New Headshots

Yes, that’s right. I need them. Well, I don’t really NEED them, as I want them. I took an acting job so that I could earn them, as I was being paid in kind. What kind, you ask? I’ll let you decide.

On an ordinary day during the week, I’d be sitting at home writing, or creating, or more likely, pondering.  Musing is also a choice, and I’ll still get to do that on my way to the studio. “Hey, Mike!!! Why don’t you just take a selfie? That’s what all the kids are doing!!!”

I’m a professional actor. That’s why. Thanks for asking. I have a lovely parting gift for you.  That’s right. I’ve embraced my inner game show host.  I once played a game show host in an ‘SC student film, back when I was doing the student film thing. I should probably get back into that, however like I said, I’m a professional.

I should be paid.

I like money. There’s a song in Cabaret; Money Makes The World Go Round.  No more of this paid in kind work. Of course, being hypocritical, I won’t hesitate to ask you to work for free in my next festival entry. I’d like to think that I can raise upwards of $50K a month in order to make these things, however everyone else I know is doing the same thing.

This is what I get for being in show business.

I just saw something that said I have 81 characters remaining. That must be the headline limit, as I’m typing away, and the 81 hasn’t gone down any.

To continue, or proceed, or more likely, advance the plot, I realize it’s a business, and my only goal is to make enough with the current project in order to yes, you guessed it, make the next one.

Supporting the family is a good idea while doing that as well.  This is the part I haven’t solved yet; I need to be able to do both at the same time, which is why I haven’t made any lately.

The good news is that things are looking up.

I do have the capability of raising funds on one of those sites that allows for crowdfunding, however as previously stated, everyone else is doing that too.

So, I leave you with the above conundrum, while I solve for the following: x=x+1.

72 and sunny in Redondo Beach.

That’s my story. Hope you enjoyed it. Soon to be a major motion picture.™

Disclaimer: I know that x can never equal x+1. It’s just a line of code I wrote ages ago when I used to write lines of code.


What does one voice mean?



Recently I’ve been challenge with a question. What does my one voice mean? Nelson Mandela is a perfect inspiration to answer this nagging question. His one voice change hatred and injustice and brought a light to many oppressed people. Did he ever ask himself what his voice means or did he just refuse to accept the silence in the crowd?

I am struggling with this question today. Does my voice matter? If it were silenced by myself or another would it matter? Do I make a difference in the sea of humanity who use silence as their language choice? I’ve tried to silence my own voice and today still dwell on it. Does my voice matter in the sea of silence when the problems are heard right in front of your eyes?

This is dedicated to many great men in my life. My father, my brothers, my son and TJ…

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The Correct Answer Is…

All my life. As this is not Jeopardy, I’ll give you the question: How long have you been acting? As I’ve touched on before elsewhere, I’ve fully embraced the Shakespeare quote, “All the world’s a stage…” etc.

Whether you’re in the industry, or even the business we call show, or not, it’s imperative that you embrace the fact that you are indeed for the most part, acting. You could be acting up, or out, or even re- but make sure you know that you are in fact, being observed.

I know this may sound like morning pages, as opposed to mourning pages, however, one, it’s the afternoon, and B) I’ve thought a lot about this today, based on these are the words you are reading, put in some semblance of order, and extemporized here for your pleasure.

Now, what brings you here, and more importantly, me here today is the need to acknowledge that I may have more experience in my areas of expertise, simply because I’ve been on the planet longer, and we have roughly the same level of ability to accumulate information at similar rates. This may be why I started in the industry as an actor, however, I’ve added writer, director, producer and even magician to my resumé.

I inherited that last one, but that’s probably a story for another time, on an entirely different blog.  Image

I’ve achieved various levels of success, which can be read about at my site devoted to all things 168 Project. If you go there, be sure to come back and comment here as well.

This may goto the part where people believe they can be only one thing, however, as someone that I respect once told me, you can be more than one thing at once. Which is why some may refer to me as a filmmaker.

I made a choice this 168 season to put myself in front of the camera, simply because I believe that’s where I was led. This may create an article at the aforementioned site, that I linked to previously.  Not sure yet.

I’m not sure that I’ve hit my artificial word count yet, so, I’ll continue. A magician is truly an actor, playing the part of a magician, and the converse may be true, as all of the above disciplines goto the art of illusion. Some of my older readers may remember the logline for the original Superman movie, “You will believe a man can fly.” Lot’s of visual effects work later, we did. This includes the various incarnations of Superman as a live action TV series, as well as the sequels that came and went.

Unless they’ve been able to hire an actor that can fly that I don’t know about. In any case, how many remember the TV series from the 50’s, when the villains would attempt to shoot Superman? The bullets would harmlessly bounce off, and when they ran out of bullets, they’d throw the empty gun at him.

And then, he’d duck!!!

Doesn’t make sense, does it.

All I know is, that most superpowers have been demonstrated on screen, or in print, and there’s a VFX guy out there that can reproduce them.

However, you have to be able to imagine that they exist, by writing about them first.

Which may answer another question entirely, that I’ll put to you: If you could have any superpower imaginable, what would it be, and why?



9 Persons, 9 Hours, 9 Doors and Virtue’s Last Reward are being ported! —

After the chilling and thrilling conclusion to the Zero Escape Series Zero Time Dilemma it has been announced that its first two chapters are being released on other devices. 999 which previously released on the Nintendo DS and later IOS is presumably being released on Steam. I would also assume that Virtue’s Last Reward will […]

via 9 Persons, 9 Hours, 9 Doors and Virtue’s Last Reward are being ported! —


Magic is Everywhere

As I proceed to create 5-7 minutes of dynamite stand-up magicomedy, I find it almost impossible to do so, as I have a repertoire of conservatively 2 hours that I could perform if I had the wherewithal.

Elsewhere you can find that there are four types of legerdemain, however so that you don’t have to go away never to return;

  1. Closeup
  2. Parlor
  3. Stage, and finally
  4. For Camera

The last is the kind you see on your everyday TV shows, movies, YouTube videos, etc. wherein you say to yourself, “How’d he do that?”

As someone whose a little more familiar with magic than most, I can elaborate on the other 3 forms in order to further explain my dilemma.


An intimate gathering of friends and family get together and someone asks The Magician among you to perform. In this case, that would be me, and I do  have about 20 or 30 minutes of cards and coin magic that I could perform. I was once put on the spot by a good friend who asked me to perform for his company as I was there in a client capacity. Don’t let this happen to you! One coin trick in that atmosphere would probably be sufficient. You’ll probably be in front of no more than 20 or 30 people in this case.  If they don’t have to move around to look over the shoulder of those in front of them, you probably should be performing in the


Wherein the next size up of illusions is required. You’re still the same magician amongst the crowd, however in this case you’ve probably been asked to perform ahead of time. You’ve brought your props, and maybe the size of the crowd has even doubled or tripled.

On several occasions I’ve been asked to perform in this capacity with a larger crowd of about two to three hundred.  Understand that depending on the location and the audience, you’ll be able to get away with most of what you’ve created for this type of act, however, they may want to see the big illusion that takes place on a


Here’s where it gets tricky, no pun intended.  You’ve probably seen the bigger illusions performed on TV specials in the past, and it is those that you may even be able to perform, however storage of the large props is an issue. Don’t let this become an entire subscription. If you’re capable of performing the large illusion, you’ve probably already figured out how to do it, and where to store the various and sundry props involved, and how to get them from point A to point B, and back again.

An aside about musical accompaniment: If you’re in a foreign country performing, you have this.  You may not speak their language, and surprisingly the converse is also true.  Don’t let your Harvard education goto your head.  If no one understands you and what you’re doing, maybe they’re at least listening to the music in the background. For yourself, you may also time your routine to the music in order to make the magic either more dramatic or funnier.

For Camera

This is the 21st Century as of this writing, and you’re going to be recorded both visually and audibly whether you want to be or not.  You may ask the crowd to not take pictures or use flash photography, however there’s always one in every crowd that will ignore you, and if you’re in a venue, there’s probably video surveillance as well.

As a professional magician, I’ve solved most of the above problems. They say that a magician is an actor playing the part of a magician, however, no one knows who they are. Well, I do, but I’ve written about them elsewhere.

I firmly believe that an actor is a magician, playing the part of an actor. I’ve solved my above problem stated at the beginning while writing this missive, therefore I ask you the home viewer, studio audience, or whatever you refer to yourselves in the 21st century:  What do you think?

Hope to see you tonight!

Clean Jokes for Toastmasters

What do you get when you cross an atheist with a Jehovah’s Witness? Someone who knocks on your door for no reason…. I plainly admit that I stole that one, however I had the writer’s permission….

Joanne Guidoccio


Comedians are master public speakers. I am amazed at how they smoothly transition from one funny anecdote to another, using no notes or lectern. Definitely worth watching for inspiration and hopefully, some imitation.

At your next Toastmasters meeting, consider using one of the following jokes.


A man walking along a California beach was deep in prayer. He looked upward and spoke out loud, “Lord, grant me one wish.”

Suddenly the sky clouded above his head and in a booming voice the Lord said, “Because you have had the faith to ask, I will grant you one wish.”

The man said, “Build a bridge to Hawaii, so I can drive over anytime I want to.”

The Lord said, “Your request is very materialistic. Think of the logistics of that kind of undertaking: the supports required to reach the bottom of the Pacific, the concrete and steel it would take. I…

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Tip of the Day #29: Hall H and the Wristband System

I’m adding my thoughts here. I’m still trying to get into Hall H for the first time since it was built. What are my odds?

Crazy 4 Comic Con

Wonder WomanWiththe official return of the Wristband Systemfor Hall H announced yesterday, attendees have been planning and plotting how to ensure their entrance into Hall H. Probably one of the most common questions that I am getting inundated with is how to guarantee gettinginto this room! By now you should have been able to go over the procedure of the wristband distribution as stated on the CCI Toucan Blog. If you were here last year, the wristband system was quite the change to the normal ‘running of the bulls’ associated with lining up (and camping out) for Hall H. Overall, I think the additions made to this system are good. I haven’t heard nearly as much groaning as last year and I think fans are pleased the the process is getting more streamlined. However, with any system there comes challenges or more questions. Here are some of my suggestions to…

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