The magic community just finished a great couple days here in Denver! Fox television magic celebrity and my personal magic God Rudy Coby came to lecture the Mile High Magicians Society on Thursday March 24th. He then joined up and coming super star Dan Sperry of tv.s "America's got Talent" in a brilliant full stage show intellectually titled "Dan Sperry's Anti-Conjuror, magic no longer sucks show".
This was one of the best lectures we have ever hosted here in the mile high magic city. Mr. Coby defined how to add creativity to your magic skills to which he himself is the king. By showing clips of his best stage work he broke down the creative process and let everyone in the packed room know they could do it too. It was very uplifting. He showed us all an old "Carney" routine on how to hammer a nail up your nose taught to him by a unique individual called frog boy. He taught us theories about magic and meaning by showing us a clip of his Twister redefined as a washing machine. When he exited the magic washer his cloths were clean but when he turned around he had a bad case of static cling with a number of socks hanging out on his back. He delighted us with a story about his Magic Dave film that was made for magic super-star David Copperfield. I do believe that was the first time I had seen that tribute film Dick Clark produced. I had heard so much about and was very privileged to actually get to see it. It was hilarious!
We had an opportunity to learn some of Rudy's secrets direct from the special effects people in Hollywood.
We all celebrated Rudy Coby by doing the Rudy Coby stance. And I have an idea magic in Denver will be different from this point forward.
The Anti-conjurer show was billed as one night of unforgettable shock illusion. It was all of that plus a lot more. We were treated to Dan's full masterfully done modern Dove routine. He walks out on stage surrounded by the fog and blaring heavy metal music. It appeared he was wearing sun-glasses to which he removed and threw into the audience but amazingly they turned into a dove as everyone cheered. It was amazing. And then after producing a number of doves in very unusual ways he turned them all into a very large cockatoo that flew around the theater and right back to Dan's loving arms. I could see his love for his birds shining threw with a kiss on the head for each. Then Dan showed us what a personable fellow he can be in such a European style clown way. Most beloved. He did a couple smaller routines with a couple women chosen from the audience and then went full into a very creative zig-zag that was done in a hospital setting. Perhaps for the criminally insane.
Rudy Coby, Dan's special guest, was a magnificent and cleaver master with four legs. His timing was out-standing and his stage skill was flamboyant. The music was upbeat as he took his chain saw, that could float by the way, and removed each one of his extra appendages until he was comfortable enough to grow 12 ft in heith right before our eyes. His set played big to the packed house at Denver's own Paramount theater.
One of my favorite bits in the show started with the large and lovely woman through man illusion. Brilliant green flashes of light strobes sped through the darkness as Dan's lovely wife and Assistant Tamika Sperry penetrated through Dan's upper body with a little Marilyn Mason ditty playing for ambiance. After the breathe taking illusion Dan moved down stage and announced to the audience "Boys and girls, if you didn't know, that's where babies come from." As the audience roared out came Rudy's robot woman pushing a baby stroller caring Dan's baby (well fetus). Not really, it was just a fake and really ugly rag doll. He threw the rag doll into the audience and announced we would play a game of catch the fetus. It was very funny in a surreal sort of way.
I loved the entire show despite a couple lighting difficulties that are very commonplace in a show that is on such a demanding one night performance schedule. I hope more live illusion shows will make it to Denver in the future.