I have learned every one of Billy McComb’s tricks. Ok… NOBODY has learned them all… Billy seemed to know everything about magic, magicians, and entertaing.
One of the best parts of my career was working the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, California. I did one show with Billy in the audience, and made a point of making sure about 95% of my show was from one of his books. It was very cool for me… I hope it was for him as well.
I have a photo of Billy and I on my office wall…I can see it now…
I just learned that Billy passed away recently. It was a huge loss for magic and magicians everywhere. It was a loss for me.
I’ll miss you, Billy McComb.
Last Friday I was invited to be a motivational speaker for the Merced, California Child Support Enforcement Agency. Their folks have been working hard.
Like so many other government agencies (especially in California) they are doing more with less. A few years ago, they lost some of their staff from budget cuts (sounds like California) and there morale took a huge hit from which it still hasn’t recovered. Add to it the fact that their clients are people who are also suffering; they are not the type of clients that tend to say, “thanks.”
So they needed a break. they needed to laugh. And they needed somebody from the outside to come in and show them the other side of the coin; show them that although their life at work is indeed very difficult, there are still so many things for which to be thankful. There are still many things that are very funny.
My impression, after doing to extended keynote presentations was that this group… rocks! They have a ton of good people, people who care deeply about their job and the families they are helping. These are people who are good at their jobs and deserve a smile.
I was totally flattered to meet and work with them.
Thanks for having me in, Merced! You rock! Ride that Pony.
I have a favor to ask of you, Merced: what was the one or two things that stuck with you? What was your “ah ha” from our keynote on Friday? What stood out for you? Would you comment below?
Thanks so much!