"Resolute imagination is the beginning of all magical operations"- from Philospher Paracelsus
In Paris in 1895 at the Grand Cafe, two brothers, Auguste & Louis Lumiere premiered the first ever moving pictures. From there evolved the art of cinematography, movie making and film. From that inception evolved different techniques, trades, crafts and methods of projecting and exhibiting moving pictures and part of that growth was the incorporation of film into the live theatrical experience. ILLUSION THEATRE is where I perform different magical effects derived from the masters of old.
Isn't the song 'HOTEL CALIFORNIA' a very creepy song? What's the meaning behind the song? Who and what is it about? The rock group the EAGLES created not only a classic song but a song that carries with it an urban legend and a strong myth as well. Is 'HOTEL CALIFORNIA'about Hell? Trapped souls? The myths are long and strong. The same can be said about the Davenport brothers, who were magicians that specialized in the spirit cabinet. The spirit cabinet was a stage phenomenon in the year 1850. They weren't the only magicians that dwelved into the supernatural and in turn made money off of it. The Davenport brothers were inspired by the Fox sisters, who by the way, performed in my hometown of Rochester, N.Y. and the obsession of the supernatural and dark arts took hold and captivated those who seeked answers to the unknown. 'A HORRIFYING MAGIC SHOW' takes a look at some of those early figures in magic and even some of their stage tricks and manifestations. Created by James D. Watkins. 'A HORRIFYING MAGIC SHOW' is not just a night of scares....but magic....!!!!
OCTOBER 29, 2016(Saturday)- Location at; Crowne Plaza Hotel, 304 W. Colonial drive in Orlando, Florida. There are 3 shows and the times are; 7:30pm, 8:45pm & 9:45pm. This is a limited seating and intimate magical performance/presentation. As a special treat, there will also be the screening of the magical music-video called 'IS IT SCARY - MY DEAD GIRLFRIEND'that stars myself, James D. Watkins, some dancing zombies and MICHAEL JACKSON & VINCENT PRICE. All seats and admission are; $19.00. To order tickets call the PHOENIX TICKETLINE at; 407-761-8352.
(Producer's note; All work listed is either Copyrighted, Trademarked, Patented and created by PHOENIX PRODUCTIONS and James D. Watkins unless otherwise noted)
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- (Steve Schneider is a film/theatre critic for the ORLANDO WEEKLY - www.orlandoweekly.com. He now does critiquing work in New York as well as Florida. He has been voted 'Best' Critic and journalist in Orlando, Florida. Here is his critique of my work..........)
"Having witnessed his work firsthand, I suspect James D. Watkins may be a geniusof some shape or magnitude. Just try to forget that that endorsement comes from a guy who voted for Mondale and DuKakis, gave 'Death to Smoochy' four stars and genuinely preferred New Coke. An old-school impresario in the mold of Ziegfeld or Welles-albeit one spared the crippling handicaps of funding or common sense......"
"When I am gone, they will love me"- quote from Orson Welles right before he died and who also directed what many consider the greatest film ever 'CITIZEN KANE'.