Frequently Asked Questions
How did you do that?
Smoke and mirrors. And wires. And my sleeves. Oh, and a trap door. Trap doors are neat.
WHY did you do that?
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
What is your show like?
I perform “Comedy Magic”. It’s a form of live entertainment (geared for adults) which combines stage magic, stand-up comedy, and audience participation.
How edgy are your shows?
Well… I’m no “Silly Willy The Birthday Magician,” but then again, I’m not “Filthy McNasty The X-Rated Comedian,” either. The edginess varies, depending on the event and the audience. For more details, CLICKY CLICKY.
Why do you perform for adults, and not little kids, like most other magicians?
My show is geared for an adult audience because my personality and sense of humor happen to be best appreciated by adults. That’s just who I am. That’s just what I do.
So are you a magician, or a comedian?
Both, and neither… I like to think of myself as a magician, but after a show recently a guy said I was “75% comedian and 25% magician.” So I could be wrong. Here’s the sad truth: Most comedians don’t claim me because of the magic, and most magicians don’t claim me because of the comedy… Nobody loves me.
Are you any good?
Ehhh, I don’t like to toot my own horn (that’s not a euphemism, I swear). Take a look at my reviews to see what other people are saying. But, yeah… I guess they say I’m pretty good.
What do you have up your sleeves?
About a dozen tattoos. Now stop touching me. Creeper.
Can you pull a coin out of my ear?
You should probably go see a doctor about that. It might be infected.
Do you use any audience participation in your shows?
Definitely. People love to see their friends or coworkers brought onstage to become part of the show. And it’s all in good fun, so don’t hesitate to grab a seat up front and center.
Can you make somebody disappear for me?
Absolutely. Do you need it to look like an accident? What’s your budget?
What’s the difference between you and other magicians?
The biggest difference is I am less interested in “tricks” and more focused on creating laughter and having fun with the group. Another difference is, instead of being one of those “jack of all trades, master of none” performers who tries to be all things to all people, I specialize and do only ONE type of show (my comedy-magic stage show for adults). So those are the major differences. Oh, and I don’t have big sparkly boxes.
Why don’t you have big sparkly boxes?
Honestly?… I’m too lazy to carry that shit around.
For what size of crowds do you usually perform?
Depending on the particular event I’m working for, my audiences generally range anywhere from 50 to 500 people. And I’ve performed for live audiences as small as 8 people and as large as 1,500 people. But most crowds are typically between 75 and 150 people, which is the perfect size group for what I do.
For what type of events do you usually perform?
Some of the events, parties, and venues at which I can entertain include… Awards Nights, Banquet Events, Bars, Beer Gardens, Casinos, Christmas Parties, Class Reunions, Club Events, Coffee Shops, Colleges and Universities, Comedy Clubs, Comedy Nights, Company Parties, Conventions, Corporate Events, Country Clubs and Golf Courses, Customer Appreciation Events, Employee Appreciation Parties, Fairs and Festivals, Fraternity and Sorority Functions, Fund-Raiser Events, Graduation Parties, Halloween Parties, Holiday Parties, Hotel Events, House Parties, Lounges, New Year’s Eve Parties, Nightclubs, Office Parties, Private Parties, Public Events, Resorts, Taverns, Theaters, etc., etc., etc…. Pretty much any place where adults are free to relax and have fun.
Why are you called “the maniac of magic”?
I started using the handle “Maniac of Magic” when somebody called me that while introducing me at a show. I asked her about it afterwards, and she referenced the parallels between my onstage behavior and symptoms of mania (which include excitement, hyperactivity, elevation of mood, talkativeness, and impulsiveness). Also, I thought “the maniac of magic” sounded kinda cool… Also… I think something is broken in my head.
Can you read minds?
Only my own. But I only get it right about half the time. So… no.
What is the duration of your performance?
The exact duration depends on the particular event for which I’ve been hired to perform, but most of my performances are 50-60 minutes (the industry standard for my type of act is only 45 minutes, but the duration always varies a bit because I use so much audience participation). And if you want a bigger, longer, really kick-ass show, I can hook up with another headliner and, together, we can do closer to 2 hours (see DirtyJokesAndMagicTricks.com for more info about that show).
Who influenced your performing style?
I have a dysfunctional family and twisted friends. I enjoy hearing dirty jokes, watching horror films, and listening to Tom Waits… But as far as magicians and comedians go, I’ve probably been inspired the most by… Marc Maron, Lewis Black, Lance Burton, Jeff Dunham, Fielding West, George Carlin, Harry Anderson, Carl Ballantine, Ron White, Harry Houdini, David Williamson, Jeff Hobson, Dariel Fitzkee, Amazing Johnathan, Michael Finney, Christopher Titus, Mac King, Bill Hicks, Steve Spill, Doug Stanhope, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, and Dana Daniels, among many others.
Where are you from, and how far do you travel?
I’m based out of Des Moines, Iowa, USA, and generally get hired to perform throughout the upper Midwest (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, etc.)… But I’m willing to travel further, so don’t hesitate to say hello if you’d like me to perform in Las Vegas. Especially during the winter months. It gets kinda cold in Iowa.
Where did you grow up?
Trick question. I haven’t. But I’ve lived in Iowa my entire life.
I’m thinking of hiring you for our party. How much will it cost?
Pricing mostly depends on location and routing (if your event is held on a date and in a city that’s on the way to or from other gigs, the expenses will obviously be much lower than if your event requires special ten-hour trips each way, the day before and after). I’ll let you know right now, though, that I’m definitely not the cheapest, so if you’re just price-shopping, you should probably move on. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a guy who can really get the job done and blow away your audience, go ahead and contact me about your event now.
Magic is real, right?
Ummm… We’re done here.
Serving the entire Midwest, including such Iowa towns as…
Adel, Albia, Algona, Allison, Altoona, Ames, Anamosa, Ankeny, Atlantic, Audubon, Avoca, Bedford, Bettendorf, Bloomfield, Boone, Burlington, Carroll, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Centerville, Chariton, Charles City, Cherokee, Clarinda, Clarion, Clear Lake, Clinton, Clive, Coralville, Corning, Corydon, Council Bluffs, Cresco, Creston, Dakota City, Davenport, Decorah, Denison, Des Moines, Dubuque, Eldora, Elkader, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Fairfield, Forest City, Fort Dodge, Fort Madison, Garner, Glenwood, Greenfield, Grinnell, Grundy Center, Guthrie Center, Hampton, Harlan, Ida Grove, Independence, Indianola, Iowa City, Jefferson, Johnston, Keokuk, Keosauqua, Knoxville, Le Mars, Leon, Logan, Manchester, Maquoketa, Marengo, Marion, Marshalltown, Mason City, Montezuma, Mount Ayr, Mount Pleasant, Muscatine, Nevada, New Hampton, Newton, Northwood, Onawa, Orange City, Osage, Osceola, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa, Pella, Perry, Pocahontas, Primghar, Red Oak, Rock Rapids, Rockwell City, Sac City, Sibley, Sigourney, Sioux City, Spencer, Spirit Lake, Storm Lake, Tipton, Toledo, Urbandale, Vinton, Wapello, Washington, Waterloo, Waukon, Waverly, Webster City, West Des Moines, West Union, Winterset,