About Me

About Me

I started magic when I was 9 years old and clowning when I was 11.

When I was 11 years old, my mother was a Den Mother with the Boy Scouts of America. She had a clown outfit she used for skits. My mom was a single mom, and one day, I got home from school before my mom got home from work.

I decided to put on the clown makeup and outfit and go play in the neighborhood. However, As I was leaving the house, my mom arrived home. She asked me, “Why do you have my clown outfit on, and where are you going?” I told her I was going to the nursing home that was near our house. She said, “That’s a great idea! Go have fun!

I left the house, thinking I had gotten away with it. But wait! Mom knows everyone at the nursing home! I had to go, or I would be in trouble.

So, I went to the nursing home and told them I was there to cheer people up. They said, “Have fun.” I had no idea what I was doing, but afterward, everyone was praising me for what a good job I did. I had so much fun that I wanted to do it some more.

I played around with clowning until I met Hal “Shorty” Horton when I was 13 years old.

I became Fuzzy the Magic Clown, a white-faced clown.

He was a Professional Clown with accolades such as International Clown of the Year, National Clown for the Leukemia Society, and so much more. Hal took me on as an apprentice and taught me the Art of Clowning. I did a fair with Hal, and it was then I found out I could make money doing what I love to do. So, I combined my love of clowning with my love of magic.

I became a Professional Magician and Clown at the age of 14.  I combined my talents and became a Magic Clown. I was the youngest member to join Alley 107 of the Clowns of America, which later became Clowns of America International.

My mom was a seamstress and made all my costumes throughout my career, except my last 2 outfits, which were made by Priscilla Mooseburger.

In 1992, I was diagnosed with muscle myopathy, which limited my ability to walk long distances or stand for long periods of time. I continued to perform with some modifications.

Over the years, I have attended the Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp, American Clown Academy 2.0, World Clown Association Clown Convention, Daytona Festival of Magic, and other various conventions to advance my knowledge in the art of entertainment.

Over the years, I became involved with the Lucille Ball Community Theater in Jamestown, NY, where I assisted in Audio/Visual and Set Construction. I was also a Stagehand, Actor, and Prop Handler. I was a Magic Consultant for the production of Damn Yankees at the Hartford Stage Company in Hartford, CT.

In 2005, I went into remission and was able to maintain a normal life.

In 2015, I reopened my entertainment business and added DJ to my list of talents.

In 2017, I connected with Fun World Clown Alley in Orlando, FL. They were putting on a Clown School, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to improve my clown skills. Little did I know that it would be a major curve in my clown career. I went from White Face to Auguste, and my improv skills improved. The biggest honor I had was to have Ron Severini help me design my new Auguste Face.

In March 2018, I was elected as the American Southeast Regional Director position for the World Clown Association and served 2 terms. I supported and promoted the art of clowning and spread joy and laughter using any of my talents, which has been my passion since I was 14.

In 2020, my muscle myopathy returned, and my ability to walk or stand for long periods became harder. I have since sold my DJ business and renamed it from Music Magic & Mayhem to Magic & Smiles. I have reopened my magic shop, and I still occasionally perform shows. I wasn’t going to let my condition stop me from doing what I loved. Putting smiles on people’s faces one way or another.

Today, I own a Brick & Mortar Magic Shop inside the Anderson Mall, in Anderson, SC. I still perform from time to time as I will always want to put smiles on people’s faces.

Many of your big magic companies are glorified online stores, and I’m not. Yes, I have an online store, but I also have an actual brick & mortar store located inside the Anderson Mall, in Anderson, SC. I pride myself in providing the best customer service. I don’t just sell magic, I make sure the magic you are purchasing is something in your skill level, unless you’re up for a challenge, and get something a little above your skill level.

Not only can you see a live magic demonstration, but you will also have a good understanding of the magic you purchase instead of having to decipher the instructions. 

Welcome to the World of Magic! Otherwise known as Magic & Smiles.