Steve Koehler was 12 when first bit by the magic bug. When he returned to magic full time in his 30s, his intent was to be a serious magician who performed for kids. “The kids let me know otherwise,” he says. “They wanted to laugh.”
As Mr. Horsefeathers, Steve delivers a slapstick kind of show with a little juggling and magic thrown in for good measure. He’ll be performing at the Menlo Park Library on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7:00 pm in a show sponsored by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.
“For adults, I do sleight of hand magic and some comedy,” says the longtime Peninsula resident. “But kids like super crazy absurd humor. And I’m lucky — doing comedy is a heck of a lot of fun.”
About two-thirds of his performances these days are as Mr. Horsefeathers, but he keeps the serious magic in tune doing corporate events. He’s also a ragtime guitarist, although he has yet to incorporate that into either of his personas.
Over the years he says he’s performed for a diverse group of kids, representing a wide variety of ethnicity and faith traditions. “It’s interesting. The kids laugh at the same jokes no matter what. It’s a kind of beautiful thing — the humanity cuts through all cultures.
“The sound of laughing children is just wonderful. It’s the greatest perk of my job!”
Photo courtesy of Steve Koehler