Matt Marcy '98 Magic Show, Magic Castle
Brown University has a unique connection to the world of conjuring, illusion, and sleight of hand. RI native H. Adrian Smith was a Brown graduate in the 30's I believe and he was a pretty good magician in his time. But like so many College Hill residents, he was a better scholar of magic and he assembled one of the finest private collections of magic texts in the world. Only David Copperfield and a few other luminaries of magic can claim a better library. H. Adrian died a decade or so ago and he left his collection to Brown. It is in the Rock and I believe you have to be a certified magician to be able to access all those secrets and revealed mysteries. And those secrets go back to the first known book on conjuring by Walter Scott from some time in the 1500's, but don't quote me.
One such certified magician who has perused the H. Adrian Smith collection is Matt Marcy,
class of 1998. Matt is now a full-time performer, resident of LA, and one of the most original comedy magicians I have ever seen. Matt is nominated for Stage Magician of 2006 by the Academy of Magical Arts, which puts him in the top 99th percentile of wizards, and having seen him perform twice (before I knew he was one of us) I urge you to see him perform next week at the Magic Castle in Hollywood ( www.magiccastle.com ). His performance is nuanced, goofy, broad, full of humor on multiple levels, and his magic is baffling to the point of swearing off drink for ever. No purple velvet jump suits for this magi, he is a prepster with a wand.
The Magic Castle is located in the heart of Hollywood, and is a private club dedicated to magic, and the HQ of the Academy of Magical Arts. It is members only but getting a guest pass is easy. Visit the Castle web site if you are interested to get a sense of the rules - dress code and all that -
and then contact me for a pass (I am a member). You could probably get a pass from Matt as well through his website. You can access Matt's website through the Castle page called "Now Appearing" or you can Google his name.
Nothing intellectually rigorous here - just good old fashioned bafflement and deeply aching hilarity. I hope you can make it. I am willing to carpool from San Diego.
Jacques Lord 1979 (aka Professor Bunkminster Fullovit)