Comedy and Magic At Florida State Magician’s Convention

Harry Allan’s  Comedy & Magic Convention at Daytona Beach, Florida

Harry Allan and Irv Cook’s Daytona Beach Magic Shop is one of the top brick and mortar Magic Shops in the country. Each year these gentlemen help out on the Florida State Magic Convention.  I attended this convention 18 years ago while on tour of Florida and had a blast.

This year I was invited to Perform on one of the evening shows as well as M.C.  It was a blast with some excellent acts including Barry Mitchell and his cool magic and chicken routine. I also had the pleasure of hanging out with very funny comedian David Merry. He is  a Canadian Comic Magician who has appeared several times on Second City Television (SCTV) and has written jokes for Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers.  He iwas currently on a tour of 27 Canadian cities doing work for a corporate client and took the weekend off to entertain at the Florida convention.  I had the pleasure of presenting my Amazing Normondo act and had a blast with the crowd.

Harry Anderson, the beloved judge on the Comedy TV show Night Court, presented a lecture and show at the Florida State Magic Convention this fall.  He appeared on that same stage right after the show, Harry presented a unique lecture along with magical historian and card expert Jon Racherbaumer.

This lecture was a huge treat as it gave us an opportunity to see two experts discuss the history of our art and focused on the life and magic of Ted Anneman.  Harry Anderson and Jon Racherbaumer presented several amazing magic effects that were in the Anneman tradition as they discussed his methods and philosophy.   There are many approaches to the art of magic and Anneman was a lone wolf who created some diabolically mysterious and clever methods for tricks.

It’s fascinating to study and learn about the art of magic and consider the hidden methods of some of magic’s greats from the past.

Omedy Magician - Harry Anderson

This was also a very unique opportunity to hear many very funny stories told by Harry Anderson about his life in Magic.  Many years ago I enjoyed Harry Anderson’s hip and cool comedy magic when he appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Saturday Night Live and other TV appearances. He made it big as a magician and was hilarious and clever in his approach to Houdini’s strait jacket escape.

Next thing you know he was a TV star with his role as the Judge on NBC’s Night Court.  He later had another hit TV show, Dave’s World .  Most recently he owned a very successful restaurant/theater in New Orleans. This was sadly destroyed during the hurricane and never rebuilt. He and his team rode out the storm in that theater. He watched his dream fall apart and I hope someday he will be able to move forward and put together another cool spot like that.

Harry Anderson’s witty insights and amazing stories from his life in show business were a great bonus to this evening.  Show Biz, like life, has many ups and downs and it was a joy to hang out with this modern legend. Harry Allan deserves a lot of credit for putting together this fabulous convention.  Many entertainers get to meet Harry as he travels the country to represent Daytona Magic.

One Response to “Comedy and Magic At Florida State Magician’s Convention”

  1. magicnorm Says:

    Harry Anderson is a very cool guy and it was fun to work, teach and perform at this great convention in Florida.

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