My Favorite ATA Case… :-)

A lot of my friends and staff think I have an obsession with “trying” to be organized, but never really am totally.
(It is no big secret too that I am a big believer in David Allen’s GTD philosophy, which keeps me on track…)

The pics that follow are a “case” in point… (Pun intended!)

This case is the replacement for an ATA case that went missing at a theatre where we where performing. I was so happy when these new one arrived from the case company! It is where all the various items are kept for my dove act (silk scarves, gimmicks, etc.), along with my other overall show emergency/preparation items (rubber bands, paperclips, glues, small tools and so on…). All organized by drawer and section.

A little obsessive YES, but it keeps me with a system backstage and I’m also easier to deal with for my staff. Just thought I would share…





Added New Disqus Commenting System

Just a quick courtesy note to all our readers out there – we have finally added back in a decent commenting system to the blog! YIPPEE!!!

Ever since I tried some creative programming a couple of years ago with this WordPress theme and lost our blog’s ability to view comments, we have had to do without! (You could leave one, just no one could see it!)

So we found a third-party solution to solve the problem. We joined the bandwagon and are using the external plugin associated with the excellent Disqus Comment System.

So have fun and comment away!  🙂

Hank Lee’s Harry Levy Sentenced

I know a lot of you have been following this story and we are probably reporting it later than most news & blog outlets.

But because of my previous post about it and my personal lifelong connection to him and his company, I thought it worthy to mention it. (and for my readers and followers, as well)

harry-levy-hank-leesThere was a lot of anticipation and gossip in the magic community on what his sentence would be. In the end, he was given two years of imprisonment, two years additional probation and must make full restitution of the $560,000 he stole from the credit card of the victim Richard Garriott over a period of years.

His attorneys tried to argue for a much lighter sentence, in which effort they were unsuccessful.

Hank Lee (Harry Levy) is only 61 years old and still young enough to move on with his life when all this is over. Hopefully he realizes the mistake he made and the humility he has caused himself and his family. Hank Lee’s magic Factory remains open and I know he still has at least some loyal customers.

I will always try and remember the good side of Hank, and still have found memories as I go through some of his old paper catalogs in my collection. Good wishes and God bless his family too, as they try and deal with all this and put together the pieces of their lives.

This story regarding the sentencing of Harry Levy originally broke in the Medford Patch on September 6, 2012.

Classic Publicity Photo – Joe Conrad

I am the style of person who likes to look forward and not dwell on the past. My busy life in the magic & entertainment world does not give me much time to be too nostalgic.

But from time-to-time it’s fun to look through all the old scrap books… (and I know from the email’s that my fans send me, as well others who follow this blog, they like to see stuff from my career when I was younger – along with the current going-on’s).

So imagine my smile when I came across this old publicity pic when I was in my prime! hee hee…

This pic served me well for many years and got me a lot of work. It was printed on many different brochures, posters and other marketing materials, as well. In the background are my two female assistants at the time, Val Werner (left side) and Melissa Lisi (right side).


Illusionist Joe Conrad circa 1989

I will publish more historic “Joe Conrad” items online from time-to-time, as I come across them. In the mean time, there are lots of items in the Gallery Archive over at the main Joe Conrad website.

“AGT” – Michael Finney Get’s It Right!


michael-finneyFinally, Michael Finney offers a sensible viewpoint on this terrible showcase for magic acts – America’s Got Talent.
I will let him describe it in his own words:
(Credited from the most recent newsletter of  Alan Watson’s” Magic New Zealand® – Issue Number: #951.” Not sure where his comments originally appeared.)

 I would like to add my two cents worth on the AGT show, and magicians performing, simply stated the show is a joke. Of all the shows like it “The Voice”, “Idol”, “Dancing with the  Stars” etc, AGT is the worst, How can anyone take that show seriously, other than Terry Fator.

You compete against a potpourri of hit and miss acts, most of which could not do a Las Vegas act, period. Little kids and animals competing against adults should tell you something. I feel for my friends who have gone on and been subjected to judges who are not qualified to judge acts under this format.  Some will say they got some TV time, which most have already had in one way or another. I did Star Search back in the day, at least then you were going up against other acts doing what you did. But even then the best acts hardly ever won! It’s all about rating’s. It’s all about controversy and how rude the judges can be to acts.  Many of the acts should never have gotten on the show in the first place, that’s what makes AGT a joke from the get go!

Right on Michael! I know so many professional magician friends (who where once on the top of their game with top tv spot time) trying to still cling on to stardom for a bit longer by appearing on the show. But they just end up embarrassing themselves.

Fellow local magician from Orlando, Florida (where I grew up) Dan Stapleton was made a total ass of with the taping of his act on AGT (and he voiced his thoughts about this publicly within the industry after the fact, in fairness to him…).

Magic is an art and deserves respect to be showcased properly. And AGT isn’t that showcase.