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Topic: Kozak Signs Five Million Dollar Deal in Atlantic City
Message: Posted by: Ken Northridge (Dec 19, 2008 04:13PM)
I’ve always liked this guy! I’m very happy to hear he is apparently moving to my home town of Atlantic City.

[url=http://magic.about.com/b/2008/11/16/kozak-announces-new-five-year-deal.htm]kozak[/url]
Message: Posted by: Rizzo (Dec 19, 2008 09:07PM)
That's very good news.
Message: Posted by: DonDriver (Dec 19, 2008 09:22PM)
7 days a week for 5 years...hes a better man than I am or ever was.That has to be rough.

All the best to him.

Don
Message: Posted by: pepka (Dec 19, 2008 09:25PM)
Kozak's one of the reasons I became a magician. I remember in high school watching him all the time on Night at the Improv. He remains one of my idols, and on top he's a super guy. I'm glad he's gonna be on the east coast. I'll definitely make it a point to get down and see him.
Message: Posted by: Big Daddy Cool (Dec 19, 2008 11:02PM)
Kozak swings hard!
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Dec 20, 2008 07:28AM)
If you Love what you do, you never have to Work a day in your life :)
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (Dec 20, 2008 12:32PM)
Whether you love what you do or not...it's psychically impossible to work/perform or do [i]anything[/i] seven days per week for FIVE STRAIGHT YEARS.

The body needs rest. If it gets NO rest, it'll break down.

If that's really his contract, I'd be very amazed!

It'll never happen.

So, on that note...

I do want to say congratulations! Kozak is one of the GOOD GUYS!


Good luck!

:cheers:
Message: Posted by: ncarifo (Dec 20, 2008 10:13PM)
Actually Justin,

It already HAS happened. Kozak has already proven his ability to keep up a 7-day performing schedule for years:

FROM KOZAK SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:

"Being the "Host" of The World's Greatest Magic Show is truly an Honor and Privilege. It is 3 years now of absolute Magic! We are 7 days a week, no days off, I have never missed a show and I never tire or get bored with it."

-- Paul Kozak, Magic Café Interview, Nov 20, 2006
[url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=186275&forum=222&3]Cafe interview[/url]


And Kozak continued with that show just shy of another year and a half after that interview.
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Dec 20, 2008 10:46PM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-20 13:32, Justin Style wrote:
Whether you love what you do or not...it's psychically impossible to work/perform or do [i]anything[/i] seven days per week for FIVE STRAIGHT YEARS.

The body needs rest. If it gets NO rest, it'll break down.

If that's really his contract, I'd be very amazed!

It'll never happen.

So, on that note...

I do want to say congratulations! Kozak is one of the GOOD GUYS!


Good luck!

:cheers:
[/quote]

SEE :)
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Dec 20, 2008 11:20PM)
Surely he took some vacation time?!?!
Message: Posted by: Heres Tony (Dec 20, 2008 11:39PM)
Didn't Siegfried and Roy work 14 years straight without a day off before they got the big contract with Steve Wynn?

I've always heard that story...
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (Dec 21, 2008 07:11AM)
I still DON'T believe it.

Plus, if what he says is true...that's only 3 years, so far...lol
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Dec 21, 2008 08:20AM)
NO .... You've misread it again ... He went Four and one half years :)

So going five years is no problem !!!!!!!

He loves it.
:dancing:
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (Dec 21, 2008 02:33PM)
Wow, he's got looks, skill and endurance!

There’s only one thing I can say…

Free bike tour of Central Park for the K man!
Message: Posted by: Big Daddy Cool (Dec 21, 2008 07:26PM)
I don't do shows everyday but I am working everyday. I've never taken a vacation, that I can remember...
Message: Posted by: Kevin Ridgeway (Dec 22, 2008 10:06AM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-21 08:11, Justin Style wrote:
I still DON'T believe it.
[/quote]


Sighhhhh....

Ok Justin, I know the passion Kozak has for magic & his career and I have a little wager for you.

I bet you dollars to donuts that Kozak can string along more consecutive days of performing that you can string along consecutive days of making USEFUL posts here at the Café.

Kevin

P.S. Many, many people work every single day and do far harder things that we do for a living.
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (Dec 22, 2008 06:12PM)
Put em up...put [i]'em[/i] up!



meow...
Message: Posted by: OHCollector (Dec 22, 2008 10:12PM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-19 22:25, pepka wrote:
Kozak's one of the reasons I became a magician. I remember in high school watching him all the time on Night at the Improv.
[/quote]

The Improv shows were how I first learned of Kozak. He did an appearing/vanishing candle routine on one I saw.
Message: Posted by: pepka (Dec 22, 2008 11:31PM)
Hmmmm, I smell a Café' meetup in A.C. to see Koz. My January has a few open weekends. Justin, anyone else on the east coast interested?
Message: Posted by: Ken Northridge (Dec 23, 2008 06:28AM)
I was actually thinking about New Year's Day. I will look into a group rate and get back to you.
Message: Posted by: JasonBaney (Dec 23, 2008 08:58AM)
Yes, we got vacations at Worlds Greatest and so does Koz in AC. We had 2/3 weeks off every January and 2 weeks off at the end of the summer every year like clockwork.
Message: Posted by: TKO MAGIC (Dec 23, 2008 10:33AM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-23 00:31, pepka wrote:
Hmmmm, I smell a Café' meetup in A.C. to see Koz. My January has a few open weekends. Justin, anyone else on the east coast interested?
[/quote]

Actually, I'm putting a trip together with some guys already.
I just got off the phone with Michael Finney he will be at the Trop the week of Jan. 5th
Kozak and Finney in one night, WOW


Todd
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (Dec 23, 2008 11:45AM)
[quote]

I think Justin is about David Williamson's height. And he's a cyclist. They ride rain or shine. I don't think he gets tired easily.
[/quote]

Thanks Chris. I am the same height or he's about 1/2 inch taller? I'm in better shape though, that's for sure.

I am an animal on the bike, yes that's true, but I don't ride in the rain (unless I'm already out there and get caught in it.) or high winds. Temps are no factor! If it rains, I stay inside and ride the rollers.



As far as Kozak...I love the guy and wish him all the best!
Message: Posted by: Ken Northridge (Dec 24, 2008 01:13PM)
Group rate (for 10 or more) isn't that great of a discount. $30.00 per person. That includes a "free" drink that you have to buy anyway.

TKO,

Keep us undated on the Jan. 5 date.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Dec 25, 2008 07:26AM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-23 12:45, Justin Style wrote:
[quote]

I think Justin is about David Williamson's height. And he's a cyclist. They ride rain or shine. I don't think he gets tired easily.
[/quote]

Thanks Chris. I am the same height or he's about 1/2 inch taller?
[/quote]

Good God, I'll look like your vent figure when we head out!
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (Dec 25, 2008 08:32AM)
Who's taller?

[url=http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=121620029&albumID=1376946&imageID=15059462]myspace[/url]
Message: Posted by: Review King (Dec 26, 2008 01:28AM)
Hmmmm. Not sure. I''d hate to have to live on the difference ( that's from a movie and I have no idea which one ).

All things being equal, just a pic of two talented guys!
Message: Posted by: TKO MAGIC (Jan 2, 2009 12:59PM)
A couple of us are going Jan. 5th and where also going to see Finney as well.
If anyone else is going let me know we'll hook up.


Todd
Message: Posted by: JasonBaney (Jan 2, 2009 02:12PM)
Hey FYI Koz just informed me that indeed he does not get any vacation in AC. So get out there and see him.
Message: Posted by: inidyls (Jan 2, 2009 03:36PM)
UHHHHHHHH??????
He already had a day off Dec. 31st
I like Kozak just like everybody else does but lets be sensible.
All headliners get days off
But who cares, he's a great performer and everybody in the tri-state area should support him. I wish him the best.


JV
Message: Posted by: Erich Troudt (Jan 2, 2009 05:07PM)
Back in the day (late 80's?) I saw Kozak and Amazing Jonathan perform a show together in vegas. I wasn't old enough to go and snuck in. It was a rowdy, crazy, funny as hell show.

I'm glad that Kozak got a show in AC. Ac could use positive long running magic experience on the boardwalk. Him being successful will help everyone.

That said, the location of that theater is horrible. Its downstairs all by itself. No slot machines, restaurants, shops...nothing. Just the business center. Decent room, but the location stinks. I could see marketing being an issue.
Message: Posted by: Kozak (Jan 2, 2009 10:47PM)
Hey Magic Cats, Happy New Year to all!

Just thought I would lay the Skinny.

I opened Christmas Day with a 6:00 show at The Comedy Stop in the Quarter at The Tropicana in Atlantic City.
I did go Dark on New years Eve as the room was pre sold before my contract went into effect. That will be my last day off for the next 5 years. I am under contract for 5 years 2 shows a day 3 & 6.

The Showroom is about 2 years old is beautiful, state of the art, seats 300, and costs 3 million to build out.
It's located in The Quarter at The Trop amidst high end retail stores, restaurants, and nightclubs.

The Comedy Stop has been in operation for 25 years in Atlantic City and 19 years in Las Vegas.
I have had a relationship with the Owner Bob Kephart since they opened, as a matter of fact this was my very first "Headline" gig from back in the day when Dennis Miller and I were the house MC's at the Pittsburgh Comedy Club.

The Comedy Stop and The Tropicana made me this tremendous offer after seeing my work in The World's Greatest in Vegas. They are familiar with my Comedy Club Material and seeing that I can take the "Edge" off for a Family Show saw that I fit this Market.

I will be adding a 3:00 show most likely around Valentines week after I do some intense Marketing and Promotion. TV, Radio, and print campaigns in all the major cities within a 2 hour radius of here. 23% of the population in America live in that zone.

I love this room it is perfect for me, I am doing more Magic and very little Stand-Up Comedy. I will be changing the show constantly so you will always see something different when you come. I have a deep repertoire from touring and flipping material as a Comic does for 25 years as a Headliner.


I am also the new Host of this web site and will be interviewing Headline Entertainers that come to town as well as reviewing restaurants and events.
http://www.atlanticcitypluggedin.com/index.html

I have only been opened for a week now and have already been visited by Meir Yedid, Andrew Goldenhirsh and Ken Northridge. Mike Finney will be headlining the evening show starting Monday the 5th and my old friend Joe Delion the week after.

I am also becoming a partner in The Trick Zone Magic Shop in The Quarter and will have a full line of Merchandising there.

I am Blessed and excited about this , but miss all my friends in Vegas like Jason Baney, Losander, Kevin James and his crew.....
But that is show biz, you go where you gotta go....
So if you can come see me, I'm in the market for new friends, new experiences and laughs.

I don't know why you cats are making such a big deal about 5 years 2 shows a day and no days off....
This ain't "Work" Boys.... This is Big Time "PLAY"
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jan 2, 2009 11:49PM)
Hey Paul,

Hello from an old friend! Very glad to hear you are doing so well! You've earned it!

~michael
Message: Posted by: ncarifo (Jan 3, 2009 01:27AM)
Way to go Koz! Next time I'm in Pgh, I'll get a group together for a drive to AC! Break a leg!

Nick Carifo
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Jan 3, 2009 12:58PM)
Hope you can save some scratch outta that deal.

I know you will be fine... stay tooned!!

:spinningcoin:
Message: Posted by: Erich Troudt (Jan 3, 2009 09:21PM)
I'm glad I was mistaken about the location of the room. I thought it was the little theater downstairs of the casino. The fact that its in the "Quarter" will make all the difference. Tons of shops and restaurants to draw people.

Can't wait to see it.
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (Jan 4, 2009 03:05PM)
Well, I know you say it but it still blows my mind...more than any magic trick!

Who in their right mind or other profession would commit to a five year deal with NO days off?

What other profession does something like that?

I wish you all the best of luck, yo.

I'm happy for you and sad at the same time. Sad because you won't have any time to come up to the city and take my bicycle tour.


Take care of your health and drink lots of water.

Good luck - :cheers:
Message: Posted by: pepka (Jan 4, 2009 11:37PM)
I'll definitely be checking him out this spring.
Message: Posted by: Ken Northridge (Jan 13, 2009 06:49PM)
Just thought I’d let you know I saw Kozak's show and thought it was terrific! His focus was definitely on some good strong magic, although as you know he is naturally a very funny person. He did a fair amount of mentalism as well and, as expected, his 5-minute warm up was awesome! He was also very nice about chatting with us for a while after the show.

In short, I highly recommend it!

There are some discount coupons (2 for the price of 1) in the local paper that I’d be glad to drop in the mail for any who is thinking about seeing the show before January 21. I have 4 coupons. Just PM your address.
Message: Posted by: TKO MAGIC (Jan 14, 2009 09:21AM)
Hey Ken, sounds great.
I went twice now and both times he wasn't there. I guess that blows that everyday gig lol. Actually the first time was my fault it was scheduled off and the second time he was scheduled but I guess he was sick??? It's only a 2 1/2 hr drive for me.

Todd
Message: Posted by: Kozak (Jan 14, 2009 12:27PM)
Thanks for the nice words from Ken!
Todd aka TKO Magic, I am so sorry about you missing me and your long drive, as you stated one show was scheduled off and the other show that you missed was scheduled for an earlier time slot as I had to go do a Television appearance. If and when you come please e-mail me KozaktheMagician@mac.com and I will comp you and your guests in. All the Best to you all and I appreciate the support, Koz
Message: Posted by: TKO MAGIC (Jan 14, 2009 03:16PM)
Thanks anyways Koz,
But I don't mind paying for great magic.
Things happen, I understand.
But I will email you the next time I come out, just to be on the safe side. lol

Todd
Message: Posted by: TKO MAGIC (Mar 24, 2009 09:38PM)
WOW, I just got back from Kozak's show. What an excellent show. A mix of old school and new school. Hats off to Kozak.
There is no reason not to come see Kozak if your within a 3 hour drive.
You can get a package deal wich includes dinner at the show, you get to see one of the best magic shows on the east coast, your supporting a fellow magician and get to talk with Kozak after the show. What else do you need???
My favorite part of the show is his patter and jokes.

Thanks Koz


Todd
Message: Posted by: inhumaninferno (Mar 25, 2009 08:45AM)
Great deal and congrats to Kozak. Loved your work when I saw WGM in LV.

Two shows a day will be Big Play and a tasty cakewalk. Dream come true. The shop partnership/merchandising along with being host of "acpluggedin" is fantastic and more than icing on the cake.

Okay, that's enough---my envy is showing...I better zip up!

Johnson
Message: Posted by: Ray Pierce (Apr 1, 2009 08:32PM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-20 13:32, Justin Style wrote:
Whether you love what you do or not...it's psychically impossible to work/perform or do [i]anything[/i] seven days per week for FIVE STRAIGHT YEARS.
[/quote]

The old time variety acts in Vegas ALWAYS did 7 days on. The dancers in the show were 6/1 with swings but the variety acts had no replacements so that was it.

I've done it myself for years but it DOES require a different mentality. I just divided the day up and allocated about 20% more rest time then when I was on a 6/1 schedule. You do have to take better care of yourself and have the stamina for it. Resting, conditioning and warming up are a vital part of the formula. Then again I grew up doing theme parks with 10 - 30 minute shows a day (1/2 hour on, 1/2 hour off) Is it easy? Not a chance but it does make you strong!
Message: Posted by: Jerskin (Apr 2, 2009 04:02PM)
It's a magic show, you don't need time off. Besides, there's nothing else to do in A.C., who wants a day off???
Message: Posted by: Ray Pierce (Apr 3, 2009 02:07AM)
[quote]
On 2009-04-02 17:02, Jerskin wrote:
there's nothing else to do in A.C., who wants a day off???
[/quote]
lol.. good point! It's fine as long as you don't cross the street. At least when we were playing Harrah's the put us up on Brigantine Island, not a bad gig!