The other day, I met this little boy who was sitting down quietly watching youtube videos on his iphone when his dad asked him if he would like to see me do a magic trick. Intrigued, he lifted his head, removed his earphones and put away his iphone. I ripped a napkin in two pieces, balled them up and proceeded to wow him. Magic through the eyes of a child.
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I’ve never mentored an individual before, nor have I ever been asked to for that matter. Quite honestly I used to think I had nothing to teach. So when a dear friend asked if I could give some advice to a beginning magician I saw it as an opportunity to step into uncharted territory. What I thought was going to be a 30 to 45 minute magic course at the park became a two and a half hour lesson on everything I’ve done wrong and everything I’ve done right. I got to know this kid very well. His accomplishments, his worries and his aspirations in Magic. Keep in mind, I never had a magic teacher, not that it’s a bad thing but having someone give honest advice from the start might have been a very helpful. I shared with him the stories of my encounters while street performing, travelling to other states for gigs and even that one time I sat down cried in the streets of Santa Monica when I first started. He listened intently. The one thing I remember saying to him was, “Get the audience interested in who YOU are. YOU are the magic, not the deck of cards in your hand, YOU…Oh and practice a lot.” So here’s to you Adrian, I’m wishing this kid all of the luck in the world and I can’t wait to see him on stage for the first time.
The crowds energy at last night’s Icehouse Comedy Club show was off the hook! Huge thanks to those of you who came down to watch me share the stage with a hilarious lineup of comics. #TheGreatOmar #WhipeFace #Magia #Comedy #Magic #IceHouseComedyClub
One of the funnest things you can do in Los Angeles is indoor skydiving. If you’re afraid of heights but want to Thrill a free falling at 150 miles per hour. I recommend making an appointment. The staff was incredibly hospitable and friendly. This location was at Universal CityWalk. Sure we had a bunch of people staring at us but that’s part of the fun. I know this is not Magic but it is Magic related. Also it really does feel like you’re flying.
Tonight I had a lot of fun sharing the stage will legendary comedian George Wallace inside the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. Also on the bill was headliner Kevin Nealon. Both of them had me cracking up inside of the Green Room.
Journal Entry from when I was 9 years old talking about my first time watching magic on Television.
“Omar Covarrubias June 3rd 1993
Today I couldn’t buy fireworks because my mom did not want to buy me fireworks. Then we went to go see if my dad was home he wasn’t so we went to my aunt’s house because he told us that he would be there but when we got there he wasn’t there so we just stood there for 5 or 6 hours then we were going to go to Las Vegas but something was wrong with the van it was heating up so we decided not to go so we stood. I was looking at the television program about magic but I couldn’t do it but then they said they’re selling the video I asked my mom for it but she said no then that’s when I started to write on you.”
It was a cold summer night in the northside of Downtown Los Angeles at 9 p.m. as I walked into the Cathedral High School auditorium. The room was full of alumni from years past. On stage was my friend comedian Rudy Moreno bringing talking about, “Why what happen?” A hilarious bit about growing up as a latino child in Lincoln Heights and questioning everything your parents had to say two months prior he had requested for me to perform at this fundraiser for him and I was happy to oblige. The procedure meant to help the students for seeking funds to go to college. It was very heartwarming to see the turnout as I walked into that Auditorium. There was deliciously catered BBQ ribs, mixed drinks and silent auction items displayed throughout the back. It felt great to be a part of this. Rudy introduced the next comic, looked me in the eye, gave me a big smile, shook my hand and told me I was closing out the show. In the past, that might have had me worrying and second-guessing myself but luckily I’ve had a few years of experience under my belt and I was ready for the challenge. Most of the show was nothing but crowd work and this crowd had so much to offer seeing as how they’ve been there since about 6 p.m. the show is over and a few people started clapping some of them even started getting up. All in all it was a great time had by all. I’m so glad and I could be a part of such a noble cause. Had the best time sharing the stage with hilarious comedians like Lamont B Sharpton, Rudy Moreno, Andre Kelly, Retha Jones and George Wang. Huge thanks to Cathedral High School for allowing us to be part of this event.
Last night, while standing beside a concert stage on the USS Iowa Battleship waiting to perform for a jam packed and amped out crowd of both retired and active american troops celebrating Labor Day with the USO. About to follow a KISS cover band that was crushing it. Their closing number was a sing along called, “I wanna rock and roll all night!” The lead singer grabbed the mic and yelled, “Thank you San Pedro! Good night!” Somebody in the crowd yelled, “Two more songs!” then everybody started chanting it. The Emcee went up and said, “Sorry folks but we’ve got to keep the show going…Your next act is a comedian and a magician”. A few people started to Boo, then somebody yelled, “Kill the comedian!” and that was my introduction. The next 15 minutes that followed were what I consider to be Magic. I had to convince them to stay, watch and cheer to keep the show going for the next band. Where some might consider it work, I consider it doing what I love. Winning over an audience is not easy but I learned long ago, to show no fear, go up there with a lot of charisma and have fun. I’m honestly not sure when I got them on my side but in the end, I had everybody chanting “Thegreatomar…dot com!” As I walked off stage feeling like a rockstar…and that’s my battleship labor day story.
6 years ago, I was invited to be the featured act for an entire week at a Comedy Club in Texas for a total of $500. Although the pay wasn’t so great and travel pay wasn’t covered, I accepted the gig. Making the best of it by deciding to chalk it up to experience. I hopped onto my 4 door Sedan and drove for 10 hours straight. Soon as I made it into town, I checked into my free room then sped over to the club. I made it just in time for the first show and knocked it out of the park. 5 days and 10 shows later, I made a few dozen fans and drove back home satisfied with my choice to experience the road comic scene. Fast forward to today, a fan of mine left me 5 of the kindest most heartfelt messages.
In short she said, “My boyfriend and I were on our first date when we saw you perform in Texas…you really made our night. Afterward he pulled out a $100 wedding ring which was all he could afford at the time and asked me to marry him. All of his friends laughed at him but I thought it was the sweetest thing in the world. We’ve been happily married ever since and I just want to thank you for everything you did then and everything you do now with your funny posts and inspirational videos”.
I was seriously in shock, because here I am going through my own trials, searching for something to shake it off and she sends me this heartfelt testimonial. This is exactly what I needed to hear. That trip to Texas was one of the best choices I could have ever made. Congratulations to the happy couple, may you celebrate 60 more years of happiness and prosperity. Salud!
4 Years ago, I was contacted by the Make A Wish Foundation to perform magic for a 2 year old little boy named Giovanni who was fighting cancer. I felt honored to offer my talents to bring joy to somebody in need. When I showed up, the audience was Giovanni, his 3 year old little brother and their mother. Honestly, I was worried they would not understand what I was doing. But he understood every single joke and was very responsive. After the show, his mother was beyond happy and walked me out. Realising this might be his last birthday, I put away my props, sat down in my car and started to cry. Watching this clip always cheers me up because it reminds me of a time I made that little boy laugh.