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Not Your Normal Cab Driver

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For Sandra Perez, driving around all day is just part of the job. Driving cabs for almost a year, Perez began her career after using a cab during a period of unemployment. “I started talking to the cab drivers,” Perez says. “They seemed pretty nice, pretty genuine. They were like, ‘You should try it.’ I [...] Keep Reading »

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Ghastly Art

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Not too many people get the chance to make a career out of bruises, broken bones, gashes and gore. But Tim Richards is an exception. He’s a special effects makeup artist who creates ghastly injuries for movies and television projects. “I started off in high school,” Richards says. “A friend of mine and I did [...] Keep Reading »

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Healing Animals with Energy

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When pets are sick or hurting in some way, their owners will typically consult with veterinarians for help. If traditional treatments do not work, pet owners may feel frustrated and unsure of what they can do to assist their precious pets. This is where Lisa Osthelder comes in. As a Healing Touch for Animals practitioner [...] Keep Reading »

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Lady Fontayne, the Mermaid

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A buff and chiseled man carries a storybook mermaid in his arms. He slowly and lovingly sets the swimming siren afloat in the hotel pool while stunned guests stare, transfixed. Let the fun begin: Lady Fontayne the Mermaid has arrived. Mermaids may be the stuff of fairytales, but Scandalesque and Vega Arts offer Lady Fontayne, [...] Keep Reading »

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Winning the Head Game

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There aren’t too many people who go from a relatively unknown to Madison Square Garden in a nanosecond. Bryan Price, 28, was able to pull it off. Price is the man behind the giant cardboard cutouts of popular athletes and musicians. Celebrities like Miley Cyrus, One Direction and Wiz Khalifa have all been spotted sporting [...] Keep Reading »

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Playing with Your Food

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A love of entertaining crowds, focused culinary skills and an exceptional ability to multitask is the recipe for success for Geoffrey Wu, a sushi and teppanyaki chef at Sapporo in Scottsdale. He started with Sapporo when it opened in 2001 and left briefly in 2003 to train other teppanyaki chefs at Benihana. He soon returned [...] Keep Reading »

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Linking to Lincoln

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With his tall, thin stature, tidy beard, top hat and three-piece suit, Sean Murphy commands attention wherever he goes. Whether it’s in a classroom, a restaurant or an airplane, kids flock to him and adults want their pictures taken with him. For the last five years, Murphy, a teacher at Payne Junior High in Chandler, [...] Keep Reading »

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O Tumbleweed, O Tumbleweed

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Setting up and decorating a tree can be the Grinch that steals Christmas. With artificial trees alone, it’s frustrating to figure out which branches go in which slot, and then there’s the challenge of wrangling family to help string the lights and make sure all of the bulbs illuminate. Just ask Russ Lassuy, park maintenance [...] Keep Reading »

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Sarabelle the Tooth Fairy

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As a professional tooth fairy, Sarabelle has met her share of skeptics. For example, she’ll never forget the mini-critic at her debut at Children’s Museum of Phoenix. “This girl was sitting in the front row, and she looked up at me and said, ‘Can you fly?’” Sarabelle assured the girl that if she flew in [...] Keep Reading »

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Tickling the Ivories

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As he plays the world’s largest pipe organ at Organ Stop Pizza, Charlie Balogh relies on the audience’s suggestions to get him through his multiple 50-minute sets. On stage at the East Mesa eatery, Balogh collects requests for the usual songs—the themes from “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones” or “Star Trek,” or any Broadway number. But [...] Keep Reading »