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We continue our extended conversation with Steve Cohen in this second of two episodes. Much of this week’s chat is about the 500+ page book authored by Steve which is currently still with the printer but will include Max Malini’s life story and a multitude of tricks in a section of explanations. Max Malini was a guiding influence in Steve’s life an…
 
While attending the recent Columbus MagiFest, I sat down with the Guest of Honor, Steve Cohen. As most of you know, he is the star of his one-man show at the Palace Hotel in New York City, “Chamber Magic” that has been running for about two decades. He is known as the “Millionaires’ Magician” because of the cultured, cognoscenti and distinctive New…
 
Saturday 6th November 2021 Dan Harlan 11:00 – 12: 00 Beam’s Door Jam 12:30 – 1:30 Lunch 1:30 – 3:00 Jonathan Levit 3:00 – 4:00 Henry Evans 5:00 – 6:00 Dinner 6:00 – 8:15 Public Show with Dan Harlan, Ryan Plunkett, Jonathan Levit, Garrett Thomas, Michael Ammar, and Henry Evans 8:15 – 10:15 View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize View…
 
Thursday November 4, 2021 Selected Members of Sleight Club 7:00pm – 8:00pm Kyle Littleton 9:00pm – 10:00pm Friday November 5, 2021 Newcomer Lecture 11:00 – 12:00 Michael Ammar 1:00 – 2;00 Lunch 2:00 – 3:30 Ryan Plunkett 3:30 – 4:30 Insights 5:30 – 7:00 Dinner 7:00 – 8:30 Garrett Thomas 8:30 – 9:30 Pizza Party 9:30 View fullsize View fullsize View f…
 
Because we are in the middle of “National Magic Week” and nearing the 95th anniversary of Houdini’s death on October 31st, it seems only fitting and natural that we should revisit with noted Houdini scholar and blogger, John Cox. He was featured on an episode here in 2017, but much has happened since then, not the least of which has been his visit …
 
More than a reporter, Johnny “Kats” Katsilometes chronicles history in the making with his regular newspaper and online columns covering entertainment in Las Vegas. His many insightful observations has made him an integral part of that entertainment scene. And since magic is part of that world, Johnny covers it all from the small bars to the mega-c…
 
New York attorney, magician and author, Sara Crasson, can now add another title to her name: Resourceress of the S.A.M. The Society of American Magicians recently created this position for Sara which allows her to put together those who need knowledge and those who have experience. She is also the producer and emcee for the “Flavors of Magic” shows…
 
Multi-Award winning Broadway illusionist, Joseph Gabriel, single-handedly changed the face of magic with his iconic sleight-of-hand performance when he appeared on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” for the first time. Joseph is known for his signature style of producing various exotic birds and is equally adept at large-scale illusions, mentali…
 
This week’s guest is affectionately called an “O.G.” because the commonly held definition for the “Old Guy” term means, “a slang term for someone who's incredibly exceptional, authentic, or “old-school.” Jody Baran certainly personifies that definition because of his decades of performances including years aboard cruise ships and 17 years performin…
 
Lior Manor is more than a creative mindreader with fantastic products for the working mentalist, but he is also a very busy professional performer traveling around the world and specializing in entertaining the tech world of executives. This week we happened upon Lior quite by accident when attending the 2021 Abbott’s Get Together in Colon, Michiga…
 
Saturday 18th September 2021 10:00am - 6pm Dealers Open 10:00am - 11:00am Simon Aronson Memorial Event 11:30pm - 12.30pm Steve Cohen Guest of Honor Ceremony and Event 2:00pm - 3:00pm Carisa Hendrix Lecture 3:30pm - 5pm Nate Staniforth Show and Lecture 5:30pm - 6:30pm Asi Wind Lecture 8:30pm - 10:00pm Gala Show hosted by Lucy Darling with Danny and …
 
Friday 17th September 2021 10:00am - 6pm Dealers Open (Closed for lunch 12:30 - 2:00pm) 10:00am - 11:30am Eric Jones Show and Lecture 12:30pm - 1:30pm The Magifest Session: Hosted by Andi Gladwin, featuring Tim Hill, and Terry Ward 2:30pm - 3:30pm Alexander Boyce Show and Lecture 4:30pm - 5:30pm Joshua Jay’s How Magicians Think Talk & Interview 7:0…
 
Thursday 16th September 2021 5:00pm - 10:00pm Dealer’s Room Open 6:00pm - 6:05pm Welcome Address from Joshua Jay and Andi Gladwin 6:05pm - 7:00pm Brent Braun Lecture 8:00pm - 9:00pm Jon Armstrong Show and Lecture 10:00pm - 11:30pm John Graham Show and Lecture Magic and Martinis Thursday Virtual Happy Hour from the Magifest in Columbus, Ohio. View f…
 
Cons, scams, switches and swindles have been around for centuries and unfortunately have been associated with magic and magicians. How often have you heard, “watch your wallets and watches, he’s a magician!”? Perhaps it dates back to the street magicians as seen in the iconic painting from the 16th century, “The Conjuror” by Hieronymus Bosch. This …
 
Monday September 6, 2021 9am-12:00 noon: Next TAOM Registrations open 9.30am-10.30am: Lecture: Sterling 11am-12:00 noon: Lecture: Vince Wilson 12:00 noon: Convention Ends View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize Time stamps for this episode: 00:00:17 - Dal Sanders provides some “color” reporting on last night’s shows 00:14:54 - Sterl…
 
Sunday September 5, 2021 8am-9am: Gospel Magic Service 9am-5pm: Registration Desk Open 9am-12pm: Dealer Rooms Open 9am-9.30: TAOM General Meeting 9.30am-5pm: Next TAOM Registrations open- Visit https://taom.org/2022 to register for next year’s convention 10am-11.30am: Close-up Contest 10am-11am: Lecture: Bizzaro 12pm: Dealer Show 8 11.30am-12.30pm:…
 
Saturday September 4, 2021 9am-5pm: Registration Desk Open 9am-12pm: Dealers Room Open 9am-11am: Stage Contest 11am-1pm: Order of Willard Brunch with guest speaker, Dr. Eric Colleary 11am-1pm: Lunch Break 1pm-7pm Dealers Room Open 1pm-2.30pm: Lecture: Brian Brushwood 2.30pm: Dealer Show 6 3pm-4pm: Lecture Kent Cummins 3pm-4pm: Lecture: JD Stewart 3…
 
Friday September 3, 2021 9.30am-11.30am - Collectors Meeting: Bill Winters presents “Walter Gibson, the Man Who Knew the Titans of Magic” and A virtual presentation of the Houdini collection by the Curator Eric Colleary. Free for all! 12pm-5pm - Registration Desk Open 12pm-5pm - Dealers Room Open 1pm-2pm - Lecture: JD Stewart 2pm - Dealer Show 1 2.…
 
Thursday September 2, 2021 11:30 - Unveiling of Houdini Way in Kingsland, Texas, the first and only street in Texas named after the famed magician. 12:30 - champagne reception at home of Trixie Bond and Mark Axford following the street sign unveiling 8:00 - Esther’s Follies featuring Ray Anderson On Friday morning September 3rd we had a LIVE virtua…
 
No trip to Branson, Missouri, would be complete without seeing the amazing stage show of Rick Thomas. Among the many honors presented to Rick Thomas include the coveted “Magician of the Year” by the Academy of Magical Arts and Magic’s highest recognition "Illusionist of the World" by the World Magic Awards. Thomas has also been featured on numerous…
 
Saturday August 21, 2021 10:00am – 11:00am Dealer Room Open 11:00am – 12:30pm Expo Session #3 hosted by David Sandy with Richard Hughes, Gabe Fajuri and Les Arnold 12:30pm – 2:30pm Dealer Room Open 2:30pm – 4:00pm Expo Session #4 hosted by Lance Rich with Bill Schwartz, Retonio and Lance Rich 6:30pm – 7:00pm Cocktail Half Hour 7:00pm – 9:30pm Fabul…
 
Thursday August 19, 2021 10:00am - 4:00pm Registration Open 1:00pm – 4:00p Dealer Room Open 4:00pm – 5:00p Welcome To Vegas hosted with Paul Stone and Mike Caveney 7:00pm – 9:00pm Expo Session #1 hosted by Bill Smith with David Charvet (on Alexander) and Charles Greene III (on Ionia) and David Sandy and Lance Rich performing a trick by Andre Kole 9…
 
It seems that illusionists are getting fewer in today’s entertainment world and the best way to see them in while they are in residence at a casino or showroom. Garry and Janine Carson have a show, “Escape Reality” in Branson, Missouri where they take their audience on a 75 minute whirlwind journey of illusion and fun. Their theater is not one of t…
 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 7TH 2021 9:00AM VENT-O-RAMA at Abbott's Magic with George Schindler 9:30AM REGISTRATION OPENS at the Abbott Plant 10:00AM LECTURE at Colon High School - Franz Harary 11:00AM REMEMBERING THE GREATEST TALENT CONTEST at High School - Lance Burton - Mac King - Jeff Hobson - Kevin James (Artwork auction benefitting the Kentucky Humane S…
 
FRIDAY, AUGUST 6TH 2021 9:30AM REGISTRATION OPENS at the Abbott Plant 9:30AM ABBOTT'S STAGE TALENT CONTEST Colon High School 10:00AM-12:45PM ABBOTT'S DEALERS' ROOM at Colon High School 10:30AM SUPER SHOWROOM SPECIALS in Dealers' Room 12:00PM STREET PERFORMER (Trino) at M&M Grill (sponsored by IBM Ring 386-Percy Abbott / Monk Watson Magic Club) 1:00…
 
THURSDAY, AUGUST 5TH 2021 9:30AM REGISTRATION OPENS at the Abbott Plant 10:00AM-10:45AM ABBOTT'S DEALERS' ROOM at Colon High School 11:00AM LECTURE at Colon High School Kevin James 12:00PM STREET PERFORMER (Jon LaChance) at Dawn's Cafe (sponsored by IBM Ring 386-Percy Abbott / Monk Watson Magic Club) 1:00PM LECTURE at Colon High School Ice McDonald…
 
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4TH 2021 9:30AM REGISTRATION OPENS at the Abbott Plant 10:00AM - 12:45PM ABBOTT'S DEALERS' ROOM at Colon High School 10:30AM SUPER SHOWROOM SPECIALS in Dealers Room 12PM STREET PERFORMER (Gordon Russ) at M&M Grill (sponsored by IBM Ring 386-Percy Abbott / Monk Watson Magic Club) 1:00PM LECTURE at Colon High School (Eric Decamps) 1…
 
TUESDAY, AUGUST 3rd 2021 (Pre Get Together Events) 8:00AM THE OPEN COLON "NO FRILLS" GOLF CLASSIC (with Al The Only - The cost is $10 plus the cost of golf) 2:00PM MAGICIAN'S TOUR OF THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF MAGIC (This tour of the museum and archives is geared towards magicians and will include a special selection of artifacts never-before-on-displa…
 
During a recent trip to Branson, Missouri, to see a couple of the magic shows in town, I was pleasantly reunited with an old friend, James Holmes. The name is probably not familiar to, well…nearly 95% of listeners here on the podcast. But for a variety of reasons, you should know who this person is and what he has contributed and continues to contr…
 
Michael Chaut is one of the co-producers of Monday Night Magic in New York City. After 25 years, it is the longest running magic show in NYC. In this week’s episode, Michael shares the history of Monday Night Magic along with a brief history of some of the other magic venues and performers during the 20th century in NYC. This week’s video of the po…
 
Chris Walden, from “Keep Austin Weird” Austin, Texas, is a professional entertainer who has won a comedy award from the Texas Association of Magicians; however, he soon realized that was not who he was. As he continued his journey of introspection, he came to the realization that his path was going to be as a “bizarre” entertainer. For those not fa…
 
“Magical Katrina” aka Katrina Kroetch, is one of the new breed of young (under 30) magicians who is making a name for herself in our business. Katrina has competed not only in magic conventions, but also on the “big stage” in Las Vegas on “Penn & Teller Fool Us.” She is adept at close-up. stand-up comedy magic and birthday parties. She also knows h…
 
This week we travel to Austin, Texas where one of the world’s largest collection of Houdini ephemera resides. Dr. Eric Colleary is our guest who is the Cline Curator of Theatre & Performing Arts at the Harry Ransom Center, an international humanities research library, archive, and museum. He holds a Ph.D. in Theatre Historiography from the Universi…
 
Jeff Hobson is a name that is familiar with magicians and the lay public alike. After many years as the host of “The Illusionists” world tour (the “Trickster”), Jeff has made countless fans around the globe. But before that he was the “Host of Las Vegas” where he had his own show plus worked as the host for many variety shows. Besides being comedy …
 
Kids are kids the world over and they all love magic. But there are some subtle differences in how and where magic is presented to children in the U.S. versus how it's done in the U.K. This week we chat with family and children show entertainers from the U.K. about these differences and some of their challenges (i.e. taking the tube and/or train in…
 
From the U.K., Jon Allen is our guest this week who is the creator of “Silent Treatment” and “The Pain Game” and the 3 DVD set, “Connection”, among so many other offerings to the magic community. Jon continues to be a creator, performer and overall just an interesting gentleman who has been recognized for his talents by being a Member of the Inner …
 
The future of magic lies in the hands of our youth. This week we prove that the next generation of magicians is in good hands and going in the right direction as we speak with Shaun Jay. Shaun was on the cover of the M.U.M. journal in 2020 and has appeared on the “Masters of Illusion” on the CW Network. He is involved in making magic and magical th…
 
Great things come from the Midwest. Sometimes, great BIG things, like stage illusionist, Rob Lake. Following his inspiration of Doug Henning and his mentorship of Kirby VanBurch, Rob has taken his stage illusion show across the country and indeed, around the world having performing in casinos, arenas and theatres in London, Japan, the Bahamas and f…
 
This “long overdue” conversation with mega-illusionist, Franz Harary, is a very special edition. Franz is truly an international star of magic and his work has kept him busy for decades. In this episode Franz is finally taking a “breather” and relaxing so we can talk about his passions and career. We cover a lot of territory from creativity to the …
 
Magicians are “wired” to perform. We want the microphone. We love the bright lights, the sound of applause and especially laughter…at the right time and place. This week’s guest, Bill Abbott, is a comedy magician who understands comedy and knows how to perfectly blend it with magic. Indeed it is a fine balance because in the end, we want our audien…
 
Why are magicians fascinated by playing cards? This week week have two separate conversations with two diverse people (one a creator and the other a collector) from two sides of the planet. Jack Brutus Penny is from England but lives in Japan where he is a teacher by day and a writer and playing card designer by night. Back in the U.S., Shaun River…
 
TC Tahoe is much more than a comedy magician. Currently hailing from the Sunshine State of Florida, TC is also an illustrator and a card reader. Yes, he has skills with playing cards, but I’m talking about Tarot cards. One of the skills he learned at a young, impressionable age was how to read Tarot cards and that has stuck with him all these years…
 
Saturday April 24, 2021 11:30 a.m. - Zoom room opens 12:00 p.m. - Teach-a-Trick: Richard Pinner (England), Jimmy C (USA), Joe Turner (USA), Rune Carlsen (Norway), Remy Robert (France), Shawn Farquhar (Canada) 2:00 p.m. - Dealer Show: Esouard Boulanger, Shawn Farquhar, Michel Huot, Mark Mason, Richard Pinner, Christian Schenk, Pattrick Przysiecki, M…
 
Jeff Bibik is a Chicago comedian and a magician. Originally from the Detroit, Michigan, area, he regularly performed magic in local restaurants and comedy clubs until 1985 when he moved to Chicago where he continued as a comedy magician in close-up and stage for the public and corporate audiences and he also performs a hypnosis act. Over the years …
 
Author, creator, teacher and grandpa, Allan Kronzek has a lifetime of magic to share. He and his daughter wrote encyclopedic books about the Harry Potter canon and well known in the book business. Living in Sag Harbor, New York, (Long Island area), Allan is a performing magician to the well-to-do community as well as the common folk. He is also an …
 
From Michigan to Hawaii, Al the Only has entertained thousands of people in restaurants, at trade shows, and for corporate banquets over the decades. He is also a mainstay of Abbott’s Get Together in Colon, Michigan, where each year he conducts the “magic graveyard” tour about which he literally “wrote the book” on who is buried there. View fullsiz…
 
Las Vegas based magician and winner of the Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle) “Magician of the Year,” Jason Bynre joins us this week for a conversation about working, training and performing with doves, entertaining on cruise ships, developing illusion shows, and traveling around the world to venues like The London Palladium, The Lido, and …
 
Award winning actor, producer, writer and magician, Andy Nyman, is indeed a magician with many faces. As an actor, he has played many roles that require physical changes in his appearance from Tevye the Dairyman in “Fiddler on the Roof” to Winston Churchill on “Peaky Blinders” among many others. But he has also collaborated with Derren Brown on man…
 
Recognized as one of the top “bar magicians” in the country (if not the world), Doc Eason joins us this week from his home in Colorado. Doc was one of the house magicians at the former John Denver’s Tower Magic Bar and Restaurant in Snowmass, Colorado. He received “Best Bar Magician” by the Academy of Magical Arts and lectured around the world. Aft…
 
One of the “underground” guys who may be so far underground, that many of you may not know this gentleman nor the extent of his expertise. Mild mannered Microsoft business executive by day, Scott Robinson is a powerhouse of a prestidigitator and the organizer of the annual TRICS convention (an intimate conclave of conjurors) in Charlotte, North Car…
 
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