Follow Steve Marshall an American magician who has been living in Japan as he embarks on his first tour in the USA in 13 years.
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Nic and Steve
What’s this documentary about?
We're glad you asked!
It’s about Steve Marshall, a professional magician who has been living his childhood dream of entertaining children of all ages, all over the world, for more than 30 years.
It’s about choosing one thing and sticking with it, believing in it, practicing it, and learning how to adapt so you can live your dream.
It’s about change that comes unexpectedly and forces you to really think about your life, make changes, adapt, and continue on.
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In 1998, Steve Marshall packed up everything he had in Florida and moved to Japan to continue his already successful career as a comedy magician while, at the same time, having to adjust to a totally different culture. He has been living and performing there ever since.
Japan has given Steve so many opportunities and today he can add published author, actor, director, songwriter and painter to his resume. As a matter of fact, Steve also achieved celebrity status in Japan appearing in national TV commercials and TV shows both as a magician and a comedic character actor. One show that Steve was a guest on, he was called the “Ambassador of Magic from the USA,” a name that he has been associated with ever since.
The recent earthquake in Japan affected the lives of many. Although Steve and his family were safe, immediately following the earthquake all of Steve’s work was cancelled. Fortunately, he was able to book shows in the USA, and for three weeks, he returned with his family to Florida. During this time he also added a new title to his resume, magic lecturer.
In September of this year, Steve will be returning to the USA for his first major tour of his home country in almost 14 years. He'll start in Florida and travel up the East coast doing a few public shows and 17 lectures for different magician's organizations. Steve will be accompanied by his friends and fellow RIngling Bros. Clown College alumni, Billy Scadlock and Nic Beery. As a matter of fact, in the early 80's, Steve and Nic drove almost the same route as this tour will take when they were clowns on the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
"Sayonara to Hello" is a documentary that will chronicle Steve Marshall as he makes his way back to the USA, performing, presenting magic lectures, and continuing his career in the country of his birth where, today, he almost feels like a foreigner. The film will also parallel the first major tour that he ever took as a Ringling Brothers clown fresh out of Clown College in 1983. With archived footage of that tour, combined with his present journey, this documentary will dig deep into what it takes to succeed 30 years in a profession that is far from what most people would consider “normal.”
OK! How can I help?
We’re really glad you asked!
Shooting and editing a documentary like this takes a lot of time and money to produce in the right way. Award winning filmmaker Nic Beery, from Beery Media in North Carolina, has agreed to take a month and bring all of his equipment on the road with Steve to film everything that happens on this tour. We need your help to cover production costs and Nic’s expenses while he is on the road.
Candid, humorous and inspiring, "Sayonara to Hello" needs your help to become a reality. Please donate generously to help us bring this project to life. Every penny will go to the production of the film. There are many thank you gifts on this page, listed to the right, so please take a look at the list and choose the one that's right for you.
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A Personal Message from Steve
When I first started organizing this lecture tour, my idea was to film all the funny stuff that just happens when you get clowns and magicians driving over 4,000 miles together in less than a month. And believe me, funny stuff does just happen. But also there are some pretty deep conversations that occur between friends on long drives like this.
As mentioned above, this is going to be a big trip for me for several reasons. It is going to be interesting to perform back in the USA after almost 14 years of living in Japan. I will be making adjustments to the culture and language since some of the routines I will perform on this trip I have never performed in English! I'm also excited to be sharing with other magicians some of the lessons that I have learned from performing in other cultures for these many years.
I want to thank my old friend and fellow Ringling clown Nic Beery, of Beery Media, for having a bigger vision of this project than filming a bunch of funny stuff that happens on the road. Through our conversations, he saw a bigger story and got me to see it too. My hope is that this documentary will entertain and make you laugh, but also inspire people and show them they can live their dreams if they believe in themselves and the gifts they are given.
This is really a once in a lifetime chance to make a film like this since I probably will never again be returning to the USA after living this long in another country.
My close friend Billy Scadlock will also be joining me on this trip. Billy is someone who has gone way past friend status and is more like a brother to me now, since we have known each other and have kept in close contact for over 25 years.
As we’ve said above, this film cannot be made without your help and support. I’ve recently learned a lot about the film making process and it takes a lot of money to do something like this.
By joining this project, my hope is that you will feel like you are "on the road" with us as we share this great adventure together. On the right side of this page, there are different reward levels and I hope you will find something that you like.
Thank you so much for considering this project, for sharing this adventure with me, and for any support you are able to give!
And remember…. The first three letters of “funding” are FUN!
You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
Onwards and upwards,
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Magic Level - You will be the recipient of very good thoughts and, next time you see me, I will do a magic trick for you! Plus access to a blog with updates from the road and your name listed in the credits of the film! THANK YOU!
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Postcard from the Road Level - All of the above + a personally written postcard from Steve sent to you from the road during the tour + your name listed in the credits! THANK YOU!
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On the Road Level - All of the above + a digital download or hard copy of "Sayonara to Hello" when it is completed + your name will be listed in the credits in bigger letters! THANK YOU! (If you live outside of the USA or Japan please include an extra $5.00 for shipping of the hard copy.)
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Deluxe Edition Level - All of the above + a deluxe autographed boxed DVD of "Sayonara to Hello" + your name listed in the credits of the film in bigger letters! THANK YOU! (If you live outside of the USA or Japan please include an extra $5.00 for shipping.)
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Lucky number level - 8 is Steve's lucky number so you will get everything above + an original photo of us doing something crazy on our trip taken just for you and e-mailed to you from the road + your name listed in the credits! THANK YOU!
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Product Placement Level - All of the above rewards + if you send us your product or something with your logo on it, Steve will find a way to work it into the film in a creative way. (Keep in mind that this is a family friendly film so our team reserves the right to ask for something different if your item doesn't match this criteria.) THANK YOU!
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First of May Level - When Steve and Nic first joined the circus, a first year clown (known as a "First of May") was paid $145.00 a week. In memory of our first paycheck, for this level, you will receive a secret link to a video edited together from previously unreleased footage of Steve and Nic during their first years on the circus. (Believe us, there's a reason this stuff was never released!) You will also get the post card + the early link to the film when it is completed + the actual boxed DVD + the crazy photo from the road e-mailed to you + your name listed in the credits using a special "Circus" font! THANK YOU! (If we come close enough to you, you might even be the recipient of a real pie in the face! (If you don't mind.) This is one of the highest honors a circus clown can receive!)
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Psychic Sidekick Level - At this level, you will receive one of Steve's original "Telekinetic Art" sculptures created from metal spoons and forks that he will bend with his mind. You will see these mind bending feats in the film and your sculpture will be created from the same items used in the film. You will also get the post card + the early link to the film when it is completed + the actual boxed DVD + the crazy photo from the road e-mailed to you + your name listed in the credits using a bigger font! THANK YOU!
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Patron of the Arts Level - Wow, for this amount of money you deserve one of Steve's original paintings! It will be a framed mixed media piece made from acrylic paint and real shredded US currency (Legally shredded of course!) From Steve's "Love and Money" series. Because that's what your giving... Love AND Money! You will also get the post card + the early link to the film when it is completed + the actual boxed DVD + the crazy photo from the road e-mailed to you + your name listed in the credits using a $500 font! (And that's bigger than a $2 word!) THANK YOU! (Note - If you live outside of the USA or Japan please add an additional $50.00 postage if you want the painting to come to you framed. We're sorry about this but the frames are heavy and postage is expensive these days!)
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Executive Producer Level - Your gift of $1,000 truly makes you a "Grand" person! (Get it "Grand"? We crack ourselves up!) For this level, you will be listed as Executive Producer in the film's credits + you will also get the post card + the early link to the film when it is completed + the actual boxed DVD + the crazy photo from the road e-mailed to you + a Telekinetic Art sculpture and a painting! THANK YOU!
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