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Where do ideas come from—- out of thin air, as if by magic? Or is it in the choreography, the behind-the-scenes, the work with the sleights at hand to generate creative solutions from percieved restrictions?

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SOLDIER-ACTOR MAGICOLOGUE (2024)

Werner "Dorny" Dornfield's adventures as a solidier-actor at the tail end of WWI and during the immediate post-war period. Based on research at the American Museum of Magic, and brought together with archival images, animated re-enactments, narration, music, and interviews. One of several vignettes about Dorny's life and times, this short documentary shares stories from Dorny's time "over there," and then his return to the States, where he joins up with the "Sweetheart of the A.E.F.," Elsie Janis! (8 min, TRT)

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MISDIRECTIONS : TRIX & CHATTER (2024)

In my collage-style conversation with live cinema artist Sue Slagle (AKA Sue-C) - misdirections and connections abound between Sue's theory and practice of performance and the trix & chatter of stage magic (16 min TRT)

EXHIBITION RECORD

MAR 2024: Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA

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GOOD MAGIC (2023)

A feeling of magic is aswirl as two old friends reminisce about radio progams, day jobs, and pulling pranks. Based on conversations I recorded with my mother Margrit, and my father's cousin Gloria, these anecdotes emerged alongside my research into Gloria's magician uncle, Dorny, and reveal complementary streaks of ingenuity, humor, and mischief. (4 min TRT)

EXHIBITION RECORD

FEB 2024: Heartfelt, Portland Diary Summit, Portland, OR

FEB 2024: MicroActs 17, London, UK

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MISDIRECTIONS (2022)

What begins as a biography of the magician, Werner "Dorny" Dornfield, broadens into a mosaic of many riddles and revelations.  Misdirections is a 68 page chapbook, printed with embedded clues that correspond with an affiliated web-based audiovisual trove. Following clues from the book, attentive readers can unlock further anecdotes, images, and vignettes, including original animations by Portland illustrator, Bill Boyer

MISDIRECTIONS! A SERIO-COMIC CATALOGUE (2022)

Drawing together archival images, original animations, video vignettes, interviews, and live narration adapted from the book, Misdirections is a live cinema performance-lecture par excellance! Paired with a variety program of cine-magical feats, recent showcases have included videos, films, and performances by: Bill Boyer, Stephanie Hough, Andrew Kim, Kerry Laitala, Aaron O'Neal, Kathleen Quillian, Jeremy Rourke,  Cindy Webster, Weird Faction, and others

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EXHIBITION RECORD

NOV 2022: PNCA, Portland, OR

OCT 2022: Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA

MAY 2022: Shapeshifters Cinema, Oakland, CA

MAY 2022: Turn! Turn! Turn!, Portland, OR

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MORNINGS OF THE MAGICIAN (2017 / 2023) 
A companion piece to Misdirections:  Idiosyncratic culinary rituals are explored through family history and a metaphorical framework of alchemy. Redesigned from video into an interactive story at this link (sound on, and best viewed on desktop or laptop)

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