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.
Exactly how “naughty” 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. You can see more details about the content and rating of my show on this page.
Almost all magic shows are for kids; Why do you only perform for adults?
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, so 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 pick anyone out of the audience to help onstage during the show?
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 someone disappear for me?
Sure! And if your budget is big enough, we can even make it look like an accident so you can cash in on that sweet-ass life insurance policy.
What’s the difference between you and all the other magicians out there?
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.
What size of crowds do you usually entertain?
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.
What type of events do you perform at?
Some of the events, parties, and venues at which I enjoy entertaining include… Banquet Events, Bars, Beer Gardens, Casinos, Christmas Parties, Colleges, Comedy Clubs, Comedy Nights, Company Events, Company Parties, Conventions, Corporate Events, Corporate Parties, Country Clubs, Festivals, Fraternal Organizations, Fundraisers, Golf Courses, Halloween Parties, Holiday Parties, Motorcycle/Biker Rallies, New Year’s Eve Parties, Nightclubs, Office Parties, Private Parties, Public Events, Pubs, Resorts, Taverns, Theaters, etc. Pretty much any place where adults are free to have fun.
Can you make me float in the air?
Kinda. Have you ever tried Ketamine or Dextromethorphan?
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.
How long is your show?
The exact duration of the show 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 do a show that’s closer to 2-and-a-half hours (see DirtyJokesAndMagicTricks.com for more info about that show).
Who influenced your performance 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 comedians go, I was probably inspired the most by Lewis Black, George Carlin, Ron White, Bill Hicks, and Christopher Titus. Those guys make me laugh my ass off. And as far as magicians go, I honestly think I’ve been inspired the most by really bad, cheesy kid-show magicians… because those guys make me laugh my ass off.
Where are you from, and how far do you travel?
I travel nationwide, but am based in Iowa, so obviously I get around to Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Iowa City, Waterloo, Ames, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, and Mason City all the time. I also frequently get invited to perform in the surrounding Midwestern states of Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, in and around Chicago, Minneapolis / St. Paul, St. Louis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Omaha, Madison, Peoria, Appleton, Rockford, Green Bay, Lincoln, Duluth, Sioux Falls, Champaign, Springfield IL, St. Cloud, Rochester, Bloomington, La Crosse, Quincy, Mankato, Decatur, Eau Claire, and Janesville, to name just a few towns. And I enjoy traveling, so don’t hesitate to say hello if you’d like me to fly out to Las Vegas to entertain. Especially during the winter months. Goddamn I hate snow.
Where did you grow up?
Trick question. I haven’t. But I’ve lived in Iowa my entire life.
How much will it cost to book you for my event?
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 an adult audience, go ahead and contact me about your event now.
Will you travel to us and do your show for free? You’ll get warm fuzzy feelings. Plus, you’ll get “exposure.”
Warm fuzzy feelings don’t keep a roof over my family’s head. And I don’t need “exposure” – I stay pretty damned busy. And paid gigs get “exposure,” too, so that’s not much of a selling point. I guess, what I’m trying to say, is… fuck you.
You do realize you’re going to hell for dealing in the dark arts of sorcery and witchcraft, right?
…we’re done here.