Ricky Smith has some chops. From creating the Cherry Control to the classic Any Card At Any Vowel, Ricky is super talented, but doesn't come into the spotlight much, preferring his underground bunker.
To celebrate the release of two sets of notes, we persuaded him to chat with us. Enjoy.
Today's guest started off as a street performing mime and ended up as one of the most-loved stage magicians in the world. Find out how Tina Lenart went from a raggedy ann doll to where she is today. Along the way we talk about creativity, character, the time she spent with Andy Kaufman and so much more.
Not seen in magic for about ten years, this is the first interview in, well, a very long time with the amazing Ben Harris. We discuss piracy, his love of levitations, his sometimes controversial marketing and his new book, Machinations.
OK, yes, it's slightly shorter than the usual 30 minutes. But that's just the way it goes with a 2 parter.
It's part 2 of the interview with Piff. It's Piff. It's hilarious. That's all you need to know.
The single most chaotic and hilarious episode of the show yet. The initial recording ran for almost an hour, so rather than cut out any, I've decided to break tradition and make this a two parter. Tune in next week for part two.
My guest today has done it all. Won The Magic Circle’s close up magician of the year not once, but three times, Fool Us twice, lots of other TV appearances including Paul Daniels’ show. He’s put out many amazing DVDs including Tapestry of Deception and the Classic Magic of Michael Vincent. It is, of course, Mike Vincent.
We chat about his incredible mentors, Alan Alan flying him to New York to meet Slydini, why the Classics of magic work today, how magic stopped him being bullied at school, how he nearly gave up magic altogether and more.
As promised, here's a link to his Instagram: Fuji Warrior
Today's guest is probably your favorite magician's favorite magician.
He’s considered one of the most influential thinkers in the world of magic. He’s performed at The Magic Castle, every major Las Vegas casino and elite private parties and high end corporate dos. Penn & Teller refer to his performance as one of the most subtle and diabolical in the world of magic. It’s none other than Mr Paul Vigil.
Paul and I chat about his time at The Retreat, a lecture for 3 people in a Las Vegas hotel bedroom (yes, really), he shares a Johnny Thompson story, a Channing Pollock story and talks about what it means to be "fooled by a gentleman".
John Lovick is my guest today. We talk about what a director brings to a magic performance, what good magic looks like, his Penn and Teller memorabilia collection, why being limited by a character is good for creativity and The Magic Castle.
Ryan Plunkett, a Founding Ensemble Member and Regular Performer at the Chicago Magic Lounge takes some time to talk with us about how limiting yourself increases your creativity, Chicago, his first book, his new book and lots more besides.
A New Angle
Today's guest is a actual real-life professor. An academic. A magician. A skeptic. A viral video creator. An author of best-selling books and proper scientific papers. It’s the one and only Professor Richard Wiseman.
In this episode we talk about skepticism, viral videos, his early days in magic and books, a magic show with no performer, his appearance in a Queen video and the best hack you'll ever hear for checking your presentation software is working properly.
Here's the video he's in. Can you spot his arm?
Today, David Kaye and I talk about his philosophy for kids’ magic, why many magicians look down upon people that do magic for children, how to construct a “good” routine for kids, who he rates and what “adult” magicians can learn from kids’ magician.
Here are the people he mentions that he rates:
And here are his social links. He’s only just started this, so show him some love and give him a follow:
And here is where you can buy his stuff:
My guest today was born and raised in Tel Aviv and now lives in New York.
He is one of magic’s most influential thinkers and performers.
He’s David Blaine’s favourite magician.
It’s the one and only, Asi Wind.
Follow him on the Instagrams: https://www.instagram.com/asiwind/
Welcome to Season 3!
If I listed all of my guest’s accomplishments now, we wouldn’t have time for any questions. He won young magician of the year and is now a gold star member of the inner magic circle. Along with huge success performing on stage and television, he also invents and creates magic for stage, film and television. He’s made cars appear and also made flies appear. He’s done BGT, AGT The Champions, performed as part of the Impossible ensemble in the west end, dubai, singapore and the philippines, his act has also graced the royal albert hall, the london palladium and wembley arena. His creations have been seen in dozens of West End plays. He taught magic to Gandalf.
David Walliams described him as the “living embodiment of magic”.
Buy The Darkest Corners here: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic-books/the-darkest-corners/
Morgan And West are back on the show. And the world is a better place for it. We chat about their science show, material selection, how to find the one special trick that defines who you are going to be and of course, their new book "Parlour Tricks" which is being released tomorrow, March 10th 2020.
It's Karl Hein! Hugely busy worker, creator, founding father of modern Rubik's Cube magic, regular at The Magic Castle.
If you want to save $200 on his exclusive download bundle, act quickly, the saving is only valid for a week. Normal price will be $300. This week only, you can grab over 11 hours of real world worker material for just $99. Right here: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/card-magic-downloads/karl-hein-download-bundle/
Tom Crosbie has done many Edinburgh shows with pun-tastic titles such as Nerd World Problems, You Can’t Polish A Nerd, and Nerd Do Well where he was nominated as 'Act Most Likely to Make a Million Quid' in the Malcolm Hardee Awards! He got his flight time out in Europe working for Rodney James Piper, then Matt Wright. He’s successfully transitioned to close up nerdy magician to a busy professional stage worker, where he not only embraces his inner nerd, it is his whole act. It's Tom Crosbie!
The second of three podcasts recorded live at The Session 2020, in London.
Rune Klan is an incredible performer and in this episode we talk about honesty, creativity, improvisation, openers, and his new show about to tour his native Denmark.
I mentioned I'd post a link to his amazing YouTube mini series: TrickyLeaks. So I have.
Winner of the Hong Kong Close Up Magic Open, Asia Magic Association Close Up Magic Content, FISM Asia winner, FISM Italy winner, TV star and hugely successful corporate entertainer as well as the person responsible for kick starting the entire genre of rubik’s cube magic, it’s Henry Harrius!
Henry tips in some detail what he'll be lecturing about this coming weekend at The Session as well as discusses how to improve your magic, how piracy has impacted him, and once or twice we talk about cubes.
Follow Henry on Instagram.
Here it is. Our Holiday Special. Yes, it's over 30 minutes, but you listen to it and tell me what I should have cut out? :)
What you are here for, in these show notes, is the video of the race.
Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bW7rraZfFc
Suck it up, George. LOOOOOOSER.
Hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed recording it.
If I get time, I will drop the rap onto a beat.
Magician, creator, consultant, director, winner of the AMA Close up magician of the year and the man who brought the world tiny plunger, it’s Jon Armstrong.
This show has a lot of insights, but one REALLY useful bit of information about making a commercial comedy magic prop your own. Worth the price of admission just for that.
Magician, author, creator, TV presenter, performer, producer, film maker, it’s Paul Wilson. We chat about Tamariz, TV Magic and a prank he pulled on our very own Joshua Jay...
Please also see the accompanying blog post for your free copy of the notes referred to in the show.
It's episode 50!
Today I'm joined by Simon Coronel and Nick Paul, the hosts Two Magicians. One Mic. Between them, they’ve been on Conan, Netflix’s Magic for Humans, won FISM, Fooled Penn and Teller and are awfully, awfully existential.
"Hey Dawg, I heard you like magic podcasts, so I put a magic podcast inside your magic podcast."
In this week’s episode Scott Robinson talks with us about his creative process, a soft touch, TRICS, Sleight Club, how to make a move your own and - of course - his new book “Pure Imagination”. Launched last weekend at TRICS, the book sold out immediately. It officially hits the magic stores tomorrow (12th November 2019).
Scott's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottroms
TRICS : https://www.facebook.com/tricsconvention/
Nikola Arkane is best known in her native Northern Ireland as a children's magician. Indeed, she is the only professional female magician there. She also is a close up performer and has recently won two IBM competitions and recently performed for a week in the close up room at The Magic Castle.
We chat about her first and worst ever gig, the issues she had performing close up initially, her love of music and her new book all about the practical side of running a children's magic business.
This is an amazing episode. You'll learn so much about performance. How important a breath is. Why being interested is better than being interesting. Why clowns have red noses.
Avner started learning his art in the 70s, in Paris, and kindly shares a great deal of what he has learned over the years.
If you enjoy the show, we'd love it if you told a magician friend or two.
Today, we have the creator of "Socks" and "Priceless", Michel Hout. Michel is a busy corporate magician and offers some amazing insights into that world in this episode. Also, the story about the creation of "Priceless" is worth the price of admission alone. Enjoy.
(There were a couple of technical issues with this week's show - some stray pops and clicks and weirdness. I fixed them as best I could - hope it doesn't interfere with your enjoyment of the show).
He's tall. He's Scottish. He's done Edinburgh Fringe for 28 consecutive years and made a profit each year. That's remarkable. In this episode, Ian shares all he has learnt from doing oh so many Fringe shows. You'd do well to listen when Ian speaks. You're likely to learn something.
Here's his Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iankendallmagic/
Oh, and in the show he mentions Isis. That is my daughter, not the terrorist organisation - just to avoid confusion.
Eric and I talk about making magic videos every day for a year, how YouTube landed him not one, but two highly successful TV gigs, the crossover between adult and kid magic, and a whole load more besides.
Mike Pisciotta has won Close-Up Magician of the Year in the AMAs not once but twice. Then, he went and won Parlor Magician of the Year. He estimates he's done 10,000 shows as The Magic Castle's resident bar magician down in The Hat and Hare.
In this episode we talk about flight time, what's important in Mike's magic, how he selects material, and there's even a saucy celeb story. Enjoy.
Daniel Prado is a professional musician by day, and amazing magician by night. He's created some stunning effects, including BURN. In this podcast we chat about invisibility, practise, table faros, making your own peanut butter and being a control freak.
He's got big hands. He's tall. He bakes very impressive cake-related things. Oh, and he does the odd card trick too. It's Denis Behr!
As promised, the links to his crediting projects:
and Herbert's fan page:
You may well not know his name. But Peter Clifford is an actor, director, writer and magician. He's consulted for years for Derren Brown, has consulted for David Blaine, for Morgan and West and now, for you. In this podcast, if you listen, he tells you exactly how to elevate you magic from the run of the mill magicians. It's fascinating stuff. Not easy, no shortcuts, but he gives you the formula and methodology for how you can make you magic better. Much, much better. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did recording it.
Peter has some notes available for a crisp British tenner. You can get them by emailing him and asking nicely. email@example.com
An unusual episode. Today, the show is an interview Joshua Jay did with an incredible magician called Werner Reich.
Mr Reich survived the Nazi concentration camps - through magic. His story is fascinating and is brought to you to help promote our charity ShareMagic. You can find out more about the good work we do here: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/charity/
One of the things the charity does is a Youth Scholarship to Magifest. If you'd like to help send a young magician to the convention, please visit the link about - every cent helps. Or, you could also help by sending any young magicians you know the link to apply for the scholarship. There's more information about that here: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/blog/magifest-2020-youth-scholarship
Tom Elderfield. Magician. Creator. Consultant. Actor.
Tom shares a lot in this episode. He explains his whole game plan for Instagram. He explains how to be creative. He explains how to get your work in front of the people you want to see it. And he changed my mind on the use of gimmicks.
He's one smart cookie and I know you'll enjoy the show.
Follow him here: https://www.instagram.com/tomelderfield/
In this week's episode, the mystery of why 8 faros returns the deck to original order is explained. As well as other interesting math(s) things. And magic. And jazz. And of course Matt's excellent book The Buena Vista Shuffle Club.
Well. What can I say. It's Williamson.
I broke my 30 minute rule for this one, as I couldn't find 9 minutes to cut out of this. I didn't think you'd all mind, well, because, Williamson.
David was up at 8.30am to share some stories, offer advice and we get insight into how he Williamson-ises a trick. I know you're going to enjoy listening to this as much as I enjoyed recording it.
In the show we break some important news about The Session and Magifest. To book your tickets (and it WILL sell out), get in now: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic-conventions/
Welcome to this week's episode of The Insider. This week we interview magician, academic and author of Experiencing the Impossible: The Science of Magic.
Despite Steinmeyer saying we're guarding an empty safe, some magicians feel that the book is an outrage because some very basic and widely known magic principles (ie, misdirection) are discussed in the book and his wider work in science. We hear from the horse's mouth what his views on this are. It's an interesting chat.
Not many in our field can really be called legendary. Max Maven can. So, I'm honoured to share with you a 30 minute chat I had with Max. We talk about what he thinks about current mentalism, the heydays of The Magic Castle, and his opinion on performers that claim they have real powers. Oh and his favourite pizza topping. Enjoy.
It's Monday. It's time for The Insider. Indianapolis' own Caleb Wiles joins me to chat about magic.
Caleb created the very first trick VI released. We talk about that, how he met Josh, his time on Fool Us and of course, his smash hit trick FACT. Enjoy.
We're 10 years old! So this is a special episode where Andi interviews Josh, then Josh interviews Andi.
There's 10% off everything on site. And a free download bundle with 10 tricks that span our history. Thank you for your support. https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/sales/2019-ten-years/
Fool Us, Ted, Yale, Vegas. Jen Kramer has done so much. Hear her chat about all that and her favourite pizza topping in this week's The Insider.
Here's a link to Magicians Without Borders that Jen mentioned in the show.
As I imagine most of you know, Anthony Owen tragically died last Friday. In the episode, Anthony himself says that when you have a deadline, you deliver what you need to deliver. Be it a TV show, book or podcast. Andi and the rest of the team were sure this was the right thing to do.
So, here is a thirty minute chat with Anthony. About his book, his life, his work, and, sadly, the things he was looking forward to.
Hope this serves as a suitable bookmark for his life.
Recorded live at The Session 2019, Dominic Twose, A.I.M.C, is my guest this week. Yes, you may not know his name. But, this episode is well worth listening too. Dominic was one of Fred Robinson's only pupils and Dom talks about how they met, what lessons were like with Fred and what it was like in the London magic scene at that time. Hanging out with Pat Page, Alex Elmsley, Gordon Bruce and more. He shares a great story about Gordon too. We go on to discuss how he got to write the indices for the Cervon Notebooks and be asked to write a brand new book of Cervon material. Finally we chat about his first magic book, Impromptu Secrets and how that came about. Enjoy.
He's really polite. He does amazing dove magic. He's won IBM Stage Magician of the Year. The Magic Circle's Stage Magician of the Year. And he's been part of a hugely successful magic touring show, The Masters of Illusion.
Join us as Edward talks about doves, meeting your heroes and sitting on the floor with Chris Kenner doing a coins across routine.
This week, I get the chance to chat with an actual Viking. Caroline Ravn. She does sell out tours, TED talks, and makes her own decks of custom cards.
Here's some links to keep up with her work:
Oh, and if you want a chance to win a custom, possibly signed deck of Caroline's cards, just post #IWannaWinARavnDeck on the post on our social media announcing this episode. Caroline will pick a winner in 48 hours. Only one deck is available. Caroline will decide the winner. No cash substitute and all that jazz.
Seems fitting that after the passing of Johnny Thompson over the weekend I put out this episode of The Insider with Jamy Ian Swiss. Jamy literally wrote the book on Thompson and talks about him briefly in this week's show.
We also cover why magic sucks, the importance of your feet, American Gods and the Chicago Magic scene.
Welcome. Another Monday, another edition of The Insider.
This week our guest is Brad Henderson. A person that gets annoyed a lot on the internet. And someone that actually *thinks* about magic. A magician, hypnotist, mentalist and collector of really weird "stuff".
You can keep up with Brad on his Instagram page.
The audio is a bit different this week because this episode was recorded live at Magifest 2019. I let Brad have my nice mic. Hope it still sounds OK!
Steve Cohen, the millionaire's magician, joins us on the line this week from New York where his show Chamber Magic has been running for over 20 years.
Steve talks with us about his graphic novel , lasagne, and his Astonishing Essay "Evergreen".
During the chat, Steve mentions a book that I said I would drop a link in the shownotes. So here it is: The Music Lesson.
Steve Faulkner. Dad, juggler, escapologist, magician, trainer, reviewer and all round good bloke has a chat with us about why he is so tired, dealing with haters and what is important in a magic review show.
Oh, and there is a bit of a bombshell in here too, but you have to listen to find out what that is.
Zabrecky is the first magician that made me cry with laughter when I saw him at the first Genii Bash.
I'd never seen magic presented like that.
In this episode of the show, I talk with Rob about all sorts of things. His character, what's inside the box, the importance of acting in magic and his new book, The A to Zs of Magic. The book is part of Vanishing Inc.'s Astonishing Essays series which drops on the 15th of February.
Buckle up, you're in for a treat.
A special episode of the show with Vanishing Inc. co-founder, Andi Gladwin.
In the show, Andi talks all about Edward G. Brown. A magician that has sadly been almost forgotten about despite Vernon saying he "the finest sleight of hand magician in the country."
Andi tells me about the man, his magic and why he thinks the material is so worthy of study today. He bought the rights to the book from The Magic Circle and Vanishing Inc. have released it, along with Andi's notes in the form of a Study Guide to accompany the book. (Which has an unpublished Vernon trick in).
The books will be available here: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic/magic-books/the-card-magic-of-edward-g-brown/ after 8pm GMT on the 4th of February.
In this week's show we talk about magic and marketing, magic and business, magic and music and, of course, magic. With none other than John Guastaferro.
If you don't have his amazing One Degree book you can get a free samplers of it here: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic-downloads/ebooks/one-degree-sampler/
And you can follow John on the social things here:
Sarah and David Trustman, creators of The Memory Arts, talk about how easy they've made it to memorize a stack. They even convinced me to finally learn a stack!
Their brand new expansion pack for poker hands is out today. Check it out here: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic-downloads/ebooks/the-memory-arts-expansion-pack-3/
Get the original here: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic-downloads/mentalism-downloads/the-memory-arts/
And keep up with what this amazing duo are up to: www.trustmancreations.com
In this week's episode, we chat with DMC about his hit series Death By Magic on Netflix, how he feels about "the internet's" claims on his reliance on actors, how his own brand of cards came about and his early days as a jobbing close-up magician.
He's worked with Blaine, Brown, Troy and others. He makes the best iOS apps. And, he's really really nice. Listen to this short chat with Marc and find out about his views on piracy, borrowing his ideas, challenging customer service and The Session.
A festive and happy John Archer chats with us his Christmas organisational skills, Fool Us, comedy, touring with Tim Vine, his soon to be released Collared 2.0 and his love of The Session. And some strange beeping.
Messrs Morgan and West take time out of their busy schedule to chat with me about character, scripting, children's magic, Decoded and why The Session is their favourite convention. Do me a favour, please leave a review of the podcast or tell a magician friend about it. It would mean a lot.
Instagram celebrity, physics teacher, card magician and all round good egg Harapan Ong chats with me about Instagram, his series "Fully Booked", how he approaches studying books and, of course, his brand new release Principia.