Today is the Saturday before Father’s Day and I’m a busy little magician driving around the Puget Sound area performing my show at Father’s Day events!
When I was younger I used to perform on Father’s Day, however ever since I became a father I no longer do that. I only perform the Saturday before. Also because it’s such a high demand day for my show if you are hosting a Father’s day event next year now is the time to book it!
On Sunday I did a silhouette portrait cutting gig in Seattle. If you haven’t seen me cut silhouett portraits here’s a quick video:
When I cut silhouette portraits I cut two images. There are a couple of reasons why I do it that way. The main one is that two layer of paper is easier to hold and firmer than one piece of paper. Normally I don’t give out the second image unless the person asks me for it. A lot of people ask for the duplicate image, but most people aren’t even aware that there is a second image.
Usually the second image goes into my pocket and I end up throwing it away. I just emptied my pocket from a silhouette portrait cutting gig on Sunday and here’s 70ish duplicate portraits that were left over:
I love doing these silhouette portrait cutting gigs because I get to talk to a lot of people and don’t have to lug around my whole big stage show!
A lot of people don’t know that in addition to performing my One Man Side Show I also hand cut silhouette portraits. A silhouette portrait is a cut of the profile of a person’s face on black paper that is then usually mounted on a white background. You might have had your portrait done in school where they taped a piece of paper on the all and shined a light on your head and traced the profile of your head on the paper then cut it out. The way I do silhouette portraits is very different, I cut them by hand and eye, here’s an example:
This style of portrait cutting is a lost art, very few people in the United States (and the world) do this anymore. It’s so low tech when you consider that everyone has a camera in their phone that they carry around and can use computer programs to get different effects with. That said whenever I cut silhouette portraits at an event I’m always amazed at how quickly I get a line of people and how many kids are amazed that you can even do this! I guess skill can still trump technology and it’s appeal is how low tech (and cool) it is.
In preparation for this summer I got a bunch of new mounting cards for my sillhouette portraits. In the past I’ve used a white card, but I recently ordered some with a fancy board and my info on the back. Here’s the card without a portrait:
And here’s the card with a silhouette (not mounted):
Finally here’s the portrait on the card:
For more information about having me cut silhouette portraits at your next event feel free to contact me!