As a Los Angeles based magician, I have the opportunity to work many diverse events, and although most of my performances are for adult corporate audiences, I also perform for many family audiences.Read More
A few years ago Dee Dee and I had the opportunity to shoot a couple of segments for the TV show, Masters of Illusion. Although most of our shows are for corporate events, it's always a treat when we have the opportunity to perform on a television show.
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We just received footage from one of our routines, and we're still waiting for the footage that features Dee Dee. We hope to receive that footage soon.
In the meantime, I wanted to share an excerpt of one of my routines entitled, Ubiquitous. It's a three phase mind-reading and mentalism routine that leads to a seemingly impossible conclusion.
Enjoy, and if you know of anyone who can use some world-class entertainment for an upcoming corporate or social event, please pass along our contact info.
Lou Serrano - Corporate Magician and Mentalist
Los Angeles magician, Lou Serrano (that's me!) returns to CU@USC.
Trojan Vision's CU@USC is a nightly talk show that can be seen live at 6:30 p.m. on www.TrojanVision.com. It's been the premiere talk show at the University of Southern CA for the last 17 years, and has won some prestigious awards including "Best Show on Trojan Vision" and named the "Best College Talk Show On Television" by SPIN Magazine.
My last episode on April 22, 2015 won Trojan Vision's "Best Special Episode" and I've been asked back to appear this Friday, November 20th.
Lauren Day is the Friday night host, and the first half of the show will consist of an interview about my life and business as a professional magician and speaker with the second half showcasing some of my signature magic and mentalism routines.
I really don't know what to expect, so it will be a surprise for everyone involved. You can see it live at 6:30 p.m. PST at: http://trojanvision.usc.edu/trojan-vision-live-stream/
Los Angeles magician, Lou Serrano
A few weeks ago I was a guest on Trojan Vision's CU@USC, a television show run by students at the University of Southern CA campus with Lauren Day as the host. The first half consisted of an interview on my life as a professional magician, and when we came back from commercials, I performed a twelve minute set of magic for the host.
Although the show is run by students, the entire crew was courteous, helpful, and highly professional. The studio itself is housed at the state-of-the-art Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts.
I also found out that my episode won Trojan Vision's award for Best Special Episode.
I learned a lot from doing the spot, I met some really great people, and most importantly it was a fun experience! If you'd like to watch the episode, click on either picture above or on the link below.
Mo's Restaurant in Burbank, CA opened its doors in 1995. Famous for its burger bar and champagne brunch, I've been the house magician there since 1997. Friday nights and Sunday brunch were my nights for performing.
Strolling close-up magic is the term normally used for the type of magic I performed. After people would place their orders and before they got their meal, I'd stop by and entertain the patrons for a few minutes.
Throughout the the years I've developed friendships with patrons and staff. I've watched children grow up into adults and bring their own children to see me perform. Some customers would come by week after week to see a new routine I had been working on, or they would bring their friends to witness the close-up miracles they had experienced.
Many customers have hired me to be the featured entertainment at a wide variety of private social events such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, bar mitzvahs, and holiday celebrations to large corporate events such as trade shows, awards banquets, sales meetings, and wrap parties.
Warner Brothers, Disney, and NBC studios are all within walking distance of the restaurant, and I've provided corporate entertainment at various events for all three companies.
For the past 18 years, Mo's has been my home. Throughout my trials and tribulations as a full-time professional magician, I knew I could go home and share my passion of magic with the patrons.
This past Sunday, Mo's closed it's doors for the very last time. It's the end of an era.
But like the Phoenix, the legendary bird that rises from the ashes, there is a new restaurant opening its doors in the same location.
The Continental has its grand opening this Wed. Feb. 25, 2015, and I'm happy to say I'll be back performing my special brand of table side magic every Friday night from 7 to 9 P.M. and Sunday brunch from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. If I'm lucky, maybe I'll last another 18 years.
The Continental is located at 4301 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505. It has a swanky vibe to it, and the food and service is sure to outclass it's predecessor. If you're in the area, stop by, check it out, and be sure to ask for the house magician (me) to visit your table.
Saturday night marked the premiere of Truth Lies In Magic. The show was a collaboration of ideas between fellow Los Angeles magician, Tad "Mad Tad" Nyland, and myself. We also had the amazing support of a very talented crew of people. My girlfriend, stage assistant, and business partner, Dee Clark, along with Tad's stage assistants, Kat Noel and Diana Lee, and our stage hands consisting of Mitchell Roche and Jeff Wiegley, all worked together to create a one-night extravaganza of fun, humor, and magic.
Producing a 90-minute magic show in a beautiful 99-seat theater takes much more work than one would initially imagine. When we first entered the theater, we were looking at a big black box of a stage. Tad came up with a set design, and he and Jeff spent countless hours constructing the entire set. The design was simple and classy, but as with most simple ideas, transforming ideas into reality takes much effort.
Troubleshooting problems that would invariably pop up throughout the rehearsal process, and coordinating sound, video, and lighting cues was another time consuming but very necessary process.
On the day of the show, the theater was filled to capacity, and we had a crew of four cameramen video recording all the action on super high def cameras.
The show started with a video set to music that was produced and edited by Mad Tad (by the way, Tad is an Emmy Award winning editor). This video set the tone and the expectations for the rest of the show, and with that we were off and running!
The following 90 minutes was a blur. Magic, music, dancing, fire eating, mind reading, appearing girls, transpositions, floating tables, levitating boxes, and a good dose of comedy were all part of the show. The entire cast and crew stepped up their game to create an incredibly successful show. The audience honored us with a standing ovation, and before we knew it, the show had come to an end.
As I look back, I'm inspired by the creativity and resourcefulness of the people with whom I surround myself. I'm grateful for my family, friends, clients, and fans who through their support allow me to do what I love for a living. And the sense of accomplishment that I feel from putting in so much effort to bring an idea to fruition is a bit overwhelming.
This show was much bigger than anything I could have accomplished on my own. In my office there is a note that reads, "I'll never be bigger than myself if I insist on working alone." It's a wonderful reminder to surround myself with creative, resourceful, and good-hearted people, and this show was a perfect example of those words put to acton.
If you are reading this, I'm also grateful for you, because in some small way you enable me to continue on my journey.
Thank you for reading.
This Saturday night marks the debut of my show with Tad "Mad Tad" Nyland titled Truth Lies In Magic. The show starts at 8 p.m. in the beautiful 99-seat NoHo Arts Theater in North Hollywood, CA. Tickets went on sale a couple of weeks ago, and we sold out within five days.
Now the pressure is on to deliver a great show. We've been planning this show for several months, and today we'll have our first full dress rehearsal. Many of the routines were designed specifically with this show in mind, so there will be surprises for all in attendance.
We still have a lot of work these next couple of days to put the finishing touches on what promises to be a one night extravaganza of fun, humor, and of course, world-class magic! It's also a live, three-camera taping. These are exciting times!