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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.