A little more about RJ
Born on the Central Coast of California to a School Principal and a Prison Matron (these are two separate people but the confusion is understandable) proved to be the single-most dullest experience in RJ’s life. Having his father as his school principal and RJ being a miscreant is what lead to RJ’s life of “the ways of magic”.
Being suspended by his father for a week from school (for reasons yet to be divulged) and having to spend his days from 7:00am – 3:00pm in the public library reading and finishing three book reports a day is where his first dalliance in magic occurred (unless of course, you count the stealing of quarters from his father’s change jar magic).
RJ’s first paid performance was when he was 11. This momentous occurrence took place in a mobile home park in Soledad, California.
The fee was $25.00. It was there that RJ fell in love with two things…
1. The sound of laughter and applause.
It was also at this time he joined a local theater company. His first role was that of William Dowtown. The character was described as “…Big as a house and dumb as a fencepost.” Typecasting?
Realizing he could get paid for being entertaining, at age 13 he packed his bags and moved to the Big City…Salinas, California. Ok, getting paid to perform wasn’t the only thing, but no one wants to talk about divorce…do they?
It was here he started another life-long passion; Theater. He spent 10 seasons with The Western Stage mostly behind the scenes as a technician and stagehand until one fateful day when a director of one of the shows shouted out…”who’s the fat kid”? “Gimme the FAT KID”! The rest is as they say: History.
As for RJ’s future…who knows? In the words of his grandmother, “Hell…you’re 50, how much future do you have left”?