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The world is more mysterious than most people are comfortable imagining. We cross paths with the mystical from time to time and may not even notice it. If we do, we quickly return to our usually mundane daily existence. But what if we not only acknowledged the unknown, we investigated it and spoke with those in the know? That’s what co-hosts Scott & Forrest, and their producer Tess Pfeifle do at Astonishing Legends. With the power of the well-vetted Astonishing Research Corps, they have acce ...
 
Proudly brought to you by the fine folks at the Astonishing Legends Podcast- Not just another show but a place you can go: The Midnight Library. You alone, can climb the stairs of the strange, old Victorian mansion and be somewhat welcomed by your Hosts, Miranda Merrick & Mr. Darling. Curl up in a window seat or beside the grand fireplace and hear a tale of times long ago. Be transported to forgotten lands, learn about ancient customs and mysterious happenings… all in the company of your unu ...
 
March 2009. When 100 strangers arrive at a run-of-the-mill meeting for Singapore gender-equality group AWARE, long-time members sense that something is wrong. Who are the mysterious women wresting control of this respected volunteer organisation? And what disturbing secret unites them? What happens next becomes the stuff of national legend: starting with an astonishing coup and culminating in an extraordinary declaration of equality and justice. Welcome to the AWARE Saga. Saga is a limited-s ...
 
A storytelling podcast featuring stories with recipes and food history connected to each episode's story. Is the food in fairytales and folklore really symbolic or does it just make the tale relatable? Food and stories have their own rituals and feed different parts of us. If you had to choose between the two, could you? How is the history of food tied into stories? Will this podcast answer these questions or will there just be a great story and a highly tenuous link to a delicious recipe? Y ...
 
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So, as we close out our three-part series on Crop Circles, what have we all learned so far? Well, we've learned that Crop Circles are not just another fad from the 1980s and 90s. Generations of farmers going back at least to the turn of the last century have found them, and probably long before that if written accounts are accurate. They may have b…
 
How do you sort and store your magic collection? Last week’s episode with Peter Mennie was a masterclass in how magicians should organize their magic. In this episode, we continue the storage discussion for magicians by sharing our own tips and ideas for sorting and organizing our own magic stuff. PLUS we bring you up-to-date on upcoming events for…
 
In which we discover that princesses aren't always heroines, that gardener's boys can be heroes and that being buried in flowers isn't necessarily a good thing. There are also fantastic forests of jewels, fairies, miraculous laurel trees, enchanted princes and the sheer joy to be found in dancing. This tale for this episode is The Slippers of Twelv…
 
Magicians have a lot of magic stuff. Show props, gimmicks & gear, lecture notes and decks. What do with it all? Closet? Room? Bin? In this episode, we chat with a veteran of magic, with over 40 years of performing professionally as a magician. Peter Mennie ( https://petermennie.ca ) has been on the podcast before but today’s episode is specifically…
 
You’ve been hopeful. You’ve been curious, patient, and vigilant. Tonight is your night. The Wendigo, in all of their incarnations, are assembled here in The Midnight Library. They are as anxious to meet you as you are to meet them. Take a seat by the fire or snuggle up with a wolf pup for protection. It’s about to get cold, dark, and oh so dreary. …
 
Today on Magicians Talking Magic we have two-time Fool Us guest, magic creator and registered therapist, Tyler Twombly. After picking up Tyler’s download - Face Test - we just had to talk to him. Blown away by the creativity and quality we wanted to know more about Tyler Twombly and we got more than we asked for! Triple snaps to Tyler. Be sure to c…
 
In which we discover that life can be interesting if you accept the unusual, that a collop can be many things and that sometimes acquiring a prince can be a lot of effort. This tale also involves an amazing shoe collection, ice lakes, glass mountains, a prince who sleeps soundly, a bull with unlimited food and drink in his ears, magical fruit and i…
 
As we dive deeper into exploring the phenomenon of Crop Circles, it seems that the story of its research takes on the shape of other histories of paranormal investigation. Misinformation and misdirection from government and military agencies, hoaxes complicating genuinely anomalous evidence, and the phenomena itself presenting an ever-moving target…
 
Come gather around the campfire and let me tell you about the Perilous Fate of the American Space Pioneers. Last episode covered the accidents and tragedies of the early Soviet space program, our rivals in the space race and partners in space exploration today. This episode is going to cover the disasters of the American Space program. What would h…
 
Today on the podcast we have Award-winning magician, writer and creator Daniel GreenWolf. Known as the Celtic Magician Daniel is best known for his storytelling, bizarre magic and travelling illusion show.Today we’re taking a deep dive into renaissance and fantasy fairs. Wizard GreenWolf will also give us a sneak peek at what we can expect from his…
 
There’s going to be a DANCE, Spooky Lovelies!! And you’re ALL invited! And you’ll show up...whether you want to or not. No one gets to sit this one out. This is The Danse Macabre and Our Ms. Merrick will tell you the story of it in history, art, music, and of course, dance. So, get your sad rags on, polish up your black dancing shoes, and tiptoe th…
 
Last month we announced our first book club on Magicians Talking Magic featured Paul Harris' The Art of Astonishment Book #1! In this episode, we are joined with several fellow magicians and podcast friends who share their book takeaways and favourites moment on this special episode Join us on Discord: https://discord.gg/QFtcsZ9Nxh Here's a virtual…
 
In which we discover that without soup there would be no restaurants, that sharing can be joyful and that meeting a friend from the circus in an underground cask beer bar is one of the few things worth leaving a Finnish meal for. We also find out that we were making soup long before we had invented pots to cook it in and when recipe books made the …
 
On a July afternoon in 1983, Colin Andrews, an electrical engineer and officer employed by the British regional government, was driving between his offices near Winchester and Hampshire when something caught his eye. Seeing something unusual in a farmer's field next to the road, he felt strongly compelled to pull over and check it out. A strange ph…
 
This is the final of a three-part series for magicians on creativity. We share some important last tips and how to put them all together into your show. PLUS updates, news, contests AND Paul Romhany shares an exclusive peek into April's VANISH Magazine. Take the SURVEY https://www.magicianmasterclass.com/survey-virtual-magic-shows Check out the Apr…
 
Welcome back, Spooky Lovelies! Tonight Our Ms. Merrick has a dark & devious tale of the very first handmade beings! From The Golem to The Mechanical Turk, she’ll tell you all about how they work… or seem to. Even Our Friend, Mr. Poe has a part in this peculiar tale! And be sure to see The Midnight Library’s Own Glass Case Gypsy, Maria, whilst you v…
 
Come gather around the campfire and let me tell you about the fate of some of the early Soviet space pioneers, including the first death in any space program, Valentin Bondarenko, the failed mission of Soyuz 1, the amazing achievement of Yuri Gagarin, the chilling death of Vladimir Komarov, and the conspiracy theory about the lost cosmonauts. The s…
 
Today on this very special episode of Magicians Talking Magic we pay tribute to Romaine. In 2012, Graeme was fortunate enough to interview Roman at Kind of Magic in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. This interview has never been released until now. Not only will you hear this first-ever interview, but Graeme also connected with Romaine’s Mentee, Luiz Cast…
 
In which we discover that castles can move, unicorns can be vicious, trolls aren't cautious and that you should always be prepared to give away a sandwich. A tale of stolen princesses, moving castles of precious metals, trolls, ravens, jealous brothers, waters of life & death, dragons, a unicorn, a lindworm, wild creatures and a golden ball. Episod…
 
We have a very special guest joining us tonight, metaphysical "astralnaut," philosopher of the liminal, "Pope of the Paranormal," and host of the AM Radio talk show Dark Air, Terry Carnation. Terry first got his start in the paranormal radio genre when unexpectedly thrust into taking over for another show. While working as a late-night rock n' roll…
 
There’s no creativity without boundaries-Lorne Michaels Have you ever had writer's block? Maybe you’ve been stuck while working on a new project? Today on Magicians Talking Magic we are going to help clear that creative roadblock by sharing some of our creative rules. Discord https://discord.gg/QFtcsZ9Nxh Check out the Ultimate Virtual Opener! http…
 
In this episode, we share stories and lessons from a touring legend who recently passed, Paul Royter. With over 40 years of extensive touring in the United States and Canada, Paul began his career as a magician who later switched to a comedy stage hypnosis. Paul was influential on several Canadian lives, including yours truly, we honour Paul with t…
 
In which we discover that betrayal is occasionally inevitable, sometimes all you need is a magical new frock & a talking fish and that apricots can be the key to overcoming misfortune. A tale of magical fruit, horror, betrayal, disguise, posh frocks and a King who is not easily fooled but fairly easily persuaded. Episode Recipe - Apricot Crème Brul…
 
As legend would have it, or at least how the story goes from Marie Caroline Watson Hamlin's 1884 book, Legends of Le Détroit, on the evening of the 10th of March, 1701, a lively banquet took place in the castle of St. Louis, Quebec. The celebratory dinner host was the governor of "New France," Hector Louis de Callière. The guest of honor was Monsie…
 
Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti bring you the Serie A story of the original Ronaldo – a global icon. The Brazilian superstar Ronaldo joined Inter Milan from Barcelona in 1997. His return to Spain 5 years later arguably marked the end of Serie A’s economic dominance. Golazzo relives the greatest player in the world playing in the greatest l…
 
Come gather around the campfire and hear about one of the most puzzling missing person's cases in U.S. history. It seemed to be a regular winter day when heiress Dorothy Arnold left home for a shopping trip. She was just going to buy a new dress. She was well-known, walking on packed New York City streets, wearing especially eye-catching clothing. …
 
Today on Magicians Talking Magic, we are chatting with magician, creator and teacher Kyle Purnell. You most likely recognize the name from one of his many creative magic releases. I had the pleasure of getting to meet Kyle in 2017 at MagiFest in Ohio - if you’ve met kyle you know he’s possibly the nicest guy on the planet. In today’s episode, we le…
 
Jimbo, James Horncastle and special guest Rafa Honigstein examine the three legendary Germans who made Inter record-breakers at the turn of the 90s. Lothar Matthaus, Jurgen Klinsmann and Andreas Brehme were an integral part of West Germany’s World Cup winning side in 1990. They would all join forces at San Siro, with Matthaus and Brehme contributin…
 
No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. -Robin Williams How do you keep your ideas organized? How do you stay on track with the goals associated with these plans? What even is a good idea and how do you find it in the future? In today’s episode, we are sharing our secrets to keeping track of our creativity. Join Magici…
 
In which we discover that you shouldn’t ask questions if you don’t want the answer, a shared love of food is an excellent foundation for a relationship, figs can definitely surprise you and you can fit quite a lot in a candlestick. The story in this episode is 'Dear as Salt', an Italian folktale with a vain and arrogant king, 3 princesses, 1 prince…
 
In the years between 1764 and 1767, a real-life monster had brutally savaged the residents of the former province of Gévaudan in the highland region of south-central France. While the creature's first attack was reportedly unsuccessful in killing its intended victim, it did provide a horrific description of it. Some sort of massive, canine-like cre…
 
Jimbo welcomes back James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti to discuss one of the most recognisable names and haircuts in Italian football history – Fabrizio Ravanelli. The man who said he was born to be a bricklayer was on the scoresheet the last time Juventus won the Champions League. A silver fox with one of the most imitated goal celebrations of all …
 
In this episode of Magicians Talking Magic, we’re talking with award-winning magician Boris Wild! Boris shares his thoughts on magic, creativity and originality. We also hear about his recent Penn & Teller’s Fool Us experience and why magicians should compete in magic. We think you’re going to love this episode. Listen Now. Visit Boris Wild Online …
 
Every great story deserves a great ending - Christopher Nolan How do you close out your magic show? From the last effect to when that last guest leaves the experience. In today’s episode, we are talking all about a good finish. (Theory Alert) Share some of your time with some special kids: https://winwinentertainment.org/ Join us on Discord: https:…
 
In which we discover that you can’t have a mortar without a pestle especially if it’s gold, that kings make mistakes, the importance of clever queens and that even a capon can be symbolic. This is the glorious story of how a clever peasant girl attracts a prince, loses a prince, gains a king, loses a king and then outwits him. It's an Italian folk …
 
Who among us hasn't wanted to know the future or have insight into the hidden, at least in passing? From the first instance a human had a premonition that came true, it seems likely that the adventurous who were shocked and astounded wondered how those without the "gift" could duplicate this impossible experience. Then, when someone stared too inte…
 
Come gather around the campfire and let me tell you a story about some of the smartest military teams you've never heard of. Today we’re going to be talking about the code-breakers of World War II. Part 1 discussed Native American code-talkers. Part 2 will discuss Allied code-cracking teams including the stories of the Enigma, Alan Turing, Marian R…
 
“Details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail.” — Leonardo da Vinci How do you tell your story through magic? Today on Magicians Talking Magic, we are chatting about show flow. Add power to your magic with a strong structure. From tempo to transitions, today’s episode is all about the details. Join the conversation in Discord https://dis…
 
A Saga bonus episode: On 4 May 2019 - 10 years and 2 days after the fateful Extraordinary General Meeting – 100 AWARE members came together to mark the anniversary of that pivotal event. Amid the celebration, a few key Old Guard members and supporters—including Constance Singam, Siew Kum Hong and Teo You Yenn—gave speeches about what the Saga meant…
 
Where do ideas come from? Can creativity be taught? Are your skills as a creative magician connected to your intelligence or is creativity a habit? In this episode, we hope to change your mind on creativity and provide a whole new perspective on how you can start conjuring original ideas. Join us on Discord: https://discord.gg/QFtcsZ9Nxh CAM JAM: h…
 
In which we discover that fairies have some scary punishments, kings can have strange priorities and that you can be queen and still make excellent cream cheese. We also explore the world's smallest kingdom, find out what happens when fairies go bad and why you should always reward any household helpers even if you don't know who they are. The stor…
 
Creating an incredible live or virtual magic show requires a ton of hard work and practice. It also means making great choices. Choices about your style, script and material selection. In this episode, we are discussing our most important factors for selecting performance-worthy material. Join us on Discord: https://discord.gg/QFtcsZ9Nxh Can one im…
 
As we wrap up our coverage of the Frederick Valentich story in Part 3 of our series, we'll continue our conversation with Melbourne resident Chris Tyler about his research into the case and other possibly related UFO incidents around the same time and area. We'll also examine the Australian Department of Transport accident report's remaining findin…
 
Step right this way Dear Guest, over the threshold, on your RIGHT foot. We wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to you...not here, not in The Midnight Library. As luck would have it, tonight Ms. Miranda will hold you spellbound with tales of Superstition! From Evil Eyes to shattered mirrors, let us help you turn your luck! Special Thanks to Sounds …
 
You never get a second chance to make a first impression, Will Rogers. What are the first words that slip out of your mouth when your show starts? Are you generic, “Good evening, tonight ladies and gentleman” or, “Hey guys thank you so much for coming to my show”? You can say a lot with a few words. Let's punch up your open. Join us on Discord: htt…
 
In which we discover what happens if you don’t share your pizzas, that singing ducks make excellent messengers and how perfect parsnips can keep memories alive. This is another fantastic story from Giambattista Basile’s Tale of Tales. I have already explored the history of these volumes in my Cat Cinderella episode but here is a quick recap for any…
 
When the facts about a paranormal event yield no more answers, investigators and the public alike tend to turn their attention to the experiencer's character to ascertain its authenticity. So what kind of person was Frederick Valentich? A once-lost aircraft accident report from Australia's Department of Transport, which resurfaced in 2012, has shed…
 
Do you have a pre-show? What happens before your magic show starts? Today on Magicians Talking Magic Podcast we are talking about setting the tone, the atmosphere, the flavour of your show with an effective pre-show. Plus how can these techniques be applied virtually! Join us on Discord: https://discord.gg/QFtcsZ9Nxh Build your magic branding with …
 
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