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2017 Year In Review

2017 has been an incredible year for me. Here are some of the highlights:

• 135 shows in 35 states and 3 countries
• “The Mystery Tour” with SOLD OUT performances at six fringe festivals internationally
• “Best Bet” at FRIGID New York
• “Audience Choice” at FRIGID New York
• “Patrons’ Pick” at Orlando Fringe
• “Critics’ Choice” at PortFringe
• “Outstanding Magic or Mentalism Performance” at San Diego Fringe
• “Top Selling Show” at Chicago Fringe
• 13 TV appearances
• Features on Theatre Is Easy, Broadway World, Voyage Chicago, The Orlando Sentinel, WGN, NBC, FOX, and more.
• Largest Audience - 6,000 people at Purdue University in Indiana
• Smallest Audience - 7 people for a private event in NYC

I performed in Major League Ballparks, massive theaters, airports, mountainside resorts, casinos, rooftops, pool cabanas, and more. I also started writing my first book and helped create a customized marketing plan for an international brand kickoff campaign.

My new show is nearly written and I’m already putting together my tour for next year. It’s going to be amazing and I can’t wait to share all the deets with you soon. For now, check out my new Year In Review Video for a look back at all the places I went in 2017.

Thanks for following my adventures this year. I’ll be taking a month off from Thursday Thoughts so I can concentrate on some other projects for a while. But I’ll be back soon with more ideas from the road.

See you in 2018. 

Chicago Fringe Festival Recap

The Chicago Fringe Festival is over. What an experience!

I performed three shows in four days. My first show was about half-full, but the last two shows had packed houses. I was thrilled to be able to SELL OUT the show, considering I did all of my marketing and promotion myself. It was a huge undertaking but I'm glad I did it.

The festival was fantastic. I watched as many other shows as I could and met dozens of incredible artists from around the world. For once, I felt part of a community in Chicago that was comprised of my favorite people. I was rubbing elbows with writers and actors and magicians and improvisers and theatergoers. I couldn't get enough.

My goal has never been to be a salesman. I dread cold-calling and despise having to constantly sell myself. (I still do it because it's better than waiting tables, but that doesn't mean I can't also abhor it.) The goal has always been ART.

The Chicago Fringe Festival finally gave me an outlet to do a version of the show I've had in mind for a while. It wasn't fully formed or completely there yet, but I was happy with what I did. I'm already writing my new show for next year.

As always, I put together a video of the festival so people who weren't able to attend could get a feel for it. I hope you enjoy it!