Something that is a little bit off the topic of magic, but that is a reality for those of us who have to put on our “salesman” hat to get new & constant work.
I am talking about pronouncing your new & potential clients names correctly! I have never been good with people’s names in various countries and even less clever in learning new languages!
But these two websites help a lot:
I rely on these sites constantly before picking up the phone or going to a new meeting – it saves me from making an ass of myself by not getting there name correct! The internet is an amazing support tool in selling and here is further proof.
Not every name is in their database, but there is a lot more than you would think in there. The Pronounce How site is especially good, as it has an audio clip too on how the name should sound, along with the text look-up.
Illusionist Rick Walker
It is with much sadness that I heard second-hand of the recent death of my friend, Master Illusionist Rick Walker. He died way too early at the age of 64. The date of his death was Saturday, July 20, 2013.
I had not seen Rick for several years, but last I heard is that he was still very active in magic, along with his other businesses. Apparently (as it has been related to me) Rick had an accidentally fall, which caused a bump to his head and caused brain hemorrhaging leading to his death.
Rick Walker & Company was one of the first illusionists I ever saw perform live (at the Florida State Magic Convention in the 1970’s) and had a big influence on me. This was the first time a had seen a magician of a higher caliber perform with the the large illusions – and from that moment on was something I wanted to aspire to. Rick was about 13 years older than me, so when I saw him perform he was in his prime.
Rick was originally from Monticello, Mississippi, but moved to Dallas, Texas in 1977 where he spent the majority of his adult life. He was also an assistant for the Harry Blackstone, Jr. show early in his career. He had numerous national television appearances, was a magic consultant to the movie industry, as well as performing world-wide with his show.
Rick, you will be missed. But your influence and magic will live on.
You can see a video of Illusionist Rick Walker’s performance below.
Hi gang… I have not been able to post as much as I like lately due to my iMac’s hard drive recently crashing, etc.
Back online finally with a new temporary Windows PC. Both the hard drive & the motherboard are being replaced in my apple system currently and I should have it back by next week. But the Windows world is not as bad as I thought it would be.
Just glad to be back around online on this blog & otherwise on a regular basis again!