_________________________  Dear Magic,  Love,  Geoff  _________________________  Jan. 2019

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Dear Magic,

Love,

Geoff

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Jan. 2019

January 2019

Dear Magic,

Love,

Geoff

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Cait and I leave “love stickies” around the apartment for each other. A love stickie is a post-it note with a small message or sometimes even a simple drawing. They find their way onto bathroom mirrors, edges of counters, onto books or closed computers. Not a love letter, rather these are just little smiles to be discovered during the day. They are not meant to be permanent or collected. Part of the beauty of these little post-its is that they are temporary, not precious, and it is known that they will soon be tossed or recycled. But what is kept is the moment of discovery and the smile. 

I wrote a love stickie to magic.

It is not a full show, it is not a workshop, just a little pop-up, like a post-it, that will hopefully create smiles. 

Some stories, some stories about magic, and yes… some magic too. 

And this is an invitation.

Ticket: you will need to bring something you love to the performance from one of these categories: 

Photo, Food, Text (like a book, poem, or even an actual text), Joke, Quote, Object, Person (yes, this can be an actual living person)

*NOTE: You will get to keep them, but there needs to be a physical element to the "Loved Item." You should be able to place it on a table. 

Date and Time: Monday January 28th @ 8:30

Location: Midtown NYC

Cheers,

Geoff


The Odds Are Against Us  Feb. 2019

The Odds Are Against Us

Feb. 2019

February 2019

The Odds Are Against Us

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If I were to look back at my life 10 years ago, I never could have predicted that I would be living in NYC today; it was never part of the plan. And the more that I backtracked and examined the choices I made, the decisions that were out of my control, the coincidences, the chances, how opportunities aligned…it seemed nearly impossible to have predicted where I am today…when any one of those moments or decisions could have drastically shifted the path I was on. In all honesty, I was a few key moments away from being married at 22, living in St. Louis, and probably owning a cat or a dog. 

I am curious about where the line between impossible and improbable lies. Where something is so improbable…that the feeling in your heart is:

“that was impossible”

This is an invitation.

It is not a full show, it is not a workshop, just a little pop-up. 

Some stories, hopefully some coincidences, and yes… some magic too. 

In place of a ticket: you will need to purchase and bring a New York Lottery Scratchcard ($1-$5 scratchcard, not yet scratched)

Date and Time: Tuesday February 26th at 8:30pm

Location: Midtown NYC

Bonus Seat: In the spirit of this month’s theme, I’ve left one seat to chance. One name will be drawn at random from the waitlist and invited to the show. They will be notified Sunday Feb. 24th at 12pm…there’s always a chance.


Cheers,

Geoff


The Lawn That Disappeared Into The Ocean  March 2019

The Lawn That Disappeared Into The Ocean

March 2019

March 2019

The Lawn That Disappeared Into The Ocean

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One of the very first magic books I read was Now You See It, Now You Don't!: Lessons in Sleight of Hand. One of the cornerstones of magic is the act of disappearance. 

Disappearance happens after appearance, and sometimes before reappearance.

Disappearance is not always permanent.

Disappearance is not always instantaneous.

Disappearance can take thousands of years.

Nature is disappearing all the time.

And faster now than it used to. 

I saw the sun disappear from 10:15am-10:16am on a Monday on the Oregon Coast.  1 minute 50 seconds I will never forget. I saw it on a lawn that is disappearing into the ocean. 


This is an invitation.


In place of a ticket: You will need to bring a Blank Empty Unsealed Envelope (size and color is up to you).

Date and Time: Tuesday March 26th at 8:30pm

Location: Midtown NYC

Cheers,

Geoff


April 2019

UnbrokenUnbrokenUnbroken

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A classic plot in magic is “broken and restored.” Like, tearing up a card and putting it back together, piece by piece, until it is whole again. The word “unbroken” can also mean a record/event/streak that continues without ending. 

Sometimes when I sit in a theatre, I imagine the ghosts of the audiences before me. I imagine who might have sat in my seat the night before.

Or the night before that.

And who will be there tomorrow. 

Each performance is a piece of the run of a show. 

I wanted to create something that needed to keep going, where each audience would be a piece of the whole thing, where each is required to complete the show. 

This month’s pop-up is broken into three pieces. The first has already begun. The second is on Wednesday April 24th. The third is on Thursday April 25th


If all goes to plan… it will be unbroken.


In place of a ticket: You will need to a blank piece of paper or stationary (its okay if it’s folded)

Date and Time: Wednesday April 24th or Thursday April 25th

Location: Midtown NYC

Cheers,

Geoff


And Then They Begin To Dance  May 2019

And Then They Begin To Dance

May 2019

May 2019

And Then They Begin To Dance

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Long before I knew how to shuffle a deck of cards, I learned how to point my feet. 

I have three older sisters and no brothers. Each of them danced ballet, so when I was four my parents signed me up to dance ballet too. I danced ballet at Tacoma City Ballet for twelve years. The first time I was ever backstage in a theatre, was for a ballet recital at the Pantages Theatre, and I fell in love.

Ballet was a big part of my life. So big in fact, that there was no room for anything else. Which was one of the reasons I stopped dancing ballet. 

Today, I still dance, but much less formally. I will break out into impromptu flamenco inspired dances, or silently dance impish buffoon-esque dances across our apartment - these are mainly to get a laugh or smile out of Cait.


I still think a lot about movement and dance. 

When does movement become dance…or is it always dance? 

When do the cards begin to dance?


Magic is a dance. It is carefully choreographed sleight-of-hand. It is a dance between audience and performer. It is rhythm and tempo, time and space.

Performing magic allows my hands to continue to dance.

This is an invitation.

It is not a full show, it is not a workshop, just a little pop-up. 

Some stories, some movement + music, and yes… some magic too. 

In place of a ticket: You will need to bring a Childhood Photo (either printed or on your phone).

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 28th at 8:30pm

Location: Midtown NYC

Cheers,

Geoff


An Intermission  June 2019

An Intermission

June 2019

June 2019

An Intermission

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An Intermission marks the sixth Magic Pop-Up Performance, with six more remaining. These have been incredibly rewarding to create, perform, and share. What has surprised me most is the conversations that each has prompted, and what I have learned about myself, and what I have learned about the people who have attended. This month’s pop-up is centered around conversation.

Magicians are often seen as synonymous with holding back the truth. They often inspire more questions than answers. And it’s true. Magicians carry secrets. 

But this is not exclusive to magicians. All of us are surrounded by secrets, choosing only to present certain parts of ourselves, while keeping others hidden. 

A timer will be set. A timer for one hour. Attendees will ask questions, and I will answer with complete honesty. Attendees will get to bring in ten questions and questions will be chosen randomly across the hour.

1. A Yes or No Question

2. A Yes or No Question

3. A Question specifically about Magic

4. A Question that has nothing to do with Magic

5. A Question with the word “most”

6. A Question with the word “least”

7. A Question that prompts a Story

8. A Question about some time ago

9. Any Question

10. Any Question

As much as this evening will be an exploration of sharing truth, it will also be an exploration of something completely fundamental to a magician’s work: The more you learn…the more secrets you have to carry with you. 

This is an invitation.

It is not a full show, it is not a workshop, just a little pop-up. 

Some questions, some answers, and some secrets. 

In place of a ticket: You will need to bring a sheet of paper with 10 questions, each question numbered 1 thru 10. 

Date and Time: Tuesday June 25th at 8:30pm

Location: Midtown NYC


M is For Mind  July 2019

M is For Mind

July 2019

July 2019

M is for Mind

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M is for Mind,

And all the things a mind can do.

M is for memory and memories.

For meditation.

M is for imagination. 

Well “magination”...but maybe we can imagine the i.

M is for words like metal and magnetism.

For morning, midnight, mountains, and mud.

Mirage,

Monocle, 

Myriad,

Myth.

Moreover,

M is for Magic too.

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July’s Magic // Pop-Up performance will be exploring the myriad of things the mind can do. And fittingly, it will be happening on a Monday.

The middle of a Marathon of Magic meets on Monday

This is an invitation. (maybe an M-vitation)

It is not a full show, it is not a workshop, just a little pop-up. 

Some stories, some mind tricks, and yes… some magic too. 

In place of a ticket: You will need to bring a Metal Spoon.

Date and Time: Monday, July 29th at 8:30pm

Location: Midtown NYC


Whoops    Aug. 2019

Whoops

Aug. 2019

August 2019

Whoops

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Whoops is a very specific type of mistake.

The stakes are not life and death,

But, in the moment, it can feel like it.

Whoops is knocking over a glass of water.

Whoops is texting the other Sarah H.

Whoops is being in the wrong country for a performance

…yeah, that happened once. 

In any live performance there is always a chance that something will go wrong. 

Show business knows that this can happen

And has even created the rule: “the show must go on”

I have said whoops many times.

In performances…in life…

When it didn’t go according to plan.

The biggest trick I’ve learned is to try not so say “Whoops” out-loud. 

- -

August’s Magic // Pop-Up Performance is exploring what happens when it goes wrong, or has the chance of going wrong, or experimenting with accidents and chance and expectations.

Hopefully, it doesn’t all go according to plan

This is an invitation.

It is not a full show, it is not a workshop, just a little pop-up. 

Some stories, some mistakes, and yes… some magic too. 

In place of a ticket: You will need to bring an Object that has a Mistake (Ex. maybe a letter with a typo; a photograph with a thumb over the lens, a piece of a ceramic mug that broke).

Date and Time: Wednesday, August, 28th at 8:30pm

Location: Midtown NYC


The Uncle Geoff Magic Show    Sept. 2019

The Uncle Geoff Magic Show

Sept. 2019

September 2019

The Uncle Geoff Magic Show

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When I FaceTime home, often times my nieces and nephews will request to see a magic trick.

And I’m happy to oblige. But there is something special about seeing magic live in-person.

So when I travel home to Tacoma, WA to visit my family, I perform:

The Uncle Geoff Magic Show

I have five nieces and nephews. They range in age from 4 to 12 years old. 

When I perform, 

My nieces and nephews make up the front row.

I sit at the kids’ table in the kitchen (which is about three feet tall), 

I place out my close-up mat (creating a small stage),

I play music (a full range),

I put on a suit (including a self-tied bow-tie),

and I bring my brass-tipped wand. 

I’m happy to announce that this show will be popping-up in NYC for one night,

brass-tipped wand and all…

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September’s Magic // Pop-Up performance will be The Uncle Geoff Magic Show, and you are welcome to sit in the front row. 

Two parts silly, One part serious

This is an invitation.

It is not a full show, it is not a workshop, just a little pop-up. 

Some stories, some fun tricks, and yes… some magic too. 

In place of a ticket: You will need to bring a coin or a dollar (you can always ask to borrow from an adult)

Date and Time: Monday, September 30th at 8:30pm

Location: Midtown NYC