I had a wonderful phone interview with some reporters from the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper a few days ago. The interview focused on my recently published article about my attending and performing magic in 1991 at the "Friendship Arts Festival" in the DPRK (North Korea).
|Dameon photo (the way I looked back in 1991)
It turns out that one of the reporters went to Ramapo College and graduated in 2009 - a few years after me. When she saw this months "alumni profile" and then the link to my DPRK article in the Ramapo e-newsletter she contacted me immediately. It turns out that it's rare for anyone to have visited North Korea, rarer still to have performed in North Korea and even rarer-er to have a picture taken with Kim Il Sung … the current leaders grandfather. Who was not more than twelve feet from you.
|From the Cover of Vanish - the on-line Magic Magazine
This is from a photo I have of the entire Circus Group of performers.
Kim Il Sung is in the first row 4th from the left in a dark Black Suit - I'm the tall guy in the back
The article has not been published yet, and I haven't seen anything either, however, one question that stands out in my mind was, "would you ever want to go back" … my answer was simple, "this was a ONCE in a lifetime trip".
|Dameon Business Card