CHAPTER.6 - Shade Meets David Blaine

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Before we get to the good stuff, let’s quickly review what’s happened since chapter 5.

When Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines on November 8 2013, I felt devastated, I felt helpless… It affected more than 10 million people leaving them homeless with no food, water, and medical supplies.  Many were severely injured, missing, and thousands lost their lives. Families were broken.  I wanted to help so I filmed a video dedicated to the victims.  For every view the video received on YouTube, $0.10 cents was donated to the Red Cross to help aid the suffering.  The campaign lasted until Christmas Day, and with over 3000 hits I was able to raise and donate $300 to help them.

SHADE – PHILIPPINES (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzwcRX6FrJY)

For the past 3 years I try to release a video displaying some sort of performance art on my birthday.  When I study or practice, I always write down my ideas so I could structure them into routines to be filmed. These tapes are filmed in my personal library and are for my eyes only.  I keep them private as it gives me a secret archive to reference material or simply find inspiration.  Since it was my birthday I wanted to give rather than receive.  I often get many requests to release material from people who look up to me, so this was my opportunity to give back.  I handpicked 6 of my favorite underground clips and created SHADE – LOST TAPES. The video was released on my birthday and it received 5000 hits within the first week.

SHADE – LOST TAPES (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0-Sp86w6dI)

The biggest magic influence and inspiration in my life is David Blaine.  I have always had an interest in magic since I was a little kid.  I still remember the endless nights of studying books and practicing for hours, but I never really performed for anyone.  I kept magic to myself.  It was only when I first saw David Blaine – Street Magic on TV that it made me pursue magic with full confidence.  The way he inspired and impacted people’s lives sparked this extraordinary drive in me to work hard and do the same.  Since his first TV special in 1997, he released another on November 19, 2013 titled David Blaine – Real or Magic. He goes back to his roots performing for people on the streets and also for popular A-list celebrities.  He truly is the king of magic and has surpassed Houdini by miles.  After watching Real or Magic, it reminded me of how far I’ve come along since I first started.  It gave me that same spark and feeling when I first saw him on TV many years ago.  A fresh reminder of why I pursued magic in the first place.  Despite the many ups and downs, and dark times where I almost quit, I still kept going…

Fast forward 3 months later, I’m sitting at the dinner table with David Blaine himself.  I’m listening to his insights on magic and having the privilege of watching him perform live in person.  It was such an incredible experience.  He saw my ace of spades tattoo with his logo and I saw his face light up.  He said he would send me a lifetime supply of his official playing cards, basically having the SHADE brand sponsored by David Blaine himself.  Having him call me SHADE was proof enough for me that I deserve to be here at the kings table.  He went on to sharing stories when he used to perform for Notorious BIG back in the day since they’re both from Brooklyn, the magic business and industry politics, as well as future upcoming projects. 

After dinner we headed to a bar for some drinks.  It was funny because I could see people from different tables looking over and staring at David to see if it was really him.  They would peek and whisper amongst themselves pretending not to be noticed.  He is still fresh off his latest TV special, so it was cool to see their reactions being star struck seeing him in person. 

After a few drinks we pull out a deck of cards and start to session.  Here I am performing and sharing my sleight of hand with David, showing him what I’ve worked so hard for since I was little.  He was delightfully impressed.  He then took the cards and showed me some of his sleight of hand which was truly remarkable.  He really is a true artist and technician with a deck of cards.  I was teaching him a few things and he was teaching me a few things.  For a while we went back and forth discussing tricks and sleight of hand, just freestyling with each other talking about our craft and having a good time. 

About an hour later of jamming and sessioning, he tells me to perform to these 2 ladies.  When he said “SHADE” and gave me the nod to perform, that’s all I needed to hear and I went in and KILLED it. Their reactions were like they just won the lottery.  I performed a few pieces of magic and then David came in and did some magic for them too. We took turns and it was like tag team magic fucking them up from all angles.  Usually when you see Blaine on TV he performs solo on his own, but to have this privilege of performing alongside him working together, that was an Eminem and Dr. Dre moment for me.  Truly the best moment of my life.

They say never to meet your heroes, but meeting Blaine provided a clear perspective on my purpose in life. To keep inspiring people through magic and show them nothing is impossible.  I’ve made it this far on my own and I don’t have to prove anything to anybody.  I know I’m dope and don’t need anyone’s approval.  David Blaine himself said I was sick and that’s all I needed to hear.  It’s unbelievable that I once called him my idol, but now can call him a friend.

At the end of the night David gives me 2 special gifts that were custom made just for him.  He said they are not for sale, you can’t get them anywhere in the world, and they are only hand given to friends

That alone meant so much to me…

Underground footage that was never meant to be released.

happy birthday shade..

On November 8, 2013 the Philippines was struck by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda affecting more than 10 million people.  Hundreds and thousands of people are homeless with no food, water, and medical supplies.  Families are lost and broken.  Many are severely injured, several missing, and thousands have lost their lives.  

This video is dedicated to the victims and survivors with hopes of your support to help those in need.  For every view this video receives, $0.10 cents will be donated to the Red Cross.  Please share this video to your family and friends as there are many people who have lost everything.  Don’t just pray, donate.  Every second, every penny counts…

http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate

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CHAPTER.5 - interview, inspiration, ignite

It’s been a while since the last chapter was written.  If you are reading this then I appreciate you taking the time to follow and understand my journey.  From how it all started to how it is all progressing.  I have quite a lot to write about, so let’s get started.

This year has been a great year for magic in the movie industry.  Two of my favourite movies were released this year titled Burt Wonderstone and Now You See Me.  It’s great to see the art of magic being shared and presented to lay audiences through film and movies. It gives them an opportunity to witness our craft and hopefully receive a better understanding of our art, especially when magic is meant to be hidden in secret.

Burt Wonderstone gives great insight on how most kids start and grow in magic.  I was deeply touched when people saw the movie and told me they thought of me.  How it reminded them of how they felt when I performed magic for them years ago.  Magic is really unforgettable.  When I first saw Burt Wonderstone in theatres I was truly inspired. The beginning scenes reminded me of how I started when I was a young kid, the same age as the boy in the movie.  I remember having my own magic set when I was a kid and practicing those tricks eagerly waiting to perform them for my family.  This movie was so inspiring to me in every way that I paid to watch it three times in the movie theatres.

The second magic movie released this year was Now You See Me.  This is a fantastic movie about a crew of magicians who each possess different unique skill sets and talents, and when put together create an unstoppable force.  The crew consists of a street magician, pickpocket, escape artist, and hypnotist all working together to con a powerful enemy.  With the various story twists and turns, it was very pleasing to see the different performance styles being blended into one delivering a unique storyline. 

Since the last chapter, I was filmed and starred in the White Artifice trailer which was released through Ellusionist.  Up to date it has been my fourth Artifice trailer filmed with Ellusionist.  Red, Blue, Purple, and White.  The trailer features my good friend Peter Mckinnon and myself manipulating the Artifice Tundra playing cards.  As soon as you hear the first second of the music instrumental, it definitely sets the bad ass tone for the whole video.

SHADE - WHITE ARTIFICE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkp4-Z_ZlrA)

After the release of the White Artifice playing cards and trailer, I was contacted by a company called Loop Cuts to do a quick interview.  It was an opportunity to let my fans know a little bit more about me since I’m a very secretive underground character.  The interview can be found here, and hopefully you’ll learn something new about me that will inspire you. (http://loopcuts.com/shade-interview-with-allan-jay)

Following the release of the Artifice Tundra trailer, I released 2 videos on my own titled SECRETS and MAGIC & MODELS

When I was scripting and working on SECRETS, I wanted to share the hidden meanings behind a deck of playing cards.  How it possesses some resemblance to astrology.  Most people are unaware of this which is why I decided to call the video SECRETS.  I thought it would be interesting for everyone and I wanted to share this information by manipulating the cards and letting my hands tell a story.  Definitely a work of art I’m proud to have created.  From the piano to the manipulation, I really tried my best to tell a unique story delivering meaningful secrets that would inspire you.  A video that will make you realize why a deck of cards means so much to me.

SHADE - SECRETS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2EoxrXCsow)

The second video I released was called MAGIC & MODELS.  This was inspired by Ryan Leslie and I wanted to combine different elements that I loved and put them altogether.  Using piano, beautiful models, and magic, I created a classy video using black and white to tell a story that portrayed beauty, elegance, and style.The video features Dannie Riel and Natalia Marie.

SHADE - MAGIC & MODELS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoE10qI6vbI)

In my hometown Toronto Canada, we have only one magic shop where local magicians meet to jam and session.  I rarely visit the shop but this time was a different experience.  My brother p:m and I arrived at the shop, and as I walked in I met a young 12 year old kid nicknamed Mo.  He walked up to me, shook my hand, and told me he was my biggest fan.  He said I was one of his biggest inspirations, has seen all my videos, and asked for an autograph.  I felt deeply humbled.  I was so impressed and amazed at what he was doing at only 12 years of age.  This kid has incredible skill, dexterity, talent, and knowledge at such a young age that most magicians can’t even challenge or match it.  He is definitely a prodigy child and I told him never to give up and to keep going no matter what.  I know you’re probably reading this right now, so just remember what I told you.  Keep the hands sharp, never give up, and keep going.  You will grow up one day to be one of the grandmasters of this art, and I’m happy to have inspired you as you have inspired me.

After my visit to the shop, p:m and I went on to start filming the trailer for IGNITE, the second elemental deck of playing cards in the origin series.  The fire element was incorporated into the playing cards and they definitely have a beautiful look and feel to them.  We stayed up until 3:00am brainstorming and filming the trailer until it was complete.  I can be seen manipulating the cards in the beginning and end of the video.  The official IGNITE trailer will be released today 09/12/13 and I’m very excited.

SHADE - IGNITE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFtRC1bBG6Y)

I’m proud of you SHADE.  For doing what you love and for inspiring people to do the same.  For showing them nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it.  The amount of talent, skill, and inspiration you display in your videos is incredibly touching.  Please don’t stop and please never give up.  You are an inspiration to many and have brought smiles and happiness to those who have crossed your path. You have always left people better than you found them.   It may be a cold world sometimes, but block out the bullshit, keep going, and keep hustling.  There are times where you may feel like giving up, but remember how far you’ve come along.  It would be a shame to see your talents and gifts wasted.  Even though a majority of people won’t understand what you’re trying to do, it only takes one person to care.  You’ve built your empire one piece at a time,  keep going…

UNTIL CHAPTER.6…

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something you never knew, with a touch of shade.

SHADE - WHITE ARTIFICE

CHAPTER.4 - DAVID BLAINE

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CHAPTER.4 - DAVID BLAINE

Quite a few things have happened since I wrote CHAPTER.3 and it’s hard to believe all of this is happening and coming true.

Since I arrived from Chicago I was able to complete and launch my new website (www.shademagic.com).  This website is more of a personal portfolio to me, highlighting all the work I have ever done and capturing the special moments of my career.  When I pass, I want to be remembered through my art and still continue to inspire people through my craft.  I don’t want to be just a faded memory.  To go along with the new website, I also printed new business cards and new flyers starting off the new year just right.  

Prior to Chicago when I was preparing for the scientist demonstration, I was able to organize my knowledge on gambling and create a 1 hour gambling show.  It consists of everything from poker cheating, manipulating the cards, protecting yourself in a real game, to a special glimpse into the life of a card hustler.  Truly an underground surreal experience.  

Once the gambling expose show was complete, I decided to film some of the techniques and showcase them in my most recent video SHADE - CHEAT.  This video was hard to produce because these moves literally take years to perfect & master.  I wanted the video to give you an underground feel of a card hustler doing these moves right in front of you.  No music, no gimmicks, and no special editing.  Something pure.  I released the video on my birthday and it gained 5000 views within the first 3 weeks after its release.  I am deeply touched with the response from everyone who has showed their love and support.

SHADE - CHEAT (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tnusiJFnlw

Just about a week prior to the video release, I received a long distance call displaying a New York phone number.  I was very curious because I don’t know anyone in NYC and when I picked up the phone it was David (fucking) Blaine..!  The King of New York himself.  I was so shocked and deeply surprised.  This man has inspired me so much in everything that I do.  He changed the magic game forever and truly is a living legend.

David Blaine

  • Released his first magic special at only 24 years old changing magic forever.
  • Buried himself alive for 7 days in a glass coffin for everyone to see.
  • Froze himself in a block of ice for 63 hours in the middle of Times Square.
  • Stood on a 100 foot pillar in the middle of New York for 35 hours with no safety net.
  • Lived in a glass box for 44 days without food and only water above the London Bridge.
  • Submerged himself in a glass sphere filled with water for 7 days/nights straight.
  • Electrically shocked 1 million volts through his body for 72 hours standing on a pillar
  • Held his breath underwater for 17 minutes breaking the world record on Oprah.

Over the phone he inspired me to keep going in this magic game.  Despite all of the politics in the industry, the whole business/money side, regardless of all the ups and downs, speaking to him reminded me what it was all about.  The passion, art, and craft of magic.  After the phone call, he sent me some of his playing cards straight from his office headquarters in New York.  David Blaine is my hero, idol, and forever my inspiration…

After writing all these entries, you can see how much I have grown and how far I have gone.  I still feel like I’m not even half way to where I want to be.  I have accomplished a lot, but still have so much more things I want to do and share with all of you.  It has been a blessing to live this life and to have an undying passion continuously growing since I was a little kid.  I’m currently working on a new project that will be released in a few weeks and I am very excited to share it with all of you who have supported me since the very beginning.

Thank you to everyone who has ever believed in me…

UNTIL CHAPTER.5…

happy valentine’s day…

Happy Birthday SHADE.

Underground & Underrated.  Real Talent…

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CHAPTER.3 - Las Vegas & David Copperfield
Since it’s the beginning of 2013, I decided to start the year by reviewing the last few months of 2012.  In September, Ellusionist decided to continue the Artifice playing card series and released the Purple Artifice version.  For the promotional trailer they wanted to pay tribute to what professional card men consider the “Holy Bible” of sleight-of-hand, The Expert At The Card Table.  The theme was to give you a glimpse into the life of a card hustler.  How he would study, practice, prepare, and work in his own world.  A real underground feel.  We filmed in my room and the narration was done to sound like a veteran hustler was explaining the hustling lifestyle to you.  Gangster. 

SHADE - PURPLE ARTIFICE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7BMk9rEO9s)

In October I flew down to Las Vegas to meet with a few magicians in the magic industry.  We got together and stayed at the MGM Grand Hotel for a week.  During our stay I met with David Copperfield who is the resident magician at the casino.  For those of you who don’t know, he is a legend in the magic game.  His name is synonymous with the word “magic” just like Houdini. 

David Copperfield…

Made the Statue of Liberty disappear. 
Walked through The Great Wall of China. 
Levitated over The Grand Canyon.
Has 11 Guinness World Records.
Starred in over 20 of his TV magic specials
Won 21 Emmy awards. 
Performs over 500 shows a year.
Sold more than 40 million tickets grossing over 30 billion. 
Owns a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
Owns 11 private islands in the Bahamas.  

He’s considered the highest paid and greatest magician of all time earning him the title “King of Magic”.  Meeting him was one of the proudest moments and highlights of my entire magic life.  He was very generous and sincere.  He gave me front row seats to see his live stage show and I got to hangout with him backstage after the performance.  Truly a living legend and inspiration.

I love Las Vegas because it’s considered to be the entertainment capital of the world.  Frequently referred to as The City of Sin, Las Vegas does have its deceiving and devious sides.  What I love about Las Vegas the most is the gambling world.  Back in the day when the mob used to run Las Vegas, casinos would hire card cheats as casino dealers to swindle innocent players out of their money making the “house” win.  This was a time where there were few rules and regulations.  These hustlers could live lavishly in luxury and royalty wherever they went.  They were well respected with power, beautiful women, and suitcases full of money.  To me these were the real mobsters and gangsters that defined Las Vegas.

During our stay we walked down the Vegas strip and I noticed a hustler on the street corner demonstrating a con game to some tourists.  It’s a version of 3 card monte except with 3 bottle caps and a pea representing the 3 shell game.  It’s a simple game where the hustler would hide the pea under 1 of the 3 bottle caps and move them around.  You would have to guess where the pea is hiding and place your money in front of the cap where you thought it was under.  If you guessed correctly you would double your money, if you guessed incorrectly the hustler would take your money.  It sounds very simple but the hustler would use misdirection, distractions, and sleight of hand to confuse you.  Not to mention his undercover team of hustlers called shills disguised as tourists who blend in the crowd persuading you to gamble your hard earned money.  

While I was watching the game being played, I immediately could spot who was in on the con and who was an innocent tourist about to get scammed.  I followed the game and followed the sleight of hand the hustler was using.  Surveying the area, I noticed his spotters on far sides of the street corners waiting to signal the hustler incase the police were nearby.  It was a very beautiful experience to witness the scam being operated live.  The tourists lost about a few hundred dollars by the time the team cleaned up and dispersed.  

My time in Las Vegas was well spent having dinner with the Theory 11 crew, sessioning with Criss Angel’s crew, and meeting David Copperfield and his crew.  Near the end of my trip, I decided to get a tattoo that I have always wanted but was waiting for the right moment.  I got “SHADE” tattooed down my arm since Las Vegas was the perfect place to get it.  I felt like I’ve earned it graduating and receiving a permanent badge for my accomplishments.

In November 2012, scientists from a healthcare facility discovered my card cheating videos on YouTube.  They were so impressed that they flew me down to Chicago so I could demonstrate these gambling techniques live while they study my hands.  There were about 30 scientists and I was able to deceive them all.  Following my demonstration I was bombarded with hundreds of questions since they were so analytical and intrigued.  Who would have ever thought that I’d be doing this in my life all coming from a deck of cards.  It was probably one of the most special memories I’ll ever have in my career. 

2012 was a great year for me and my career overall.  I have about 5 projects already in the works for 2013, so I hope to top 2012 and bring you more stories, videos, and live performances of me expressing & performing my craft.  I am always thinking of new ways to creatively express myself whether it’s through performance art or through a new video.  I still practice and study every day/night constantly learning, growing, and trying new things.  I am more focused and sharp than I’ve ever been persistently on point to reach the next level.  Thank you for following me along side my journey….

Until CHAPTER.4…

CHAPTER.3 - Las Vegas & David Copperfield

Since it’s the beginning of 2013, I decided to start the year by reviewing the last few months of 2012.  In September, Ellusionist decided to continue the Artifice playing card series and released the Purple Artifice version.  For the promotional trailer they wanted to pay tribute to what professional card men consider the “Holy Bible” of sleight-of-hand, The Expert At The Card Table.  The theme was to give you a glimpse into the life of a card hustler.  How he would study, practice, prepare, and work in his own world.  A real underground feel.  We filmed in my room and the narration was done to sound like a veteran hustler was explaining the hustling lifestyle to you.  Gangster.

SHADE - PURPLE ARTIFICE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7BMk9rEO9s)

In October I flew down to Las Vegas to meet with a few magicians in the magic industry.  We got together and stayed at the MGM Grand Hotel for a week.  During our stay I met with David Copperfield who is the resident magician at the casino.  For those of you who don’t know, he is a legend in the magic game.  His name is synonymous with the word “magic” just like Houdini. 

David Copperfield…

  • Made the Statue of Liberty disappear. 
  • Walked through The Great Wall of China. 
  • Levitated over The Grand Canyon.
  • Has 11 Guinness World Records.
  • Starred in over 20 of his TV magic specials
  • Won 21 Emmy awards. 
  • Performs over 500 shows a year.
  • Sold more than 40 million tickets grossing over 30 billion. 
  • Owns a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
  • Owns 11 private islands in the Bahamas.  

He’s considered the highest paid and greatest magician of all time earning him the title “King of Magic”.  Meeting him was one of the proudest moments and highlights of my entire magic life.  He was very generous and sincere.  He gave me front row seats to see his live stage show and I got to hangout with him backstage after the performance.  Truly a living legend and inspiration.

I love Las Vegas because it’s considered to be the entertainment capital of the world.  Frequently referred to as The City of Sin, Las Vegas does have its deceiving and devious sides.  What I love about Las Vegas the most is the gambling world.  Back in the day when the mob used to run Las Vegas, casinos would hire card cheats as casino dealers to swindle innocent players out of their money making the “house” win.  This was a time where there were few rules and regulations.  These hustlers could live lavishly in luxury and royalty wherever they went.  They were well respected with power, beautiful women, and suitcases full of money.  To me these were the real mobsters and gangsters that defined Las Vegas.

During our stay we walked down the Vegas strip and I noticed a hustler on the street corner demonstrating a con game to some tourists.  It’s a version of 3 card monte except with 3 bottle caps and a pea representing the 3 shell game.  It’s a simple game where the hustler would hide the pea under 1 of the 3 bottle caps and move them around.  You would have to guess where the pea is hiding and place your money in front of the cap where you thought it was under.  If you guessed correctly you would double your money, if you guessed incorrectly the hustler would take your money.  It sounds very simple but the hustler would use misdirection, distractions, and sleight of hand to confuse you.  Not to mention his undercover team of hustlers called shills disguised as tourists who blend in the crowd persuading you to gamble your hard earned money.  

While I was watching the game being played, I immediately could spot who was in on the con and who was an innocent tourist about to get scammed.  I followed the game and followed the sleight of hand the hustler was using.  Surveying the area, I noticed his spotters on far sides of the street corners waiting to signal the hustler incase the police were nearby.  It was a very beautiful experience to witness the scam being operated live.  The tourists lost about a few hundred dollars by the time the team cleaned up and dispersed.  

My time in Las Vegas was well spent having dinner with the Theory 11 crew, sessioning with Criss Angel’s crew, and meeting David Copperfield and his crew.  Near the end of my trip, I decided to get a tattoo that I have always wanted but was waiting for the right moment.  I got “SHADE” tattooed down my arm since Las Vegas was the perfect place to get it.  I felt like I’ve earned it graduating and receiving a permanent badge for my accomplishments.

In November 2012, scientists from a healthcare facility discovered my card cheating videos on YouTube.  They were so impressed that they flew me down to Chicago so I could demonstrate these gambling techniques live while they study my hands.  There were about 30 scientists and I was able to deceive them all.  Following my demonstration I was bombarded with hundreds of questions since they were so analytical and intrigued.  Who would have ever thought that I’d be doing this in my life all coming from a deck of cards.  It was probably one of the most special memories I’ll ever have in my career. 

2012 was a great year for me and my career overall.  I have about 5 projects already in the works for 2013, so I hope to top 2012 and bring you more stories, videos, and live performances of me expressing & performing my craft.  I am always thinking of new ways to creatively express myself whether it’s through performance art or through a new video.  I still practice and study every day/night constantly learning, growing, and trying new things.  I am more focused and sharp than I’ve ever been persistently on point to reach the next level.  Thank you for following me along side my journey….

Until CHAPTER.4…