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Entrepreneurial Spirit, Magic Kenny Bang Bang

January 26, 2016 2 Comments

The Dillinger Days party at Hotel Congress is always a great community event. People enjoy the car show and the costumed gangsters as well as both of our beautiful antique firetrucks on display for the occasion. A fire in the Hotel Congress lead to the arrest of public enemy number one in Tucson in 1934.  The era is recreated each year and the locals enjoy watching the reenactment, which includes cops, robbers, and antique firetrucks.  A good time is had by all.

I was eating lunch at Maynard’s Market at the train station while  Magic Kenny Bang Bang sat at the bar talking to friends.  I asked about his top hat costume, which seemed over the top, even at Dillinger Days.  He told me that he is a professional magician.  Oddly enough, I had just read his name a few hours earlier in association with an event he will MC on Valentines Day and had wondered who he is.  He was waiting for his piano player to arrive for a show they would perform later in the afternoon.  He did a magic trick at the bar that did baffle and amaze me, so I asked for a quick interview.  He was gracious to oblige.

I think the combination sommelier/magician is a unique one.  He can do all kinds of magic, but primarily is a people person who enjoys entertaining.  I did not stay downtown for his show but think I will go to the Valentine’s event to see what he will do.  I love to see the different ways people can make a living from their talents.  Magic Kenny is a great example of ingenuity, creativity, and skill.

Magic Kenny Bang Bang

Magic Kenny Bang Bang

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