Point me to the audience!

Just tell me where the crowd is and I will make them laugh. Sometimes you see people just standing there or sitting down on their table looking for something fun to do. That’s usually when I like to swoop in and offer them a few moments of Mystery and laughter. I usually start off the conversation by walking up to them and mentioning that I was sent by somebody on the other side of the room to entertain them because they were the fun table. Because the energy is so low they’ll start laughing realizing this is probably not the funnest table in the party… Yet! But as soon as I walk away oh, I see a change in the energy which helps the rest of the party out. It’s always nice to be part of the fun.

Here I was performing inside of the Edison bar located in downtown Los Angeles. It’s an upscale 1930s era Style venue where everyone has to dress up in suits and cocktail dresses. I was hired to perform close up walk around Magic followed by a stage show.

Do you think you’ve made it yet?

It’s very common for a layman to ask an entertainer, “Do you think you’ve made it yet?” This is a fair question to ask somebody in my profession and it has me scrolling through old hard drive images. This is a picture of me taken back in February of 2015. I’m standing above one of the Minneapolis Convention Center 1,000 seat stages. Although my name’s not being promoted on any marquee, that day my job was host a 2 hour show for a national group of college students in an effort to promote my act and hopefully book some high paying work across the country. To make this happen, I invested nearly a thousand dollars from previous private show earnings to be able to pay for this opportunity. This included submission fees, travel and time away from seeking local bookings. This was quite a gamble for me to make due to the chance of me either not being a good act or not fitting into the energy of the show. But I took a few pre-show deep breaths, did some shadow boxing, went onstage and received a great response. A bunch of the students that loved the show asked to take pictures with me afterward. I booked at least a dozen university gigs and made back the money I’d invested. That year I matched what I make at my full time job and have performed on huge stages like this numerous times ever since. I honestly don’t know what, “making it” means to anybody else but I often wake up happy that I’ve made it this far. Today I’m still working a full time and still love travelling and performing for some great audiences. Sometimes large, sometimes small. But loving it nonetheless. This question has me focusing on the next plateau. I’ll be travelling to Chicago in a few months, let’s see where that leads next. Thanks for reading. Until then, #StayHumble #TakeChances #SlowAndSteadyWinsTheRace #EnjoyEachAndEveryMoment

Giving back to City of Hope, Santa Clarita

A few weeks ago my friend Dan Jimenez (Who’s been fighting cancer for the past year) called & asked if I could perform Magic at an event for the helpful staff of City of Hope as a thank you for all the strength and support they gave him throughout his fight. How could I refuse someone with so much charisma and a willingness to give back to his fellow (wo)man. When I walked in with on my props I saw Porto’s Bakery boxes, Stonefire Grill food laid out and someone from ABC7 News with a camera. He introduced me to a few other survivors and a very humble staff. Not only that but I was surprised to see my good friend Sal Rodriguez also there to Emcee the whole thing. Later that day I was told we were on the 6 Oclock news, but I didn’t get a chance to see it. No worries. Just happy to be a part of something so heartfelt. Thanks again to Dan and his entire family for being so welcoming and sharing their inspirational story.

https://youtu.be/czN5ivZFemI

I’m the Ice Breaker

Sometimes I wonder what my place in the universe is. It happens everytime I walk out of my car & step into a room full of people I was hired to entertain for an hour. These are people who walked into that party for a different reason. Wether it’s a company dinner or a parents anniversary, they’ll glance at me for a second then continue to scan the room. Quite often they’ll show some interest when I approach them. That’s why It’s up to me to make a good first impression before I go into a routine. A quick introduction & a witty joke always breaks the ice. 5 minutes later I’ll walk away from that group and see the change in the mood. The disbelief, intrigue and laughter they project is my addiction. Then onto the next group. After an hour I’ll walk over to the host, say thank you and good night. As I walk out of the venue, people usually wave goodbye. I know what my place in the universe is, at least for now. I’m the Ice Breaker.

#TheGreatOmar #CloseUpMagic #CorporateMagic #LosAngeles #eventplanner #Entertainer

Se Habla Español

A few years ago, I was asked to perform a show entirely in Spanish. What I hadn’t fully realized was my Spanish at the time wasn’t 100% accurate. If you’re a 2nd generation mexican like I am, you might understand my situation. In my case, I would use 60-70% spanish and 30% mixed up words like parkea la troka. We call this Spanglish. This was due to my lack of intent to correctly learn the spanish language. Needless to say, I did just ok performing for spanish audiences sometimes but very rarely felt I did a great job. But everytime I did perform, I saw it as an opportunity to grow and step out of my comfort zone. Tonight I was asked by my older sister to perform at her and my brother in laws company christmas party at restaurant in Cerritos called Frida. I was hired to perform a magic show and announce the numbers for the raffle prizes at the end. I didn’t realize the majority of the audience only spoke spanish until I got there. Well…I did the show, handed out the prizes, packed my stuff and said good night thinking I did just okay again. But as I walked out, I got a sincere response from everyone that said great job! Then someone from the audience asked for an autograph like he really enjoyed the show or probably thought I was Micheal Peña. In any case, that really made my night and let me realize how glad I am to have stepped out of my comfort zone many years ago. I’ve come a long way. I’ve still got a lot of work to do though.
#TheGreatOmar #SeHablaEspañol

LAPD Holiday Party City Hall

It was a pleasure performing at the 27th floor of the LAPD holiday party. We parked underground, rode 5 different elevators, answered the ferrymans 3 riddles which allowed us to cross the bridge and walk up a flight of steps that led us into a beautiful room at the top of City Hall overlooking all of Downtown Los Angeles. The microphone was attached to the podium and there was no spotlight but we made it work. #Comedy #Magic #GreatCrowd

Close up Halloween Magic

It was two weeks before Halloween night. I was asked to perform close-up strolling Magic for friends and Neighbors at a Halloween party for adults. I was originally asked to perform for only one hour. But when the clan saw the laughter coming out of every group, I was asked to stay an extra hour. A good time was had by all.