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yentlswolfs
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I think it's great whe finally have a female special guest. We see so few in magic nowadays.

Welcome Jade!
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Are you easlily impressed by other acts that use card manipulation, or is it simply difficult for you to feel the wonder any more after performing the moves for years?
The difficult must become easy, the easy beautiful and the beautiful magical.
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Hi everyone! Thanks for the warm welcomes.

You DO know this is THE Jade, right? Check out my website, http://www.magicjade.com.

It's kind of funny that there aren't that many female magicians working at the level I've been privileged to work at...and it is an even smaller number of female Asian magicians working the world circuit. So...how is it that I get confused with one of the others?

Is it because we all look alike?

I love and perform in many realms of magic but card manipulation is not a part of my repertoire. I'm the one that won the 1990 International Gold Medal from the I.B.M. with the Chinese Act featuring fluttering butterflies, rice bowls, and snowstorms.

I have branched out to performing a full one-hour illusion show speaking either English or Chinese, depending on the audience and venue.

As to making a great show, for me, the epitome of a great magic show is the perfect combination of magic, lighting, movement, and music. Each is interdependent of the other. I don't watch for the tricks themselves, per se, but for the general overall presentation of the effects themselves and how they flow together.

One thing that doesn't make for a great show is dragging a presentation out longer than necessary. Editing your own performance is difficult but necessary. So I'd suggest video taping your rehearsals and/or have someone you trust to critique your show.

Remember, less is more.

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Jade
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Hi, Jade!

Your show epitomizes those very things. It is always a pleasure to watch, and a pleasure to have you here.

When will you be at the Magic Castle again?
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Hi Whit! It's been forever!!!!!! How are you?

It's too expensive for me to work the Castle now. I have to save up just to work there! And Ron Wilson had actually told me that he didn't want to hire me to do anything other than my Chinese Act there.... Go figure. Why would I want to do something I can do in my sleep a million times and get paid poorly for my time?

So, the only time I'm ever in L.A. is when I'm doing a corporate show. But I have to say, I miss seeing all my magic friends! We'll have to do lunch or something the next time I'm in town. And please do give me a call if you're ever in San Francisco!!!!

Take care,
Jade
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Didn't know you were from SF Jade, in the 80's I hung out there and stayed in a house with some of the best known Street Magicians and performers. Dr Harry Lovecraft & wife Patty, Bob "Butterfly" Nelson, Michael Marlin, I moved into the room as A Whitney Brown (former head SNL writer) moved out of. Boy I LOVED it there, I miss SF.

(OK, this has nothing much to do with magic, just brings back memories, it was the height of the Doug Henning, Shields & Yarnell era and was into both magic and mime, so cool.)
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(Sorry, tried to add to previous post but time limit had passed)

Anyway wanted to say that I saw yourself and several other funny, talented and impressive female performers at the WOMEN IN MAGIC show for the WORLD MAGIC SEMINAR a few years ago, It may be my single favorite convention show ever.

You were all wonderful. But what hit me hardest was a telling moment from Lisa Mennas' set where she talked about the inspiration she got from her female colleagues and friends, when it came to describing your influence she said "...Jade taught me how to radiate love..."

I think that is so true that most Magi want to Impress and "Kill", and while there are a lot of great technicians out there, "Charm" is not as common as it once may have been. A few possess it, but most do not allow us to love their stage personas. From the first time I saw your act on video I was impressed at your strong charisma, now maybe I understand a little that we are not afraid to invest emotionally in someone who appears to "Love us first".

I wish I had seen Thurston and Dante, people have told me they possesed this charm. I remember the story of the newsman who asked Thurston "What is the secret of your charisma? How do you make all of those people love you?" and Thurston was said to reply "Every night before I go on, I say to myself, "I Love my audience, I love my audience", they are the ones who make it possible for me to make a good living doing what I enjoy most..."

Go Jade. You women have a lot to teach us.
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Thank you Mike for recapping what Lisa Menna had said on that all women show. I had forgotten about it. She's a very special lady herself. Thank you for your very kind words as well.

I think as human beings, once our pretenses are stripped away, we are all the same underneath. So that's the starting point for me every time I meet someone. No masks, no coverup, no BS...just one human being interacting with another human being.

Raucherbaumer sent a mass email about his thoughts and feelings about the atrocity in New Orleans. Bottom line is when a group of strangers share the experience of something as "harrowing and tragic" as Katrina, all pretenses drop away and all that's left are the "naked emotions".

I think it's the masks, the pretenses, that get in the way of one person getting to know another. It's a waste of time, and in the end, does any of it matter? Sorry. I digress.

Can't believe you were in "my neighborhood" in the 80's. Did you ever drop by the magic shop at Fisherman's Wharf? I worked there from '79 to '89.

Hope to see you sometime in the near future!

Jade
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I was in there a few times, maybe we did cross paths. Was about '82.

Think I heard Harry mentioning your act but never saw it then. Hung out at the PHOENIX THEATRE since Harry worked there during Marsh Magoo/Slydini days. Mostly worked the Following Sea Restaraunt on Pier 39 since my friend Bobby Acoba worked there doing bar Magic. Off days I spent watching the best Street performers work at Cannery or P39. Took the cable cars to work, lived off Sourdough bread & cheese and lived in a place high in the hills with an awesome sunset everyday.

It was great to be immersed in an atmosphere where people took entertainment so seriously and considered it an Art. EVERYONE should have that experience. (Also felt right at home with so many Asian/part asian people, & cultures like the Italian section you are not exposed to much in Hawaii!) Was never extroverted except onstage (lot of entertainers are like that right?) so it was great to be in a place where women actually asked ME out! (Not so locally, its actually more conservative here than people think).

Also driving down Lombard St in Harrys' converted bread truck through the fog after a few Irish Coffees is an experience I am glad to have lived through. Wish I'd made your aquantance then.

Anyway, I am going on so will let you get back to other fans!

Best & Aloha
-MC
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