A Fire-breathing Magician Falls for Deception

By |2018-09-23T19:26:23+00:00September 23rd, 2018|Inspirational, Magic|

When I picked up the phone one evening just over ten years ago one of the last people I expected to hear on the other end was my magician friend Scott Wolf.  It’s very possible you’ve seen him before.  A video of one of his magic routines gone horribly wrong went viral on YouTube and [...]

Legacy of a “Greatest Generation” Warrior

By |2018-09-15T17:01:47+00:00September 15th, 2018|Inspirational|

In 1941 our world was in trouble. A crazed dictator and his vicious war machine were trampling the freedoms and lives of millions.  World War Two had come to America.  A half a world away, in the city of Indianapolis, a skinny kid named Elmer Ellsworth Robison – my dad - decided to join thousands [...]

An Old Man, Some Pencils, and a Life Lesson

By |2018-09-15T15:10:46+00:00September 3rd, 2018|Inspirational|

There was something curiously familiar about the wrinkled little man. He was one of those people you see once and, because of their singular distinctiveness, you never forget. And yet, I had. With a few hours to spare before my flight back home, I was strolling along the sidewalk around Indianapolis’ Monument Circle.  Once a [...]

Now You Don’t See It….Now You Do

By |2018-09-15T13:20:47+00:00August 30th, 2018|Magic, Mentalist|

Magic  Of The The Mind Read the large, bold phrase just above this sentence. “Magic of the Mind,” right? Most people don’t see the "something" different. If you didn't, read it one more time. Now what do you see?  In my shows when I hold up a large version of these words only about 5% [...]

Capture Your Magic Moment

By |2018-09-15T13:21:28+00:00September 16th, 2017|Magic|

It was a miracle as far as I was concerned.  But then I was only three years old and I’d never seen a magic trick before.  Sitting across from my Uncle Bob at the wooden kitchen table in my grandparents’ house in Indianapolis, I was about to be introduced to the impossible. “Wanna see a [...]

Tucson Mentalist and Magician Authors Book on Deception

By |2018-09-15T12:44:51+00:00September 10th, 2016|Mentalist|

Tucson mentalist and magician Rod Robison will release his new book Unmasking the Masquerade: Three Illusionists Investigate Deception, Fear, and the Supernatural,  in the fall of 2016. The book is co-authored by two other magicians, Toby Travis and Adrian Van Vactor, who, with Robison, have been performing professionally for over 70 combined years.  All three [...]

Testing Psychic Phenomena

By |2018-09-15T12:45:44+00:00May 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

For well over a hundred years psychic investigations have examined claims of everything from spoon bending to remote viewing to foretelling the future. Some experiments seemed on the surface to be promising. But replicability, the ability to repeat the same experiment and get the same results over and over, has been a problem. As with [...]

Houdini and Doyle: The Psychic Odd Couple

By |2018-09-15T13:24:30+00:00May 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the early 20th century’s most famous promoter and staunch believer in spirit mediumship. If Conan Doyle had an arch nemesis, it was Harry Houdini, the world-famous escape artist turned medium-buster. So it came as quite a shock to their fans when the two men became friends. Conan [...]

The Birth of a Magnificent Deception

By |2018-09-15T13:26:30+00:00May 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

As a mentalist – or as I like to say, “thought reader” – I’ve always been intrigued by claims of the paranormal. Being skilled in the art of deception, I’m afforded a unique perspective on these claims. For me, one of the most fascinating so-called “paranormal” events took place in 1848 in a tiny burg [...]