Interval Magic


Here are some notes and testimonials sent to Tom Interval. If you would like to send one, please email it to Interval Magic or post it on an Interval Magic merchant-review page, such as Yelp or Google Places.

Note: On the Interval Magic Yelp page, Yelp's filter mistakenly hid some legitimate five-star reviews. You can read those reviews on this page below; they're identified with five gold stars. To see the hidden versions on Yelp, please visit the Interval Magic Yelp page, scroll down about halfway, and click on “2 reviews that are not currently recommended.” Again, they're legitimate reviews that Yelp's overly sensitive algorithm hid.


★★★★★ Yelp five-star review: “I am an administrator at an international school in La Jolla. I had Tom come out to our school to do a presentation on magic. He was extremely professional and well-prepared. He made the presentation both educational and exciting. He has a great stage presence and the students had wonderful feedback about this event. I would highly recommend him for any event as he seems to be good with and able to adapt to different age groups.”

Daniel Heckmyer, Academic Year Coordinator, EC San Diego

“Tom has always been punctual and organized. His performances illustrate his years of training and are always entertaining. He interacts well with all age groups and shows a genuine interest in his craft. His talents are in line with the high qualifications required to become a strolling entertainer at Busch Gardens.”

Milly Hudgins, Publicity Representative, Busch Gardens, Williamsburg

“We utilized Tom Interval to perform at a trade show we participated in. Tom was very effective, he was enthusiastic, and his magic was entertaining. We will probably use Tom again in the near future.”

Craig Zupke, General Manager, Boise Cascade Corporation

“Tom Interval performed for our organization during a dinner cruise aboard a Gateway Clipper riverboat to entertain Ryerson customers and employees by circulating throughout the crowd for a 3½-hour period of time. Tom's appearance and demeanor are very professional. More importantly, his repertoire of card and sleight-of-hand tricks is varied and sophisticated. He had us all fooled! I was impressed with his dedication to his work and his level of skill and would consider hiring him again for future events.”

James M. Delaney, Sales Manager, Joseph T. Ryerson & Son, Inc.

“Just a note of thanks for performing at the Installation Luncheon of PSI. Your program was very entertaining to our members, and I hope you enjoyed performing as much as we enjoyed watching.”

Maryann Swantek, Program Director, Professional Secretaries International

“Tom Interval performed many magic shows for our organization. He was a valuable part of our theme promotion ‘Oreo…Unlock the Magic!’. Tom is a very skilled magician with a wide variety of interesting and entertaining tricks. He is very enthusiastic, energetic, and professional. Please give Tom every consideration for any event requiring his obvious talents and abilities.”

James C. Eckerty, Divisional Coordinator, Nabisco Brands, Inc.

“Tom's rapport with the audience really impressed me. He's an excellent entertainer, and his sleight of hand is first rate. We were all blown away.”

Joe Giacobello, Owner, Bello Productions

“Interval's talent with sleight of hand fits in well with companies' trade shows, in which each company displays and promotes its wares.”

Linda Taylor, Staff Writer, Franklin Park Herald

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“Last week San Diego Magician Tom Interval came to EC San Diego to speak to students in our AY program! Tom's presentation on magic was extremely fascinating and exciting - everyone found themselves unable to stop watching!! Along with showing the audience some ‘tricks up his sleeve,’ Tom also spoke about running a business and finding a niche in the world. Thank you, Tom, for an amazing English lecture!”

Post on the EC San Diego Facebook page, Aug. 30, 2013

★★★★★ Yelp five-star review: “I needed a magician for my 7 year old’s big birthday bash. I waited until the last minute... of course... but luckily Tom was available. Tom was very professional and entertaining. He personalized the event for my son and performed magic tricks for the adults as well. Everyone had a great time!”

Chris Kirkland, Kirkland Insurance Services, San Diego

★★★★★ Yelp five-star review: “When my wife and I got married, we wanted to have a different form of entertainment for our guests at the reception instead of the typical photo booth. I came across Tom's Yelp page and we scheduled a meet and greet at a local coffee shop. Talk about AWESOME! He is an engaging performer that is very good at magic. We booked him for our special day and he was a hit with our guests! Everyone that I spoke with about Tom and his magic had great things to say. They loved the fact that he was funny and how he kept them guessing on all the tricks. We can say that we made a smart choice with him, and our guests really appreciated a unique, talented professional like Tom.”

Carly Reis, San Diego

“Thank you for helping to make our college's employee recognition dinner such a success. Everyone expected speeches and polite applause, but no one expected to be entertained by a strolling magician. The fact that you blended in with the crowd so well really added to their interest in what you were up to. You are certainly a master of your craft, and many people telephoned the following day to express their enjoyment and, indeed, amazement, at your sleight of hand. One person even said that he would have been willing to pass on dinner in order to see you ‘do more tricks.’ When someone in our group makes a statement like that…you must be good! Thank you again, Tom, for a very enjoyable evening.”

Julie Sheptak, President's Office, Butler County Community College

“Thank you so much for your wonderful magic show on Friday night. It was an entertaining evening and a very special way to celebrate the Cub Scouts Blue and Gold Anniversary. Your show was unique and equally enjoyed by the kids and the adults alike. We especially enjoyed the magic trick instruction sheet that you sent home with each child. It has provided the kids with hours of fun. Thanks so much for your performance; perhaps we should make it an annual event!”

Bill Bewley, Den Leader, Cub Scout Pack 224, San Diego

“One of my legislative aides has seen you perform your magic act and she thinks you're great.”

Jane C. Orie, State Representative, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

“Thanks so much for such a great magic show here at Borders Book Shop. You have a warm, personable approach with children and included them in the act, and the audience clearly loved your magic and entertaining presence! Thanks for your time and charisma in making your magic presentation so enjoyable and successful here.”

Ann Richards, Publicity Office, Borders Book Shop, Pittsburgh

“Thank you for performing your magic show at the Passavant Hospital Care Fair. Your magic show helped to make the day special for all who viewed your performance. We hope you will be with us again in two years for our next lawn festival.”

Dorothy J. Blake, Care Fair Committee, North Hills Passavant Hospital

“Many thanks for such a fun show for the third grade at Avonworth. We had a great time!”

Debbie Neely, Avonworth Elementary School, Pittsburgh

“You've just selected a card and you're watching his hands intently because you know something tricky is about to happen. ‘Keep an eye on Jack Be Nimble and Jack Be Quick,’ patters the magician as he shows you two jacks face-up on top of the face-down deck. Then it happens. Only you don't see it happen. The two jacks have suddenly and mysteriously vanished into the deck and have sandwiched a card in between them. And you guessed it—it's the very card you selected just moments before.”

Jim Baker, Staff Writer, Williamsburg Magazine

“He showed up with a close-up mat, some sponge balls that magically disappeared and reappeared, a deck of cards, and a pair of extremely dexterous hands.”

Jim Baker, Staff Writer, The Virginia Gazette

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★★★★★ Yelp five-star review: “Such a great experience! I knew nothing about magic before I met Tom. He's just the right combination of performer, technician, and enthusiast. His passion comes through in his teaching. You not only learn the techniques, but the spirit behind the trick, the nuances, and the patter and presentation that make them so good. After my first couple lessons I was able to perform a handful of tricks for my friends and they were blown away. As you learn, you get to see his ability first hand as a performer. Tom Interval is the real deal.”

Eric E., San Diego

★★★★★ Yelp five-star review: “When I found out about Tom Interval's five magic classes in late July of this year, it was late for me to join his classes, so I sent him an E-mail, and he was kind enough to offer me all five magic beginner classes as private lessons for the same charge of the class. I enjoyed very much all of the classes with him and learned all I needed to know as a beginner. He was a very excellent teacher with the best manner; actually, he was just like a close friend who was teaching me the basic multiple card tricks and a few other tricks as much as the time and the class schedule allowed him to teach me. He spent an extra 30 minutes almost every day/class with me without extra charge. I plan to take more classes with him after I have mastered the tricks he has already taught me. I highly recommend his classes to anyone who is interested in learning magic, beginner or not.” (Note from Tom: I lightly edited this review only for spelling, grammar, and punctuation.)

Bashir R., San Diego

★★★★★ Yelp five-star review: “Tom is an amazing magician and an even better instructor!!! He listened to what I was interested in learning and tailored a phenomenal curriculum to what I was looking for. He is very clear and explains things well. His videos and visual aids are so clear and easy to follow. They really helped me practice. He is always available when I have questions about the material. I highly recommend taking lessons from Tom if you are interested in learning magic.”

Sameer Sikora, San Diego

★★★★★ Yelp five-star review: “My son has always loved magic and recently asked if he could take lessons. Tom's name appeared on a Google search and he has many high reviews. Tom is an amazing detailed oriented teacher. He is so passionate about teaching his lessons often go over the hour he is paid. He is kind and patient and makes sure you understand and can perform the magic trick correctly. My son looks forward to his lesson every week. Highly recommend.”

Kirsten Aristizabal, San Diego

★★★★★ Yelp five-star review: “I hired Tom as a magic coach/instructor to help me get to a level where I could start performing again. A typical teacher would just teach you a few tricks, but Tom went above and beyond. He really got to know my goals, and we mapped out a plan to help me achieve those goals, and then got to work. So, while he did teach me new tricks, he also helped me with my presentation, confidence and gave me new ways to think about magic. I highly recommend Tom as a magic teacher and coach.”

Andrew Motiwalla, Cofounder, Global Leadership Adventures, San Diego

“You have given me a whole new perspective on magic. Not just magic but also you have shown me the best practices for engaging an audience and the overall performance. Thank you for your time, patience, generosity and your ability to make things look easy.”

Jet, Middle-School Student

“Kids in Tom's magic classes not only learn tricks, they have the experience of relating to an adult who genuinely enjoys teaching kids to love what he loves.”

Dee Giffin Flaherty, Writer, Pittsburgh's Child

“Thanks so much for sharing your skills. Your class was tremendous.”

Dee Giffin Flaherty, Writer, Pittsburgh's Child

“Interval is patient and kind, yet firm, while guiding them through the…trick. He was planning to teach his class for three weeks, but the students enjoyed it so much, they wanted another session.”

Lynne Margolis, Staff Writer, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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“Tom Interval's thick, brown hair hanging over dark, bushy eyebrows creates an air of mystery.”

Ed Blazina, Staff Writer, The Pittsburgh Press

“Dude, that couldn't have happened. You're possessed, man!”

Patron, Club Laga/Attic/Upstage, Pittsburgh

“Thank you! You were great. You made me amazed! I bet you had to take lessons for a year or longer.”

Alicia E., Student, Avonworth Elementary School, Pittsburgh

“Your tricks were funny and your ball trick was funny.”

Ozzie, Student, Avonworth Elementary School, Pittsburgh

“I liked your tricks a lot!”

Chriss, Student, Avonworth Elementary School, Pittsburgh

“Thank you for the show. It was very neat. My favorite trick was the rings. They were neat.”

Bruce, Student, Avonworth Elementary School, Pittsburgh


Student (no signature), Avonworth Elementary School, Pittsburgh

“I liked the tricks and the balloons and the card tricks.”

David, Student, Avonworth Elementary School, Pittsburgh

“You did a great job.”

Alicia, Student, Avonworth Elementary School, Pittsburgh

“Thank you for coming to our school. We liked it very much!”

Jodi, Student, Avonworth Elementary School, Pittsburgh

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