Tom Sisti – The Inspired Mic – October 20, 2015

The Inspired Mic is at Cypress Knoll Golf Course August 18th. The Inspired Mic boasts writers of all genres, magicians, musicians, mentalists, actors, motivational speakers, painters, just to name a few. The write-ups you read on this site were all written by the presenters as a way for you to get to know them. Pick your tickets up now, because they are $10 in advance, $15 at the door! You may get tickets in person at Change Jar Books, and at the Cypress Knoll Golf Course Country Club. You may also purchase advance tickets at The Inspire Mic

The Magic of Tom Sisti

Tom Sisti magicMy magic career began in the early 2000’s. I attended an Adult Ed class in Clifton, NJ High School. The class was entitled Introduction to Magic. The instructor was Dennis Telischak, a professional magician in northern New Jersey.

It was a 6 week class on Thursday nights. One night fell on the evening of Dennis’ “Magic Meeting”. Dennis belonged to the International Brotherhood of Magicians. His “Ring” or Chapter, #113, was for the Lyndhurst, NJ area magicians.

Most of the students attended the meeting. Just by chance, two popular magicians from northern New Jersey performed there; Rocco and Tony Hassini. I was extremely impressed with both men.

I was so impressed; I joined the Ring that night. Months later, I became the Secretary for two years, then the President for two years, then back to Secretary, and a second term of President. I am now in Ring #251, the Daytona Beach magicians. This Ring was inactive for four years. With the help of Harry Allen of Daytona Magic Shop, we now meet the second Thursday of each month for dinner at Bob Evans in Palm Coast.

I started with children’s’ magic, and did not enjoy it. I then turned to close-up, strolling, and walk-around magic. This is for a restaurant, cocktail hour type of setting. This caters to adults and families. I enjoyed this venue very much.

I still do strolling magic today, and have added parlor/small stage magic. This is a great venue for magic, also. I have come to enjoy parlor magic as much as strolling magic.

I can be seen performing at Grand Openings & Ribbon Cuttings. I also volunteer at Florida Hospital Flagler, and will perform at some of their events. I also perform monthly at Grand Oaks Nursing Home & Rehab.
Magic is an art. It requires lots of time and practice. Being able to perform the mechanics of a magic trick is a small part of being a magician. Redesigning the trick to your personality, and changing the “patter”, or verbal dialog is huge. Finally “acting” is a very large part of being a magician.

Harry Houdini once quoted: “A magician is an actor playing the part of a magician”. And finally practice, practice, practice is what keeps us as amazing as we need to be.

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