Magic From Wherever I'm At

Episode 64 - Dorny On The Spot

An episode of Magic From Wherever I'm At

By Dartagnan
Professional street magician Dartagnan regales with tales of people, places, and situations from the road as well as commentary on the performing art of magic.
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Professional street magician Dartagnan regales with tales of people, places, and situations from the road as well as commentary on the performing art of magic.

More places to listen

Episode 83 - School Of Wonder 3
The third consecutive episode dedicated to the wisdom and exceptional work of the greatest magician who ever lived, Tommy Wonder. 
December 8, 2019
Episode 82 - School Of Wonder 2
The 2nd installment of the School Of Wonder - discussing the wisdom & work of Tommy Wonder. 
December 1, 2019
Episode 81 - School Of Wonder 1
This is the first of a recurring series within the podcast - focusing on the work and wisdom of Tommy Wonder. 
November 24, 2019
Episode 80 - Something More...
Part 2 of my homage to "The Maestro", René Lavand. 
November 17, 2019
Episode 79 - Lentidigitation
The first of a two-part series on The Maestro, Lentidigitator René Lavand. 
November 10, 2019
Episode 78 - The Kroger Precedent
In this episode, I start with something weird I witnessed at a supermarket and then weave this story into my answer to a listener question concerning mentalism. 
November 3, 2019
Episode 77 - The Graduate
In this episode, I provide an introduction to the most recent of Roberto Giobbi's books. Then I briefly go into how you can improve your magic through the template of one of my favorite movies. 
October 27, 2019
Episode 76 - Chez Roberto
In this episode, I delve into the many ways I have learned and benefitted from the work of Roberto Giobbi. 
October 20, 2019
Episode 75 - Agency
In this episode, I get into setting yourself up for success on a daily basis. Then I get into a rant about raising respectable adults and some recent drama with a hotdog vendor. 
October 20, 2019
Episode 74 - A Divided Kingdom
This episode continues on from Episode 73 and an approach to magic which creates teamwork instead of an audience of adversaries. The recording was made with background rain hitting a tin awning.  I apologize in advance :)
October 6, 2019
Episode 73 - The Lightning of Freedom
In this episode, I discuss the creation of freedom and the idea of removing possible control and the emotional impact this has on the audience. All of this through the conduit of another modern master, Dani DaOrtiz. 
September 29, 2019
Episode 72 - Five Percent
This episode is an extension of Episode 71 and builds on the idea of improving your thinking skills. This time, it is through the lens of iconoclastic physicist Richard Feynman. 
September 22, 2019
Episode 71 - Adding Color
In this episode, I delve into the most dire problem facing not only you and your magic...but the entire world. 
September 15, 2019
Episode 70 - The Green Kilometer
This episode is a continuation of the 10-minute teaser which concluded Episode 69. I delve deeper into the psychology of magic and why Lennart Green may be the greatest living magician. 
September 8, 2019
Episode 69 - Greener Pastures
I start this episode with a cautionary tale, and the rest is an ode to a true modern master of magic - Lennart Green. 
September 1, 2019
Episode 68 - Onward Professor
This episode is a tribute to Dan S. Kennedy, a man who has impacted me so thoroughly - it's hard to put into words all the ways my thinking and life have changed through the impact of Dan's work. 
August 25, 2019
Episode 67 - Break the Circle
In this episode, I tell a story of creating a method "on the fly."  Then I delve into "breaking the circle" and getting past solely thinking about methods and into a vast, grand universe of diabolical possibilities you haven't even touched. 
August 18, 2019
Episode 66 - On Street Performing
In this episode, I talk solely about street performing. I discuss your likelihood of success and the best advice I've been given and/or heard concerning this rarest of pursuits. 
August 11, 2019
Episode 65 - You Are Not 'A Magic'
In this episode, I delve into the cheapening, denigration and trivializing of magic through assuming the performing persona of a trained seal or a dancing monkey. 
August 4, 2019
Episode 64 - Dorny On The Spot
In this episode, I read from a scathing article by Werner Dornfield. Then I tell two stories about some chance encounters on the street. 
July 28, 2019
Episode 63 - A Conversation with Michael Weber Pt. 3
The last installment of my conversation with the man who ask questions, answers questions, tells stories and makes things, Michael Weber. Discover the tyranny of the eyes, how imitation is the antithesis of flattery, the importance of doing the real work and how we should all become verbs. 
July 21, 2019
Episode 62 - A Conversation with Michael Weber Pt. 2
The second of a three-part interview with mystery performer, speaker and consultant Michael Weber. 
July 14, 2019
Episode 61 - A Conversation with Michael Weber Pt. 1
This episode is the first part of a recent conversation I had with magician, speaker and consultant Michael Weber. 
July 7, 2019
Episode 60 - Fahrenheit 313
In this episode, I attempt to clarify terms and delve into one of the best simple examples of the power of presentation - from a magic book seemingly few have read. 
June 30, 2019
Episode 59 - The Braying of the Asses
In this episode, I draw a parallel with one of my favorite cult movies, John Carpenter's "They Live." Then you too will have glasses with which to see who understands the true nature of Magic. 
June 23, 2019
Episode 58 - The Magic Matrix
In this episode, I talk about "The Magic Matrix" of the magic community and diverging agendas between marketing and learning about MAGIC proper. Then I review a piece of trash. 
June 16, 2019
Episode 57 - The Road To Performing Perdition
In this episode, I talk about paying lip-service to the ideal of creating presentations and entertaining. Then I discuss a little-known book which helps show you the way to becoming an entertaining magician. 
June 9, 2019
Episode 56 - Move Magic Into The Best Light
In this episode, I talk about why I walked away from walk-around. Discover the ins and outs of why I think it is a terrible venue for magic. 
June 2, 2019
Episode 55 - Raise Your Magic From The Dead
In this episode, I explore the Game of Thrones Character "The Night King" and how his character, and how we learn about him, can be used to improve your magic.
May 26, 2019
Episode 54 - Stop Cloning Around
In this episode, I talk about what you should be doing when consuming non-magic media such as TV, Film, literature, poetry etc. Then I touch on magic clones and character building in response to a listener question. 
May 19, 2019
Episode 53 - The Shortcut to Everything
In this episode, I give away the secret of secrets...the way to get impossibly good at magic or anything else you pursue in your life...and things to avoid like the plague. Buckle up. 
May 12, 2019
Episode 52 - The Krewe of Misdirection
In this episode, I talk about the annual Krewe of Fools, 2019 King Harry Anderson, and some ideas from Victor Farelli's book "Lend Me Your Pack."
May 8, 2019
Episode 51 - Worst Magic Videos I've Ever Seen
In this episode, I talk about the absolute worst magic videos and DVDs I have ever personally seen. Have you seen others yourself just as bad? Lemme know.
April 28, 2019
Happy Easter!
No episode this week - Enjoy time with family and friends. Be back next week with Episode 51 detailing the worst magic videos I have ever seen -  Happy Easter!
April 21, 2019
Episode 50 - No One is Self-Made
Along anyone's journey is a tribe of people who have given you a hand up. This episode goes out to those people as I reinforce the most important parts of any magic or otherwise. 
April 14, 2019
Episode 49 - Wolf, Julia, Lenny...Oh My!
In this episode, I tell a couple celebrity stories from my time in New Orleans. 
April 7, 2019
Episode 48 - Dai Vernon Rides Again - Part 2
Part 2 of my analysis of whether "The Professor", David Frederick Wingfield Verner, was a great performer. I ferreted out some of my own ignorance with a perusal of the literature. The evidence is decide. 
March 31, 2019
Episode 47 - The Performer Who Fooled Houdini - Part 1
 I recently answered an internet question about the greatest magicians and then was challenged by a mentor of mine about the answer I gave. Part one of a two part retort delves into the life of David Frederick Wingfield Verner, aka. Dai Vernon, aka. The Professor. Was he one of the greats? You decide...
March 24, 2019
Episode 46 - 5 Levels of Presentation
In this short episode, I delve into the 5 levels of presentation and where you should be aiming. Then I offer a little story from a while back which illustrates what happens when you shoot higher. 
March 17, 2019
Episode 45 - Monarch of Moves & A Ghost Story
In this episode, I tie in a story to a book review...then a friend relates an unusual ghost story. 
March 10, 2019
Episode 44 - A Tribute to Ricky Jay
A whole episode devoted to Ricky Jay, who recently passed away - a master's master and one of my favorite performers. 
March 3, 2019
Episode 43 - Talent & Choice
In this episode, I conclude the series on Steven Pressfield's book "The War of Art" and start into covering it's sequel, "Turning Pro."
February 24, 2019
Episode 42 - Inoculation for the Amateur
In this episode, I continue down the path of uncovering Resistance, and then delve into the solution of "Turning Pro." (War of Art Part 2)
February 17, 2019
Episode 41 - The Most Insidious Force
In this episode, I delve into the most insidious force in your life, the force called Resistance.  Via the excellent book "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield, I discuss his ideas and provide examples from my own experience. Are you overcoming Resistance?
February 10, 2019
Episode 40 - Skinning of the Eels
In this episode, I delve into the words of Nevil Maskelyne from "Our Magic." Then I tell a short story about a discerning audience from the streets of Northern Michigan. 
February 3, 2019
Episode 39 - Garden of Misfortune & Our Magic
In this episode, I recite a page from Cellini's "Dreamer's Highway". Then I talk about the magic documentary, "Our Magic". 
January 27, 2019
Episode 38 - Frightening Limitations
In this episode, I tell a few short stories about what is truly important in performance. Then, I talk about another article from the Sphinx written by Fred Keating. 
January 20, 2019
Episode 37 - Cellini on Humor & Racherbaumer's Secret
In this episode, I talk about Cellini's opinions on humor and what Jon Racherbaumer told me about audiences. 
January 13, 2019
Episode 36 - For Whom the Bell of History Tolls
In this episode, I delve into two articles from history which suggest the same issues have existed in magic for a very long time. 
January 6, 2019
Episode 35 - Back in the Day & Teaser 2
In this episode I tell two straight-talk stories from my days as a nightclub bouncer. Then I include a snippet of another interview I did for my program "Secrets of Real Magicians."
December 30, 2018
Episode 34 - Harsh Reality of Success & A Teaser
This entire episode concerns two instances where I had to become (stealing a phrase from Dan Kennedy) the "Professor of Harsh Reality". Then I tease an addition to my program "Secrets of Real Magicians."
December 23, 2018
Episode 33 - My Favorite Magician & Social Media Magic
In this episode, I answer a listener question concerning who my favorite magician is. Then I rant about "performing" magic on social media.
December 16, 2018
Episode 32 - Essential Stewart & Lazy Theft
In this episode, I delve into why it IS essential to read the work of Stewart James. Then, I attack the rampant appropriation of material.
December 9, 2018
Episode 31 - Where Y'at Tacos 'n Beer & The Papa Doc Solution
In this episode, I tell a story about a great opportunity which befell me. Then I answer a question from a listener about hecklers.
December 2, 2018
Episode 30 - Wand Vanish of the Master & Learning Advice
In this episode, I talk about one of my mentors fooling the pants off of me. Then I talk about why you should be careful when trying to learn magic (or really anything).
November 25, 2018
Episode 29 - Another Sour Story & Shout Out 2
In this episode, I tell the story of a violent confrontation I witnessed in Jackson Square. Then I shout out to a brand new street performer who is doing it the right way.
November 18, 2018
Episode 28 - Bill Beach & The Resistance
In this episode, I talk about a man named Bill Beach who was part of the Nashville magic scene. Then I talk about a boxing trainer who said something profound which directly relates to street performing.
November 11, 2018
Episode 27 - Under The Bus & First Shout Out
In this episode, I tell another cautionary tale where a whole family was verbally thrown under the bus. Then I start a new segment of the show called "Street Performer Shout Out".
November 4, 2018
Episode 26 - The Headliner & Weber's Rules 2
In this episode, I talk about one of - if not THE - worst performance I ever witnessed. Then I continue with the last three of Michael Weber's 6 Golden Rules.
October 28, 2018
Episode 25 - Light Pole & Weber's Rules
In this episode, I tell a story about a coincidence where death may have been averted by myself and others. Then I delve into Michael Weber's Six Golden Rules.
October 21, 2018
Episode 24 - Being Magic-y & The Kakaa
In this episode, I sort of combine the story and rant section throughout as I speak on the dangers of being too absorbed with the magic and the story of my friend finding the right piece of silly.
October 14, 2018
Episode 23 - Eugene Burger & Monkey See Monkey Do
This episode is a tribute to another magician who has left us, Eugene Burger. Then I rant about the monkey see, monkey do nature of trick selection.
October 7, 2018
Episode 22 -Nola Publicity & Warpo On Exposure
In this episode, I talk about some publicity I received in New Orleans along with an approach to new cities I visit. The rant centers on my friend Warpo and an incident in Kansas concerning exposure and being a great audience member.
September 30, 2018
Episode 21 - The Man In The Square & The Back Palm
In this episode, I talk about an instance in Jackson Square which helped spark who the character of Dartagnan became. Then I rant about the "back palm", a move often misused and maligned by context-free idiocy.
September 23, 2018
Episode 20 - The Magician's Magician & All Roads Lead To
In this episode, I tell a story about meeting one of my favorite magicians and then I rant about what to focus on from a with a tale about a marketing guru.
September 16, 2018
Episode 19 - Utah problems & mercenary trips
In this episode, I tell a story about a self-inflicted problem I had in Utah. Then I talk about performing in new destinations on the fly.
September 9, 2018
Episode 18 - Abbotts & Etiquette
In this episode, I tell the story of an intriguing performance I did at the Abbott's Get Together a few years back. Then at the request of another performer, I talk about street performing etiquette.
September 2, 2018
Episode 17 - In Search Of Merlin & 3 Crutches
In this episode, I tell the story of hunting for street magician Merlin in Aspen, CO. Then I rant about 3 crutches any street magician should avoid in their first few years (at least).
August 26, 2018
Episode 16 - The Last of the Street Magicians & A2 Art Fair Events
In this episode, I dive into an article from the early 1900's on remarkable street magician Professor Du Payne. Then I talk about the Ann Arbor Street Fair, street etiquette and my friend the Violin Monster.
August 19, 2018
Episode 15 - Miracle in Du Monde & YouTube
In this episode, I tell a story about a time I performed inside the world famous Cafe Du Monde. Then I rant about trying to learn magic from YouTube.
August 12, 2018
Episode 14 - Cherries For All & Turn Over The Shows
n this episode, I talk about my experience at the Traverse City Cherry Festival. Then I rant about cutting your learning curve at the beginning.
August 5, 2018
Episode 13 - Meeting Mullica & The Reveal
In this episode I tell the story of meeting consummate performer Tom Mullica when we worked at the Abbott's Get-Together. Then I continue my assault on presentation-less, slacker "magic" and offer the beginning of a solution.
July 29, 2018
Episode 12 - Warpo & The Low Bar
In this episode, I riff on the first time I met French Quarter Magician Warpo. Then I rant about how the low bar of modern magic allows people to stumble over it with weak, presentation-less hackery. #magic #magician #busker #streetperformer #timetravel #timetraveler #magicshow #magicfromwherever
July 22, 2018
Episode 11 - R.I.P. Cmdr. Paul Bauer
This episode is dedicated to Paul Bauer, a police Commander in Chicago who I had a run-in with a few years ago. Recently he was killed in the line-of-duty. #magic #magician #streetperformer #busker #timetravel #timetraveler #magicshow #chicago #police #magicfromwherever
July 15, 2018
Episode 10 - Jimmy Returns & Ann Arbor Green Fair
In this episode, I tell a story about Jimmy Talksalot coming back to New Orleans and seeing my show. Then I rant about the oppressive, anti-freedom, anti-free speech Green fair in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the idiots who oppress others. #magic #magician #magicfromwherever #timetravel #timetraveler #streetperformer #streetmagic #busker #magicshow #annarbor #a2 #freedom #freespeech #oppression
July 8, 2018
Episode 9 - Eric Evans, Jimmy Talksalot & Nashville
In this episode I talk about meeting Eric Evans, seeing my first street magic show live via Jimmy Talksalot and then I rant about Nashville, Tennessee and the climate there for street performing. Hopefully, the new mayor will finally stand up for free speech and people's rights. #magic #magician #timetravel #timetraveler #streetperformer #busker #magicfromwherever #nashville #nashvegas #freedom #freespeech #civilrights #musiccity
July 1, 2018
Episode 8 - The Tomato Caper & Scooping
In this episode I tell the "Tomato Caper" story and then I rant about move monkeys and why people in magic need to progress from covetous tool-keeper to real magician. #magic #magician #busker #streetperformer #timetravel #timetraveler #tomato #scooping #magicfromwherever
June 24, 2018
Episode 7 - 2 Kinds Of Street Performers & The "House-less"
This episode, which *WARNING* may be VERY unpopular...I talk about the two kinds of street performers (really the two kinds of people) and I also pull back the curtain on the homeless. Can you handle the truth? #magic #magicians #streetperformer #busker #timetraveler #timetravel #georgecarlin #houselessness #magicshow #magicfromwherever
June 17, 2018
Episode 6 - Golden Gifts & Trampling Your Own Rights
In Episode 6 I talk about one particular performance I witnessed a few years back where the audience gave the performer an amazing gift. The gift of character direction. Would you accept such a gift? I also rant about people who attempt to drive off performers from public streets are in fact destroying their OWN rights. #magic #magician #timetravel #timetraveler #streetperformer #busker #civilrights #publicspaces #Nashville #freedom #oppression #magicfromwherever #podcast
June 10, 2018
Nono & The Great Wilsoni
This is a special bonus episode of the podcast which serves as a tribute to two recently fallen friends. #magic #magician #timetravel #timetraveler #streetperformer #busker #magicfromwherever #greatwilsoni #Nono
June 6, 2018
Episode 5 - Audience First & You're Not A Magician If You Do This
Episode 5 of "Magic From Wherever I'm At" with Dartagnan. This epsiode delves into why magic should be done with and for people, not AT them. Who the show is for and why "magicians" often fail at this part. ALso, I rant about people who should stop calling themselves "magicians" because of sins against the art made in public. #magic #magician #busker #streetperformer #timetravel #timetraveler #magicfromwherever
June 1, 2018
Episode 4 - Massive Performance Lesson & It Ain't the Tricks
Episode 4 of "Magic From Wherever I'm At" with Dartagnan. This episode I tell the story of one show in particular in Ocean City, MD which taught me a valuable lesson. The power of iteration and performing intuition. Also, I rant about why tricks don't matter - your presentation is so damn crucial. #magic #magician #busker #streetperformer #timetravel #timetraveler #magicfromwherever
June 1, 2018
Episode 3 - My First Days In Street Magic & YouTube "Magic"
Back for Episode 3 of "Magic Wherever I'm At" with Dartagnan. This episode I get into why street magic is so different and my first days on the street. I also rant about YouTube and why most magic on there (especially teaching) is like cancer to your learning curve #magic #magician #busker #streetperformer #timetravel #timetraveler #youtube #oceancity
June 1, 2018
Episode 2 - Michigan, Kids Parties and Shambolic Tulips
Back with Episode 2 of "Magic From Wherever I'm At" with Dartagnan. This episode I talk about the fact I'm in Michigan for the summer, I performed at my first kids party and I bash Holland, MI, and their veiled "support" for REAL street performers. (tsk, tsk.) n#magic #magician #hollandMI #busker #streetperformer #timetraveler #timetravel #tulipfestival
June 1, 2018
Episode 1 - What This Podcast Is & My Definition Of A Real Magician
Who is Dartagnan? What is this podcast about? "Magic From Wherever I'm At" with your host professional street magician Dartagnan. In this inaugural episode, I talk about what I'm intending for releasing this podcast and I also strike to the very heart of a matter I have given a lot of thought about. What is the definition of a REAL magician? It's time to pull out the mirror. #magic #magician #streetperformer #busker #timetravel #timetraveler
June 1, 2018
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