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This is usually the opposite of how these things work, but I saw a press release this weekend about a magician/comedian who is promoting his appearance in Boulder as being an odd confluence of his Republican roots with a liberal town.
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Unlike many magicians who rely on trick boxes, gaudy costumes, smoke, and mirrors, Stickley’s “Magic: Unplugged” has been designed to break this stereo-type of the magician, and offers its audience something a bit different…
…One may never expect that the former State Chairman of the Nevada College Republicans, a conservative through and through, would be a performer in the stereo-typical left-wing world of show-biz. But bucking the trend, Stickley is determind to not let his colleagues leftist political views hold him down. “It can be a real challenge, especially at social events”, Stickley says, “I took a bit of razzing from my showbiz friends in Vegas when I was in the newspaper almost daily during my tenure as State Chairman working on the Bush/Cheney ’04 campaign.”
I assume this is a tongue-in-cheek press release, but I found it interesting that he would be using politics to promote magic and wizardry (though I guess Rush Limbaugh does that, too). Usually it’s the politicians who want Hollywood actors to promote them on the stump, but Stickley hopes that politics will promote his magic act.
A Republican guy doing a magic show in a Democratic town! Unless the magic involves turning Boulder into a red city, the shtick isn’t so slick. Besides, there’s already a guy who can fold himself into a box in Boulder; he does pretty well even though nobody knows who he voted for.