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In 2012 I worked for the Illusionist and theater special effects designer Paul Kieve on the Broadway production of Ghost-the Musical. I created a handful of props that needed to float and exhibit other magical properties. I had a great time on that project which led to Paul asking me to help him on Pippin in 2013.

Pippin has a lot of magic effects woven into the story and the show. Paul had me build a few of the Illusions and it was a great experience for me taking my puppet skills and transferring them to the world of Magic.

Due to the nature of Magic, it would be a spoiler to go into too much detail, but here is a photo of Paul working with Patina Miller on the levitation effect. Patina won a Tony Award for her role in Pippin.

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Patina Miller-rehearsing levitation

This revival won 4 Tony Awards at the 67th Tony Awards: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, and Best Direction of a Musical.