|After Phantasy, Tony began to diversify into
non-magical productions. In
2001, he wrote produced and starred in a stage play featuring magic
and illusions entitled, "Intimate Miracles: Life, Love &
Legerdemain," that ran for six weeks in
. He's also worked
on many feature film productions, most recently as a production
manager on a full-length feature entitled "The Third Nail."
All the while, magic production has stayed at the core of his
professional career. Under
the auspices of Tony Clark Productions, he has produced more than a
dozen instructional videos and one magical instruction book-A
Dove Worker's Handbook. He
also directed a show Called "Gleason Magic" at the Venetian Hotel
from Intimate Miracles
came calling again. Paul
Reder, Entertainment Director for Caesar's Properties in
, asked Tony to return to the Horizon Hotel and Casino with a new
show. Tony told Paul that
he was shifting his career emphasis to producing, and together they
came up with "Fusion,"
Tony's second hit production in
. A combination of comedy,
magic and illusion, Fusion starring illusionists Alexander and
Pamela, comedy magician Gregory Wilson and juggler Bryson Lang, had a
very successful run. In
fact, it was such a hit, Tony and Paul recently opened a new iteration
this past spring, "Fusion 2", again starring Alexander and
Pamela, comedy magician Eric Buss and visual comedian (and Tony's
guest star in "Phantasy") Chipper Lowell.
Tony and Paul also collaborated on "Viva Vaudeville,"
a variety show that ran at the River Palms in
from Fusion 2-Alexander, Chipper Lowell,
Eric Buss and (front) Pamela
asked to give advice to other aspiring producers, Tony relays, "The
biggest lesson to learn is you'll never stop learning. No two shows or
deals are alike. It's important to stay on course with your ideas and
visions, but also be flexible. Producing is like being the conductor of
an orchestra, you have to assign the jobs and keep everything moving at
the right tempo. In the end,
the biggest reward is seeing a concept go from ideas on paper to reality
on stage, and to see an audience react and applaud to something you've
created. Nothing beats that
addition to keeping up with "Fusion 2," Tony's current
emphasis is on television and film.
He is in the process of producing a full-length feature film. He
also aspires to produce TV programs and eventually continue where famed
television magic producer, Gary Ouellet, left off.
And no, he has not stopped performing.
He still performs and lectures regularly, doing the gigs he
really wants to do. Prop
manufacturing also continues to be one of his favorite endeavors,
providing a meditative escape from his hectic producing schedule.
Tony's ultimate dream? Ten
years from now he'd like to be one of the biggest TV/film producers in
. Bearing in mind his
successful track record, don't be surprised
if not too far down the road you see the "Producer: Tony
Clark" credit on a movie screen, television set, theater marquee,
magical prop, instructional video and playbill, all at the same time!
Still Performing -
by Anne White