“Every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige”…

16 07 2012

Great words spoken by Mr Caine in the Prestige. I watched it again very recently and was reminded of how my own pursuit in this particular field of study has been lacking somewhat. So a new resolution abounds.

At the end of the current series of the various shows I’m watching on Netflix, I’ll cancel my subscription for a few months. Same for LoveFilm. Spotify subscription can stay as music does help me focus quite a bit. The games consoles can stay as they get very little use at the moment other than to stream both of the previous video services. There are a few games coming out which I will be picking up but that’s not for a few months yet. I am tempted to disconnect the Sky box though as that will be a distraction. I’ll see how it goes, maybe it won’t be such a problem. There’s not a lot of things I’m recording on Sky at the moment and the things I am are finishing in an episode or two.

But onwards, I have a stack of books on magic practice and theory that comes up to my waist I need to work through. For a hobby that ┬áconsumed my life for over 2 years I never progressed beyond the table card magic stage, with only a handful of coin sleights and tricks learn. Time to set new goals. I wanna have at least 2 or 3 full coin routines mastered by Xmas and some full card routines perfected too so that hopefully when put together they can be performed as a single cohesive half hour show. I miss the feel of a deck of cards in my hand. There was something quite reassuring about it a few years ago that no matter what else in my life I couldn’t control, the mastery I had over the 52 pasteboards was entirely mine, but then I am in a much better place now personally. Whatever happened to the days of when I would never leave the house without at least one deck of cards in my pocket I wonder?

Anyway, that’s the plan for the immediate future but also alongside those things, it’s time to seriously give myself a kick up the arse about getting that website made and the business cards designed. I’ve had the sketches for the design of them for almost three years now and never got beyond the enquiry stage. So there is that to sort out as well.

Other than, not much else to report, my skill with the straight blade seems to be improving vastly with no nicks or cuts the last few times I’ve shaved. Something very gentlemanly about lathering up with a proper shaving brush and despite some protests by certain friends who know who they are! I don’t see the connection between shaving with a cut throat and hipsters. If someone could enlighten me, I’d greatly appreciate this. My one sad thought about the cut throat shave as much as I do love it, is that for years I maintained the three day stubble look and my beloved beard trimmer now sits forlornly on the shelf next to the cut throat gathering dust. Sad times, I hate it when electronics don’t get their intended use.

I had another great weekend in London. I seem to be getting quite good at submitting my work reports on the Saturday after I finish work in record time to be able to hit the town by the time the train gets to London. Saturday night me and Pat met up with KJ and Ric for dinner and some drinks as it has been too long since I saw them. Was great to spend a few hours with just some good conversation. Sunday Morning the two of us headed up to Kings Cross to meet some lovely ladies for cake and coffee. One of them being the lovely lady I took out last week. Always a pleasure to see her :-D Few hours there and then off the V&A Museum to meet KJ again but with James this time who again I haven’t seen in a criminal amount of time so we had a spot of lunch. After that I went off and met the lady again for a few hours before catching the last train out of Marylebone back home. Pretty good weekend all round :-)

This morning I had a shoot for TEFL, it was a video that I’m told is going to be shown out in the Middle East about the experiences of learning a new language. It was all over quite quickly though. 20 minutes in front of a green screen. I’m not sure if that’s a positive reflection on my ability to take direction or I should be worried! :-/ well not much that can be done about it now. It did make me laugh when they called me about the job last Friday though. The lady told me over the phone that it was the piece of my showreel where I’m doing my indian accent that really sold them on it. Everyone who knows which film I’m talking about knows that “The Fresher” is something of a production that my friend Adam who directed it wasn’t particularly proud of but that’s a blog for another time. However I think we’re both suitably impressed that something good came out of it. For those who don’t know, I’ve included the link to my showreel below so that everyone can so, enjoy!

And if you’re an agent reading this blog, please get in touch! :-D

Toodles! xx


“That’s Amore…”

9 07 2012

Another great weekend gone by! :-)

These are starting to become a regularity. I’m hoping it continues like this for a spell longer.

So after I finished work on Saturday night I took a train straight up to London and met my friend Alex. Along with him and two other we were going to see Spiderman at the IMAX later that night. What a film! I’d forgotten how much I love the IMAX screen. Definitely going to have to come up and see more films here soon. Well Batman in two weeks. Cannot wait! :-D

The film itself was well worth the trip and the money. I prefer Garfield’s Peter Parker over Toby Maguire. He just seemed to play it a lot more vulnerable and naturally. So go and watch it.

Sunday, me and Alex met up with some of our other old school mates and had lunch in Brick Lane. It was lovely to see them, must make more of an effort to meet them more regularly!

And then Sunday evening, the main event! I had a date!

Now I normally find out as much as I can about my date before I take them out, and I had all these grand plans in mind. But in the end, I decided a different approach. Just something quite nice and chilled out. The grand plans can be saved for another time. I met Sunday evening and we weren’t to a little Japanese place on Wardour Street. I had booked the place truthfully without finding out much about it, but it worked in my favour later on. We sat down and started chatting and then we sued ly realised that the menu and everything else was actually controlled via a touch screen projection system viewed directly on the table. So we were both a bit :-O by that but normal conversation soon resumed. My idea was to find a bar or a pub nearby after the restaurant but we actually just walked around for what must have been two hours after. And it was fun, there weren’t any awkward silences and we laughed. A lot! Lol, it flowed very naturally and it was one of the most comfortable dates I’ve ever had.

At the end of the night I walked her back to her bus stop and got the last tube back, I’m happy to say it went rather well and I’m looking forward to seeing her again. :-) things are continuing their good streak this year. :)

Anyway, I’ll keep things updated a bit more regularly from now, the frequency of my posts have been a bit rubbish lately.

And if she’s reading this, the Slovakians will never catch me ;-)


#I have often walked, down this street before…#

3 07 2012

Well, over a month since my last post! And what a month its been!

Let’s get the rubbish stuff out the way first. My wonderful brother yet again in all his pettiness has decided hat he can longer even say something to my face so a few weeks ago I had my sister come visit under the pretence of coming to see how things are going. Few minutes in, she goes,

“So he wants to know what you’re doing?”
“He? Who?”
“Ruhel, (my brother) apparently you said you were gonna only stay a year, it’s been a year. What are you doing”
“Wow, he lives 10 feet away from me and he couldn’t be arsed to come and ask me himself? Tell ya what, tell him if he wants to ask me something, he can man up and do his own dirty work rather than send you. Why would you even get involved in his childish little games?”

That was the end of that conversation! Watch this space for how things develop. Truthfully I did think that time last year I would only be here for a year before I moved out again and I said as much but you know, sometimes life throws you a curve ball, adapt, improvise and all that. Clearly something my bother hasn’t quite got the grasp of yet!

I made a decision a few days ago, it weighed heavily on while I was thinking about it but since I’ve made it I’ve felt a lot lighter. The next time I leave home, I think I’ll be cutting all ties to my family. It’s something that I have thought long and hard about and I’m reminded of advice that I’ve given to friends about their own past boyfriends and over bearing manipulative best friends, if you’re unhappy remove the negative influence from your life. I don’t see why that same advice shouldn’t be applicable to family members too. I know some people will tell me that I’m lucky to have a family and so on and so forth, but the key matter of it is, they are horribly selfish bunch of people who would sooner break your spirit than show affection towards you. So over the next few months I’ll be slowly removing myself from all aspects of that part of my life. Fresh start so to speak. And I feel pretty good about it :-)

On to the good stuff! This month has been superb! I turned 26 and had a low key birthday with some close friends which was nice to just keep it that way. As much as I would have loved to have a big bash with everyone there, I think I’ll save that for another time. The rest of the month passed fairly uneventfully with work going pretty well. I got taken through to to Nokia’s Super Team so I will have a job for the next 6 months at the very least and Canada is looking like a real possibility now. In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I plan to move to Canada to pursue acting there for a while on the advice of my friend Sheena.

In the transitional phase between the end of my first correct with Nokia and the start of my new one as part of the super team I had a week off work. Mostly spent bumming around not doing much as I generally tend to do on my days off but the weekend….what a weekend :-D seriously I’m smiling just thinking about it. I can’t tell you exactly why it was so good. I didn’t do much that wouldn’t have done on any other weekend in London. But this one was just amazing.

So I went up on Friday, picked up some basic tees from American Apparel as per my last blog post. Went and met my friend Sophie for a few drinks. Then out with my old friends from Bose as Tim had his last day. Another long standing member gone but my feelings on that company are well known. What a great night! A great turn out with those people I miss working with so dearly. Drinks were drunk, laughs were had and we ended up in Grace bar where I had my leaving do last year when I left London. Memories :)

Saturday started in a quieter way, I went and saw my friend Naomi for lunch with her Dad and her sister. That completes the whole Kay family meeting for me :-P lol, her dad who used to be a chef cooked us lobster, crab claws, scallops and prawns. My first time eating lobster and crab but wow! I can’t believe it took me this long to get round to it! The lunch was delicious needless to say, and after wards we had a little sit down and a chat. That afternoon I went and met Pat who just had his last day at The Poor School for this semester and G an old school friend. Pat had been growing a beard for a rather long time for the play he was in so off we went to Teds. God that place makes you feel like a king. The three of shaved and fresh stepped out an hour later reading the night ahead. After a quick trip back to Pats we were off to meet his class mates for a great night ahead. I’m gonna skip ahead now as this is turning into a bit of an essay lol! It was an amazing night and the only downside to it was I felt a little sad I hadn’t gone to a drama school at the same time! But that feeling didn’t last, the night was a great reminder I have some awesome friends and made some new ones too, and the final piece I mentioned I few weeks back could well fall into place after that night ;-)

Sunday was a relaxed day with a little trip down to Southampton to have lunch with Elly and Niamh. My first time at Turtle Bay which was Niamh’s choice of restaurant and good choice too! Food and cocktails. Winning all the way. And then finally back to Bicester on the Sunday night. That concludes my best weekend of the year. I’m not sure there’s much that could top that weekend but well see. The next few weeks should be interesting :)

Until next time. Toddles!