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Chad was a headliner at this years Portland Magic Jam. A few of us were able to spend time sharing tricks and ideas Saturday night until the early morning hours...

His magic is only topped by his quick wit and sense of humor (he is right up there with Malone and Williamson). He spent time with everyone who would approach him and made the event very special.

Over 30 years ago a friend of mine went to Daytona Beach Florida for Spring Break...despite all the young bikini clad college girls running around, the highlight of the trip was watching a magician performing at a local night club...my friend has reminisced about the night he saw a guy pull cards from the wall to this day. I never put two and two together that it was Chad performing that night my friend spent Spring Break in Florida until about a year ago. Watching him pull cards from the wall in person made it obvious why he made such an impact on my buddy...
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i know Chad pretty well, having performed with him at the former Malone's Magic Bar in Boca Raton Florida and at a number of special events in South Florida years ago. I do not bring this up for the sake of name-dropping, but only to take the opportunity to share what i know about Chad as a professional magician/entertainer. The incredibly smooth and eye-popping moves and routines that have at times made me want to hang up my wand, are the product of hours upon hours upon hours of relentless practice and repetition, as well as careful thought and consideration.  Although, technique-wise,  I feel like I am several light years behind Chad, he has been an inspiration for me, as I believe he should be for any magical performer.  Chad has earned every bit of greatness he exemplifies, but where he has gotten in magic is eventually within reach of those willing to put in the tremendous amount practice and performing time that he has. Same goes for the great Bill Malone. I can assure you that every clever and/or witty line that accompanies their artistry was labored over, and given a huge amount of thought and consideration.  When people make the comment about a performer in any art form, "Oh, he/she is so talented," that thing called "talent" came at a significant price - dedication, hard work, and perseverance.  I hope that someday I can even begin to measure up to performers like Chad and Bill.
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I understand he gets nervous performing in front of magicians from what someone told me.
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I think it might be true for most magicians, regardless of their skill level, to perform for their peers. What was so impressive about Chad was exactly what Magic-Aly mentioned...Chads ability reflects years of focused practice and experience. It would be hard for anyone to dislike him regardless if he did a card trick for you or not...just a really nice guy. My wife sometimes attends functions with me where large groups of magicians get together and she often seems more obsessed with the quirky personalities than she is with the magic being performed. She liked Chad because he seemed like a normal, fun loving guy who could also do a card trick without making you feel uncomfortable or obligated to watch.
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I understand he gets nervous performing in front of magicians from what someone told me.


Mark, I believe you have been misinformed by whomever said that.  The very first time I saw Chad perform was at a lecture in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  A room filled to the brim with magicians, and he absolutely destroyed!  I did not observe the slightest twinge of nervousness. (Same thing when we would session before and after gigs, Mio Rodriguez and Karl Hein, before he became well known, often worked with us, and can testify, as well).  Anyway,  I digress.  At the lecture, the very first effect Chad did was to have two cards selected and "lost" in the pack.  He then threw a card out above the heads of the audience, Ricky Jay style, except the card returned dutifully, like a boomerang, as he casually Charlier cut the deck into a two-half reception committee. I don't think I need to tell you where the card landed.   One dizzying, surrealistic hour of bedazzlement later, the magi rose to their feet in unison, and the thunderous applause reverberated loudly throughout the room for what seemed like a very long time.
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I probably was misinformed. Maybe I was told that because he has a slightly frenetic style which could give the wrong impression. I actually saw him work at a trade show in Toronto. Of course I would make anyone nervous and he actually said, "magicians make me nervous" I explained to him, "Oh, don't worry about me. I will be dead soon" He looked surprised and said, "not today, I hope"

I compared notes with him and he told me he hates the scripting that is part of the norm at trade shows and told me he never does it. I was quite pleased to see that like me he does not work on a riser or at least he didn't on that occasion. Most trade show magicians do but I don't and it gives me a bit of a complex sometimes. I am not a hundred percent sure of this but I don't think he used a microphone which I tend not to do either.

Oddly enough I do that same boomerang card trick too. Great minds think alike it seems.

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Here is Chad performing at a 2015 trade show in Atlanta:

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Ah! So he is using a microphone after all! I don't think he is working on a riser though although I can't be sure. I hope this is not more misinformation but I think I read somewhere he doesn't really like trade show work although he does a lot of it. And yes. That video confirms what he said to me that he doesn't put company messaging or scripting into his trade show work.
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Just the one time in that 5:42 clip anyhow -

"'Eight', most people say 'seven', that's good, you think outside the box, just like we do every day here at [name of company, which I couldn't make out]."  

So it certainly doesn't seem like a major concern in putting the act together.
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Yes, I did notice that but it is a generic statement that could be applied to virtually any company. Virtually every trade show magician I know puts in some marketing messages. It is interesting that Chad keeps away from it and seems to do a lot of trade show so who knows?  It would certainly save a lot of trouble and work if this concept is the case but I have yet to be convinced of it.
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I just realised that he may have used the microphone only because of the filming which required it. And the lack of marketing messages may well have been something to do with the filming too. He probably wanted to do just the tricks for that one occasion.

I watched the video carefully. I like his work very much. Very smooth and slick. And he has a very nice personality. I like fast performers as the slow ones tend to put me to sleep. However, I think it would be advisable for him to pause occasionally so that it gives time for the impact to register. When you go speedily from one phase to another without letting the magic moment register for a few seconds I think it can dilute the impact.

Having said that the magic is very good indeed.

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Here is Chad performing at a 2015 trade show in Atlanta:


That's great. Very entertaining. Technically perfect. Fast paced but not confusing. I need to get so good at remembering names. I'm lucky if I can remember one.

I'd love to see him live!
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You pretty much have to be fast paced at a trade show. 
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