Magic From Wherever I'm At
The podcast for thinking magicians. Professional street magician Dartagnan regales with tales of people, places, and situations from the road as well as delving into the true nature of the performing art of magic.
Are you still performing tricks? Unlock the Path to Real Magic: magicfromwherever.com/secretgate
Are you still performing tricks? Unlock the Path to Real Magic: magicfromwherever.com/secretgate
Episode 147 - Warm Fuzzy Blanket
Today's episode returns to the classroom in The School of Wonder - and Tommy Wonder's thoughts on "The Sensitivity of the Audience."
May 30, 2021
Episode 146 - Howdunnit
In this episode, we hear from the "Master of Suspense," Alfred Hitchcock, and the delineation between mystery and suspense - which points up the chasm between trickery and Magic.
May 16, 2021
Episode 145 - Facta non Verba
This episode delves into the Nassim Taleb book "Skin in the Game" and how its ideas inform magic and its practitioners. Have you read "The Secret Gate: Unlock the Path to Real Magic." magicfromwherever.com/secretgate Music: Moonlight Hall by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4077-moonlight-hall License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Epic Unease by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3714-epic-unease License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
April 25, 2021
Episode 144 - The F in Dysfunction
This episode brings us back to the School of Wonder - digging into the work and wisdom of Tommy Wonder. This time I draw from Vol. II of The Books of Wonder - "Our Big Happy Family." Unlock the Path to Real Magic Music: Moonlight Hall by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4077-moonlight-hall License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Epic Unease by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3714-epic-unease License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
April 18, 2021
Episode 143 - Salto Mortale
Today's episode continues my dive into a few excerpts from Seth Godin's book "The Practice: Shipping Creative Work." magicfromwherever.com/secretgate Music by: Moonlight Hall by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4077-moonlight-hall License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Epic Unease by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3714-epic-unease License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
April 11, 2021
Episode 142 - It's A Trap
In this episode, I discuss a scam someone tried to pull on me recently and Seth Godin's book "The Practice: Shipping Creative Work." magicfromwherever.com Music: Moonlight Hall by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4077-moonlight-hall License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Epic Unease by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3714-epic-unease License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
March 28, 2021
Episode 141 - Ben Robinson V - The Finale
The close to my conversation with NYC magician Ben Robinson concerning the magician as bartender and the future of magic. magicfromwherever.com/secretgate illusiongenius.com Music by: Moonlight Hall by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4077-moonlight-hall License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Epic Unease by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3714-epic-unease License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
March 21, 2021
Episode 140 - Ben Robinson IV
A continuation of my conversation with NYC magician Ben Robinson as we dig into more ideas serious magicians care about. magicfromwherever.com/secretgate illusiongenius.com Music: Moonlight Hall by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4077-moonlight-hall License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Epic Unease by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3714-epic-unease License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
March 14, 2021
Episode 139 - Ben Robinson III
The third part of my conversation with NYC magician Ben Robinson concerning magic, mentorship, paying it forward, and the global pandemic. magicfromwherever.com illusiongenius.com Music by: Moonlight Hall by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4077-moonlight-hall License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Epic Unease by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3714-epic-unease License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
March 7, 2021
Episode 138 - Ben Robinson II
The continuation of my recent interview with NYC magician Ben Robinson on all matters magic, street performing, and the global pandemic. magicfromwherever.com/secretgate Music: Moonlight Hall by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4077-moonlight-hall License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Epic Unease by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/3714-epic-unease License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
February 28, 2021
Episode 137 - Ben Robinson I
This is the first part of a new series made from an almost 4-hour interview with my friend, New York City magician Ben Robinson.
February 21, 2021
Episode 136 - Where Tricksters Never Dare
Today's episode features thoughts from Ricky Jay and a re-focus on deception not being the end goal of a magician... and what is.
February 14, 2021
Episode 135 - Burn Phoenix Burn
The first podcast of 2021 talks about risk, putting yourself out there, and how that is connected to the responsibility you have as a performer which may be of a greater magnitude than you first imagined. Get the answer to the oldest, most pernicious, and insoluble problem in the history of magic here. magicfromwherever.com Music by: "Moonlight Hall" Kevin Macleod (incompetech.filmmusic.io) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ "Epic Unease" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.filmmusic.io) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
January 10, 2021
Episode 134 - Throwback Edition: Ben Robinson Part 2
Part 2 of my throwback Takeover Tuesday interview with my friend, Ben Robinson. Ben Robinson's website THE SECRET GATE
December 6, 2020
Episode 133 - Throwback Edition: Ben Robinson Part 1
Today's episode is another throwback to an earlier Takeover Tuesday podcast where I interviewed my friend, Ben Robinson. Part 1 of 2. Ben Robinson's Website THE SECRET GATE
November 29, 2020
Episode 132 - Throwback Edition: An Interview with author Luke Smitherd
This special edition of the podcast is a re-issue of an interview with author Luke Smitherd. I picked up a copy of his book "The Stone Man" back in 2014 and couldn't put it down. My friend Carlos and I had a marketing podcast at the time titled "Takeover Tuesday." So we interviewed Luke about his writing, the journey to indie success, and more... >>>>>> Get your copy of The Stone Man here >>>>>> Check out The Secret Gate: Unlock the Path to Real Magic here
November 22, 2020
Episode 131 - The Secret Gate Livestream Launch
This podcast episode is the audio of the livestream launch of my new book "The Secret Gate" from Monday, November 10th, 2020. You can watch the livestream here >>> https://youtu.be/pQa0t8hSAks
November 15, 2020
Episode 130 - The Secret Gate: Preface Edition
In this special episode, I read the preface to my new book on magic theory - "The Secret Gate"
November 1, 2020
Episode 129 - The Secret Gate Special Prelude
In this special episode, a prelude to the release of my new book "The Secret Gate", I am interviewed by my friend Dr. Hemlock. It's the first 20-ish minutes of a 2.5-hour interview conducted for the release of the book.
October 25, 2020
Episode 128 - No Ordinary Magic Part 3
The final chapter of my interview with Eileen McFalls, author of the memoir "No Ordinary Magic." noordinarymagic.com
October 18, 2020
Episode 127 - No Ordinary Magic Part 2
The second installment of my interview with Eileen McFalls, author of "No Ordinary Magic." A memoir of her time traveling and performing with legendary street magician Jim Cellini.
October 11, 2020
Episode 126 - No Ordinary Magic Part 1
Part 1 of a 3-part interview with the author of "No Ordinary Magic", Eileen McFalls. noordinarymagic.com
October 4, 2020
Episode 125 - A Time When Silence is Betrayal
In this episode, we return to the classroom of the School Of Wonder in order to discuss the idea of silent performing.
September 27, 2020
Episode 124 - Only the Wise Can See Them
I snuck in a 4th part of the wisdom of the late Eugene Burger. This episode contains an awesome piece of advice I often see grossly neglected.
September 20, 2020
Episode 123 - The Naughty Santa Speaks
This is part 3 of a 3-part series on the timeless wisdom of the late magician Eugene Burger.
September 13, 2020
Episode 122 - You Must Rehearse the Show
In Part 2 of a 3-part series, this episode continues with more timeless advice from the late Eugene Burger.
September 6, 2020
Episode 121 - These Aren't Stunts
Part 1 of a 3-part series on timeless advice from Eugene Burger.
August 30, 2020
Episode 120 - The Harmonious Whole
Today's episode concerns two articles of advice imparted to performers by the celebrated magician David Devant.
August 23, 2020
Episode 119 - Along the Extra Mile
Today's episode is a restatement of the core principles of the podcast, including another angle on "do the work." Also, an announcement which will impact the future of this podcast.
August 16, 2020
Episode 118 - The Best Place To Start
In this episode, I add up the ideas of recent podcasts. I discuss what these podcasts suggest in totality and the direct actions to take if you truly desire to create Magic and authentically claim the title of Magician.
August 9, 2020
Episode 117 - A Conversation with Brad Henderson Part 3
Part 3 of my 3-part interview with Austin, TX magician Brad Henderson.
August 2, 2020
Episode 116 - A Conversation with Brad Henderson Part 2
Part 2 of my 3-part interview with Austin, TX magician Brad Henderson.
July 26, 2020
Episode 115 - A Conversation with Brad Henderson Part 1
Part 1 of a 3-part interview with Austin, TX magician Brad Henderson.
July 19, 2020
Episode 114 - An Up-All-Night Success
The final episode exploring Steven Pressfield's book, "Nobody wants To Read Your Sh*t." Including ideas of "the most heinous crime" commonly committed with magic patter & the truth behind "overnight" success.
July 12, 2020
Episode 113 - Go Toward The Suffering
In this episode I dispense with even the usual introduction and instead dive right back into mining the gold from Steven Pressfield’s book, “Nobody Wants To Read Your Sh*t.”
July 7, 2020
Episode 112 - Create Your Own Collage
This episode continues focus on Steven Pressfield's book "Nobody Wants To Read Your Sh*t." Specifically, the ideas of creative repurposing and theme.
June 28, 2020
Episode 111 - Nobody Wants To See Your Show
In this episode, I discuss Steven Pressfield's book "Nobody Wants To Read Your Sh*t", and share the main idea most "magicians" have entirely bassackwards.
June 21, 2020
Episode 110 - Out of the Shadow
In this episode, I dig back into "Turning Pro" by Steven Pressfield to show that focusing on the tricks in Magic is a shadow-activity, holding you back from truly exploring, understanding, and improving your performance of Magic.
June 14, 2020
Episode 109 - All Your Excuses Are Lies
In this episode, we're back into the classroom of The School Of Wonder - this time uniting the ideas of Tommy Wonder with those of Steven Pressfield and Jocko Willink/Leif Babin.
June 7, 2020
Episode 108 - Listen Said The Butterfly
This episode is an effort to reinforce the takeaways from all the podcasts to date, embodied both literally and figuratively in the metaphor of the butterfly effect.
May 31, 2020
Episode 107 - The Fitzkee Finale
The final episode of the series exploring "Showmanship For Magicians" by Dariel Fitzkee.
May 24, 2020
Episode 106 - Darkness Rises & Light To Meet It
This episode, a celebration of a birthday I share with Dariel Fitzkee, was broadcast via livestream. It has it's own video intro which won't make as much sense in this audio-only version. You can access the full video livestream at... https://bit.ly/106fitzkee
May 17, 2020
Episode 105 - First-Rate Version Of Yourself
In this episode, we're back pulling nuggets out of Dariel Fitzkee's "Showmanship For Magicians", including elements of originality and a classic book every performer should have already read.
May 10, 2020
Episode 104 - Everything Means Something
This episode continues the exploration of Dariel Fitzkee's "Showmanship For Magicians."
May 3, 2020
Episode 103 - The School Of Wonder 7
This week we take a reprieve from the Fitzkee flow and step back into the classroom of The School Of Wonder - tying several recent episodes together.
April 26, 2020
Episode 102 - The Essence of the Beautiful
"The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety" - W. Somerset Maugham. Sure, you can listen to me dig into Fitzkee's "Showmanship For Magicians"...but can you HEAR me.
April 19, 2020
Episode 101 - Stop Finding Paper
In this episode, I excavate deeper into Fitzkee's "Showmanship For Magicians." A magic book largely overlooked or poorly understood.
April 12, 2020
Episode 100 - The Devil Went Down To Georgia
This is the audio version of the Episode 100 Facebook livestream I did over at: bit.ly/100devil Go there to see the half-hour countdown video... and the one-minute Star Wars-themed intro (which you can hear on this version). "Moonlight Hall" Kevin Macleod (incompetech.filmmusic.io) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ "Epic Unease" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.filmmusic.io) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
April 7, 2020
Episode 99 - Burn Your Change Bag Now
This episode is a further excavation of the advice and ideas contained inside the pages of Dariel Fitzkee's "Showmanship For Magicians."
April 5, 2020
Episode 98 - Kids, Bohunks & Magic Nuts
In this episode, I dig into another book few magicians have managed to read or understand it seems..."Showmanship For Magicians" by Dariel Fitzkee.
March 29, 2020
Episode 97 - Better, Faster, More Magical Part 2
3 more ideas on becoming a better magician, faster (Part 2).
March 22, 2020
Episode 96 - Better, Faster, More Magical Part 1
In this episode, I give three major elements you can implement to get better as a magician, faster. (Part 1)
March 15, 2020
Episode 95 - Have You Seen This Muppet?
Today's episode deals with an encounter I had entering a new city and working a new pitch...and one type of person you may encounter in your travels.
March 8, 2020
Episode 94 - Shout 'Theater' In A Crowded Fire
This unexpected episode is all about outrage culture, free speech, and comedy. Also morons, idiots and other stupid people.
March 1, 2020
Episode 93 - The School Of Wonder 6
Another edition of The School Of Wonder, celebrating the work and wisdom of Tommy Wonder.
February 23, 2020
Episode 92 - War & Magic Part 4
The finale of my four-part interview with Eric Evans, nomadic street magician and co-author of "The Secret Art Of Magic." patreon.com/ericevans magicfromwherever.com
February 16, 2020
Episode 91 - War & Magic Part 3
Part three of a four-part interview with Eric Evans, nomadic street magician and co-author of "The Secret Art Of Magic." patreon.com/ericevans magicfromwherever.com
February 9, 2020
Episode 90 - War & Magic Part 2
Part two of a four-part interview with Eric Evans, nomadic street magician and co-author of "The Secret Art Of Magic." patreon.com/ericevans magicfromwherever.com
February 2, 2020
Episode 89 - War & Magic Part 1
Part one of a four-part interview with Eric Evans, nomadic street magician and co-author of "The Secret Art Of Magic." patreon.com/ericevans magicfromwherever.com
January 26, 2020
Episode 88 - The School Of Wonder 5
School is back in session! Another episode with an excerpt and discussion from the work and wisdom of Tommy Wonder.
January 19, 2020
A bonus episode wrapping up my analysis of "The Magic Rainbow" by Juan Tamariz. Funeral outro supplied by: https://www.facebook.com/ZurdaMusic
January 15, 2020
Episode 87 - And The Ugly
Part 3 of my review of The Magic Rainbow by Juan Tamariz.
January 12, 2020
Episode 86 - The Bad
The second part of my review of The Magic Rainbow by Juan Tamariz.
January 5, 2020
Episode 85 - The Good
Part one of a three-part series on The Magic Rainbow of Juan Tamariz.
December 29, 2019
Bonus 8 - FULL SPOILER REVIEWS - The Rise Of Skywalker & The Mandalorian Finale
SPOILERS!!!! Final Star Wars bonus episode where I completely review The Rise Of Skywalker and the finale of The Mandalorian.
December 28, 2019
The podcast is on Newtonmas break today and I wish you all happy holidays!
December 22, 2019
Bonus 7 - The Rise Of Skywalker Reaction (NO SPOILERS!)
My initial spoiler-free reaction after seeing it twice, back-to-back, on Friday, Dec. 20th
December 20, 2019
Bonus 6 - The Mandalorian
This bonus episode is the last before I see The Rise Of Skywalker on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. It's all about the Disney+ series The Mandalorian.
December 20, 2019
Bonus 5 - The Last Jedi
The 5th bonus episode leading up to The Rise Of Skywalker is all about The Last Jedi, my favorite of the Disney Star Wars movies so far.
December 19, 2019
Bonus 4 - The Force Awakens
The 4th bonus episode deals with The Force Awakens - the first Disney Star Wars film to kick off the last trilogy in the Skywalker saga.
December 18, 2019
Bonus 3 - Rogue One & Solo
This 3rd bonus episode deals with two of the newer Star Wars standalone films - Rogue One & Solo - as we move one day closer to the release of the Rise Of Skywalker.
December 17, 2019
Bonus 2 - The Prequels
The 2nd bonus episode leading up to the release of The Rise Of Skywalker - covering episodes I, II, III.
December 16, 2019
Bonus 1 - The Original Trilogy
The first bonus episode in the run-up to the release of The Rise Of Skywalker. This one delves into the original trilogy of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return Of The Jedi.
December 15, 2019
Episode 84 - School Of Wonder 4
The 4th installment of the School Of Wonder. Celebrating and discussing the work and wisdom of Tommy Wonder.
December 15, 2019
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. Dartagnanmagic@gmail.com
April 28, 2019
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 journey...in 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 there...you 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 dartagnanmagic.com
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 dartagnanmagic.com
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 dartagnanmagic.com
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 dartagnanmagic.com
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 dartagnanmagic.com
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 dartagnanmagic.com
June 1, 2018