Yesterday was Ed Alonzo Day at the Magic Double-Wide we call home here in Mystic Hollow, Michigan.
We were cruising the web and getting up to date on all things magic when we read Inside Magic Favorite, Ed Alonzo will create the magic for Michael Jackson’s 50-date run in London.
Wow, that says a lot for both Ed Alonzo and Michael Jackson.
Ed Alonzo is famous within the world of magic, but is not yet a household name like David Copperfield, Li’l Tom Hardy, or Criss Angel.
Plus, he seems profoundly normal and decent. There were no rumors of his dating or not dating Britney Spears either before or during his current employment with the bombshell that is Ms. Spears.
The postman came by and made some comments about our need to cut back on the magic magazines if we ever hoped to get out of debt. He held three of our magic journals in one hand and a stack of bills in the other.
We thanked him for his unsolicited advice, slightly whistling through our broken incisor at just the right pitch to summon our playful pit bull – Doberman mix, Big Tom.
There is no accounting for taste. Michael Jackson has dropped David Copperfield from his upcoming London shows because Mr. Copperfield was “too expensive.”
We are not sure what that says about the rates charged by Criss Angel.
According to Mr. Jackson’s press people, Mr. Copperfield wanted to charge the gloved-one $1 million a show.
Actually, that seems pretty reasonable. You have to figure that every day he is with Mr. Jackson, Mr. Copperfield is missing out on performing in his own show. Plus, he has to perform with Mr. Jackson. That’s got to be worth a cool million.
According to the South African paper The Sun: “Michael was excited about working with David, but they fell out over money. Michael’s delighted to have Criss on board – not least ‘cos he costs less!”
This is probably not exactly the same but reminds us of how steamed we get when we are underbid for a show by one of our fellow magic club members. Mr. Copperfield and Criss Angel have two entirely different approaches to magic. It is hard to believe Mr. Jackson sees the two as fungible elements of his show.