tsolo
39 Brooklyn, NY
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My self-summary
When we had to paint our own faces in 3rd grade art class, every other girl made a doll face with pink cheeks. I slathered on devil red, added evil black eyebrows and goatee, then turned upside down and shook my hair into a hellish mess. Haven't changed much since then.
What I’m doing with my life
Trying to make everyone's lives a little more ridiculous.

I'm a professional magician. I will also admit to having been a clown. And (gulp) an accordionist.

About half my living comes from performing. The steadier part comes from teaching circus arts to kids in afterschool programs.

Disclosure: I am 4 years older than it says above. If that's a problem, fair enough.
I’m really good at
Headstands, dumpster diving, painting things lurid colors, research on arcane topics, listening to my friends, producing live goldfish from thin air.
The first things people usually notice about me
My teeth. They're pretty big. And that my clothes don't match. And that I have an obnoxiously large vocabulary.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies: Duck Soup, The Jerk, The Forbidden Zone. Kusturica's films (Black Cat White Cat, Underground). Hitchcock. The cartoons of Chuck Jones and the Fleischer Bros.

Books: Hard to narrow down. Confederacy of Dunces, Wallace Stevens, Master and Margarita, Harpo Speaks, Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonders...can I come back to this question?
I spend hours poring over old magic publications.

Music: Beastie Boys. Brass bands, especially Balkan. Old mambo. Sydney Bechet. I like to play French songs and klezmer on my accordion. Excited about Missy Elliott's return.
The six things I could never do without
My bicycle. Rubber chickens. Neuroplasticity. My friends. Semicolons. A flexible schedule.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Vaudeville.
On a typical Friday night I am
Seeing a show, or performing in one.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I had a teenage crush on David Letterman.
You should message me if
You can hang out with a happy weirdo. Better yet, if you are one yourself.

I sometimes get messages saying "You seem too wild". I can see why, but I'm actually hardworking and bookish, and like a lot of performers, often kind of shy. Go figure.
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