Wednesday, December 22, 2010
If you want to order the DVD for the 50th anniversary of the magic land of Allakazam show at the magic castle, you can catch that here http://magiclandofallakazam.com/ the DVD should be up really soon!
I'll throw these in too!
Artistic photos from the Getty!
Unfortunately I left my camera home, but fortunately my phone has a camera, and lighting was great!
Also I had photoshop fun with these.
That's it for now.
Happy Holidays to all! :D
Thursday, November 4, 2010
It seems like just yesterday I was performing a the Magic Castle, and now it has been over a month since.
Side note! new addition to my schedule is I am not doing martial arts private lessons! :D
Now lets see if I can retrace my steps so I can better describe my life ^^
SO! Wednesday the 13th I decided I wanted to return home to the Bay Area, and surprise my parents. However that is all I had planned haha!
So I literally packed up my stuff thursday evening after class, and drove 5 and a half hours home on highway five by my self. Upon arriving home I literally, walked in as quietly and as Ninja like as possible, and walked in to my parents office, where they always are.My mom was basically speechless, and my dad just started laughing. Very happy to give my parents such a pleasant surprise.
The next day, my plan was to go to Great America's Halloween haunt for the evening, because I heard and could tell from the photos, there was a lot new to the event than last year.
However I did not organize some one to go with, so I literally spent much of the evening of Friday the 15th looking for some one to go with. Luckily I caught Liz Osborn, who has been a friend of mine since my Senior year of high school. twas super lucky I caught her, because we would also be hanging out side of school for the first time.
As expected, we had a blast, GA haunt really has been one upping them selfs every year, and I can honestly say GA monsters really one upped Knotts monsters this year. Liz and I saw club blood...and more of Clayton than I had ever expected to see... Slaughterhouse, and toy factory which is always awesome! We also rode Vortex, Centrifuge, and the grizzly.
The next two days I had nothing planned, and really felt like I was on vacation...from this Vacation that has been... LA
Something thing cool that my parents did for me was they organized a diner gathering with my aunt, grandparents and sister. Twas delicious! It was prime rib! definitely hit the spot, and it was a wonderful time spent with family.
Any who I returned home on monday the at 3:45, right before my martial arts private lesson at 4! Just made it, and after the hour lesson and dinner, then continued teaching martial arts to my room mates and the girls from 101 until past midnight! BUT thats not all! my friend Katelyn decided to bake me a cake for my birthday... since she wanted to on my birthday, but couldnt before because I was busy. The 6 people or so who were in my room sang me happy birthday and we ate cake... and thanks to the cake I was up inhumanly late for the crazy day I had.
I had class on tuesday, and then afterwards I continued on to assist Greg Wilson with the post production of the magic land of allkazam.
Then Wednesday was really exciting! I got to do some editing during the day, then in the evening I met Ed Alonzo and Chris Mitchell to travel down to Knott's Berry farm to meet my good freind Jenna Jarvinen, who I had done over 500 shows with, back stage in magic shows : ).
Jenna came down to Knotts with her mom, and we all had a great time hanging out at Knotts, we saw the hanging the rated R stunt show that has no conscious AND has pre show dance circles... which aren't supposed to exist, but do because i'm in the crowd ;)
(vid thanks to Jenna Jarvinen)
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
CSUN 50 year history.
Like many state colleges, CSUN used to be farmland, CSUN used to specifically be groves of orange, avocado, and lemon trees. In the early 1950s state officials had identified the Baldwin Hills as the site of a new satellite campus for a four year school called LA state college. As a response San Fernando Valley community leaders and residences organized to overturn the legislation and ensure that a four year college would be built in the valley. On December 21st 1954, advocates for this “state school” In the valley idea hosted a dinner for 23 legislators at the Brown Derby on Wilshire Blvd. There they pitched the plan, and it worked. In 1955 the state assemblyman Julian Beck sent the legislation for approval.
Originally, the plan for CSUN was to be a community college, primarily a training school for teachers. The official ground breaking ceremony for the San Fernando Valley campus was on Jan 4th, 1956. The president of the LA state college Howard Mcdonald, California Govenor Goodwin Knight, and California superintendent of public Instruction Roy Simpson presided. The 165-acre campus was purchased for only 6,000.
In 1958 today’s CSUN turned from LA state college in to San Fernando Valley State College. The first major construction project was the South Library, which was completed in 1956. Soon after in 1963, the Sierra Tower, and complex was completed. For the next 34 years Northridge would continue to expand rapidly. Noted structures rose every where like the the current landmark of the CSUN campus, the Oviatt Library, which was completed in 1974. The campus expended until it’s brink in 1989, so much so, the near by horse racing track Devonshire Downs was incorporated in to the school as their track. The campus was greatly affected in 1994, due to the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that epic entered in Reseda, an area quite close to Northridge. Many buildings on campus were affected; the Oviatt Library remained closed for 6 years for repairs.
CSU Northridge has had a long history of student life. “The Daily Sundial” the school’s news paper had it’s first issue in 1957. In 1967 the first dormitory on campus Northridge hall opened. Aside from those noted campus life mile stones other major mile stones were forced by advocates in CSUN’s history. Through out the 60s and early 70s there were a lot of student movements for racial equality, and education of the realities of Vietnam. Most noted in 1969, 275 students were arrested for having an illegal open forum on campus, and then in 1971 a group of African American students from the student Union seized the 6th floor and forced the school in to making a reform to end perceived racism in the school system.
School athletics began in 1957, with swimming and water polo, and by the 1980s CSUN had hosted over 20 sports. In 1988, CSUN decided announced it’s movement in to division one sports, with the acceptation of foot ball, which remained in division two. Included I CSUN’s sport history is a Basketball team with a strong reputation, a successful base ball and softball team with a few championship victories, a dynasty of a decade for CSUN’s gymnastics, and a recent few years of a tough to beat and winning foot ball team.
CSU Northridge continues make the world double take at the impact it has been making on the world around it. In 1972, CSUN established the NCOD, a program for deaf students. Making CSUN the first post secondary program in the nation to provide interpreters for deaf students. CSUN has also been globally involved, since the 1970s Northridge has had a relationship with China, and since then many other countries, so many so CSUN has become a noted convocation point for many political leaders internationally. In CSU Northridge’s history the school has developed a reputation for science, business, the arts, journalism, cinema and televsion. Just next semester, Northridge will complete their new performing art’s center adding to the ascetic appeal of their campus and the already well developed theater art programs. And with in the next few years, a new student fitness center will be completed, including a rock wall and an indoor track, adding to the school’s already noted reputation for good student life on campus. A happy 50 year anniversary to CSUN from me!