Monday, February 14, 2011

To Vang Vieng

Left Luang Prabang at about 2:00 with a group of 11 People in a mini Bus with no AC.  I was in the back with 2 girls, one beautiful and one who I wanted to toss out of the bus.  That woman (Not the beautiful one) did not like the fact that I had the window open because it was blowing wind on her neck and she did not like it.  It was like 90 deg in the van with 11 people and she did not like the wind on her neck!  But being the nice considerate guy I am, I of course left the window open.  At the midpoint where we got out of the van to stretch our legs she demanded the front seat since pissing everyone off.  The second part of the trip was scary, we had to go through some windy, narrow roads that 2 cars could barely pass each other when the clouds / fog was so dense that you could not see 5' in front of the Minibus.

Finally made it to Vang Vieng after 6 hours (and 2 changes of underwear) got in a tuk tuk and found a room for a few days then headed into town.  Had food then headed to a bar and found one where you roll dice for your buckets. (Buckets FYI is how they serve drinks.  They equal about 4 normal drinks and 6x as strong) I did not win a free bucket but I did enjoy one while performing a bit of magic for some backpackers.

Went next to Q bar and after a bit of magic there someone bought me another bucket, I accepted!  I had to stop doing magic after that because I could not feel my hands to do any magic!  Over all great night of Magic, Drinking and Conversations!

Richard Glenn

Thursday, February 10, 2011

On the Mekong River

After leaving late from Chiang Khong the slow boat could not make it to PakBeng (the village halfway between Chiang Khong and Luang Prabang) because it was to dark and the river too dangerous.  So we stopped on the side of the river to sleep for the night. 

A group of us decided to build a fire on the beach to keep warm since it was going to be a cold night.  About an hour after starting the fire we were approached by some villagers and their kids.  They offered soup and fire wood for the night, for a more than reasonable price (60 Baht or 2 Dollars)

We ate and sat by the fire but the conversation with the villagers was nothing more than hand signals.  I thought it would be the perfect place to perform some magic.  Pulled out the cards and coins for about 30 min but the memory will last a lifetime.  The expressions were out of this world!  The children laughed and smiled while the adults look at me almost like a wizard.  It was a blast!

The villagers left for the night and the group all went to sleep.  I on the other hand was on fire duty since no one else knew how to tend much less start a fire! I did get to see the misty morning sunrise over the mountains surrounding the Mekong, and that was a beautiful site.   Well on to the boat (the boat on the right in the pic) for some much needed sleep!

Richard Glenn

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ko Phangan Day 1

Arrived on the Lampraha catamaran from Koh Samui and got a tuk tuk to the hostel that was booked. Omg scary! The room was damp and dark and the bathroom had holes in the wall to the outside. Toilet did not flush... Just nasty.

Went to another part of the island to look around and found another hostel that had rooms for a great price called the Coral Bungalows. The room was steps from the pool with hot water and AC.

Turns out though the pool had a party every other night that lasted till dawn with music so loud the water was dancing in the glasses.  Earplugs and an Ambian and the music faded away!

 Richard Glenn

Monday, January 17, 2011

Asia day 2 - Journey part 2

Finally took of from NYC but 2 hours late on this second flight. The flight was good, uneventful but long. I did find it odd that for the first time I needed to ask for things to be translated on the plane since everything was in Chinese.

We were 1 hour late arriving in Beijing leaving me with just 15 minutes to get off the plane, through the gigantic airport, then through security then onto my plane to Bangkok. Ran through the entire airport and got their just in time. THAT will be my exercise for the month thank you.

Flight to Bangkok was 4 and a half hours, but getting there finally was amazing. 1 am arrival time in Bangkok and my next flight to Ko Samui was not till 7… More waiting for me but the bathrooms here are amazing!  A quick 1 hour flight, get off the plane and greeted with this view… Ok off to sleep let the adventure begin.

Richard Glenn

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Asia Day 1 - Journey Part 1

Waiting - Today I learned why I hate the airline industry. I woke up this morning at 5:15 to head to the airport to fly out at 9:00. Turns out the plane i was to have caught had smoke in it leaving Vancouver and would not make it to NYC for 15 hours or so.

The airline checked my backpack, and said to come back to the airport around midnight. Instead of going home and waiting, booked a new 1 way flight with another airline. The first airline went and got my bag from the back and i went to another terminal at JFK.

I am now waiting here at the airport for 6 hours for this flight. McDonalds is my friend now and this is my view for the last 3 hours and for the next 2 as well. Glamorous life huh?! Time to practice some magic!

Richard Glenn

Monday, December 20, 2010

The packing is half complete...

Packing for Asia now, but also trying to decide what to bring to perform. I have finally come to the decision to just bring the classics of magics - a deck of cards and coins. Anything else I need I will pick up in Asia. Actually I am also testing the functionality of posting from my iPhone to here, the Facebook fan page and Twitter.

Richard Glenn

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Where do we go next?

Well it has been awhile I know, but a lot has happened in the last few months…  The show has been written, the title has been picked (Duality) and next step is practicing the show.

But as the practice was beginning I realized that I was feeling a bit removed from the magic, and also the interaction between my audience.  I also realized that the show I am putting together requires displaying many things not verbally.

So I started freaking out! How can I work on the interaction of me and my audience and do so with my actions and not my words.

Answer - Go perform magic somewhere that no one will understand a word I am saying.

So that is what I am going to do.  Jump on a plane with nothing but a backpack, a few decks of cards, coins and guts and head to Southeast Asia!  That’s right I am heading out in January and will be there till I feel I am where I need to be.

Come back here often to see the planning, trip and daily records of this magical journey.

Richard Glenn

Sunday, August 1, 2010

One of my favorite times...

I love an empty Theater… It is calming. True I love performing magic to a packed Theater more, but this is close 2nd!

Richard Glenn

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Reflections, is that really me?

Over the last 2 weeks I have discovered that looking at ones self is quite a scary thing.  Daunting even.  You need to be able look at yourself for whom you are, whom you really are and while doing that not lie to yourself.  Try it some day; it is not as easy as it sounds.  Lying to yourself is the easiest thing in the world to do.

But back to the point - who am I? Well to be honest I have to admit finally that I have quite a split personality.  I do not believe it requires medications (Yet) but I see there are for sure two distinct sides to my personality.

You have the conformist side, trying to fit in with the world around me.  Saying what he should, when he should and keeping an even keel with the people he knows.  He tries to be agreeable to everyone and keep the feathers from flying (is that a saying?).  He has been the ruling force in my daily life and my normal workdays.  He keeps me employed at my day job and has kept me out of jail. 
Then we flip the coin as they say and see the other side.  Here you find the crazy, fuck the world, does what he wants, says what he thinks and has a “who cares” attitude towards everything side of my personality.   He jokes around, makes everyone laugh (at him or with him – who cares). You will see him in the Bars of NYC, the Clubs in Vegas and anywhere else a glass of alcohol can be had.  To clarify I do not need to be drunk to find this side, it is just the environments where he thrives!  I know him well but I have done my best to keep control of him most of my life. 

To be honest though it is side that I wish I could have turned on 24/7

So what does this have to do with the new magic show…well everything!  As I said, if any show is going to be as successful as I hope it needs to come from deep inside.  The show has to be about who I really am and who I want to be.  So I have come to the conclusion that it is time to flip the switch and go for it.  Let the Devil out of the box and set him free as it were.  We will see now exactly what that mind will come up with for the show!  

Tune in next time and we will talk about the stage persona, this is going to be fun!

Richard Glenn