As a child several of my most vivid memories are of The Del Mar Fair (now San Diego County Fair), one of the largest fairs in the state. This fair is huge, so in contrast I got to experience a real county fair…
THE DRIVE-I drove 5 hours out into the Desert, on a 2 lane 395 highway to Ridgecrest, CA for about 5 hours. Thanks to Google Maps I took the most direct route which t the end was a little harrowing navigating a two lane road in the middle of desert which always brings to mind the worst possible scenario. Thank God, it was smooth driving with the exception of a few U-turns.
Dan Wiles and his lovely wife Katsumi were fantastic hosts. Dan was actually the guy who taught me how to juggler 20+ some odd years ago. So it's a FULL CIRCLE kind of a thing to be performing with him. Dan Actually had another show in Oakland, CA so I was the ringmaster for most of the shows. It rained on and off most of the Weekend until the last day which brought us the best crowds and the best time as Dan and I both got to perform in the show.
Delores and Henry Crowell- Delores is an ageless dancer, teacher and magician who performed several classic illusions. Henry Crowell at a Spry 80 performed his Bull Whip Act, which was a hoot. But you know the real story is that Henry Crowell was Gene Autry's Stunt Double,Ranch Manager, and Personal Appearance Double. Sometime behind a great man stands another great man, it was great performing with him and Delores. They will be in San Diego on at the 24th performing at the Scottish Rite Center.
So it was a hoot performing at the Desert Empire Fair and I hope that we were a memorable moment for a few kids from Ridgcrest, CA.