Close-Up Magic Show

Close-up Magic

About 2 months ago, I had the opportunity to put on my own Close-Up Magic Show. Now, I do a lot of Close-up Magic, but not necessarily a routined sit-down formal show. There is big difference between doing Magic, and doing a Magic SHOW. Once I found out I was going to put on a show, I had the chance to either do half close-up Magic, then intermission, then finish it off with stand-up material, OR do an entire 60-75 min Close-up act. One like you might find at The Magic Castle, only 3 times longer. So since I get a lot more opportunities to do stand-up material at a lot of my corporate shows, I thought it's a no brainer and I should do a formal close-up show, so I did.

I immediately sat down and wrote a list of effects that I think are strong, and that I perform well, then strategically placed them in an order that I thought would compliment their strengths. From there, I sat down with a friend and discussed my list. That way I can have 2 minds instead of one (which, up to recently I was stubborn and thought I could do everything myself, and now realize the power of more than one mind). 

Once I settled on my routine, I began rehearsing for my show. I quickly found out, it is not easy to rehearse an hour long Magic show (which I should've known, because that's what it's like rehearsing Hypnosis). But I began rehearsing in chunks which helped. I also thought that after my first show, I would make a lot of changes from one night to the next. Surprisingly, the first show went so well, that I didn't make a single change! Not only that, but the second night went EVEN better!! When I finished that show, I easily went an additional 15 minutes longer than the night before, and that's because I developed such a good rapport with the audience and my chemistry was on point with them, that the intermittent banter kept going on!!

Here was a review from that show: "This was my fourth visit to the theater and first time seeing Derek Ostovani.  His show was fantastic!  I hesitantly went with two very analytical types and watched them both fully engaged, laughing throughout, and slack-jawed with wonder.   Derek's ability to play off his audience and use his incredible quick wit was phenomenal.  Wonderful card and coin tricks that defied explanation." - Shawn G.  

That being said, I was very excited and can't wait to put on my Close-up show again! And better yet, send that to the Magic Castle where you can see me there!

KUSI - "Good Morning San Diego"

San Diego Magician

On the morning of August 26th, I had a TV appearance on Good Morning San Diego, for my hypnosis show at the Ramona County Fair the night before. I got an email just days before saying, that local News station, KUSI will be on the grounds to film a segment about the Ramona Fair at 6:45 A.M. I contemplated not being there because I didn't really know if I would get the  air time I was promised and it's not exactly around the corner. Especially considering the day before I just drove back from Arizona where I was performing a College Hypnosis show THEN, drove up to Ramona to perform a Hypnosis show for the fair, after only 4 hours of sleep!  But When I thought about it, I thought this would be a fantastic opportunity being a San Diego Magician. So you better believe, I woke up super early and drove nearly an hour North East to meet up with KUSI. I had no idea what was going to go down. But when I first arrived, I saw the KUSI van and immediately got excited! 

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When I got there, I met the lady who hired me and she immediately introduced me to the Anchor, Dani, and the Cameraman, Jason. Both were extremely nice and made me feel so comfortable! They filmed a teaser in which I produced an Ace production. After that, I was supposed to be on the first segment, along with a musician who was playing the guitar. After they filmed him, they cut and that portion was done! I was definitely thrown back, because I thought that was it, my chance was done and they were going to move on. But they assured me I could go on and do the next segment, which was all mine. 

So here it was, the word "action" was yelled and from here on out, it was all live filming! Which was the scariest part of off of this, that it was LIVE. I had ONE chance, and if I messed up, everyone would've seen it! It was broadcast all across San Diego. And the other thing was, I would have been embarrassed to post the video, as that would be across the entire internet and EVERYONE would know that I messed up. Fortunately, EVERYTHING went to plan!! I had no idea what they were going to ask me or how many effects I would be able to do. However, the question they did ask me, I was thrown off guard because it was a tough one, they asked, "what does it mean to be the BEST Magician?" I won't tell you my response, but I think I did in fact give a really nice answer.

From there, we were on to the Magic. I produced 3 Silver coins, defied gravity, with a coin, vanished a coin and caused it to appear on the anchor's hand, and Magically took a sharpie marking off my hand, and onto Dani's hand! From there, I was able to talk about where I perform locally on a regular basis. Enough talk from me, check out the link below to watch the clip of your premiere San Diego Magician!

Full-Time Professional Magician

As I grew up, many things took my interest including sports, drawing, and painting. I was a very curious kid who really strived on both science as well as creativity. It wasn't until 2006 when I got accepted to Cal Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo to study Architectural Engineering. It was that same year that I discovered Magic and my entire life changed! I was so enthralled and obsessed with this new found passion of Magic that I literally was contemplating a brand new future. But I am a kind of person to see things through and not give up on things I pursue. So my new goal was to pursue full-time Engineering and Part-time Magic and eventually ween off the Engineering and do full-time Magic! Well, as I graduated in 2010 and moved back to San Diego, I found that finding a job as an engineer with no experience and living in America's finest city was NOT the easiest of tasks. It became rather daunting and discouraging. As I continued to look for work, I kept up my Magic. I continued to perform and book gigs, and things began to snow ball. I started teaching Magic, I became the President of my local Magic Club, and I held court at several restaurants where I was a weekly performer there. Suddenly, I was too busy to give my full time attention to looking for a job in the corporate world because I was too busy entertaining the corporate world. Fast forward 5 years later, I thought to myself, If money was not an issue, what would I do? I thought I wouldn't do engineering. Although I enjoy it for what it is, when you do it full time, you are constantly under the gun and always having to fulfill deadlines and it can be rather stressful. But I thought I would do Magic whether I got paid or not! Right then I was content doing what I was doing. Just a few months later, my mind set completely changed and I thought about the time and money that was spent in school and how long it had been since I graduated. I feared that if I didn't pursue Engineering NOW, that my chance would be lost and I would forever regret it. So once again I got serious about it and looked for jobs, however; this time I didn't limit myself to just San Diego. I thought I would have to look elsewhere in order to find something. I end up finding a company in the Bay area and worked as an Engineer for 3 years. I took 2 exams to lead to becoming a fully licensed Engineer. All while still battling in my head if I should follow my passion. Well the day has come where I have put a stable Engineering job in the past and have followed what truly makes me happy, what I wake up for in the morning. I have a beautiful girlfriend inside and out who one day I will make her my wife! She has been 100% supportive in whatever I wanted to do. She just wanted me to be happy and knew my aspirations will lead to good things. So here's to a job where I am my own man, make my own hours and deadlines, and hold myself responsible for everything! You will never work harder for anyone than yourself!

2016 Lecture Notes

My 2016 Lecture Notes are finally Live and ready for purchase on my site! Check it out under my SHOP tab!

4F (FFFF) 2016

What does 4F stand for?! Good question - Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic! It is an invite only convention held in Buffalo, NY every April. Flash back... It was last year 2016 when I was at Magic Live, the worlds Largest Magic convention held in Las Vegas! I was doing a signature effect of mine (pictured below) to some fellow Magi. Unbeknownst to me, Obie O'brien who runs 4F was watching from over my shoulder, and as I was done, a hand grabbed my shoulder, I turned and it was Obie - he said, "you fooled the S*&t out of me!!" And right there he cordially invited me to his convention. I was honored. He said I had to get to sponsors, which I was able to have Doc Eason and Eric Jones (current AGT contestant) happily sponsor me. Stay tuned for my 4F experience!

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2017 Cal Tech University July 31st

I had another great time at my Cal Tech show! 5th year in a row!!! I drove up to LA for a very unique show for the students of Cal Tech! It's a returning show which I'm very excited to be back for every year!

 

Back to San Diego

So after being in Phoenix and performing in the Market out here, it is time I return home to San Diego and continue corporate entertainment of Magic, Mentalism, and Hypnosis! I shall return back in just a few weeks, and I have already lined up my first show for a private event on Shelter Island, which I'm very excited! See you soon, San Diego!

Magic Live 2016

Just got back from Magic Live 2016, the largest convention in the US. This was the first convention I attended back in 2009 and has continued to be the one that I consistently go to. It's great to see familiar faces and make new friends! This year was especially great for several reasons. I was there with my good friend Chris Oberle, I met a new friend, Tom Wright, I showed Murphy's Magic a couple of products that they loved and want me to bring out, and last, but now least, I got invited to 4F (FFFF). That is a convention in Buffalo, New York and is invite only! It stands for Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic!

House Of Comedy

Another night at the house of Comedy! Looking forward to performing some more close-up Magic at this wonderful Venue! 6-10 PM in North Phoenix!

The Andaz Hotel

I'm excited to be at the Andaz hotel next month for a private corporate event! More to come!

 

House of Comedy

Hey ya'll, had another blast blowing minds at Rick Bronsan's House of Comedy! Had some new effects, which some had the spectators running the other direction! Look forward to next time i'm there! ;)