#vault #shawnstevens #retro #digitalrelease #mysticminstrel @magicmikelikey #comingsoon https://youtu.be/KpIkGwzaEQI
Friday, November 10, 2017
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
#Halloween Part 2 #WarOfTheWorlds #RadioShow @magicmikelikey @magicmikescastle @magicmikescastlemysteries #MagicMikesCastle #Winnipeg https://www.mixcloud.com/magicmikescastle/magic-mike-likeys-castle-mysteries-part-2-war-of-the-worlds/
Monday, October 30, 2017
#Halloween #WarOfTheWorlds #Anniversary #RadioProgram #Winnipeg @MagicMikesCastle @MagicMikesCastleMysteries https://www.mixcloud.com/magicmikescastle/magic-mike-likeys-castle-mysteries-war-of-the-worlds-part-1/
Friday, October 27, 2017
#FBF 2012 #Winnipeg #McNallyRobinson #Booksigning #TheScienceOfTheSoul @drmichaellikey @McNallyRobinsonBooksellers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca3Cmkb8_Qk
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
#dracula #halloween @magicmikelikey #castle #winnipeg #podcast https://www.mixcloud.com/magicmikescastle/monster-month-dracula-part-3/
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Some pre-Halloween fun! #magicmikescastlemysteries #webcast #blastfromthepast @magicmikelikey https://youtu.be/bf7qp6ukQk8
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Enjoy this excerpt from I AM Magic Mike Likey! Collector’s Edition
It was 1981 or '82, and I was working for Westfair Foods ad department as their illustrator for the SuperValu (later Great Canadian Superstore) ads. I had just acquired the position two months after relocating from Toronto, having gotten married (first time around) and acquired a job as Layout/Paste-up Artist for the Downtowner newspaper, where I also had my cartoons regularly published for two years by then.
I had moved from Toronto fully expecting to also work part-time as a magician (stage and close-up) as I already had a couple of shows under my belt from the Toronto area. One Saturday night, I decided to drive around my new city, "feeling out" just the right places to approach about doing magic for them. My strategy was (and still is) to enforce the idea that magic is a strong marketing gimmick, used in most large cities to make more money for the sponsor by promoting the fact that they have a magician doing magic in their bar or restaurant, which most people get excited about. With the magic genesis relatively new at the time, (Copperfield and Henning were hot properties on TV and their specials drew high ratings) I was confident that I could convince a few places to hire me. I also had with me my "close-up magic box" filled with "miracles" to dazzle them with! I genuinely loved (and still do) magic and entertaining people, so I had the right attitude too. I passed by a place called "September's", (on Garry street, I believe) circling around the block a couple of times and then finally parking in their lot. I trusted my instincts, and armed with my close-up case, I entered the premises, determined to sell myself. The desire was just to do as much magic as I could for audiences and interacting with people, not so much the money aspect, so there (unbenounced to myself) I also had another key ingredient to success: playing down the pay!
I walked in, walked up to a server, and asked him where the owner was, saying I hoped to do magic here. He introduced me to a small, rotund European woman, who had an affable demeanor; barely able to speak English, she quickly introduced me to her son, Jiri (pronounced "Yeery") and his wife Reema. (spelled "Rima") We immediately hit it off, as I'm of European background, (my mother was an immigrant of Austrian/Russian Jewish descent, while my dad was of Polish/Jewish descent) Jiri and Rima were so pleasant and intelligent, seeing immediately the advantage of hiring me; besides, I was asking only for $50. for walk-around magic for an hour, plus a stage show. I was to start 11:00 p.m. the following Saturday-night, as they got the after-bar crowd, which in Winnipeg at the time meant that they were rowdy, fun, and friendly, perfect for magic! The following week, my first steady gig was fraught with culture-shock, as I came from a stand-up comedy background, where the "f"-bomb was used all the time; not so here! Imagine my shock when I casually dropped an "f"-bomb during a trick, and the female bar-fly I was doing the trick for responded with "EXCUSE Me?" Taken aback, I continued on, but learned quickly to go more conservatively with my audiences. When I was accused (after performing for a mixed outdoor adult audience) of having a sexist and violent show because I used a fake arm-chopper/guillotine in one routine and a brassiere for another trick, I realized again the kinds of audiences I could potentially face, so I dropped any suggestive and scary tricks from my all of my shows which (by-the-way) worked well everywhere else. Even in New Westminster, B.C., I was asked by the administration of Westminster Quay Public Market to drop the line from my show, "It's Magic Mike, not Copp-a-feel" which worked well, eliciting laughs not only in Winnipeg, but throughout North America; I guess you never know; when in doubt, go conservatively. I've long since put that "Copp-a-feel" line back in my shows when doing a particular trick. Regardless, at September's I did mainly Mentalism/Fake mind-reading culling from the amazing Kreskin's repertoire for my stage shows, doing tricks with appearing, disappearing, and color-changing canes and candles, and doves as well. My close-up magic consisted mainly of a bare-handed vanish and re-appearance of a red, silk hanky, cards that mysteriously changed to all blanks and back again, sponge "clones", and many other tricks too numerous to mention, and all housed in my close-up case. When I deviated slightly from any of my tricks or routines, the regulars demanded that I did this or that particular trick, which week-after-week, they never seemed to tire of! I guess there was a security and familiarity about always doing the same tricks for them. I'll never forget the night that I chose to substitute one finale trick for another, the howls for "The vanishing Coke bottle! Where's the vanishing Coke bottle?" I never left it out again. I used what magicians call a "bang-wand" in the routine, (a wand that fires a cap that goes "bang" and also shoots out a flame of fire!) in all of my birthday party shows as well, for the same Coke bottle trick. On one occasion, the flash-paper landed on the parent's couch, not disintegrating quickly enough, thus leaving a small burn hole. There was a pregnant pause, and a deep breath from everyone. The parents (wonderful souls that they were) later said that it was "an old couch any ways!" still giving me my pay-check. I offered to forgo my fee to pay to fix the couch, but they refused. In another birthday-party show, I remember the birthday-boy asking for the rabbit which he had seen me produce at another friend's party. My quick and thoughtless response was "Your dad wouldn't pay the extra $10. for it!" Needless to say, I received an equally-rude response back from the dad by telephone later, who argued initially with my paltry $50. fee! Oh, the perils of doing children's birthday parties...seldom from the kids themselves!
A moment about my close-up case at this point. Some magicians ascribe to the school of close-up magic where the performer carries everything on their person, crammed in pockets, but still maintaining "pocket management", or knowing and organizing where every trick is at every given moment. This is too much for me. I want to focus on entertaining my audience, not fumbling and worrying about where everything is, after all, what if I pull out one trick while pattering on about another one? At the very most, I keep my sponge-ball trick either in my pants pockets or jacket pocket. I keep my thumb-tip and hanky (or sometimes folded money) in the breast pocket of my waistcoat or jacket, and a key-chain in my back pants pocket. Everything else is housed in my close-up case, which, after approaching a table and introducing myself, I plop down on the guests' tables. It gives me a nice, felt-like surface to work on (like a "close-up stage" if you will) for any card and coin work I might do, but it also adds a central focus, also "announcing" that the "show is about to begin"! I LOVE my close-up case, which I sometimes call my "mysterious magic-box of mystery", tongue-in-cheek, for family audiences. I found my current one at Value Village, and it's a beauty! It's like a cutlery-box, around the same size, and all red-felt, with a perfect "working surface" on top; I added a 3-sided gold picture-frame to the top of it so that objects don't roll off of it. The top half tilts open, and also stays shut, secured by a small, gold, looped rope which fits over another gold rope/knot attached to the bottom half. It's beautiful and came ready made: in the world of magic, close-up cases can cost $200. or more and are made of heavy, attractive wood, but they also have nifty compartments, which can sometimes be custom-made to fit the magician's specific props. Mine cost $10. My very first close-up box/case was an actual cutlery box, with the innards removed. I had someone custom-sew a red-velour close-up mat (working surface) to fit the exact size of the top of the box. It Velcroed on and off, in case I just wanted to use the mat without the box, which would remain at what I call "home base": an area in the restaurant or bar where I could safely leave my case and other props so that I could go back to "home-base" to retrieve a new prop, or re-set another.
My second regular gig (which I got at the same time as "September's") was for "Gabby's" restaurant on Pembina highway in Winnipeg. It had a western theme, so I was forced to endure both the "Doc Holiday" moniker, as well as the western garb! Nonetheless, I received endless crucial experience in the close-up magic world, performing twice-a-week there, in addition to doing a kids' stage show Sunday afternoons. I remember on one occasion, I approached a large table of twelve people; (a magician's dream, as the management hears the exaggerated reactions thanks to the larger audience) the distinguished, grey-haired older gentleman turned around to me, quietly declaring in hushed whispers to me, "We're Jehovah's witnesses, we don't believe in magic." I was stunned. I quickly replied, "You know that it's not real magic, we're only having fun here, don't you?" He quickly dismissed me with a wave of his hand, as if saying, "Off you go, now!" Feeling hurt and rejected, I immediately mentioned this to the management and the workers in the kitchen, all of them re-assuring me that it wasn't a personal thing. It was the first time I felt helpless, for no good reason. Ah, the perils of working for the public!
From these initial steady magic-jobs, (which lasted a few years) I was asked for business-cards, and thus grew the amount of shows I did in Winnipeg to average two-hundred a year. In short fashion, I was making more from magic in my spare-time than I was with my full-time job in advertising.
I shared these stories with you because recently I did my first close-up gig in years, (usually I do stage-magic, medium-sized tricks performed for larger audiences from a slight distance and/or a stage or platform) which management loved and has invited me back for future special promotions. I'm falling in love with magic all over again!
Find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/magic.mike.likey
Purchase I AM Magic Mike Likey! Collector’s Edition on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/AM-Magic-Mike-Likey-Collectors/dp/1539092550/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1502643917&sr=1-1&keywords=I+AM+Magic+Mike+Likey-the+Collector%27s+Edition
Monday, August 14, 2017
Dr. Michael Likey (Magic Mike Likey) recounts stories from when he was a television and media celebrity in Winnipeg, Canada in the 1980's and '90's. Filled with humorous anecdotes and tall tales of misadventure, this is not only an autobiographical account of Magic Mike Likey, but is also important for its historical significance, and also for Magic Mike's place in Winnipeg's so-called Golden Age of Television! If you want to recapture the magic that was (and still is) Winnipeg, this is for you! This collector's edition also contains more than 30 rare and collectible photographs! https://www.amazon.com/AM-Magic-Mike-Likey-Collectors/dp/1539092550/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1502643917&sr=1-1&keywords=I+AM+Magic+Mike+Likey-the+Collector%27s+Edition
Saturday, August 12, 2017
I’ve been doing magic professionally since 1981. I started doing a small stage/platform show in the summer of 1981 in Toronto, and then after my move to Winnipeg that year, I continued doing stage-magic in addition to working as a full-time Graphic Designer and Editorial Cartoonist.
In November of 1981, I started my regular close-up and platform-magic gig at a restaurant/lounge called “September’s”: the owners were kind enough to gamble that I would bring in an after-hours crowd, which I did! Besides producing and vanishing doves in my show, I also did Mentalism (a la Kreskin) plus close-up/walkaround magic in-between my stage shows. That led to many more corporate, stage, and birthday-party magic shows, including a regular, twice-weekly stint at “Gabby’s Restaurant”! (again, see left-side of above banner for a pic from those days)
For my close-up/walkaround/table-to-table magic, I always used a cutlery box which I altered and painted, topping it off with a Velcroed close-up mat/pad made of crushed red velour. The case housed a myriad of trick playing-cards, coins, and many other professional magic-tricks, and I continued to use a fancy “close-up case” in one form or another until recently, late summer 2017. It was recently, for a Dairy Queen “Miracle Treat Day” promotion, that I decided to go without the heavy and cumbersome case (see picture/banner above) and work strictly out of my pockets.
I had to seriously choose a dozen or less tricks from the many dozens of tricks that I had been doing for years, plus some newer ones that my case housed; to make things more challenging, I had to stuff these tricks into the pockets of my three-piece suit without looking like a stuffed turkey! Fortunately, choosing my more effective and familiar tricks was relatively easy, and stuffing them into my pockets was even easier, as I have TONS of pockets in my pants, jacket, and waist-coat. (vest) The other problems were two-fold: remembering where each trick was, (so that I don’t accidentally pull out one deck while intending to do an entirely different trick) plus the anxiety associated with this issue. After a little practice to remember automatically where everything was, I was ready. This technique of stuffing the pockets creatively and remembering where everything is is also known among professional magicians as “Pocket Management”.
Choosing the Effects
As stated previously, the effects had to meet some criteria, including being visually stunning and interesting, plus, in order to make me grow past the familiarity of doing the same tricks, many that I have been doing since 1981, (mainly because they are easy but look impossible to lay-audiences and are therefore “sure-fire”) I selected a few brand-new stunners, three of which were created by magical genius (and fellow-easterner) Jay Sankey! These are “Mismade Monopoly” (with my own twist of handing out the final bill, (after it had gone through numerous “transformations”) which serves as a fancy business-card, as my image and particulars are printed on this final piece of “money”; the modus operandi for this and similar “bill switches” was used by David Copperfield and Doug Henning in their television specials of the 1980’s and ‘90’s, after a technique refined by magician Michael Ammar from the original version by Mike Kozlowski! Another Sankey effect is his visual “Holey Moley” and “Holey Stretch”, in which two metal washers change in a visual and mysterious manner, eventually stretching into a longer, metal version of the original ones! Another visually stunning Jay Sankey effect called “In a Flash” involves a signed card, signed coin, and small piece of tissue-paper; the coin and the card end up somewhere after a surprising flash of fire!
I included a variation of the “Invisible Deck”, also from an idea by Jay Sankey, in which a named card by a spectator (they can name, quite literally ANY card) either is the only card in the deck with an “X” on it, or sometimes all the cards have an “X” except the named card! This produces gasps every time! For the kids, I do a sponge-ball routine called “Clones”, also a rope-trick called “Professor’s Nightmare” and lead into a ring-off-rope routine culminating in the ring appearing in a key-chain; (see video!) the ring is ordinary and often borrowed from a spectator. In case no rings are present, I use my own, examined, and un-gimmicked ring. Sometimes after this, I’ll lead into a paddle-move (amateurs look that up) effect with a key from the key-case. Kids also love my colorful rubber-band routine, (see video) in which one rubber-band melts through another several times, even in a spectator’s hands culminating in the two bands linking, which I hand out as a souvenir! The idea of the bands separating from each other is an old effect, from a series of magicians’ books from the 1920’s or ‘30’s called The Tarbell Course in Magic. Sankey’s original addition is that the bands have a knot in them, as if they were broken and then re-tied. My original touch is that I use colored bands with the knots as well, and hand out the final linked pair as a souvenir, which delights everyone!
More effects I carry with me are the “Rising Cards”, (mouths drop as each selected card mysteriously rises from the pack!) and “Mental Photography Deck”. (originally called “The Nudist Deck”) With the “Mental Photography” cards, the premise is the cards are all blank (you spread them out fairly, openly showing fronts and backs, then with the snap of your fingers, they turn into a full, and normal-looking deck, which you openly show fronts and backs; although this is a stunning and visual effect, almost every spectator over the years has jokingly said “now let’s see those cards”, which of course, I can’t do; I always just smile, wink, and put the deck away. This always bothered me, so I would immediately go into a non-card trick. Nowadays I ALWAYS carry with me a REGULAR pack of cards; (always “Bicycles” by-the-way!) with them I do what’s known in the trade as an “Ambitious Card” routine (amateurs look it up!) with one finale or another.
Believe it or not, all of the aforementioned effects (and more!) all fit in my three-piece suit pockets; (for the details, see video and illustration) in case I have to go “backstage” between tables for refills such as rubber bands and the monopoly bills, I select an area called “home-base”: this is a quiet area, sometimes in a corner of the kitchen of the restaurant/bar where I know no-one will disturb my case filled with extra cards and those all-important refills! I hope that some of this information has been or will be useful to you both as an up-and-coming magician and as a working pro!
Remember “Pocket Management” and you won’t go wrong!
Learn more about me here: http://magicmikelikeymagician.weebly.com
Friday, August 11, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
A pre-show tutorial on pocket management for the professional working close-up magician. Visit Mike's site: http://magicmikelikeymagician.weebly.com Check out his online store: http://merryminstrelmajick.weebly.com
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Friday, August 4, 2017
https://youtu.be/db2I_UJol68 #official #musicvideo #thegift #ShinerAndMoondogg on @amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973916738/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501557184&sr=1-1&keywords=Shiner+%26+Moondogg-Dr.+Michael+Likey
Enjoy the #officialmusicvideo for one of my songs, #LetYourselfGo with the #illustrations from my children's book #ShinerAndMoondogg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gysJlTEb7fs You can buy the song from my official Bandcamp site: https://magicmikescastle.bandcamp.com/track/let-yourself-go Purchase the children's book in paperback from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973916738/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501557184&sr=1-1&keywords=Shiner+%26+Moondogg-Dr.+Michael+Likey
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
My children's book (originally penned and illustrated in the '70's) has quite the back-story! Check out my "then and now"/side-by-side illustrations from the '70's, '80's, '90's and today! The black-and-white cartoon-strip appeared in English and French papers in Montreal in the '70's! You can buy the most up-to-date version of Shiner & Moondogg on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973916738/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501557184&sr=1-1&keywords=Shiner+%26+Moondogg-Dr.+Michael+Likey
Enjoy an excerpt from Shiner & Moondogg here: http://drmichaelsmysticalwisdom.blogspot.ca/2017/08/excerpt-from-shiner-moondogg.html
Monday, July 31, 2017
Excited about the 10th printing of my very first children's book, first penned and illustrated in 1978! This heartwarming tale about a boy and his moondogg takes place in the future, where excitement and adventure lead the way. Shiner also learns a lesson or two about life from the kindly wizard, Professor Michael! (Magic Mike Likey) Also includes full-color illustrations by myself.
Purchase the book from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Shiner+%26+Moondogg-Dr.+Michael+Likey
Friday, July 28, 2017
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Thank-you, Sara Troy for having me on your show Sing to Feed Your Heart & Soul! Listen to it here: https://selfdiscoveryradio.com/2017/06/12/lm-17-25-sing-to-feed-your-heart-soul-with-michael-likey/
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
If you like my music, why not "like" my FB music page? https://www.facebook.com/The-Music-of-Dr-Michael-The-Mystic-Minstrel-147112782501236/
One of my favorite tracks from "Misty Moors & Ancient Wisdom", "Snow White" tells a tale about a free spirit! Listen here: https://magicmikescastle.bandcamp.com/track/snow-white
Monday, June 12, 2017
"Misty Moors & Ancient Wisdom": 9 folk-rock tunes written, performed, and produced by Michael/The Mystic Minstrel/Magic Mike Likey.
Haunting melodies and pristine lyrics make for an honest and uplifting album. Available for download on Bandcamp: https://magicmikescastle.bandcamp.com/album/misty-moors-and-ancient-wisdom
"Moonbeam Dancer": In this, Michael/Magic Mike Likey/The Mystic Minstrel's return to the pop/commercial/folk genre, songs such as "Let Yourself Go" and "Believe" harken back to his"Magic Mike's Castle" days, with optimism and positivity abounding! Download it from Bandcamp: https://magicmikescastle.bandcamp.com/album/moonbeam-dancer
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
"The Visitor" from "Back to the '70's" on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/magicmike-likeys-castle-mysteries/the-visitor
"Quazar" from "Back to the '70's" on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/magicmike-likeys-castle-mysteries/quazar
Have you heard ‘PIKCHER LAND’ by Magic Mike Likey on #SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/magicmike-likeys-castle-mysteries/pikcher-land-1
Back in 1970's Montreal I used the stage-name "Shawn Stevens" and performed in and around my Montreal as a solo-acoustic act; here is my album on Bandcamp containing those core songs from my concerts: https://magicmikescastle.bandcamp.com/album/shawn-stevens-magic-mike-likey-back-to-the-70s
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
My students and myself thoroughly enjoyed my recent magic teach-in at a local community center, and...they learned how to do some amazing magic! Thank-you @LynnHeinrich and my students! <3 See all of the pics from the event here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MagicMikeLikeyBeginnerAndIntermediateMagicCourse/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1873244006294955
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
"Gabriole the Giggling Pig" from the CD "The Ballad of Young Magic Mike's Castle", https://magicmikescastle.bandcamp.com/album/the-ballad-of-young-magic-mike and https://www.amazon.com/Ballad-Young-Magic-Mike/dp/B00WAKMI7G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491421702&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Ballad+of+Young+Magic+Mike%27s+Castle
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Here's the introduction to my book, "I AM Magic Mike Likey! The Collector's Edition". If you enjoyed my TV-show in Winnipeg from 1985-1994, you'll LOVE this book, which is filled with humorous anecdotes and LOTS of pictures!
It's September 2016, and I sit here and ponder all of my blessings with wonder and awe. At this point, I'm looking forward to spiritually-counseling my Theocentric Psychology clients, to holding a few metaphysically-oriented workshops, to writing several more books, and to the several magic-shows I'll be performing over the next few months, in addition to learning and honing more magic-tricks!
It was in June of 1985 that I started video-taping the premiere episode, 58-minutes in length, of my television program "Kiddie Cabaret", which subsequently aired the following week on VPW 13 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It was a guaranteed pilot, which essentially meant that I was given approval to record subsequent 30 (really 28) minute shows ad-infinitum for airing at a weekly, regular time. I was only twenty-nine at the time, but I had dreamed of having my own television show (producing and starring in one) ever since watching "Magic Tom's Surprise Party" and "The Magic Land of Alakazam" on TV as a child! These shows featured a magician who did amazing illusions week-after-week, and I never tired at the wonders and marvels that these fellows had to offer. Every day (in Magic Tom Auburn's case) at 4:00 p.m. after school I sat myself down in front of the TV to see what tricks Magic Tom would do this time. He also featured a sci-fi adventure serial from the 1940's, "Rocket Man" which I embraced wholeheartedly as well. In those days in Montreal, Canada, all we had in the way of Canadian children's programming on television (besides American shows) was "The Friendly Giant", "Razzle Dazzle", "Tween Set", "Butternut Square", (later "Mr. Dressup") and "The Forest Rangers", all produced in Toronto, as well as "Johnny Jellybean", "Romper Room", and "Chez Helene", all produced in Montreal, in addition to Magic Tom Auburn's "Surprise Party". What a surprise indeed it was for me daily as I eagerly soaked up the tricks and sleight-of-hand that Magic Tom did; Tom was such an influence on young, Montreal, aspiring magicians, that they all called themselves "Magic this", or "Magic that", hence my professional stage-name, "Magic Mike". with the onslaught of other "Magic Mike's" in the 1980's and '90's, I later had to specify "Magic Mike Likey", but for many years in Winnipeg I was known locally as "Magic Mike". Winnipeg even spawned a young magician, "Magic Joey", an alcoholic beverage known as "Mike's Magic Elixir", and a high-end amusement centre in a Charleswood mall, "Magic Mike's"! My, the power of television, although quite frankly it was Public Access television, which essentially meant that anyone and his dog could have a TV-show on that channel because of CRTC regulations. CRTC stands for Canadian Radio and Television Commission. The CRTC would later (in 1994) rescind it's law, causing all Public Access channels across Canada to shut down, and with that the end of "Magic Mike & Company" as well as numerous other TV-show on that channel which Winnipeggers refer to as "The Golden Age of Television". The Golden Age of Television included such luminaries as "The Pollack and Pollack Show", and "The Continentals", more on these later on. There was also "The Jaret Sereda Show" and "The Noreen Shane Show", both of which featured and supported local talent. When local Winnipeg television stations decided to shut down production of all children's programming in 1994, gone were new productions of "The Fred Penner Show" and a show on broadcast television that I had been a regular on since 1990, "S'Kiddle Bits" with Juno-award winning-host, Joey Gregorash. This downward spiral (which resulted in my relocation to Vancouver, Canada in 1994) in television quickly upturned several years later when, in 2000, the CRTC reinstalled it's Public Access policies once again. But it was too late for most of us children/family entertainers who had long moved onto better things. Thanks to television of the '80's and '90's, we were given an indelible mark on the consciousness of the public; it still amazes me to this day, how many Winnipeggers of certain generations still recall "Magic Mike's Castle", one of my three television shows.
Back to counting all my blessings.
If the face of Winnipeg television wouldn't have changed back in 1994, I wouldn't have been motivated to move onto other things. Don't get me wrong; for years in Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg I had gainful employment as a Graphic Designer, Cartoonist/Caricaturist, and Magician, all at the same time! It still amazes me to this day, that I was able to buy a couple of houses on my salaries from these vocations, but nonetheless, I'm still grateful. With the loss of the television programs, and several of my regular clients, it was as if the rug was pulled out from beneath me, and I was thrown off; normally I would have just substituted these clients for several others, but there was something about losing the TV-shows that threw me off; it was as if I had "lost my gimmick", so-to-speak, as I was the only local magician to have a TV-show, and also, I'm told, it was the world's longest, regularly-produced TV-show about magic in the world! So there was also a record there; but it still threw me for a loop, and desperately seeking a new gimmick, I wrote and recorded in 1994 my second album, "M'ystery", the follow-up to my 1990 self-titled album "Magic Mike" which sold out in Winnipeg. I recorded it and mixed it in 24 straight hours, no sleep, with dedicated friends and musicians who had stood by my side for 13 years. With this in hand and a van filled with my belongings, we made our way to Vancouver in September of 1994. My girlfriend and I at the time had paired down six rooms of furniture into a crammed mini-van along with our two cats, seeking our fame and fortune. In retrospect, I should have dealt with and healed the trauma of apparently losing so much, (the shows and clients) but I did not, and subsequently suffered for it, arriving in this sight-unseen, bright and shiny new town with a bad attitude consisting of anger, resentment, and defensiveness. I slowly healed myself, but then I was treated very poorly (with verbal abuse almost daily and threats of physical abuse) at a New Westminster market where I had set up my retail business. I was unaware of the unusually large amount of drug addicts and people suffering from mental illnesses who resided there. Knowing this helped me to keep some semblance of perspective and objectivity. A year or so later, I began to lose all of my family members who resided in Toronto and Montreal, including my dad and favorite aunt in 1995, and favorite uncles in 1996, followed by my mother and other family members a few years later. This all resulted in my redefining myself yet again, (I had to "adapt" numerous times before) but also to finding "the real me" for the first time. I began to turn inward once again for answers, and I've never looked back! What seemed like tragedy and loss eventually resulted in my growth into a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Doctor of Theocentric Psychology, International Author, and BlogTalk Radio Host/Producer. For awhile I was right "down in the trenches", helping to heal the local down-and-outers, while in reality I was also healing myself. Now 23 years later my "humanitarian work" is sincere, not just about myself hanging on for survival. Again, I'm grateful for this. If you want to learn more about myself as "Dr. Michael Likey", find me on Facebook and search me on Amazon.
This book is all about Magic Mike Likey.
In reference to that; part of my re-empowering myself and coming back to magic after a 10-year absence, (to study and get three Doctorates) I jokingly and semi-seriously said, "I AM Magic Mike"! This was after returning several years ago to Winnipeg for a couple of book-signings, ("The Science of the Soul") and having a close friend say to me, "Smile, your glow rubs off on people; you glow when you smile; you ARE Magic Mike!" I realized the "power" in that statement: the character of "Magic Mike" that I had created and brought to life on stage and on television brings light and sunshine to people's lives, through his corny jokes, wondrous magic, and music; it re-empowers others, so why not re-empower myself through the very character that I had created? Why not indeed!
Thus, the title for this book was born, "I AM Magic Mike Likey!" to help to convey a little of the real magic in life that I've been able to experience, and hopefully to share with you to some degree. The various chapters in this book are in no particular chronological order, merely random musings of a mad magician! As a thought, idea, or remembrance came to me, I wrote them down. There is no rhyme nor reason to this book, outsiders will not likely get too much from it; Winnipeggers of "certain generations" most certainly will, and it's for you that I'm lovingly sharing my life as Magic Mike Likey!
Purchase “I AM Magic Mike Likey! The Collector’s Edition” on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/AM-Magic-Mike-Likey-Collectors/dp/1539092550
Thursday, March 30, 2017
#MagicTeachIn #MagicMikeLikey @magicmikelikeyscastlemysteries March 2017 https://magicmikelikeyscastlemysteries.tumblr.com/post/159012656387/magicteachin-magicmikelikey