Wine & Wizardry

In the summer of 2021 my magic has been BIG and small: a city-sized magic event followed by wizardry at a small wine-tasting soiree

Daniel Greenwolf headlined Waterbury Harry Potter Day
Photo by Jim Shannon of the Republican-American

Hello and Happy Summer! The magic of my summer reached a pinnacle in two special events back-to-back. As producer for “Waterbury Harry Potter Day” I worked with dozens of local businesses, community members, officials, artisans and magicians to transform the downtown streetscape into a wizardly wonder. Hundreds of witches and wizards flooded the sidewalks. They visited Spirit Cafe for butter beer lattes, bought Fascia’s chocolate frogs from Grand News Deli, answered trivia questions at the office of Congresswoman Jahanna Hayes. These and other food & fun were listed on the “magic map” that eventually brought them back to the Silas Bronson Library for a fire-breathing magic show by Celtic Magician Daniel Greenwolf. Daniel was not alone as a magician in conjuring up fun. Bella Greenwolf joined Daniel in his shows, Michael OJ performed street sorcery throughout the day, and the Witchcraft and Birth of Modern Magic evening show at the Mattatuck Museum featured Andy Morgan, Joe Cabral, Michael DiFlorio and Michele Jacome. And, as Cyril the Sorcerer, I enjoyed sharing enviromagic and more with attendees throughout the day.

The host of the wine tasting provided a great number of wine-related quotes which I offered along with my own

Wine combined with wizardry the following day as I provided conjuring and calligraphy for guests at a tasting for wine enthusiasts. I have found that many enjoy the novelty of quill and ink calligraphy in a world of automated printing. I enjoy bringing it to them at events in the form of quotes, charms and even writing out “fortunes”. We followed this early evening fun with a formal performance of Water Wizard, my show about our planet’s most precious resource. It was fitting to share water magic with a group of winelovers!

This summer also marked the launch of Green Magic, a column I will be writing monthly for magicians in The Linking Ring magazine. Changing the world with enviromagic is something I hope many other magicians will do with the advice and suggestions I provide in this column. Our world needs more green magic!

My wish to bring tips, tricks and ideas to other magicians on how to perform enviromagic has come to fruition this summer with a new column

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Fair Trade Magic

As a “good wizard” I believe in supporting fair trade as well as environmental sustainability.  Fair trade organizations, such as Ten Thousand Villages, pay artisans, farmers and others in the developing world a living wage for their work.    I support this by buying coffee, chocolate, magic props and gifts from my local Ten Thousand Villages store here in New Haven, CT.   I also support their fair trade efforts by performing “fair trade magic,” in the local store.   I theme the routines to fair trade and use props from the store itself.   Fair trade reverses the trend of creating poverty overseas so that we can have cheap and disable goods at home.

Liz Rider, manager of the Ten Thousand Villages store in New Haven, CT, has partnered with Cyril the Sorcerer to bring several performances of Fair Trade Magic to her location.

Liz Rider, manager of the Ten Thousand Villages store in New Haven, CT, has partnered with Cyril the Sorcerer to bring several performances of Fair Trade Magic to her location.

Magic Can Change the World

“Magic, by its ability to capture the imagination, can change the world.” – CJ May

This video is a brief introduction to my two most popular shows, “Recycling is Magic” and “MAGITRICITY”, and how they help others see the magic they possess.

The video was masterfully created by Irene Liebler of Art of the Cell.  She, and her partner Sandy, showed such creativity in the still and video photography they showed me that I trusted this effort to them.   The finished video exceeded my expectations.

Vanishing a Carbon Footprint

I am proud to say that I am the first magician to have ever vanished a four ton carbon footprint.  I will follow this environmental miracle with another first for a magician:  I am happy to tell you how I did it.

Okay….I didn’t really “vanish” my carbon footprint.  Instead I first used the Yale Community Carbon Fund to calculate the amount of carbon dioxide released during my magic-related travels last year via air and car in 2012.  The Fund’s calculator tells you how many miles traveled, how much carbon dioxide was released as a result and how much you can contribute to put in place energy efficiency efforts to avoid the production of an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide.   My magic-related travels resulted in a release of a little more than 4 metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2012.

My local travel produced only a small portion of this foot print as ground travel via a Toyota Prius hybrid is fairly efficient.  Coming in at 40-50 miles per gallon, the Prius is a fairly magical way for an environmental wizard to travel.  The big part of the footprint needing offset was my air travel.   I don’t have Harry Potter’s Nimbus 2000 and rely on planes to fly to far away destinations for performing.  I also make my annual pilgrimage to the real-world Hogwarts, McBride’s Magic and Mystery School.  JK Rowling’s school for wizards is somewhere in northern England or Scotland, but America’s is in Las Vegas.  Makes sense.   Getting there takes lots of jet fuel and carbon offsets are a good way to reduce the impact as airlines and engineers work to make air travel more efficient. Distance learning with McBride’s Magic and Mystery School allows contact and classes throughout the rest of the year with near magical ease.  Technology is part of the magic we can use to keep our planet from heating up too quickly.  Carbon offsets is another.  Beyond this…solar panels on my roof heat my water and make electricity.  That trims the carbon footprint right off the bat.

The fact is that the carbon dioxide I produced last year has already traveled up into the atmosphere.  Perhaps  45% of it will be absorbed by plants and the ocean over the next decade.  More than 50% of it will remain in the atmosphere for hundreds of years, warming the Earth all the while.  So even though it was good for me to offset my carbon by contributing to a program that will reduce future carbon dioxide creation, we should all work our magic to curb our production in the first place.   Reduce your energy use through energy saving lighting, appliances, vehicles and by using an electricity supplier that uses renewables.  My state of CT has two suppliers for folks seeking “green” energy.

But we still generate some carbon dioxide…and we can try and offset it.  There are many carbon offset programs that can help you calculate your footprint and make a contribution to counter it.  Read more about them at  HowStuffWorks.com and Wikipedia.   Terrapass is a good basic program as it allows you to offset the carbon dioxide produced from the driving of your personal or business vehicles.  To learn more about climate change and its effects on life, the economy and the environment here in New England, stop by Yale’s Peabody Museum and experience the “Seasons of Change” exhibit.  It features a host of interactive learning stations for young and old alike.

Make 2013 magical…vanish your carbon footprint!  You don’t need to be a wizard to help the planet.