Northern California - United States
Posted: Feb 14, 2003 3:01pm
Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii since the age of seven, Curtis Kam is a rarity in an odd field. He’s a general practitioner in the specialized entertainment field we like to call “Magic”. Living and working on an island in the middle of the Pacific, Curtis is a sleight-of-hand expert who designs and builds illusions, chases ghosts, pitches products, writes books, choreographs hand movements for television, juggles, reviews security procedures, trains magicians and reads minds. By day he’s a trial attorney.
The show at the Hale Koa is an hour long show of family-oriented magic and juggling, featuring 3 to 6 big illusions, depending, a cast of four, plus two tech supports, and has been running weekly for 17 years. Curtis co-wrote the first show there for John Hirokawa, and took over the show a little over 12 years ago.
The Dave and Buster’s gig is walkaround, you know.
Mr. Kam has also done strolling and stage magic for the Conventions that come through Hawaii, usually through one of the catering companies that create theme shows. Curtis has been associated with three magic-castle type projects (that never got off the ground) and has done a number of trade shows in Hawaii. Curtis also enjoys a good professional relationship with the Paul Gertner Group, doing shows for their clients who visit this island in the Pacific.
Through the Hawaii Wonderworker’s workshop, Curtis has had the opportunity to hang out with wonderful talented people like Larry Jennings, Roger Klause, Tommy Wonder, Dan Garrett, Daryl, Dan Harlan, John Kennedy, and many more.
Curtis says; "I am happy to count among my friends in magic, many very talented coin magicians from Japan, including Y. Mutobe, --- Kimoto, Shigeo Futagawa, and others.
I am concerned with effect first, contrary to what some people might think. The fact that a technique is challenging is irrelevant if it accomplishes something that an easier approach does not. The toughest material is often the best because it takes the most direct route to the solution.
Currently, I have several projects on the magical fire. One, of course, is the Café Convention. Also two DVD projects, as well as the continuation of the “Palms of Steel” series, and, as Steve knows, a book project. Then, there’s the COINVENTION in September, and the 2003 Coinveniton DVD. That project might just make history, so we’re treating it special.
And then, there’s the daily requirement of telling people what’s what at the Café. Giving folks the benefit of my unsolicited advice is practically a full-time job!"
Sterling Magic Company’s Card Coin Competition, Second Place (1981)
All the World’s a Stage, Kam and Taylor (1982) out of print
Inferential Copper/Silver, Apocalypse, vol. 6, no. 3 Lorrayne (1983)
Coffee and Dough, Apocalypse, vol 7, no. 9, Lorrayne (1984)
Jack in the Box, Best of Friends II, Lorrayne, (1985)
Vanishing Card Case, Best of Friends II, Lorrayne, (1985)
“Lonely” Coins Through Table, Best of Friends II, Lorrayne, (1985)
Annual Lecture Notes for the Hawaii Wonder Worker’s Workshops (1993-1999)
Deceptions in Paradise (video) Kam prod. (1994) Out of Print
Professional Close Up of Curtis Kam, Mentzer (1996)
Popup Move, Genii magazine, vol. 62, no. 1 (1999) Kaufman, ed.
Palms of Steel, Vol. 1., TJ Prod. / Murphy’s Magic distrib. (1999)
Palms of Steel 2: Fists of Fury, Magicsmith, (2002)
Palms of Steel 3: The Funslinger, Magicsmith (2003)
Performances / Awards:
2001 to present: Strolling entertainer, Dave and Buster’s Hawaii
1990 to present: Headliner, Magic in Paradise Hale Koa Hotel, Waikiki
1997-2000 Performer, U.S.S. Independence, American Hawaii Cruise Lines
1993-1999 Performer/Lecturer/Coordinator Hawaii Wonderworker’s Workshop
1997 Performer / Lecturer, Australian Society of Magicians Magic-Fest
1995 Performer / Lecturer, Yanagita / Wizard’s Inn Convention, Tokyo
1995 First Place Karrel Fox “Two Minute Quick Trick Contest”
1995 Performance in Amsterdam for Teletop ’95 with Mikhael Gorbachev
1994 Winner, Roger Klause “You Blew Me Away Award”
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