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jamesbond
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Hi guys,

Any of you performed for any MAJOR star or celebrity and got some cool stories to share?
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Went to Schooner Wharf in Key West. Frank Everhart, Jr. asked me to perform a set, which I did. I was followed by Tim Glancey. Nervous as heck, but what an experience.

Fooled McBride with a small trick, and he asked me to explain it to him. I was honored.

I performed an Okito box routine for Bob Bengal, and then followed with a lesson from Bob, who I consider the best Okito box worker in the business.

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The only occasion that really stands out was one evening, during a Magic Collector's Weekend, sitting on a living room floor with (yes I said sitting on the floor) and tag teaming the collected audience with Ricky Jay. What an hour that was!

FWIW

Cheers! Smile
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I probably hold the dubious honor of performing the worst cups and balls routine ever viewed by Harry Blackstone, Sr.,but uncle Harry was kind enough to praise me and encourage me to continue to practice. I have done magic both close-up and stage before several television and movie type celebrities, but no tremendous story for any of them, except maybe when a local highway patrolman who was the husband of my wife's best friend, managed to pull over a celebrity, who after receiving a strict warning, drove safely to our then little home town and had lunch with the patrolman, his wife, and my wife and I. Never really had the shakes before doing card tricks and coin tricks before anyone, but that day I really fought them off as I entertained the King of the Cowboys and the Queen of the West at that Café table. They seemed to thoroughly enjoy the performance. In thanks they sent me a personalized autographed copy of the sheet music to Happy Trails. Best payment I ever got for a show, IMHO.
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Lol I love how with magicians when you ask them about celebrities/superstars they start rattling off MAGICIANS names.
jamesbond
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True dags!!! I meant TV/movie stars or singers NOT magicians boys...
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If you asked the same question of TV/Movie Stars and singers you would probably have them also responding in kind. But hey, they're just people.

FWIW

Cheers! Smile
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The interesting thing is that there are different levels of celebrity. One is world wide. Some one everyone knows.

Then you have national (you can be a celeb in one country and not the next) regional, local, and you also have those celebs who are only known to those with the same interests (like magic, electronic music, comic books....).

But as Stanyon says

They're just people.

I have never understood being starstruck. Maybe it's because I have met many famous people. Maybe it's because I respect them as people and as professionals and don't get into the hype stuff on the gossip media/tabloids. As a performer myself (and most of your are too), I understand that it is a job.
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Performed at a party with Uma Thurman. Very tall lady. She was extremely nice.
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I performed for the Queen of Sweden...as least, that's who he SAID he was.
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Last March, I agreed to be a part of a show for the local magic club. After my first comedy "bit", I glanced at the audience to gauge their reaction and there, standing toward the back, was Harry Anderson. During the short intermission, I got to meet Harry. He was highly complimentary about my performance. Smile
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I got to sing with Pete Seeger once, and played banjo for Stonewall Jackson twice. Does that count? Oh, and I almost got killed by Alison Krauss. (Not really, her bus driver parked next to my tent once and it was cold so he kept the engine running all night. I did durn near die.)

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Once I had Alan Alda in my audience a few years back. He was kind enough to stay after the show and shake my hand as he gave me a compliment. He said, "It is not very often we can have so much fun in such a little amount of time."

I was very impressed by the way he treated me.

I have also performed close up for famous singers & musician, Chubby Checkers, John Mellencamp, Max Weinberg to mention a few, famous sports players, and famous politicians. Honestly the politicians were the worst to get along with.


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I have performed several times for a Super Bowl champion '96 Packers. And yes, I have done ring flight with his Super Bowl ring. I'm not much of a fan though, so it didn't excite me. However, I did get to perform magic for my idol, Jazz musician Maynard Ferguson. I had been friends with some guys in his band and they asked me to do a trick, afterwards, I was dragged back to the man's dressing room and had to give a command performance. Probably more nervous than ever before in my life. But what a thrill for me. I've also played music with Wynton Marsalis. Cool, but it doesn't hold a candle to Maynard.
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I've performed infront of the mirror a few times Smile
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The most famous I have performed for so far is musician Jacksoul, who sings "Still Believe In Love".
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A couple of years ago Bruce Willis and Greg Kinnear were in town filming an independent film at a diner. I had just got off work (working the overnight shift) and went to the diner as their entourage was showing up. Bruce showed up as I was leaving and I asked him what he was working on. He told me and mentioned that most guys my age that he knows don't get up before noon. We talked a minute and I showed him a trick. He laughed and I told him I was the John McClane of the magic world (I did Marlo's Gun Trick). Cheesy line, I know. He signed a card for the trick so I got his autograph as well.

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None yet but I cant wait till I do but first I got to show other people my tricks and not just my family
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I have a growing list of famous people's watches I've stolen. My favorites are a secret service member, judge Norbert Nadel (the judge who sent Pete Rose to jail), and a machine-gun-toting guard at customs in Belize.

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Do the performers/bands count if I was the preshow entertainment for them? As long as they saw the act?
Then The Dresden Dolls (Amanda kept sneaking out to watch us perform while trying not to be recognised. She used up a couple of disposable cameras on us), Hank Williams III (Nice guy...Hung out with him for a bit after the show), and Trent Resner of Nine Inch Nails (Watched like the phantom of the opera from a balcony. He's not terribly social).
So, those would be my most famous three.
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