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“In 1984 I saw my first live stand-up comedian. I was hooked. From that moment on I spent every night I could in comedy clubs. But I wasn’t performing. I was studying. It looked like fun. It looked exciting, and it looked like the hardest thing I could ever imagine doing. I think that is what attracted me more than anything else. Eventually I got on stage and countless open mike nights, one degree and five years later I was performing full time. And that was just the beginning...
This was about the same time as Cirque du Soleil and Penn and Teller were becoming well-known. Both were big influences on me. Penn and Teller showed me that something as simple as a card trick can be as big and theatrical as you want it to be, while Cirque inspired me to strive for elegance and class in performing. I think my performance style developed along the same line as Cirque and Penn & Teller. Both Cirque and P &T were breaking new ground in their own way. Cirque strived to “re-invent the circus”, while P&T made fun of magicians who were performing stale routines. In fact, after a few years of performing generic “hack” material, I feel that I found my footing and my act really started to develop. It might be a bit of a niche market but my ideal audience is one that thinks they have seen it all and has become tired of the same old routines and tricks. I have heard, literally hundreds of times, “you know, I normally hate (jugglers/ magicians/ standup), but I really loved your show.”
I don’t claim to have invented new props or a new style of performance. I just present things theatrically, comically, as original as possible and with elegance and class that some may consider missing in today’s comedy.”