Is there anything that you may have gleaned from Doug when you were younger that you may take with you in your own act?
I would say his obvious glee and real love for his magic. Also, the obvious glee and love that he turned outward toward his audience. Doug was not performing for himself; he was performing as a gift to the audience. I think that I try to do that to my audiences now. My guests know that I’m not just phoning it in or aggrandizing my own position.
It’s really more welcoming if you’re a vulnerable performer. You’re inviting people: “This is what I have to offer. Would you care to watch it with me?” I think that this sensibility is one I share (with Doug) in my current performances.