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Topic: Kozmo Performing
Message: Posted by: Motor City (Feb 14, 2008 11:44PM)
Over the past several years I have had an opportunity to watch Kozmo perform some magic at various times. However, I have never seen Kozmo do his street act...that is...until this past weekend.

I watched Kozmo work for a lay audience for close to twenty minutes. It was none-stop laughter mixed with some great magic.

I was particularly impressed with Kozmo's Chop Cup routine. This man knows how to load a cup! Kozmo closed his routine with the production of a cantelope. I saw nothing! I saw looks of astonishment on the faces on those watching. If I had a mirror, I would probably have seen that look on my face as well. I heard audible gasps!

This has to number among the funniest and best magic acts I have ever seen. My hat is off to Kozmo.
Message: Posted by: Danny Hustle (Feb 15, 2008 12:06AM)
I hear he's funny.
Message: Posted by: FunTimeAl (Feb 15, 2008 05:08AM)
I saw Kozmo perform once live. Yeah, he's a great chop-cup guy....a real 'artist' :)

His coin chops were what really blew my mind though. That's why I always think of him as a coin guy ;)
Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Feb 15, 2008 08:45AM)
Kozmo's greatest trick: GTFM. He's good at it. He helped me in that regard.

Jim
Message: Posted by: BAH1313 (Feb 15, 2008 09:30AM)
Kozmo's a coin-guy...



LMAO!!!!!!!!
Message: Posted by: Motor City (Feb 15, 2008 10:14AM)
Now that you mention coins, yes, he really is a coin guy. Kozmo has one of the best classic palms I have ever seen. His hands look absolutely natural. To be honest, I wish I could classic palm like that.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Feb 15, 2008 11:05AM)
He's a classic alright!
I hear that he's a sugar packet guy too.
Message: Posted by: Motor City (Feb 15, 2008 12:56PM)
Frank, last weekend Kozmo and I were in a nice restaurant. We were sitting at a table with a couple of people. The waitress, an elderly lady, came up to the table to see how things were going.

Kozmo told her that he was going to do a magic trick for her and that she wasn't allowed to leave until she saw the trick. She started walking away and Kozmo told her that, if she left, he ABSOLUTELY would NOT tip her. So, she watched Kozmo do the Sugar Packet Trick.

Turns out this lady wasn't just the waitress. She OWNED the restaurant. She was on Kozmo like a cheap suit to perform in her restaurant on a regular basis. We had lunch there the next day. She never stopped trying to get him to come in on a regular basis to perform in her restaurant.

Now, I think that is cool. Here you have someone who WASN'T INTERESTED in seeing a magic trick turn into someone who had to have this guy do magic in her restaurant. All I can say is, "Kozmo Rocks!"

BTW I really NEED to add the Sugar Packet Trick to my repertoire. I'd be a fool not to.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Feb 15, 2008 01:24PM)
Yep. It's a keeper. With all the sugar packets sitting around, you've got a great impromptu miracle.

Live at the Jailhouse!!
Message: Posted by: FunTimeAl (Feb 15, 2008 02:04PM)
True dat. Justin Miller rocks the sugar packet in that DVD.

I met him recently at a convention. Great guy too. Very personable. However, I'm not sure that he took to me though...can't figure out why....I'm so very likeable and all. Especially at magic conventions.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Feb 15, 2008 03:09PM)
Perhaps don't try to kiss him next time, Chad.
Message: Posted by: Danny Hustle (Feb 15, 2008 10:13PM)
I had lunch with Kozmo a couple of years ago at Hank Lee's Conclave (GREAT convention by the way!). Anyway, There was a father and son sitting behind us that were not there for the conclave they were just guests of the hotel. I think the dad asked us if we were magicians, I can't remember. Anyway, when they asked to see a trick Kozmo, who is captain gregarious showed them this little one coin routine with a quarter. It was great, he was funny, the magic was strong, it was a polished little bit of something special. I remember sitting there listening to them laugh and thinking what a pro Kozmo was. Just a very entertaining guy and a very good magician.

The dad thanked him and you could just see in their eyes that he had made their whole day, when he came back to sit down he looked at the goofy grin I had on my face and said, "Oh, just shut up." That's Kozmo. He loves the gift of it when you make somebody laugh.

Best,

Dan-
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Feb 15, 2008 10:35PM)
I talked with Kozmo on the phone the other day and told him I was getting a booth at LVMI. Sounds like he's planning getting a booth there too so maybe I'll finally get to meat the SOB. And see that quarter trick.
Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Feb 15, 2008 10:48PM)
At the risk of sounding stupid (like it matters at this point) what is LVMI, Frank?

Jim
Message: Posted by: Motor City (Feb 15, 2008 10:54PM)
LVMI is Danny Archer's convention, The Las Vegas Magic Invitational.
Message: Posted by: Dave V (Feb 16, 2008 02:31AM)
Here's some more [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=227070&forum=31&4]info[/url] on LVMI including a link to their website. I wish I could be there but even though I live there, I'll be in Europe that week :(
Message: Posted by: FunTimeAl (Feb 16, 2008 05:01AM)
Hey Danny,

Is there any chance that Koz did the last sequence of Slydini's 6 coin through table routine for that kid and his dad?

I just bought "As I Recall" from Koz's site and couldn't believe that this wasn't in everyone's library. OMFG, its Cellini's teacher and Cellini on one DVD!

I bought it cuz I was filling in the library and wanted to get something of historical significance besides my obsession with Johnny Paul. But crapper dapper doo Scooby...it's a GREAT DVD!!!

Anyway, as I was watching it, I thought about using the one coin part of that routine as a polished one coin bit for impromptu magic.

So, was Koz sitting down or standing? I gotta know Danny. The magic geek in me HAS TO KNOW!!!
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Feb 16, 2008 10:55AM)
[quote]
On 2008-02-15 23:35, Frank Starsini wrote: to [b]meat[/b] the [/quote]

I wrote that??? Come on? Did I really? Jeepers!

Where are the grammar hosts when you need them!
Message: Posted by: Motor City (Feb 16, 2008 11:36PM)
Chad, Kozmo does that coin in the eye routine standing. It's Great!
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Feb 16, 2008 11:58PM)
I think the Slydini is one of the very few BEST DVDs ever made.
Message: Posted by: Danny Hustle (Feb 17, 2008 09:47AM)
[quote]
On 2008-02-16 11:55, Frank Starsini wrote:
[quote]
On 2008-02-15 23:35, Frank Starsini wrote: to [b]meat[/b] the [/quote]

I wrote that??? Come on? Did I really? Jeepers!

Where are the grammar hosts when you need them!
[/quote]

The Grammar hosts may have done it to you. I remember I wished a friend Mazal Tov on his wedding only to come back the next day to find it changed to Molotov.
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Feb 17, 2008 10:09AM)
Actually the coin in the eye I stole from eric evans and changed it around to fit me....i don't use the coin in the eye when I work on the streets, I only use it when I'm screwing around...the coin routine danny is talking about is done with 2 coins, dannys memory is slipping , hes OLD...and I think I likely included the coin in the eye thing that I stole and changed from eric evans (whos a brillant sleight of hand guy and does the best cups and balls I have ever seen).

thanks you guys for the kind words...i guess you haven't seen me work!

the sugar packet thing chad that motor city is talking about is the bill to sugar packet which I beleive was largely overlooked by magicians when the jailhouse set came out . why, I think is because it was included in a table set that had me failing...we were interupted by the wait staff delivering the food...we included it as a lesson on what or what not to do when this happens...BUT I promise that if some of you tried this routine in you inside work you would do it at every table....there is not a card trick in the world that can compete with this routine...because its impossible and its WHAT DANNY? tell us what all? ITS ?
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Feb 17, 2008 01:34PM)
[quote]
On 2008-02-17 10:47, Danny Hustle wrote:
[quote]
On 2008-02-16 11:55, Frank Starsini wrote:
[quote]
On 2008-02-15 23:35, Frank Starsini wrote: to [b]meat[/b] the [/quote]

I wrote that??? Come on? Did I really? Jeepers!

Where are the grammar hosts when you need them!
[/quote]

The Grammar hosts may have done it to you. I remember I wished a friend Mazal Tov on his wedding only to come back the next day to find it changed to Molotov.
[/quote]

Priceless!
Message: Posted by: Danny Hustle (Feb 17, 2008 02:29PM)
[quote]
On 2008-02-17 11:09, tedb wrote:
its WHAT DANNY? tell us what all? ITS ?
[/quote]

Old? No wait, I know IT'S FUNNY! :)

Best,

Dan-
Message: Posted by: Michael Taggert (Feb 17, 2008 10:33PM)
Just a quick note that Koz is going to be a dealer at Magi-whirl 2008 march 28th and 29th here in DC. If you guys can pull it off we have great little gathering with some Awesome people.
http://www.magi-whirl.com
Mike
Message: Posted by: BAH1313 (Feb 18, 2008 07:36AM)
Koz is a busker.
Message: Posted by: G.Gilbert (Feb 19, 2008 04:13PM)
[quote]
On 2008-02-17 23:33, Michael Taggert wrote:
Just a quick note that Koz is going to be a dealer at Magi-whirl 2008 march 28th and 29th here in DC. If you guys can pull it off we have great little gathering with some Awesome people.
http://www.magi-whirl.com
Mike
[/quote]

Sounds cool , I'll probably go!.. But just by any chance, Koz, will you have the "Dreamers Highway" book.. . It's just that I've been trying to find this book forever.
Message: Posted by: Michael Taggert (Feb 19, 2008 09:16PM)
Yes Bah1313 Koz is a busker, but he is also a dealer of some very inovative magic as well. drop on into magi whirl we'd love to have you.
Mike
Message: Posted by: BAH1313 (Feb 19, 2008 09:49PM)
Michael,it sounds like fun, but I'll be working.


I'm a busker too...


:)
Message: Posted by: Review King (Feb 19, 2008 11:58PM)
Ah, Kozmo's sugar packet trick. There was quite a dust up over it when Live At The Jailhouse was released. Folks were going back and forth about whether he should have stopped performing when the food arrived, etc. and MISSED one of the greatest table hopping effects you can do. It blows people away. They can't believe their bill was in a sugar packet on the table.

Do this routine and I don't care if the Pope showed up with the food, you wouldn't leave until the climax. It's too good not to finish.
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Feb 20, 2008 07:13AM)
Yea well it was dismissed completely by the magic community because it was performed in a situation where I failed ON PURPOSE just to show the bad side of what can happen...and they misssed the effect...its a great effect, a reputation maker and more should do the thing BUT its ok with me :)

koz
Message: Posted by: Joshua Barrett (Feb 20, 2008 01:22PM)
Not all of us dismissed it. it my favorate bill to impossiable location effect. I never thought those things about the dinner comming and such as its a proformace on a dvd, not "real life"
Message: Posted by: Review King (Feb 20, 2008 04:17PM)
Dinners do arrive when you perform. And you do end your set....and rules and theory are there for a reason. That's why you want to structure routines that are modualr and each bit can stand on their own. BUT..with Kozmo's bill to sugar packet. I wouldn't leave until the climax ( in that rare instance that the food showed up, because you get so good you can read a room and know how much time you have-but sometimes, that darn kitchen in on their game and the food comes quickly )

Know what they'll remember the next day? Not the burger they ate, because they've eaten 10,000 burgers in their life. They'll rememeber that there very own bill somehow was in a sugar packet that was on the table from the time they sat down.
Message: Posted by: Joshua Barrett (Feb 20, 2008 04:31PM)
They do, but I mean on a performance made for a dvd for magicians to watch, I never once thought it was a real interuption even
Message: Posted by: John Long (Feb 23, 2008 09:30AM)
How does Kozmo's bill to sugar packet compare to Dill's (in Intimate Miracles)?
Message: Posted by: DoctorCognos (Feb 24, 2008 02:45PM)
Kozmo is a heck of a magician, coin, chop cup, etc.. but is an even better perfromer. He pulls more smiles from a tip than anyone I have ever seen. Plus he is a real gentleman!

I saw him perform in N.O. before Katrina and we sat and talked afterward. And I still get smile on my face as I remember what watching him and talking with him taught me. Earlier in the day, I had done a couple of sets on Jackson Square and was pretty full of myself, but really did much better after seeing and talking to Koz.

I may have to buzz down to DC to catch up with him and buy some stuff.

The Doctor, aka BroDavid
Message: Posted by: Michael Taggert (Feb 25, 2008 08:02PM)
Hey guys Cheap Hotel for DC is about to expire make your reservations NOW. Lectures are filling as well.
if you have not goteen your packet Jump on line and do so now!
March 28th and 29th
http://www.magi-whirl.com