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Marijuana-fueled magician amazes audiences

Tracy Damon EVERCANNABIS Correspondent
Any old parlor magician can pull a rabbit out of a hat or a coin from behind your ear, but there’s a Seattle-area magician that can pull a joint out of thin air. He can also make it disappear. “My tagline is that I’ll make all your weed disappear in a puff of smoke,” said Leland Hirschman, better known by his stage persona Weedini, as well as the Marijuana Magician, the Wizard of Weed, the Guru of Ganja, and sometimes the Conjurer or Cannabis. The inspiration for Weedini came when Leland tried marijuana one day as a teenager. He discovered that it gave him ‘magical’ powers to perform great sleight of hand and get a little crazy, which makes for some unique acts of magic. “I do Weedini’s magic stash bag trick and make your stash disappear,” he said. So far, Weedini’s performances have been mainly limited to shows he books himself at the small Pocket Theater in Seattle, although he did perform at a few area pot shops on 4/20. He’s looking for opportunities to take his show on the road and visit other parts of the state. “I can be hired both for private parties and other shows,” he said. “I will absolutely take your money.” If you are on the fence about booking Weedini, did we mention that he is literally an award-winning act? “It’s only one award and it’s not a big one,” he said of the second-place trophy he won at the 2017 Portland Magic Jam for the parlor magic competition. His shows are apparently good enough that he hasn’t had to pawn the trophy yet to pay for pot, although he says many audience members start off skeptical. Show attendees aren’t usually “people who see the word ‘magician’ on the marquee and think ‘that looks fun,’” according to Weedini. Which explains why he leans so heavily on pot as part of his act. “I think everyone in audience is either high or were when they bought the ticket,” he said. Most are pleasantly surprised, though. “Sometimes people will tell me it wasn’t what they expected … I think a lot of people expect a stereotype like Cheech and Chong or the dumb stoner.” Sometimes, to increase his appeal, Weedini will call on the aid of one of the world’s most legendary potheads. “I have a friend who looks a lot like Jerry Garcia,” Weedini said. “He’s a wonderful magician who has never smoked marijuana in his life, or drank. He has come on stage with me several times as the ghost of Jerry Garcia.” Most of the time, though, Weedini is a one-man show. And it will probably stay that way. “If I were ever to have an assistant it would be a cross between Psychic Tanya, assistant to The Amazing Johnathan, and Janice from the Muppets,” Weedini said. As Weedini goes it alone on stage, at least he does it in style. His signature black suit covered in green pot leaves is not only dapper, but versatile. “Sometimes I dress up and wear a button up shirt under it,” he said. “Sometimes it’s a t-shirt.” Despite the extra effort Weedini puts into his appearance, audiences aren’t storming the stage to show appreciation. They don’t even throw flower – the kind that comes in a bouquet or the kind you roll – on stage following performances. “That would be awesome. There’s something that I encourage, so by all means feel free.” For future reference, Weedini prefers flower to vape, indicas to sativas, and has also been enjoying exploring CBDs lately. While private shows are different, it is illegal to use marijuana at Weedini’s public shows because they are held in public venues. It’s a given that Weedini is high at every show, though. Not wanting to risk losing his powers to perform magic by sobering up, Weedini’s goal is to remain high throughout his performance, if not longer. “I’m stoned all day, every day,” he said. “If I’m awake, I’m stoned.” Follow Weedini on social media @WeediniMagic or visit his website for shows and booking information.
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