never finished it just keeps evolving and growing.  I sincerely hope you enjoy it!

My thanks to the very talented Kevin MacLeod, for creating the beautiful music and allowing me to use it here.

Music:
“Sardana” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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© 2015 Steven Paul Carlson.
This video is copyrighted and may not be used without the written permission of Steven Paul Carlson


Master Magician, Steven Paul Carlson

Master Magician, Steven Paul CarlsonYou are entering a world of magic and illusion where anything is possible… pick a card… any card.  😉

This is my new magic promo poster, I had lots of fun creating it, I hope you enjoy it.


Video

Dancing with the Queen of Hearts – Steven Carlson

The Queen of Hearts, with her charismatic charm, completely enthralls her eight suitors.

Originally I wrote a little story, about a princess, to fit the magical effect of this card trick.

Personally, I loved the story, but after years of performing and testing I found music to be the best accompaniment. I truly hope you enjoy!

 

Kevin MacLeod created the wonderful music!  Let me tell you, Kevin’s one talented guy!  Here’s his link.
“Sneaky Snitch” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

© 2015 Steven Paul Carlson.
This video is copyrighted and may not be used without the written permission of Steven Paul Carlson


Video

Close-up Coin Magic – Steven Paul Carlson

In magic we call this effect, a coin assembly. Coins magically move from one place to another as if attracted and then, in some cases, instantly return to their original locations. This version, of this classic, is particularly intriguing because this happens numerous times in different ways.  My first post of this video did not have music so that is the reason for the new posting.

I hope you enjoy!
Steven

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Not As It Seems” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

 

 


The four card – 3 Card Monte

This is a magic performance of the classic con game Three Card Monte.  But this one is done with four cards!  The setting is an old-fashioned Carnival and Fair in a small Midwestern town.  I was 16 1/2 when I first saw a working conman perform the Monte.

The inspiration and influences in this four card Three Card Monte include magic greats such as Joe Riding, Fred Kaps, and Harry Anderson. The story is my own with inspiration from Harry Anderson.


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The young lad and the mysterious stranger

The poem is my own creation. I have always been intrigued with the story line of someone making a deal with the devil. Then of course when it comes time to pay the bill (their soul) they try to wiggle out of the deal with one last game or challenge. I wrote the part of devil as one similar to a con artist playing the three-card Monte or the shell game.

The idea of telling a story or a poem as a background to a magical effect has also been of great interest to me. Storytelling and magic are two very powerful mediums and together they can pack quite a one-two punch.

The card effect is called Beat the Devil from Darwin Ortiz, Scams and Fantasies with Cards. I took the presentation idea of the magician vs. the Devil and created the poem.

I truly hope you enjoy it.