Snake Oil Productions,
professional variety entertainment and other modern conveniences.
proprietress, designer, performer, producer, makeup artist,
stitcher, props-fabricator, illustrator
Updated 12/03/2007 .
MAGIC and SLEIGHTS
OF HAND: Jim Frank
Frank has been practicing and performing magic for approximately
30 years. In that time, he has dazzled closeup audiences in
a myriad of venues, in dozens of costumes and themes.
Relying on interactivity, the cornerstone of closeup magic,
Jim brings his audiences through the manipulations so that young
and old alike are entranced in the magic.
See Jim at his own website, Period
A major portion of Jim's performance year finds him
Although he choreographs the festival stunts, he still finds time to perform magic for
Seen here performing at the
Maryland Renaissance Festival in 1998, Jim has been
instrumental in incorporating closeup magic locations across the festival site. Believing
that guests should be constantly enjoying themselves, he helped create the magic corners
so that the audiences would feel they receive personal attention from each show.
Interested in the historical aspects
of magic, Jim has also sought to study the older tricks to present them at the period
events he performs. An example would be his study of the chain technique, "Fast and
Loose", which was written about by Shakespeare and has now become a common phrase in
the English language; Jim spent months researching all available notations of the
technique to perform it for period festivals.
Many events require specialty
costumes and needs.
Jim dressed as Benjamin
Franklin for an "American"-themed city festival, where he performed sleights of
hand as the famous man. In this venue, "Ben" performed period magic including
some with "electric" results.
Performers find that variety IS the
spice of life. Jim comes equipped with many magic skills and the supplies for each special
event, including appropriate dress.
|Jim in his zoot suit, ready for a natty trick or two for an unsuspecting guest.
Jim Frank performing his "Fast and Loose" chain routine at a Civil
War-era cotillion ball, given by theatrical company
Vpstart Crow, Inc. At the fundraiser
cotillion, guests, costumed or black tie, were treated to period food, festivities, and
costume looks can include:
-- Riverboat Gambler
-- "Festive" Black Tie