A few weeks ago, I worked with a producer to make a pilot episode of a new show/documentary called Think About It. The goal of the show was to challenge viewers to think about seemingly impossible occurrences. Although I’ve never claimed to have psychic or mystical powers, I wanted to show something that seemed absolutely impossible. We shot for 12 hours straight in the best city in the world- Toronto. The pilot is still in production but here is a trailer for the show that went live recently. This is by far, the biggest project I’ve ever worked on and the one I’m most excited for! Stay tuned to see where and when the finished product can be viewed.
I love performing at all sorts of events. Some of my favorites are weddings. Last Saturday, I had the privilege to perform at Bao and Jenny’s wedding in Toronto. The weather, bride and scenery all looked beautiful. I guess Bao looked alright too. I find there’s something about weddings that makes every problem in the world disappear for that instance in time. This was no exception- and it certainly was magical. You could definitely feel the love between the newly weds and their families. The couples in the audience held hands tightly while beautiful music serenaded the crowd. As I started to day dream in the gorgeous setting, the vows were said and it was quickly my time to shine.
I watched The Great Gatsby last week and it reminded me how magical New York City is. I thought about how it would have been to live there in the 20’s. I remember reading the book when I was in high school – I never would have imagined that when the movie would be created, it’d have music featured by Jay-z in it. But it totally makes sense. Who better to feature musically in the movie, than the king of hip hop, Jay-z himself – who happens to be from NY City.
Coincidentally, I was in NYC a few weeks ago for a wedding. It was nice to be back in the city I don’t think I could ever get sick of. While I was at a local bar, I couldn’t help but share some wonder with the locals. Some of it was caught on cell phone video.
Earlier this month, I was part of an amazing event. I got a call from a girl named Priya who wanted to hire me for a surprise 25th birthday for her boyfriend, Varun. We set everything up and everything was supposed to run smoothly as we had planned. A week later, I receive a call from a gentleman stating his name is Varun. He goes on to tell me that he has found out I will be performing at his surprise party, but he wants to reverse the surprise on his girlfriend that same night! Varun has decided he will be proposing to his girlfriend the night of his 25th birthday- and he wants a little help from me. The events of the night were caught on tape by a cell phone camera. I include it below for your entertainment.
It’s been 3 months (to the day!) since I last posted so I figure it’s time to catch up! It’s been a great, warm summer and I really couldn’t have asked for more. I’ve been keeping myself busy and staying out of trouble (for the most part). Magic has kept me on my toes and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
In May I went to the annual national magic convention. The last time I had this opportunity was in 2007 so I was rather excited. This year it was held in Hamilton Ontario. Thank God it was only a couple days long because living in Hamilton for even that short while made me want to cry. Perhaps I’m just used to the hustle and bustle of a larger city, but for some unknown reason, Hamilton just made me really depressed. Lots of crazy people and the ghetto stores downtown just weren’t doing it for me. Thankfully the convention kept me going. I got to see some very memorable lectures including one by Michael Finney. He was great during his performance at the Gala show on the last night as well. Of course meeting Shawn Farquhar – one of Canada’s greatest magicians – was also a great highlight. From the few seconds I got to talk to him, I realized this guy was just so genuine. Not only is he a great magician, he is one of the most down to earth people I have ever met. I am proud to have such a Canadian at the top of his game- and look forward to seeing more of his work in the future.
I performed multiple times throughout the summer but just this last weekend I got to do my first proposal! I was hired to help a gentleman propose to his girlfriend. I won’t give away all the secrets but she was in tears and she said yes!
I also was featured on the cover of one of Canada’s largest South Asian magazines called “Desi News”. Feel free to head over to the “In the News” section of the website to see the cover and article. I’ll also have a short appearance on a South Asian, national television show called V-Mix, airing this Sunday night at 7:30pm on OMNI2. Make sure you catch that, but in case you don’t, I’ll have it posted here shortly!
Now of course summer wouldn’t be summer without one of my favorite shows, America’s Got Talent! This year on AGT, for the first time ever (that I can remember), we have a mentalist! Mentalism is a branch of magic that is focused on powers of the mind and thoughts more so than visual “stunts”. Not only is Erick Dittelman a great mentalist, but he’s been recently winning over the hearts of the judges as well and I hope to see him continue. I leave you with a short clip of Mr. Dittelman.
I shot this video recently, happy to finally have it up. Just a little fun I was having with numbers – maybe I can convince you I can read your mind through your computer screen? And if you must ask – yes the video was inspired by a 90s Rap video. Although the video gives you time to think, feel free to pause the video at any point if you have to do any calculations. Don’t forget to let me know if it worked on you, and remember, if it didn’t – you probably did something wrong 🙂