Blog 2017-02-09T22:50:09+00:00

Magic with the Symphony

Trading Places with the Maestro - Encore! This past April I created a fun routine involving me and the Maestro of the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra for their fundraiser gala.  Well... we get to reprise our roles again this summer at the Los Altos Summer Concert Series at Hillview Park, adjacent to [...]

May 10, 2017|

Sunday Night Magic Dinner Theater Takes a Break

  It was a wonderful 4 years bringing the best of magic to the South Bay at Morocco's Restaurant. All good things come to an end, but I'll be looking for a new venue showcase Bay Area talent.     In the past 4 years, we enjoyed comedians, magicians, actors, [...]

May 1, 2017|

Phil Ackerly – Beyond Magic

Read an article about me that appeared in the January 6-12, 2017 issue of Santa Clara Weekly. See it here.

January 17, 2017|

Looking back at 2016

Looking back at 2016 and counting my blessings. I've been gone from this blog for sometime, but don't worry I'm still here. The last 6 months had me extremely busy.  Here's a quick look back at 2016. The year started out with repeat bookings for several clients.  My dinner theater [...]

January 6, 2017|

A Night of Comedy & Magic

Over 100 guests showed up on a Tuesday night in November at Sunnyvale's Rooster T Feathers comedy club to enjoy magic, comedy and sword swallowing and all for a great cause.  This was my 2nd annual fundraiser for the South Bay Blue Star Moms.  When the dust settled we had [...]

December 12, 2016|

Mountain View Dinner Theater Continues this Fall

Two dates are scheduled at Morocco's Restaurant for my next dinner shows with some very special guests. And look for a very special fundraiser event that I am producing in November to support our troops.

August 25, 2016|

Who is your Hero?

As a young boy, I idolized sports figures. Willie McCovey and Mike McCormick of the San Francisco Giants were my heroes. I would go out in the back yard and emulate Willie's batting stance. I'd put on my glove and copy McCormick's wind-up and delivery. I guess I felt a connection, [...]

November 9, 2015|

Time Sure Flies…

Those who find me online have reviewed my website and read my blogs.  Of all the past blog postings, this is the one that seems to resonates with them.  I try hard to live in the moment each day. (Yoga practice helps and so does working out at the gym.)  Here's [...]

February 27, 2015|

3 Fun Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine's Day is here! If you were hoping to make plans, but haven't gotten around to it, here's a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing. Salsa Dancing You don't have to watch "Dancing with the Stars" to know that salsa is super sexy. Work off your Valentine's Day dinner [...]

February 14, 2015|

A Look Back at 2014

I hope everyone had a great holiday. In 2014, I entertained thousands of fans at corporate events, private parties and public shows. I want to share some of my favorite moments. Next month I'll be returning to Morocco's in Mountain View in February with a special guest performer. Hope to [...]

January 2, 2015|

22 years ago

Twenty-two years ago today, I received my lay off notice at Fujitsu Microelectronics, Inc. in San Jose, CA.  I worked as a product marketing engineer for 8 years.  Little did I know how my life would pan out from there. Our son, Scott was only 10 months old, my wife [...]

August 5, 2014|

7 Critical Things to Keep in Mind When Hiring an Entertainer

Albert Einstein once said,  “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.” I’ve given thousands of performances over the past 30 years. I’ve saved clients headaches and heartaches with some simple advice to help them in the planning stages. Here are 7 things to keep in mind [...]

March 7, 2014|