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Harry performs magic at TWO Casinos at the Same Time!

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While I was performing at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City one week, I got a call from the Vice President of Entertainment at Trump Castle Casino Hotel with a frantic call saying, “Foster Brooks didn’t show up — can you do the show tonight?” I had just stepped out of the shower and was dripping wet. I had performed my act at Trump Castle for an eight-week engagement just a few months earlier, so not only did the V.P. of Entertainment know that my act was strong and consistent, but the stage techs already knew the cues to my show! Trump Castle has a wonderful “Vegas Style” showroom and as much as I wanted to do the show, I was already contracted to emcee and present a 30-minute show at the Tropicana Hotel on the other side of town. “We already know that,” the Vice President continued, “…but we only need 15 minutes. If we can time your performance to happen between your sets at the Trop, would you do it?” I thought about it. The Tropicana is on the Boardwalk and Trump Ca…

Political Entertainment

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Watching these political debates makes me realize that I’ve had some very interesting political experiences being a magician… In Houston, I have performed fundraising events for Mayor Bill White and fundraising events with First Lady Barbara Bush. On the national stage, I presented exclusive dinner entertainment for Vice President Walter Mondale’s Presidential fundraiser. After one particularly surprising trick, he smiled at me and said “Hey — We need more of your Magic in Washington! While performing for six months in Bal Harbour, Florida, the Mayor of Miami Beach surprised me by presenting me with “The Key to the City of Miami Beach” which hangs proudly in my office right now. One night during that six-month run, Speaker of the House “Tip” O’Neill was in the theater audience and after the show, he wanted to meet me and the big, fun guy that he is gave me a good slap on the back while we laughed about the show. But my favorite memory was on a very exclusive cruise ship in Europe whe…

A Lecture Unlike Any Other…

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Years ago I was asked to present a show and “lecture” for Johnson & Johnson. I presented the lecture after my show and it dealt with how people perceive magic and how people are fooled.  It was fun and it was a hit (people mentioned it to me years later)… but I put the lecture aside for years and didn’t give it much thought. After many years, my wife encouraged me to resurrect the lecture.  I took the few notes I had (I save everything!) and developed it into an even more fascinating lecture called “The Perfection of Deception” a talk and PowerPoint presentation about magicians who changed history. I began by presenting the lecture — first at civic groups, then on cruise ships, and then — even though I am a professional entertainer, I joined “Toastmasters” where I tore apart the speech and rewrote it improving the speech by adding more and more information to the presentation and watched it get amazing reactions. Don’t think you can be surprised by a lecture? Did you know that Hou…

A “Modern Wizard”

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There are a few books that I am mentioned in — many of them are “technical books” on magic; one non-fiction book about a producer who I worked with that was murdered in a high profile case; a biography of Bob Fosse (When Bob Fosse died he left $60,000 for a “party” for his friends — I was one of the entertainers at his wake!); and a compendium of magic in which I am listed as one of today’s “Modern Wizards” in a book by James Randi called “Conjuring”… (By the way — “Alfie The Wonderdog” is the West Highland Terrier in the photo below who traveled around the world with us entertaining in casinos and aboard cruise ships around the world!)
(Reprinted with permission)

Above: The Playboy Clubs gave Harry Maurer his start in magic, and now he is a Las Vegas and Atlantic City regular with his fast paced Comedy-and-Magic act. ————– HARRY MAURER – This man works all the time.  Harry Maurer is booked as far ahead as he can see, and that’s to be expected, judging by the recognition he’s received f…

9/11…

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September 11th… When the twin towers fell, Carol-Ann and I were entertaining on a cruise ship in Europe and it was frightening being away from home with such tragedy happening and very little news available to us at sea.  Our contract finished shortly afterward and our flight home was diverted to avoid certain air space. I was scheduled to entertain in Las Vegas the following week, but all flights were grounded and we had no idea whether or not we would be able to do our contract. The day before I was to open at the Tropicana, planes were finally allowed to fly and I took my flight, and when I reached Las Vegas I discovered that the casinos had laid off something like 20,000 employees — but ironically, Vegas was packed!  (these are gamblers and they figure the odds of them being “hit” are pretty slim) I was performing 2 shows a night at “The Comedy Stop”, and after my second show I was heading to the elevator to go back to my room when a lady rushed up to me…. She just wanted to shak…

Harry’s Magic gets People Talking!

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We are often hired by companies for the sole purpose of creating attention and stopping traffic. Magic has that unique effect on people. One of our clients, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, hired us to entertain at their convention booth at McCormick Place in Chicago. For those unfamiliar with McCormick Place, the total isle length of the convention space is over TEN MILES LONG! For three days, we literally stopped traffic in the isles by performing comedy magic at their convention booth and turned what would have been simple “passers-by” into prospects. For the NJ Builders Association Convention, we made half of the Pettibone Corporation booth into a performance stage and literally did a “stand-up” show every two hours! The show times were posted and at the appointed time, conventioneers stopped what they were doing to race to our booth for a fun-filled 20-minute show. People talked about the shows at the “Pettibone Booth” throughout the three-day convention. As a result, the booth we had de…

A Magic TV “Commercial”!

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While we were entertaining in Atlantic City, Minuteman Press wanted to present a 30-second television commercial locally to promote their high speed “color laser copier” when it was first introduced to the public and we were asked if we could design a “magical” commercial for them. Carol Ann and I spent the next week tossing ideas back and forth. We developed three ideas — quick 30-second clips — interestingly enough, only one was designed with magic in mind. The first concept started with a janitor late at night alone at the Louvre Museum in Paris who’s mop handle “accidentally” breaks through the painting of the “Mona Lisa”. He doesn’t know what to do, so he races into the curator’s office, finds a photo of the Mona Lisa in a book, races it over to Minuteman Press on his scooter and blows it up on the “color copier”. The next scene shows patrons gathered around the Mona Lisa all going “oooooh” while the janitor leans proudly on his mop! The second idea for a commercial was a woman …