As a very little Wendy, I discovered a deep love of magic when I received a Blackstone magic set for Christmas. I loved that set, and played with the little cardboard props until they fell apart.
I bought every plastic packet trick I could find at the discount stores, and subjected my (really pretty patient) family to too many bad magic tricks.
My parents, in their remarkable patience, decided to sign me up for magic lessons and I was in HEAVEN. I got to meet local magicians at their weekly meetup (at Furr's Cafeteria in the Buckingham Square Mall, which dates this story.)
One of the first magicians that I ever met was David Neighbors, the Coinjurer. He talked about dove magic and his adventures as a professional magician, and he made coins vanish before my very eyes! He made quite an impression on little 10 year old Wendy, that is for sure.
Life got in the way, and magic fell by the wayside for a long time. I nearly forgot about it, and then... something brought me back. For the life of me, I cannot remember what it was, but I'm glad for whatever it might have been.
I performed magic professionally in libraries and schools as a part of my "Bard Show" with the Celtic Harp. It was a lot of fun, and I miss it.
I was so lucky to have stumbled into a great group of magicians in the local magic club - Mile High Magicians and the (now defunct) mentalist club, the Psy-Clones.
One of my mentors back then was Mark Strivings. I met him through the Psy-Clones and was immediately blown way by his magic. He has been one of the biggest influences on my magical life. I would not be who I am or do the things I do without the things I've learned from Mark. I'm very grateful to live in the same state as both the Coinjurer and one of the Grand Masters of mentalism.
And then, magic fell to the wayside again. I don't want to talk about it. It was for stupid reasons (a relationship. So stupid), and if I could go back in time and tell that Wendy not to do it, I would. But... well, here we are. For 12 years I let magic go.
Once again, I can't really say what got me back to magic, but I'm grateful for whatever it was because...
I'm back. I signed back up with the Mile High Magicians. I'm hanging out with a bunch of very magical guys once a week. And (and maybe this is most amazing to me of all) I'm taking lessons from the Coinjurer himself! That David Neighbors fellow, the magician who made such an impression on me when I was 10... I'm studying with him now. He is amazing, and patient and kind and I am so fortunate to be able to learn from him.
I have so much to learn, and I am surrounded by people to learn from. I am one lucky Wendy.
So there's nothing much to see here yet, but I have plans for this little magic section of my site. Just you wait and see.
There is so much I want to tell you about, and tricks I want to show you.
I haven't performed in ages... but hopefully I'll have some video up here for you all soon (*gulp*) once I get over my stagefright. :)
Watch this space!
While I'm getting my magical act together and getting content for this site, you can always see what I'm up to on Facebook here -
or on Instagram too -
Or check out honest to goodness, REAL LIVE MAGIC at the AMAZING monthly magic show put on by the Denver Show!!
It's every first Monday of the month, in Downtown Denver. The June show was so much fun, and I am really looking forward to the July 2nd one!
Click here for more information and to buy tickets! - The Denver Magic Show
And on the 3rd Monday of every month, Mutiny Information Cafe puts on a FREE Open Mic Magic Night! Magicians from all over Colorado come to perform (sometimes even _I_ do!) So come check it out and see some awesome magic! Or, if you're a magician, come perform for one of the nicest audiences in Colorado!
Click here for more information - Mutiny Magic Open Mic
See you there? :)