Performing at the UMC Children’s Hospital

In Southern Nevada there’s a great organization called Win-Win Entertainment that pairs entertainers with local charities for performance opportunities, and this past July we were happy to share some magic with the children at the UMC Children’s Hospital of Southern Nevada! Their smiles were heartwarming and we are looking forward to working with Win-Win and more local charities in the future!

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Check out the video below to see highlights from our performance at UMC:

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Vegas to Alaska and back!

From May through September we are flying back and for between performing on the Disney Wonder and flying back home to Las Vegas, where we often have shows as well. Needless to say, it’s going to be a busy summer! On Disney Cruise Line the season has been awesome already. We really had a great time on the 5 day trip from San Diego to Vancouver, Canada, spending the day in San Francisco and catching up with a local magician friend of ours Alex Ramon. He was so kind to show us the sights of his beautiful city all day, and we even stopped at the local magic shop as well. If you’re in the Bay Area be sure to check out one of his shows!

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Shows on the Disney Wonder have been going great, and we are loving Alaska. It’s our 3rd summer there, but we hadn’t been back since 2007 so it all seems new again. Check out the photo collage below to see some of our adventures so far:

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Always a blast performing on Disney Cruise Line. On the Disney Wonder they have an exclusive Pixar Party where we caught up with Mike & Sulley from Monsters Inc!

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Back in Las Vegas we regularly perform in variety shows all over town and on June 14th we appeared in “Toast of the Town” at Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino. We’ll actually keep our full illusion show onboard the Disney Wonder all season, but we also have a second set of equipment at home for other performances. Later on this year we’ll be headlining there with our full illusion show, details to come!

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Later on this week we’ll be flying back to Juneau, Alaska to rejoin the Disney Wonder for more shows in the Walt Disney Theatre and in Wavebands nightclub! Thanks for reading – Mistie

Talk shows, filming for TV & Disney Cruise Line

This past spring has been exceptionally busy for us! In March we were guests on Las Vegas’ only late night talk show, The Will Edwards Show where we talked about winning Wizard Wars and performed a few pieces of magic as well. To see video from the show, click on the link here: Will Edwards Show

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We also were featured in the April/May issue of Vanish Magazine in an article called “Married in Magic”, where I tell the story of how we met, talk aboutwhat it’s like performing together for 12+ years and how we balance our work and relationship. Download the article for free at www.VanishMagazine.com

 

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In Maywe were guests on a Las Veags entertainment industry radio show called “The Jacobs Ladder Show” with Stephen & Carolyn Jacobs, where we Kyle and I each told the our stories of our journeys in the entertainment industry. You can listen to our interviews at http://www.vegasallnetradio.com/jacobs-ladder-show.html

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As of April, we’ve also have our full illusion show installed in the Walt Disney Theatre onboard the Disney Wonder. We had a great time in the Caribbean the past couple months and we’ll be touring Alaska & Canada this summer, and then onto Hawaii this September!

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In April, between our shows on the Disney Wonder, we actually flew back to Las Vegas to film a new television show with Penn & Teller that will air this summer on network TV. Stay tuned for details and follow us on social media for announcements! – Mistie

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Behind the Scenes of “Wizard Wars”

For this month’s blog I thought we’d give everyone a behind the scenes look at our experience creating and performing magic on SyFy’s Wizard Wars! For starters, the pressure of the show was very real, and the stress of creating magic under such limited parameters and time constraints was one of the most difficult experiences of our career. We only had a matter of days to create, build and test our routines before performing them for judges and for millions of viewers. At times it felt like complete insanity, and needless to say it was a lot of work with very little sleep!

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Each team creates routines for both the challenger and the wizard round, with the assumption you will go forward and compete against the in-house wizards. We actually went through several different ideas for the routines that we wanted to perform, but one thing that was important to us no matter what our routine, was that it flowed and that each routine had a beginning, middle and end, and most importantly, that we try to combine all of the items in creating the magic. Kyle is quite the carpenter, and having built many of our illusions in the past, he was able to build props for this round while I focused on writing the script and streamlining the routine.

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Making the toaster work the way we needed it to was a never-ending project and

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 In the photo below we’re shooting our “side stage” magic performances featured in our intros on the show. We actually filmed two different effects including the rose production an our ring escape illusion, which didn’t air. You can see us below getting a make up touch-up between takes.

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After we found out that we won the first round and were advancing on to the final round, we only had 10 minutes before we were to be onstage performing our 2nd routine, and in that time we had to change microphones, set up the props and change costumes. They have a curtain across the stage that is lowered once filming is ready to begin, and behind that curtain just minutes before the photo below was taken, it was total chaos for us. I was half-naked onstage trying frantically to get into my costume and the production assistant is telling me we have to film NOW! At that same moment, Kyle realized that someone had though they were helping us by filling our egg carton with eggs. Needless to say this was not helpful and Kyle was throwing raw eggs offstage and they were smashing all over the place! It was crazy, but once we hit the stage our head was back in the game and we nailed it!

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Asia trip, Winning “Wizard Wars” and performances in Las Vegas

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What a month February was for us! We spent the beginning of the month in Japan & Thailand and the trip was amazing. We’d racked up a lot of frequent flier miles traveling for the show all of these years, and we decided to use some miles for a special trip since I’d always wanted to visit Southeast Asia. We had one day of exploring in Tokyo & Narita, Japan and then 2 weeks in Thailand with stops in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Phuket. The entire trip was incredible and I will be posting photos and video from our adventures on my Youtube travel channel and my travel blog. The photo collage below shows some of the highlights of our trip!

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While we were over in Asia, our episode of “Wizard Wars” aired on the SyFy channel back in the US! What amazing experience that was, creating magic with random objects and competing against other magicians on national television. In the end we won both rounds, fooled the judges – including Penn & Teller – with an original magic effect and took home the $10,000 grand prize! We got lots of great press for our win on Wizard Wars, including articles in VegasNews.com and on VegasChatter.com. If you missed our episode – “Silly Rabbits” – you can view it on demand on SyFy.com/wizardwars or download it on iTunes. Stay tuned for another blog talking about what it was like creating and performing magic under such pressure, with a look behind the scenes!

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Onstage performing on SyFy’s “Wizard Wars”

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With the “Wizard Wars” judges after our big win!

Also this month we performed at Wonderground, a show featuring magic and variety performances each month in Las Vegas. It’s always a fun scene, especially with so many magic industry friends in the audience. We even got a chance to try out a brand new magic effect with an egg, inspired by our winning routine on Wizard Wars.

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With fellow Las Vegas magicians Jeff McBride & Jan Roven

If this month wasn’t busy enough for us, we also did an interview and performance on Channel 13 KTNV “The Morning Blend” here in Las Vegas. To view the full segment and see us performing some brand new magic, click on the link below the photo.

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Kyle Knight & Mistie on “The Morning Blend” in Las Vegas

 Around Valentine’s Day we were also featured on CNN.com in an article called “SoulMate Stories” and the story of how we met was featured in the February issue of MAGIC Magazine, the largest publication for the magic industry. For now we’re enjoying being home in Las Vegas for a few more weeks before we head back to Disney Cruise Line to headline on Disney Wonder in the Caribbean & Bahamas this spring! Thanks for reading – Mistie

Spending the holidays in the Caribbean on Celebrity Reflection

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We just got back from 6 weeks headlining in the 1200 seat Reflection Theatre on Celebrity Reflection! During our time there we visited San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saint Maarten and St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, and we had the chance to perform for over 14,000 people!

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One of the highlights of this contract was definitely our sailing trip with Fury Charters to snorkel with the sea turtles at Buck Island!

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We were also lucky enough to have my dad cruising with last month. It’s always special to have him in the audience during our show!

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Toward the end of the contract over half of our audience was from Mexico, so I ended up translating bits of the show in Spanish. It amazes me how often that happens with the show, wherever we are! Thanks for reading, hope everyone has a happy new year! – Mistie