David Letterman 2010 Magic Week

May 22, 2010 Author: Alikzam | Filed under: magic news, magic videos

Intro to magic week:

Monday- Magician Jason Randal

Tuesday – Magician John Carney

Wednesday – Johnny Ace Palmer

Thursday – Magician Steve Cohen

Friday – Magician Michael Ammar

Westbank Rotary Times

Apr 6, 2010 Author: Alikzam | Filed under: Leif David in the news

The Westbank Rotary included an article about me winning the Young Entrepreneur award in this months newsletter. Thanks again to the rotary for sponsoring this award!

Article: Westbank Rotary Times April, 2010 (PDF)

Cupcasions Easter Event

Mar 31, 2010 Author: Alikzam | Filed under: misc. neat things

Here’s a fun event for the kids on Easter weekend.

Saturday April 3rd
Calling all SWEET kids to come out and Build your own Easter cupcake!
Come Visit Us At Cupcasions for some Easter Fun
Admission $5
Times: 10am, 11am, 12pm, or 1pm
BOOK WITH US TODAY! 250-860-3690


What Easter Surprise Will You find?
You could win a free cupcake, a toy, stickers, candy and more

The Essential Magic Conference

Mar 23, 2010 Author: Alikzam | Filed under: magic news

Cooooool. I’m certainly going to “attend” this convention. Its gonna be awesome. Great line-up too! I guess its easy to get the greats to attend when they don’t even have to leave home.

Award Nominations

Feb 7, 2010 Author: Alikzam | Filed under: Leif David in the news

Friday was a great day. In just one day I was nominated for the Okanagan Arts Awards (article from the Capital News below), and also the KEY Business Awards in Young Entrepreneur and also Home Based Business! Wish me luck at the awards. :)

Tape measure tricks

Jan 30, 2010 Author: Alikzam | Filed under: misc. neat things

Not actual tape measure “tricks” but more of a stunt. The fake enthusiasm makes me think that this took a lot of takes.

I imagine these coin tossing videos took a lot of takes too 😛

Lance Burton Date

Jan 20, 2010 Author: Alikzam | Filed under: magic videos

Oh Lance Burton, You’re so smooth with the ladies.

Blogging, new year, and random thoughts

Jan 18, 2010 Author: Alikzam | Filed under: magic videos, personal news

More and more I’m thinking about this blog and what its purpose will become over the next year, or two years, or five years. With the social media landscape being completely different now than it was a year ago. How will people continue to share information with each other?

I’m getting more and more of the viral videos and updates from Facebook , and more of my articles and research through RSS. For now I’m going to continue using both this blog and my facebook account to keep people updated.

Right now I’m using facebook to post things that don’t necessarily have a long ‘information lifespan’, and instead use the blog where I want to post content that I think should stick around for longer. Plus the blog acts like a personal diary rather than just a string of updates. Something I can look back on to see what things were like. There’s only a few of you who read this blog whenever I make updates, and most of the traffic comes from the long-tail of google search results.

For those of you who do read my blog, thank you for giving me the gift of your time! I will continue to blog in 2010, though its certainly going to take a back seat to all the other exciting things I have planned.

PS: Here’s a cool magic video I found on youtube last night. (Skip to 40 seconds in)

Shawn Farquhar on Ellen

Jan 15, 2010 Author: Alikzam | Filed under: magic videos

Here’s the segment for those who missed it on TV today.

Trick: How to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew

Jan 14, 2010 Author: Alikzam | Filed under: misc. neat things

Here’s a neat “trick” I found for the adults out there. Here’s another way you can open up a wine bottle without a corkscrew. All you need is a shoe… and a wall…

Very cool. I’m going to have try that out sometime. Even if I do have a corkscrew.

Stage Fright

Jan 14, 2010 Author: Alikzam | Filed under: misc. neat things

It isn’t very often these days where I get nervous before performing. There’s always those little minute jitters there where you worry if everything is setup properly, or if that new routine or joke will go over as well as you hope. But there are lots of people out there who suffer some such debilitating stage fright for even the smallest of presentations. In this day it seems there’s a drug to cure just about anything- even stage fright. There are “beta blocker” medications on the market that can reduce anxiety when giving a presentation! It just seems like something out of the future… I guess it is 2010 after-all. The problem is these “beta blockers” can cause a slew of other problems that sound quite nasty… For the average person you’re just going to have to suck it up and give the presentation with those shakes and sweaty palms.

Copperfield Accusations Vanish

Jan 13, 2010 Author: Alikzam | Filed under: magic news

Two years ago a woman accused David Copperfield of doing un-gentlemen like things to her while she visited David’s private island. The only problem is this woman had a history of claiming these things against famous and rich people. Well, after two years its being reported that the charges have been dropped. Its so sad that some sick woman is able to drag somebody’s name through the mud like that. Glad to hear that the whole thing is finally settled.

The comments on the article that I linked to have some pretty funny jokes. I wonder if this story will hit the late-night joke circuit? The jokes practically write themselves on this one.