Thursday, May 11, 2017

#TheWagsters

Well we're already almost halfway through May so summer is almost here! We're about to kick it into full gear with shows and we're already doing lots of intense rehearsals and prep for 3 big shows for us. So I wanted to give you guys the run down how you can see us this summer.

As most of you have heard by now because the January showing of "An Evening of Magic" went over so well, The Calvin Gilmore Theatre has decided to make our show one of their regular in house shows and we are so excited! The name has been changed to "Pure Magic" because well the shows won't always be in the evening and the new name just sounds cooler. They kick off on Memorial day weekend, the day after my birthday, May 27th! We have 5 scheduled through the summer and we will continue to do Thunder & Light as always.


Our next big show prep is for returning to the Sea Mist resort for the 4th year and we are super excited to have moved up our show to the ballroom this year! Due to popular demand and always having to turn away guests we are now in a room that can hold close to 400 and it has a much bigger stage. On that stage we will be premiering some brand new magic that we can't wait to share with you guys! I'm FINALLY going to float! Well in our show for the first time. (I assisted someone else with a levitation) I'm thrilled we finally have our dream routine coming together! 
It has hands down been the most difficult illusion I have yet to learn and I know all of our hard work is going to pay off. Brandon has had the idea of this routine for years and with the help of some awesome people it's finally going to be a reality. We officially got back my first ever custom costume from our new costumer on Tuesday and it is simply stunning! What started out as such a plain ugly dress truly turned into something magical in our designer's hands. And this will be our second routine we are getting officially choreographed by someone other than us. That rehearsal is on Saturday and I know it's going to take this all to the next level!
Another thing we will be really premiering is having an animal in our act. As adorable and talented as Luna is, she has some separation anxiety we still have to work though so she doesn't cry backstage while waiting to come on. Our new little star is Pippin, short for Mary Pippins, and honestly I don't think I've ever been so proud of an animal. She's a 3 year old parakeet and we have worked SO hard with her. From when we first got her last year from really an unsocialized situation and her not wanting to be handled at all, to her letting us kiss and love on her and not minding at all doing her magic trick. Actually she loves it. We added in some parakeet sounds at one point in the track of music for when she appears and she literally goes crazy. Pippin gets so excited because she knows it's her song. We can't wait for you to meet her! Pictured with her is our newest addition Olaf, but goodness that handful could have a blog post all on his own so we won't get into that today.


Then we have our library tour kicking off. Probably our favorite type of outside shows are our library gigs. We have so much fun traveling around the state performing at summer reading programs for families. They are always super well attended and we have a lot of kids who come back to see us every year because we're lucky enough to have some awesome repeat clients. This year's theme has been a little harder for us because it's about construction but next year's theme is music and I am pumped! I was actually studying music in school when magic came into my life and changed it forever but music is still such a passion of mine so I'm excited to do a show themed around it. I'm planning to buy some new instruments this summer and hopefully I can work in one for the show along with my flute.


We're super late to the game but we're really trying to get better on board with social media. It's so important in this time and we have to work more on it. I finally got all our social media handles matching. Don't know why I didn't think to do that sooner. It's @thewagstersmagic by the way. Hint, hint. I'm going to start being better about updating on here for those of you who take the time to always read these word tornadoes. And we're also started a travel vlog, we posted one last month and people went crazy, so yes we will be doing more! We just got our new fancy camera for it in today! Our website is currently under a major over haul. Well you can't see that, because the chaos is not live but we can't wait to share the new one when it's finished. We found a new photographer and graphics guy so we now have a new photoshoot and logo and pretty much just everything. We kind of started over again but fresh starts are a great thing sometimes.


So I guess the overall theme of this post is we have LOTS of new stuff going on! We always love to release sneak peeks and first looks on different outlets we have on social media and we don't post the same things in every place. Please make sure to go follow us and to all the people who do choose to keep up with our crazy on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, etc. thank you! And especially to everyone who attends our shows, you're the reason we get to follow our dreams and make them a reality. Your support means the world to us and we love creating magic memories with all of you!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

An Evening of Magic

Happy New Year! Well guys it's official, Christmas is over. We finished our 79 shows and while we are pretty jealous the rest of the cast is getting to go on vacation for the break, we are thankful for this new opportunity that is taking up our break time.
Super exciting news, if you haven't heard already... we're doing a full show for the first time at the theatre we call home! In 2 weeks at 7 PM we will do our 75 minute illusion show featuring brand new material.
So you guys better come so all this working out, eating super healthy, and rehearsing isn't going to waste because it's pretty exhausting haha. You should see our house, there are magic props EVERYWHERE. I usually have a rule that it all needs to stay in the office or garage but right now I'm having to make an exception. So our dining room table is being used as a prop table, our coffee table is a closeup table, and the subtrunk is just chilling in entryway. The rest of the illusions are still in the garage thankfully because their wheels can't spin on the carpet. Well atleast not as fast as Brandon wants to whip me around in the illusion.
On top of rehearsing we are trying to get new costumes together so it's been a lot of back and forth to the tailor's and Michael's to get rhinestones. You always need more rhinestones. Sparkles galore.
Concentration Face
Here's three frequently asked questions we have been getting for the show:
Is this a one time only thing?
As of this moment it's our first time trying out this show at the theatre but we never know what the future holds.
Is it family friendly?
I don't know why people keep asking us this question, we've been performing the same way for years. Yes we have been and always will be family friendly.
Can we wait to buy tickets at the door?
Well I mean you could if you really wanted to but we highly advise against it. It is theatre seating so you must buy where your seats are, so if you want good seats, buy early!
We sincerely hope you'll come out and join us for a fun evening in just 2 short weeks! We promise we are working super hard to give you the best show we possibly can and we can't wait to see you there! You can purchase tickets by calling 843-913-4441 or by visiting this link
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=40429&pid=8381605
Thank you always for the continued support everyone! We love you guys!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Ding Dong Merrily on High & The Witch is Dead

First off, it's Christmas! How did this year fly by so fast? We've been super busy with this year's Christmas shows. Our new trick has been going over great and we're definitely getting it worked in and comfortable with it and what all can go wrong. You do it enough, you will definitely figure it out. One of my least favorite occurrences ever in magic so far happened this past month with the new trick. There was a freaking bug in the box. So yeah, now I check the box with a flashlight in all corners before I get in.
While we have thoroughly enjoyed performing this Christmas version of our new illusion, we can't wait to finally perform the regular version. It will be a dramatic show opener for us and we are super excited!
Speaking of new illusions, we just got our two newest ones this month!
We got our original designed illusion that we are hoping to share with everyone very soon. It's one that a friend has been suggesting we get for years and once we finally came up with a unique presentation we liked we decided to order it. It's so gorgeous and definitely our new favorite baby. We finished choreographing it last week and have been showing it off for some opinions and it's gotten great responses so far. And it gave me my most unique bruise to date.
New illusion in it's shipping crate. It's a secret ;) 
Then we got an illusion that we both have wanted for quite a while. Hint, it's helping me defy gravity for the first time! The title of this blog is also a hint. So wicked fun but much harder than we both anticipated. I literally cannot wait to get this illusion completed. Fun fact, I'm super terrified of heights so rehearing this illusion has been extremely difficult for me. I'm trying to keep my cool but I'm definitely crying on the inside every time I'm in the air. And I got bruises in interesting places from the first couple days of rehearsing it. I swear all I do is get bruises with this job.

This month was also Luna's 2nd Birthday! We can't believe how grown up our baby girl is! She's almost completed her 2nd training class and she'll be back in the shows next year. We are hoping to get her appearance built soon. Today she learned where her "place" is on stage and the commands Dance and Play Dead. She's so smart and we can't wait to show everyone what all she has learned over the past few months. Luna also, thankfully, has discovered she LOVES illusions. Her favorite person is a magician friend of ours named Caleb Alexander and he's been letting her play in his illusion and she has loved every second of it. She truly is a magic dog!

I'm super happy to say yesterday we had our last matinee Christmas show at the theatre so things will finally slow down just a little bit. It's not too late to come see the show though. We will continue it until January 1st so make sure you come see The Christmas Show of the South! You can purchase tickets through here:
http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchaseorgid=40429&schedule=list&group_id=620339

 Merry Christmas Y'all!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

New Boxes

Guys it's almost Halloween! First off, Yay because it's my favorite holiday! Second, holy crap didn't this year just start?! Like we start Christmas rehearsals next week. Yep, you read that right. Christmas. And I've only blogged once all year. Because I suck.
It's honestly just been crazy, but crazy in a good way. In the late spring we got a business/life coach and it's drastically changed the way we are doing everything. If you haven't already done this, I highly suggest it! 
Then came summer where we don't eat or sleep. We did 50 something shows, did our normal library tours, and broke in new material and our new illusion. Then we bought ANOTHER illusion. Which is premiering next month in the Christmas shows. We should hopefully perfect that after doing it 73 times in the next 2 months.

This was actually one of the first times this was performed so it kinda looks nothing like this anymore
Guys this never happens. We went 5 years without new illusions. Now we have 2 new ones for this year and we are about to send in an order for another! This box jumper is so happy!
Why can we do this? Because we made the decision last November that we were sick of debt and so we worked on butts off and in April we officially became debt free. It's so nice to now be online and say "Oh look here's a great deal on an illusion, cool let's buy it!" No guilt. It's awesome.

This is the new illusion for the Christmas show, it just won't be this version
This newest illusion we are about to get I'm pretty sure is about to become my new favorite. We've had a friend in magic bugging us for years to get it and we finally came up with a unique presentation that we've never seen anyone else do before. And I finally will get to show off my special trick during this routine. I've literally been waiting 6 years to find an excuse to do this on stage and I'm so dang excited. No, I won't give hints. Gotta wait and see.
With having a business coach she's really trying to help us shape our characters and who we want to come across as on stage. Creating new magic together is helping so much. Like it's not just the magic Brandon created pre Hannah. The Wagsters are creating it. We're really going to try to play off of our marriage. Our characters onstage will be us offstage, you know just a little more sparkly.
We have so many new routines that we can't wait to finally get worked in the show. We also dusted back off my old vanishing bandana routine after like 4 years since so many people asked for it to come back. 
Yes, it's a Christmas photo. From like 5 years. It's all I could find of this trick.
Then after summer we moved into a house. Guys, a freaking house. No more apartment. Adulting. We have a garage to workshop in and practice the illusions without having to travel to a warehouse. It's so much better. Like the other day we needed to practice the new illusion and we just walked in the garage at like midnight to practice. Box jumping day and night.
Next came a hurricane with evacuations. Y'all trying to protect our illusions in 3 different places when we knew we had to leave town was SO stressful. We were very blessed nothing was ruined and we returned to our house standing with minimal damage. Others were sadly not so lucky.
So yeah it's been a different year but definitely a growing year. Our business is growing, our show is growing, we got a house, and our family grew a little bigger (we got a parakeet haha). 
Oh and now Luna is going through some classes with a trainer so we are hoping to get our little girl ready to start traveling with us. It's been a long time since she's done a show with us!

Here's some Luna derp
Opps almost forgot! What are you guys planning to be for Halloween? I love hearing about costumes! We are going to be Shawn and Jules from Psych!


Well just wanted to keep you guys in the loop and I promise I'll get better about this. Thanks for reading and believing in the magic!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Long Time No Blog

So I think my last post was in November? Life happens. So quite a few things have happened since then...

I'm proud to say we finished all 80 shows at Christmas without any major accidents, that's always a plus. With illusions you just never know. I would say the year wound down quietly and the new year started the same but we were still doing shows until January 2nd. The longer I've been in entertainment the less I like Christmas music because we hear it a LOT.

We updated our website but didn't announce it for some reason. Doesn't really matter though because it's about to be completely overhauled. We are trying all new marketing. Learning search engine optimization soon and hopefully doing our promo video this week. I know, I've literally been saying that for 5 years but seriously it's got to be done.

Along with the marketing we are completely updating the promo/merch as well. We're keeping our graphics guy, Andrew, busy for sure. Since we haven't really shared any of that stuff yet I figured I'd share our new magic kit design with you guys.
Let's see what else has happened?... We started a fun part time job with a business here called The Character Company. We get paid to dress up and bring magic into people's lives in a different way than usual. I'm learning a lot about makeup and having so much doing it. This company also hires mermaids which is actually how I got the job thanks to my mermaid shoot I did last year for my birthday. I'm most excited about finally owning my own tail soon! I'll be doing some magic as a mermaid and can't wait to see what all we come up with for that.
Most recently, as in this past Saturday, I finally got to levitate for the first time! Don't ask me why it's taken this long because honestly I don't know. I actually performed it with That Magic Kid, Colin Eleazar at our IBM ring's club show. It was super fun but considering I hadn't done it before I was definitely sore the next day. Essential oils are a my hero as a magic assistant.

We also introduced some new/new again magic into our shows. I started Vanishing Bandanna again after 4 years. It always stole the show but the trick just needed a break and some revamping but I'm pleased it's back in. Brandon finally learned the Torn & Restored Newspaper and has a great routine. I've been super proud of watching him put this together. And finally we added a new illusion in. We've only performed it 4 times so far but it's not quite completed. Still waiting on costumes to come in, make the bottom fabric blue, and then paint an umbrella but I can't wait until it's a finished product!
Well this blog has been super random but trying to catch everyone up to speed since I've been kinda quiet lately. I promise I won't wait this long before I blog again. Be on the lookout for something extra special we are about to announce that's getting added to our show!

Thunder & Light is in full swing again so we hope to see you soon at The Calvin Gilmore Theatre!