Magic, Sharpies & Kissing

"Can I show you a magic trick?"

Over a month ago, a friend of mine Matt Hogan from Global Soup invited me to come to a conference called 'Playlist Live.' Playlist Live is a three-day event where YouTubers can interact with fellow YouTubers and fans. The first day is a business day where famous YouTubers sit on a panel and answer questions. The last two days are devoted to booths where you can interact with famous YouTubers. I decided to go and brought my friend Preston, from the "Kiss Me I'm Irish" video, along with me. Playlist Live was a blast. I had the opportunity to network with other YouTubers and meet some fans.

On the first day of the conference, many people asked for my business card but I didn't bring any. I had to awkwardly tell them to write my information in their phone or email me instead. I needed to find a better way. My answer came from a guy wearing a top hat with a face card on it. 

I asked him if he had a deck of cards and decided to perform a magic trick for him. Magic is something I love to do on my free time. I once performed magic at my fifth grade talent show. It was simple tricks but they were fun. I hadn't performed magic tricks since then until a few months ago. I showed some of the tricks I knew to the man in the top hat and he loved them. Then it hit me: What if I perform magic tricks and then use them as business cards?

"There is power in kissing."

So there I was at Playlist Live performing tricks to people like GloZell, IJustineOverly Attached Girlfriend and many others. Every trick would end with me writing my name and YouTube channel on a card. It was an awesome experience! When I performed the trick for EleventhGorgeous, they kept telling me to do magic tricks on my channel but I wasn't sure how that related to my other videos. Then I thought of the old 'Kiss Card Trick' and decided to give it a shot.
The last kiss of the day. It was a good one.

I went to Brigham Young University campus (one of my favorite places to film) to try it out. I felt a lot more comfortable on this shoot because it wasn't a prank video. The participants knew they were on camera but the reactions were still genuine because it is the magic trick that surprises them not a camera. The video was shot over a three-day period because I had to make sure my viewers felt like they were part of the trick. I did not want them to feel like I was cheating them. In every shot I had to make sure the cards were always viewable and that the viewer never felt tricked. I didn't want to seem like I was doing camera manipulation. 

Decks of cards and sharpie thieves

A picture of my 'business card'
I performed the trick over 100 times. I probably kissed over 50 people, because some were couples and some didn't want to kiss me. One girl actually told me she had mono right before I went in for the kiss. I also spent $70.20 on decks of cards. The hardest part of the trick was chasing people down to get my sharpie back. I had four sharpies on me at all times just in case someone walked off with one. I want to thank my friends who helped me film. It is so hard to be in front of the camera and direct at the same time. Thankfully my friends were able to incorporate my vision into their filming and it turned out just like I wanted it to.

Never give up on your dreams. I never thought I would be performing magic tricks on a YouTube channel for all the world to see but here I am. You never know where you will end up or what you will end up doing. If you have a hobby that you stopped doing, pick it up again! Life is short. Carpe Diem, YOLO, Mario, Luigi, Yoshi...... you get the idea. Go out there and make a difference! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

I want to hear from you. 

What is the coolest magic trick you have ever seen? What was your favorite reaction? What questions do you want to ask me? Feel free to leave them in the comments below.

Stuart Edge

Stuart Edge


Pick My Nose

I needed someone to scratch my nose

A few months back, I was carrying some stuff with a friend of mine and my nose started to itch. It always happens at the worst time, doesn't it? Since my hands weren't free, I asked my friend if she could scratch it for me. She scratched my nose and it hit me. "This would be a funny video!" I tested it out in different scenarios and liked the results. It was now time to film it.

To help me out for this video, I used my two friends P.J. and Wex. Patrick and I were first introduced about 6 months ago through a mutual friend. Since then, he has helped me with numerous projects and late night escapades. Wex and I were first acquainted over three years ago when we lived in the same apartment complex. We formed a band together for a season called "48 Hours." That girl can sing!

We were driving to Salt Lake City when it hit me.

Originally, I planned to be in the video and asked P.J. to come help film it for me. I decided to solely film because directing while trying to act in a video is difficult. It was easier to have P.J. do it. I decided to film the prank at a mall in Salt Lake City, Utah, called City Creek. It was a perfect location. It had great lighting, beautiful scenery and lots of people. On the morning of the shoot, P.J. and I drove towards Salt Lake City with plans to film the prank. Half way there I told P.J., "We need a girl." That is when I called Wex and asked her to meet us in Salt Lake City. She dropped everything she was doing and came.

Wex gets some much needed help.

It was a very smooth film shoot. 

The whole thing was filmed in one day. Normally it takes me two days to film a video. The first day is the practice run. It is the time where I figure out what works and what is most effective. The second day is when I come back fully prepared and get great results. However, this time around everything worked in one day. I got the shots I wanted and great reactions, too. 

I was genuinely surprised by the responses I received from the people at the mall when they found out it was fake. I typically film on college campuses, and when the students find out they are being filmed, they usually react enthusiastically. With the shoppers, they reacted nonchalantly. They were neither surprised nor upset. Zombies? I guess us Utahans are just use to this type of thing. Whatever the reason, it worked out well.

I want to hear from you. 

What would you have done differently? Of all the reactions in the video, what was your favorite? Any suggestions for future videos? Any other comments? Feel free to leave them below.

Stuart Edge

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How It All Started

It all began with porta potties.

In June 2011, I began a job as a portable restroom cleaner for construction workers. Through the course of each work day, I would spend hours driving to and from construction sites sucking up crap (it was a crappy job, haha). I was the number one man at a number two job. Because I was regularly by myself at my work, I had time to think. I thought about everything. I thought about music, religion, life, politics, love, etc. It was a crucial point in my life where I began to think outside the box.

After working this job for over a year, I got a job as an intern and then assistant video editor for OraBrush. OraBrush is a company that sells tongue cleaners, which became famous strictly from viral marketing on YouTube. It was there that I learned to use my "out of the box" mentality and apply it to making professional Youtube videos. From then on, I brought a camera with me wherever I went.

I had no idea what I was doing, but I had an idea.

I began filming everything I saw. I started a Youtube Channel and began posting videos sparingly. My first two videos were "Epic Rope Swing" and a music video for Lissa Lohner. I never got more than a couple 100 views on these videos. Then I had an idea to make a parody video. I spoke to my boss about it and told him I was a little reluctant about making it. He looked at me straight in the eye and said, "I will be extremely disappointed in you if you don't do it." So I did it. I think my boss realized the potential of my ideas.

A week after uploading my parody video, I came up with a new idea. I was at a party during Christmas and noticed no one was kissing under the mistletoe. I decided to put the mistletoe kissing tradition to the test on film. Over the course of four days, I filmed the prank with a small group of friends, edited it, posted the video on Youtube at midnight and then went to bed.

"Stuart, I saw your video on TV!"

I woke up in the morning and my video had 66 views. I was blown away that it was already viewed that many times! Little did I know, the "Mistletoe Kissing Prank" video was about to go viral. In its first week, it received 10 million views. I could not believe it. For some reason, my prank was a hit. My video spread through the internet like wildfire.  All of a sudden, I was being contacted by news stations all around the world. They wanted to air my video. They wanted to interview me. They wanted to know if the slap was real. I was overwhelmed. How could some guy who sucked crap a year prior be a hit on YouTube? The day I uploaded the "Mistletoe Kissing Prank" video I had 9 subscribers on my YouTube channel. A few weeks later, I had more than 100,000 subscribers. Since I had an audience, I decided to start making YouTube videos regularly. 

Ever since then, I've been making videos and I have loved every minute of it. Well... almost every minute. It is hard work. My videos are never staged. All the reactions are genuine. It takes a lot of brainstorming and planning to create a YouTube video. But it is worth it. 

I want to encourage anyone who is interested in making videos. Try it. Do it. Like Shakespeare once said, "To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first." Or in other words, sometimes you have to deal with a lot of crap before you make it.

If you have any questions, comments, or need advice, please feel free to message me.

I hope you enjoy my videos!

Stuart Edge

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