Your show "Art On The Side: A Midway Menagerie" is completely
sideshow orientated. After some
it seems your background is focused mostly on magic though. When
did you decide to add sideshow to your rťsumť?
A. Well youíre right that the
show is without a doubt one hundred percent sideshow. My
performances tend to be themed (Mentalism, parlor magic, sideshow,
etc). There are around seven different performances that I
currently do. Occasionally Iíll also do what I reference as a
ďsamplerĒ performance in which you get a mix of genres.
There really wasnít ever a conscious
moment that sideshow was added. I had always been interested by
sideshow to one degree or another. In my mind I canít imagine a
person in the world that isnít fascinated by
at least one of the sideshow acts at some point in
I never really thought that Iíd be
doing the stuff mind you. But for that matter I never intended to
do magic even as a hobby, never mind as an occupation. But pretty
much once I started to get into magic I had my sights set on
sideshow as well. Iíd bring it up now and again to my friends and
wax poetic on how neat it would be to be able to do it.
It wasnít too long before I had made
my mind up and so I started doing a few sideshow pieces. I was
fire manipulating, walking on glass, and doing a bunch of other
fakir type things.
Once you decided on exploring your sideshow abilities where did
you begin learning the acts?
Well early on I was just teaching myself. I could already do
escapes. And then I taught myself how to do fire-work, the bed of
nails, and a few other things.
In those days Iíd bounce almost all of
my ideas and questions off of my good friend Ed Hill (heís the
Co-Founder of the New England Magic Collectors as well as a
Territorial Vice-President for The International
Brotherhood of Magicians). So one day I think I sent him an email
that essentially said, ďEd- I need to learn how to sword swallow.
Who do you know?Ē Ed recommended Todd Robbins and another guy
(who will remain nameless since I donít want to hurt his
feelings). I chose Todd for two reasons. His website looked
better than the other guyís and Todd referenced himself as a
magician several times and has also been written up in magicianís
magazines. At the time I figured that Iíd be better off learning
from someone that understood what I was doing up to that point.
Sort of a common ground as it were. So I got in touch and he has
since been of more help within the sideshow aspects of my career
than any other single individual. He taught me a few things but
his two main influences on me were to teach me sword swallowing
and just general tips. Now and again Iíll drop him a line and ask
him some sort of random question or get his opinion on something.
I do it even to this day. Heís a great guy and I canít say enough
good things about him.
But I suppose that itís important to
mention that Iíve also learned as well as taught quite a bit over
the years with all sorts of people. You can only get so far in a
business like this alone. You need to people and they need you.
Do you have a role model that you work with in the sideshow
industry or have you been somewhat of a loner in your attempt to
achieve success in the sideshow industry?
No, itís more or less been on my own. After I started working
within the industry more I started to really love a bunch of
different performers. Todd Robbins, Keith Nelson, Harley NewmanÖ
but doesnít everybody love
these guys?! I wouldnít call them role models but they sure are
fun as all hell to watch. Of course I never try to emulate any of
them though. I just try to be me (or at least me as MTK).
Hopefully thatís conveyed to my audience since one thing that I
donít want to be is a thief. But Iíve always worked on my own to
date (well I commonly have a full staff of courseÖ but on my own
on stage I mean). But that isnít to say that if the right offer
comes along that I wouldnít be willing to join forces, so to
What acts do you actually incorporate in your sideshow
Thereís no particular order to this but: Sword Swallowing, Glass
Eating, Glass Walking, Fire Manipulation/Eating, Animal Traps,
Escapes, Bed of Nails, Strong Man Feats, Blockhead, Bullwhips,
Human Pincushion, and Iíve been thinking about adding a few more
things during the next year or two. There are
several other pieces that I do but that havenít actually ever been
added to the show as of yet.
How long have you been performing under the name "Matt The Knife"?
I think that it was somewhere around 2000. Iím not entirely
certain. Itís difficult to figure out if it began much before
then because a fire actually destroyed all of my records (and just
about everything else for that matter) somewhere around then. But
in any event, it was a nickname well before that anyway.
What was it that made you decide on that name?
Well I actually had a few different nicknames. That was just the
one that I liked the best. But I got that nickname due to any one
of several different occurrences. So there are actually a few
stories on this. Since Iím not the one that came up with it I can
only tell you what people have told me.
First off I
suppose that I should at least mention some of my past. Itís not
really a secret but I donít comment on it all that frequently
either. I got in to sideshow because of an interest in magic but
I did not get in to magic solely due to an interest in it.
Iíll give you the short version of this as the long version is
tend to assume that all magicians get in to magic from a very
young age and are fascinated by it for nearly their entire lives.
And in most instances thatís true. Except this was not at all the
case for me.
You see, in
my younger days I participated in some rather illicit activities.
These included things like card sharping (a nice way of saying
cheating) and grifting (a nice way of saying con-ing). My
interest didnít lay in magic so much as many of the practical
applications of sleight of hand, subterfuge, and all around
deceptive practices (note my customary tag line of ďA Purveyor of
Artful Dodges, Practiced Deceptions, and Masterful
ConjurationsĒ). It was only later on when I decided to alter
these talents and abilities in to a tax paying performance art
that I became fascinated with it in terms of ďmagicĒ. (It should
probably be noted here that I now do a good deal of work with
Anti-Fraud groups, police agencies, and the like in order to help
combat such prior indiscretions.)
rate, the term Card Sharp derives from a colloquialism referencing
music. Those in the know are ďSharpsĒ while the marks (AKA-
victims) were ďFlatsĒ. So those in the know about me used to say
that ďMattís so sharp that you could use him to cut.Ē And
so ďMatt The KnifeĒ became sort of an inside joke. Another story
of it comes from some of my tougher background and a rather
violent incident that Iíd just as soon assume that the name didnít
come from. And the third and final possibility, that I know of
anyway, is simply because Iíve been known to occasionally listen
to Bobby Darren, Louis Armstrong, and a the like and it may have
just been handed down to me through the similar song title. I
suppose that itís possibly some other reason or perhaps (and
probably most likely) it was a combination of one or more of those
Did you have any prior names? Is so
what were they and why did you change it?
Hahaha. Yes actually. Iím impressed by the question since no one
has every actually asked me! I had (that I can recall of anyway)
five different nicknames. The others for one reason or another
havenít lasted. And most of them I really wouldnít have bothered
using as a stage name anyway because they didnít really work as
began performing magic I would sometimes use the name Matthew
Cassi. This was for a tremendously brief time mind you.
simply an abbreviation of Matthew Cassiere (which is my actual
name). I found that too many people would screw up the
pronunciation of my full name and it would begin to annoy me. So
I just cut it down to relieve confusion. But to be honest I never
really liked it and thatís why it was so short lived. This was
for two reasons. First off I felt that the name just sounded
stupid. The other reason was that it wasnít very me. While MTK
is still me heís sort of a caricature of me and I rather like to
separate the two. Plus doesnít ďMatt The KnifeĒ just sound a hell
of a lot cooler?!
Do you find it tough to get yourself
booked as a sideshow performer when your most prominent skills are
based on magic? If so, how do you overcome it?
Well Iíd like to interject just for a moment on that note and
mention that I feel that Iím one of only a handful of performers
out there that can genuinely cross the boarders of both magic and
sideshow and yet still do them both extremely effectively. Iíve
seen some incredible sideshow performers and some amazing
magicians in my time. But I have seen only a tremendously
small handful of individuals do both effectively. You hear about
sideshow performers that can do magic and magicians that can do
sideshow. But when you get right down to it there isnít really
much effective cross over. Typically a sideshow performer that
says that he can do magic is able to do only extremely simply
tricks or just a handful of good ones perhaps. A magician that
says that he can do sideshow can maybe do one or two sideshow
skills. My point is that Iíve never thought that these qualified
as someone that can do both. There are cases though of performers
doing both effectively. These are few and far betweenÖ perhaps
even more so than is thought of within the industry. And Iím
extremely proud to count myself within both realms.
Now back to
the core of the question. The difficult thing isnít getting
booked to do sideshow. Instead itís getting pigeon holed. I find
that if a college, corporation, or what have you will hires me for
one thing and then they never want to hire me for any of the
others. Itís not because they dislike the other material mind
you. Instead itís that if they see me do sideshow then Iím a
sideshow performer, if they see me to mind reading then Iím a
Mentalist, if they see me do magic then Iím a conjurer. This is
frustrating to me because Iím all of
those things and a few more. So if I get booked for one then it
tends to become nearly impossible to convince them that I can also
do the other things just as well simply because they donít want to
listen. Take your typical college for example. Letís say that
book me for Sideshow. Well they will rarely book me again for
Mentalism. Oh sure, theyíll hire other Mentalists and theyíll
usually have me back to perform sideshow at a later date also.
But rarely are they interested in testing the waters on another
genre. The only consistent exception to this is theaters.
Theaters tend to be more understanding of my different hats and as
such some have been very kind when it comes to me working
different styles of shows within their venues.
this comes up I often think of my buddy Ian Rowland (www.ian-rowland.com).
Ian used to tell me that Iíd be better off picking just one area
of the arts and sticking to it simply because then itís easier to
market yourself. And to be honest heís probably right! But I
love it all so much that I could never do that. Not to mention
that if I ever want to take a break from one genre (at least as
far as practice is concerned) then I can do that because then Iíll
just work on one of the other areas for a time.
Your performances have landed you in
Paris, not to mention your stops in the U.S. Is this a case of
hometown boy hits the big time by chance, or did you spend a lot
of time studying and learning along the way.
Actually theyíve landed me all over the place. Iíve been lucky
enough to see and work in a great deal of Europe. Presently Iím
trying very hard to get together a bit of a tour over there again
for the near future. One of the best aspects of my job is the
travel and Iím always excited to take advantage of it. Plus I
loved it out there and little could make me happier than working
For me it
wasnít really either big time or hometown boy though. It was
actually fairly early in my performance career so as far as thatís
concerned I suppose that thereís sort of a ďhits the big timeĒ
feel to it. But I had already spent so much time learning and
working on what I was doing for so long before that it d dnít seem
like I suddenly hit. Iím somewhat reminded of the band thatís
been performing together for ten years and then gets a Grammy for
best new artist. But I learned a lot while I was out there. And
hell, everyday Iím still learning. Thereís always more. If we
get too copasetic in where we are in our performances then I feel
that a part of the artist in us dies.
Just how did you end up performing
overseas in the first place?
Just through friends, general magic
connections, and dumb luck. Also some of it was street performing
and really all you need to do that is to just show up and do it
(you should probably also know the local laws I might addÖ
typically I did notÖ but you probably should). And Iíve always
really enjoyed street performing (weather and the law permitting
Have you performed your sideshow
A bit but never a full set. Although I
must confess that Iím trying very hard right now to figure out a
way to get a tour in Europe for ďArt On The Side.Ē Iíd be very
curious to see how full MTK sideshow event would go over in
Stepping back in time a bit, when did
you know you were destined to become a performer?
About an hour ago- haha. Just kidding.
Well a lot of my family seemed to think that Iíd end up that route
even when I was just beginning to talk. Which was a bit ironic
because many of them were not overly supportive, particularly
early on and once I actually made the conscious decision to go
down that ath. Some are still not supportive for their own
various reasonsÖ some of which are to a certain degree
justifiable, others are not so justifiable.
actually moment where I said that I was going all in was during a
conversation that I had with someone thatís dearer to me than
anyone else. She knew that I was at something of a crossroads and
so we sort of sat down and talked about it. I went on about my
different options. All of the others were certainly more
sensible, most assuredly safer, and more or less what I had always
thought that was supposed to do. But after I had explained to
her my feelings on magic and sideshow she very clearly told me
that I was crazy to do anything else. Well I deeply
respect all of her opinions (really hers comes before everyone
as far as Iím concerned) and so it took on a certain weight. So
that night I gave in to it. Looking back even considering
anything else seems preposterous to me.
Did you view it more as a dream or a
goal that you intended on focusing on until you finally achieved
Initially I never saw it as realistic. I went to college and
graduated. I was doing magic and some sideshow and I was getting
paid for it. But I was making enough to get by and not enough to
ever consider it a career. I actually had every intention of
going to Law School. I applied, was accepted, and was getting
ready to leave. And it simply didnít feel right. Not at all. I
felt as though I was falling in to a life that wasnít what I was
ever intended for. So thatís when, after some kind pushing from
Amanda (the aforementioned girl), I decided to pursue this
Where and when did your very first
professional sideshow performance take place?
This is terrible to sayÖ but I donít
actually remember. In private engagements I used to not do the
themed stuff like I do now. Back then it was a hodgepodge of
vignettes from all different genres. So Iím not even sure when I
did one that was exclusively sideshow. But I know that Iíve been
doing full sideshow performances for at least 2 years on and off.
In your own words, how well would you
say you did?
Well since I canít remember the exact
event Iíll comment on this in total. Some nights are good and
some are bad, itís the same with the crowds, and the pay. Iíve
NEVER had an evening where at least one thing didnít go wrong (a
lighting cue, sound issue, equipment problem, general screw upÖ
whatever) and sometimes I really take these to heart. Iím one of
my toughest critics and I tend to get mad about these things for
awhile and sort of let them haunt me. Overall I think that I do a
pretty good job and I feel that itís reflected in my repeat
bookings and the loyalty of my fans. But Iím never satisfied and
I always have to strive to be better even on my best night!
Do you feel comfortable in a sideshow
atmosphere or are you still more at home with magic?
Actually I love them both dearly and Iím
very comfortable in both. I donít pick one over the other. It
sort of just depends on my mood. But theyíre really very
different styles. You can see a bit of my magic style come
through though in sideshow. For example, magic is very hands-on
with the audience. So in my sideshow performances I always have
people up on stage to help me with nearly everything that I do.
Iím very big on audience involvement.
For a lot
of sideshow Iím able to detach myself and focus on the audience.
With magic the focus is still on the audience but Iím always
caught up in the effect as well. Sideshow allots for something of
a more relaxed quality for me because there is nothing to
conceal. And if youíve had to deal in deception as I have for
such a long time itís nice to be able to be completely honest now
and again. In some ways itís almost freeing to me.
reminded of Tennessee Williamsí play The Glass Menagerie
when Tom says, ďYes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up
my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives
you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth
in the pleasant disguise of illusion.Ē That, to me, is what
sideshow is. Normally I make a falsehood out to be realÖ but with
sideshow it is real and yet it ironically looks like
a falsehood. Consider Mentalism. Many individuals, even after I
explain that I am only perpetrating the illusion that I can read
minds still believe that what Iím doing is real despite my best
efforts to convince them otherwise. And yet many of these same
people would think that Iím not really swallowing the
whole thing to me is very whimsical.
You are a three-time world record
holder. What exactly do you hold records for and are they
The three records that I currently hold are for the fastest escape
from handcuffs, the longest torch teeth, and the fastest escape
from handcuffs while underwater. They did break the previous
Guinness World Records. Currently the records are being reviewed
by them for inclusion in to their database. Between the
guidelines that must be followed, the paper work, and the review
time this can sometimes be a rather lengthy and involved process.
But Iím confident that theyíll be accepted very soon.
Interestingly enough, my father actually used to hold the Guinness
Worldís Record for most consecutive hours of playing tennis. He
broke the record back in 1975. At the time it was something like
three days straight.
like to note that I intend to break several more world records
this coming year. I tend to do them more for my own general
enjoyment but they also make for wonderful publicity pieces.
Where and when did these come about?
They were used as publicity stunts for
one of my shows. I did them in Rhode Island at a local park in
October right before Halloween.
You're extensive background in magic has
resulted in your being affiliated with many, many professional
organizations and associations. Is there one that you are most
proud of? Why?
Well not just one, no. Iím just so damned glad that many of these
organizations are proud to have me as a member. I suppose that
Iím a little extra proud of the International Brotherhood of
Magicians because of the work and connections that Iíve made
through them. The Sword Swallowers Association is really high on
my list too. Iíve made some great friends thorough it and weíre
such a small group that it has an extra sense of mutual respect
and bond. The Society of American Magicians has been very good to
me throughout the years. Not to mention that I also always get a
kick out of all of the fraud groups that I work with now too.
This is simply because I sometimes feel as though Iím the reformed
wolf reassuring the sheep. But they do some really fantastic work
so Iím proud of them also.
words, I suppose that I just said (in a round about way) that
theyíre all great and thatís why I try and work with so many
different organizations. All of the ones that I didnít mention
Iím proud of also otherwise I would belong to them. I help them
out and they help out me.
Do you see yourself attempting to obtain
the same amount of recognition in the sideshow industry?
Iíd certainly like to. But I do what I
do mainly to have fun and to earn a decent wage so I can keep on
doing what Iím doing. The recognition is nice but itís secondary
by comparison. And it should also be noted that while I love to
be liked by my colleagues, my audienceís opinion is what Iím
really concerned with.
How long do you see your career lasting,
most importantly the sideshow aspect of it?
Well Iíd love to do this for the rest of
my life. Performing and this lifestyle really is a true love for
me. The sideshow aspects will ALWAYS be there at least to some
degree. I have fun street performing and imagine that Iíll keep
doing it now and again at least for kicks. In there youíll always
at least see a bally.
lot of it may be gone. As your readers know a lot of sideshow
stunts are exceedingly dangerous. Iím also known for many of my
other dangerous magic routinesÖ I do a bullet catch, a Russian
roulette routine, several genuinely dangerous escapes, as well as
a host of other potentially fatal things. If I was to get married
and certainly if I was to go off and have children, would I keep
doing what Iím doing? In all likelihood the answer would be a
definitive no. Would I still perform? Of course! But Iíd have
to cut back, cut out, or drastically alter many of the potentially
lethal feats that I do. Iím simply not capable of allowing a
family of my own to have to endure the possibly lose of their
What is your most memorable moment in
your career to this point?
Tough to say. For me theyíre more about a feeling that I got from
something than an actually incident. Theyíre less tangible and
your readers might find these a bit sappy. But those sorts of
things are the moments that I live for. And I can think of a few
so I may as well share the ones that come to mind.
that Amanda always looks at me with such pride after I get off
astonished my father was after he saw me do mind reading for the
-All of the
amazing people that Iíve met throughout my work that I would have
most likely otherwise never have had the opportunity to meet if it
hadnít been for my vocation.
time that I really felt any sort of fame was pretty neat. I was
in Times Square and these two extremely attractive women from
Miami ran up to me and asked if they could get their photos taken
with me. It was all very surreal.
Amanda first referenced performing as my ďcareerĒ. It sort of
blind sided me and I was like, ďwowÖ I guess it is!Ē
time that I worked for a crowd in the thousands was pretty
amazing. Actually that really never gets old.
opportunities to see those that really care about me support me
even when there were rough spots. Thatís always a nice one too.
Looking back, if you had it all to do
over again would you choose a different career path or change the
way you've ended up where you are? If so, why?
Absolutely the same career path without even the slightest bit of
doubt. The only thing that Iíd change is that Iíd have done much
of what Iím doing now a hell of a lot sooner. I just love it so
damned much and it would have brought me even more joy had it just
hit me over the head earlier on. That and I wish that I
understood the industry then as I do now. Many of the business
aspects of this career are harder to learn about than sword
swallowing, card cheating, and pick pocketing combined!
And Iím not just saying that. Seriously, some of the information
on the business side of this industry is as difficult to get as
trying to turn lead in to gold.
What is your one true goal at this point
in your career? What makes it so important?
What is my one true goal at this point? UmmmÖ Money. Why is it
important? Mostly due to having gotten used to eating. Haha-
Donít worry, Iím kidding. Well sort of anyway.
goal since I got in to this professionally was to supply an
entertaining and fascinating experience that was worth to the
audience more than the money that they paid to see it. And in so
doing being allotted enough funds from this to keep on doing what
fame, and what have you would certainly be nice. World travel is
always good and so are some of the perks that you get as an
entertainerÖ but those are all extras. I just want to put on a
great show and be able to keep putting on those shows. So as long
as I can do that and get by then Iím pretty happy.
Outside of your career in performing do
you hold down a full or part time job between gigs? If so, what
Nope. At this point Iím fortunate enough to say that this is what
I do full time. My feeling is like that of performer Max Maven
and my old acting professor. If you take on another job then itís
nearly impossible to fulfill your full potential as a performer.
Magic, sideshow, and all of their allies are on my mind nearly all
of the time. By a perpetual immersion in it I can transcend what
Iíd be if I was just to dabble now and again.
Mind you, I
donít just perform. Iím also a lecturer, a consultant, an
instructor, and Iím currently even working on a book. Of course
itís all within the fields of sideshow, magic, fraud, etc, etc.
Itís all great stuff and a lot of it is posted on the website in
case your readers are interested in those aspects of my career as
In closing, in your own words can you
describe just who Matt The Knife is without a promotional spin on
Haha- no, or at least not entirely. He
is, after all, a marketed character. But Iíll do my best to do so
with as little spin as is possible. Well first let me give you
the brief ďPR FriendlyĒ version (Iím sorry if itís a bit
promotional). MTK is ďa purveyor of artful dodges, practiced
deceptions, and masterful conjurations. One of his performances
is guaranteed to demonstrate just why heís the cutting edge
of entertainment.Ē Basically what that means in a nut shell is
that MTK is NOT a conventional entertainer and even less of
what is generally thought to be a conventional magician. Ergo,
heís not a flamboyant Vegas style magician nor is he a bad
childrenís birthday party entertainer (no offense to my friends
that work in Vegas or to the good birthday party magicians out
there for that matterÖ Iím not trying to be demeaning, itís just
that MTK isnít those things). MTK is tricky but itís rarely
intended to be in an sort of offensive way. He doesnít dole out
his wares as challenges but as more of an example of what can be
done given the right aptitudes and desires for such occurrences.
Heís all me
but different aspects of me drawn forth. Also depending on whatís
being performed youíll get these aspects at different measures.
When Iím performing Mentalism I tend to be a bit more serious.
When I perform sideshow I tend to be more whimsical. In any
event, the character of MTK is all me. Sometimes itís aspects of
me that I left behind a long time ago (most notably the grifter
traits) and sometimes itís parts that are still in me but are a
bit subdued until I walk out on to the stage. And a lot of it is
just regular old Matthew (waitÖ now thatís just funny to be
referencing myself as ďregularĒ).
sure if thatís what youíre looking for but Iím also not sure that
I can ever fully put in to words how I feel about the character.
At times I wonder how much of him is me and how much me is him.
You may have to be him to fully understand him. Wow, suddenly I
feel that Iím getting needlessly esoteric and philosophical.
keep this as my own internal question which I seem to revisit
quite often. Someday I hope to have a more definitive answer.
But the character is forever developing just as much as you or I
are always on a path of discovery. He is the living, breathing
embodiment of many of my coalesced actions and reactions, my
thoughts and my conflicts. And heís within me all of the time.
He is my not so secret Mr.Hyde. A silver tongued joker that will
manipulate, corrupt, and smile in his own guileful way at you all
the while. Heís an opportunist that will never pass up a chance
to lay waste to his audience or client. He is in many ways both
the best and the worst parts of me.
Finally, to close out our interview in
the usual fashion, is there anyone you would like to thank or
anything else you would like to add?
Yes, there is actually. Two people in
particular are of perpetual support. My best friend Ciro (and yes
thatís his first name) and the aforementioned Amanda, with whom I
love very dearly. I also had a few friends (namely Bill and
BrettÖ what the hell I may as well give them some credit!) who
were really there for me a lot early on and kept pushing (and
still do for that matter).
worked as just about everything in all of my shows. Heís helped
out more than I should have ever even asked him to and never
complained once. Heís been involved in everything from roady to
set design Ė Stage Manager to Crew Chief Ė Driver to Public
Relations Director. Heís just a seemingly never ending source of
help and an incredible friend that I can most likely never fully
really is dearer to me than anyone. Weíve been very close for
around a decade now. As I mentioned earlier she really was one of
the reasons that Iím still doing what Iím doing. If you notice,
out of my favorite moments she was the only one to get in there
twice. She has attended nearly every one of my major events and
many not so major ones. She appears to have more faith in me than
I do in myself, is of constant support, and she simply means the
world to me. Sideshow and some of the other dangerous things
bother the hell out of her. But she knows what it means to me so
she grins and bears it. I could ask for no one better and I want
to take every opportunity to thank her for that and so much more.
finally, anyone out there that has come and enjoyed one of my
performances. Seriously, I know that a lot of entertainers say
things like that but Iím never certain if they mean it or not
since it comes off as such a clichť. But it truly humbles
me to think that people love what Iím doing out there enough to
keep me doing it. Now and again a fan will send along a photo
from a performance or from when they met me here or there and Iím
just blown away to see that people care enough to actually hold on
to these things and add them to their list of memories and
experiences. Itís simply the best gift that anyone could give and
I always want them all to know that I appreciate it and that I
hope to always be striving to do more for them.
while weíre mentioning fans, I always like to take every
opportunity to drop the website
www.MattTheKnife.com. And for those readers that
are interested in receiving a regular update then please join our
monthly email list known as "The Aichmophiles"!
(Essentially that means "Knife Lovers"). Just send your email
address along with your full name to:
Now and again we send out snail mail so if you'd like to add your
street address as well then please feel free. But know that we
never release your information to any other organization.
by Derek Rose
Each month we will try and
interview a new performer for the site. Because of the logistics
of it face to face interviews are tough to come by. A good
percentage of the interviews we will be doing will be via e-mail
or telephone. If you are interested in being interviewed for the
drop us a line.