The blog will be here…any day now…

Today marks a week on the road. I had grand intentions of blogging frequently, but ran into the realities of limited internet and time.

Time is an issue I hadn’t thought about enough. Unlike a touring solo musician or standup comic, I have an elaborate setup. It takes a minimum of three hours to load in, set up my tables, prepare all the minutiae of an hour-long magic show, run sound tech, spackle my face with makeup, and get dressed. Then showtime, then selling merch and grabbing time to talk to all the fascinating strangers I’ve just met, and then breakdown and load out. Oh, and then the solo driving. And the promotion for upcoming shows. And furtively preparing and repairing props with my van parked behind strip malls…and scaring the bejesus out of the restaurant worker who discovered me with x-acto blades in hand when he took out the trash

But this is not to complain. This is to say, I’m catching up, and the good blog stuff is on the way. Details on the shows and towns and venues, as well as the adventures along the way. More about living in the van, more about life with Stormy the magic dog. More photos. I just need more…time.

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The wild beast appears at Fallout in Richmond, VA

 

 

 

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So I’m doing this insane thing

I turned 47 a couple of days ago. I barely noticed it was my birthday – too busy booking, promoting, rehearsing, getting the van repaired, and everything else necessary for the solo DIY tour of my magic show that begins in two weeks.

Yeah, I’m 47. Yeah, I’m a professional magician, and as is pointed out almost every time I’m introduced in a show, I’m female. Yeah, I’m about to tour in good old punk rock style, doing everything including the driving myself, taking my show to a bizarre assortment of independent venues around the country. Yeah, this is kind of nuts.

People who hear I’m doing this keep saying, “You have to blog it”. So here it is – the beginning of the account of this ridiculous adventure.

Why am I doing this tour? Two reasons: first, I want to perform and tour more than anything else in life. And second, because I’m tired of waiting for the right circumstances. I’ve realized that if I keep waiting for the right producer, the right finances, other performers who are crazy enough to drop everything and hit the road with me, it’ll never happen. So no matter how unfeasible this may seem, I’m doing this, and I’m doing it now.

So…welcome to my blog. In this space, I’ll describe what it’s like to be a solo touring magician, and share adventures and discoveries from the road. I’ll also post photos and video, share stories about how I got to this place in life, and muse about whatever the hell I want. And get back at me! It’s going to be lonely out there, and I’d love to hear from you.

Tour starts July 5 (you can see the schedule at http://www.tanyasolomon.net/summer-tour-2018), but first I’m doing two kickoff shows in Brooklyn this weekend at Cloud City – more info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/163025054551726/