If I’m going to be the first person to get a Netflix special just by asking for it, then I might as well be first in other things as well.
For example, I was the first person to scream, “I want an onion blanket tree whistle ferret” while spinning and wearing a propeller hat, although mostly because nobody ever thought to try it. (Follow your dreams, kids. Follow your dreams.)
I’m also going to beta test my special, beginning Monday. In tech start-ups, beta testing means releasing the software to a select group of people to get their feedback before a wider release.
I recorded a proof-of-concept version of the special back in January. It’s a 50 min. set, filmed live at Monday Night Magic, and differs from what would be my actual special by only one trick. (Also, Monday Night Magic is a family-friendly show, so a few bits were cut that would be put back in for the uncensored Netflix special.)
Starting on Monday, you’ll be able to request a password that will be good for 7 days, during which you can view the “beta test” special and (if you’d be so kind) e-mail me back any feedback that you have. All of your notes (and, seriously, feel free to comment on anything and everything) will then be taken into account when (if?) we actually record the special.
Also starting next Monday, I’ll be at the Magic Castle (I’m there from June 13-19), doing 3 shows a night at the Parlor of Prestidigitation, a room with an alliterative name, so you know it must be good. I’ll be doing tricks from the special (and wearing a new suit! the one I’d wear if we made a special!) so that’ll be a good test run as well.
Have a great weekend! (I’ll be working.) (But I love my job.) (So I’m looking forward to it.) (Glad to hear it.) (Am I having a conversation with myself?) (Yes.) (Is that normal?) (If you say it is.) (I do.)