"Your ability to interact with the children and make them laugh all the while keeping their attention is a testament to a true professional."

Greg, Fremont
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A recent party
Monday, 08 August 2011 08:00


Misha Wine

There's one thing that I love as much as Magic and that's a great glass of wine.  


Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to perform in San Francisco at the home of Richard and Anya Bruno.  Anya wrote me a very nice thank you note afterwards. And I want to share it with you. (See note below.)


Richard is a winemaker for his private brand, Vinum Cellars.  He also produces a wonderful Pinot Noir, called Misha.  It's named after his 6-yr. old son, Misha. Believe it or not, all the money from the sale of this wine goes to Misha's college fund.  So, is Stanford or UC Berkeley in the cards for Misha?  I guess we'll just have to wait and find out.  


Click here to visit Vinum Cellars website.   














Magic at the Bruno home











Dear Phil,

Dear Phil,

It was truly a pleasure meeting you and watching your unforgettable show! I can not thank you enough for the flawless performance, for the professional attitude and a very personal manner. We were honored to have you share your talent and experience and knowledge with us in such a small scale venue.  It was AMAZING.  Really appreciate it. Thank you.


Best, Anya




Phil voted 2011 Best Entertainer
Thursday, 28 July 2011 08:00

This week I received word that I was voted 2011 BEST PARTY ENTERTAINER in Silicon Valley.  Many thanks to all of you that voted for me.  I appreciate it.  I am excited to win for the third time over the past four years.  

The award is ''icing on the cake'' for all my hard work.  But, what's more important than winning an award is maintaining a passion to perform, creating memorable experiences, and giving people a reason to care about what I do. 


Speaking of awards, I will be competing at the Oakland Magic Circle Inter-Club Competition on Sept 6th.  I will be representing our San Jose Magic Club, The International Brotherhood of Magicians, Ring 216.  I am excited to debut my new stage act.  I've first competed at the Oakland Magic Circle back in 1983. (Wow, that was a long time ago!) 


You can also see my new act at St. Joseph's School Family Carnival on October 1st and 2nd.  This is a wonderful event.  The carnival features rides, games, live entertainment, bake sale (I always take home a cake) and great BBQ.  It's open to the public and a fun, casual atmosphere.  I will be performing a 30-minute show, ''under the big top'' at 1PM both days.  You will see some really fun routines that I developed just for the summer shows. 

Grad NIght Parties
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 08:00

It's June and that means several late nights performing my magic at High School Senior Grad Nights. Usually these events go from 12 midnight to 6 AM.  The kids are so much fun.  I love to perform a few of my personalized tricks where I make the unsuspecting person's photo appear in a magical way. They freak out.  They walk away, stop, turn back towards me, put their hand on the head with eyes bugged out and jaw dropped.  What they utter next I can't repeat, other than "WTF!".  If you have not seen my "Fuzz Ball" trick on my YouTube Channel, then you must check it out.  It's a great example of the kind of reaction I get at Senior Grad Nights. 

Here's my latest customized trick for grad parties, birthdays, anniversaries, or any occasion. 


Better than Disneyland. Wow!
Monday, 11 April 2011 08:00

It's a been a great year so far.  A very busy March and April.  Amongst all the shows I do, a kid's birthday party is so much FUN!  I love to make the kids smile and, best of all, it gives me an excuse to act like a kid again.  I've got to share this quote from a mom in Santa Clara.  

"My six year old daughter just had her birthday party featuring Phil the Magician last week and we had a blast!!  We had seen Phil a few times at the library, and in planning the party my daughter insisted that having Phil at her party is 'better than Disneyland!' She was not disappointed and neither was I. All of the kids (and parents) were thoroughly entertained."  Sonja T. Santa Clara


Tuesday, 15 March 2011 08:00

For the past couple of weeks, I have been remodeling my office in my home.  One trip to IKEA and we got everything we needed. Now I have some nice new bookcases to display my magic books and collectibles.  

The Best Stage Magician trophy I won in December is proudly displayed in my office along with several other awards I have won over the years.  I will treasure this award, because my peers bestowed it upon me.
Dad's Toy CollectionAlso, on display in my bookcase are a few antique toys from my father's collection.  My father passed away, at age 88 last October. He had quite a collection of antique toys; cast iron, tin, lead soldiers, trains and wind-up vehicles. His collection was his life.  I have many fond memories of playing with a few of them. I would join my dad on trips to antique shops, swap meets and the homes of many toy collectors' friends.    As I look at his toys on my shelf, I am reminded of my father and his love for "things of the past."  He was very proud of his toy collection.

My dad bought me my first magic book, Tarbell Course in Magic, Volume 1.  I would get a kick out of watching him gasp when I made his lit cigarette disappear in his pocket handkerchief.  During the last few year of his life, he enjoyed watching me perform my magic at his retirement home. He was always bragging to the other residents, "That's my son, he's a professional magician."

Both of my parents have passed on, but they remain in my heart. Their love has helped to shape my magic persona. On stage, my goal is to give a performance that is unique and sincere; to create memorable moments of astonishment and wonder for my audiences.  I hope that after watching my performance you feel the sense of astonishment and wonder too. 
Here's a quote I live by: "Make every performance special, because you never know when you are making a memory"

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