Paul Debek is known as “The Trickster” in the current iteration of the deservedly world-famous touring company of The Illusionists.
The Trickster does more than comedy and magic, he essentially works as the emcee for the show. His work is discussed in today’s edition of Broadway Direct. You can read about him and The Illusionists – the Marvel or DC comics version of magicians – in the edition yourself by going here.
It is a great piece that discusses how he first got into the Art and then learned to mix in his own brand of comedy.
We were called “The Trickster” for a while also but that was a whole, non-magic situation involving alleged tools appropriate only “in a dentist office” or the “bag of a burglar.”
Long-time Inside Magic readers will no doubt recall our first album’s name was “The Bag of a Burglar.” We were sued by McDonalds for our use of the term “The Bag of a Burglar” but because we received the title by using the actual description of a police officer in the line of duty, our local court found we bore no resemblance to the McDonalds’ character who stole meat from people. Plus we didn’t sell many albums. CDs were all the rage and our vinyl records seemed out-of-place and unplayable on most CD players. (Of course we recall that Sony had a Walkman edition that could play vinyl records and CDs but we choose to omit that device from our claim because of its horrible safety record of accidental blinding or cornea scratching from out-of-control LP needles and control arms).
But enough about us. Let’s talk about you. If you are in New York, be sure to check out The Illusionists. You can learn more about the tour here. The show will be in New York at the beautifully appointed Neal Simon Theater just in time for the Holidays.