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Every Magician Needs To Watch This And Then Think.

I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment of this short video from Derek DelGaudio and The Future of Storytelling.

Which was one reason I started my magic podcast

Besides telling stories from the last almost 6 years of performing magic on the street (mostly)…

I wanted to break down and unpack the disdain I have for most magic.

The above video and picture I cropped out of it…

signify the main problem…

which I gave a name and reference point for on the podcast.

Too many tricksters and not enough magicians.

The reality is magic isn’t about tricks, moves, methods…

it’s about the experience of the audience.

The connective way the performer creates this…

and the performer trying to communicate something bigger than just deceiving audience members.

When you see the average magician perform…

it’s the unending diarrhea of boring, visually obvious remarks mixed with…

meaningless tricks garnering only fleeting surprise.

Therefore Derek, like myself, believes this art has become maligned and denigrated through the hackneyed approach of “our own”…

the unthinking plagiarist who, in often the poorest of tastes, mimics the last 400 examples of the same trick.

It should be videos like this act as a clarion call to remove yourself from these weak practices and instead hoe your own road.

If you’ve followed the podcast at all, you’ll see I have highlighted many artists who fit the bill of distancing themselves from the mediocrity.

Artists such as Ricky Jay, Rene Lavand, Roberto Giobbi, Michael Weber and others forthcoming as the episodes continue to roll out.

Every day I see so-called “magicians” share videos like the one at the start of this post.

In fact, this is how I stumbled across this video

I see them like and agree with these kinds of assertions.

Yet when they perform…

there is absolutely nothing, zilch, zero…

of the thinking promoted here.

It isn’t present in any way, shape or form.

They seemingly know enough to parrot correct ideas.

So why not go the extra mile and DO IT?

This may forever remain a mystery. 

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The Magical Secrets Of Victorio De Pardú

In this Episode 79 teaser…

we catch the end of Rene Lavand’s “The Story of Victorio De Pardú.”

Sunday, November 10th…

Listen to the full episode HERE.

Until then… check out THIS

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The Maestro: Master Magician

This episode 79 teaser pays homage to a truly fantastic and influential performer.

The first time I saw this magician…

He mesmerized me.

Episode 79 is dedicated to this performer and is titled…


Tune in Sunday for this latest episode.

If you loved this… check this out

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Tension: A Weapon In The Magician’s Toolbox

In capable hands…

the ability to create moments of tension is a powerful weapon in the magician’s toolbox.

Every Sunday…

new episodes explore this and the deeper aspects of magic…

beyond moves and tricks.

If you liked this… check this out.

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Episode 78 – “The Kroger Precedent”

magician mentalist berglas

Episode 78 of the podcast deals with a weird story from a recent trip to the supermarket…

which I weave into an answer to a listener question about mentalism.

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“I Soderbergh’d” Magician Ricky Jay and his “52 Assistants”

From the email list…

So yesterday (Halloween)…

I sent an email where I linked to a special “version” of…

Raiders of the Lost Ark. 

It was a version in black & white with the original audio removed…

and replaced with an alternative instrumental track.

This was provided by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh on his website (linked below.)

Inspired by watching it again (the night before I shared it in the email)…

and a conversation with a fellow magician (and listener/email subscriber)…

I then “Soderbergh’d” Ricky Jay’s “52 Assistants.

So now you can learn about staging, in the context of a great magic show.

Contrast and compare techniques used in film and in theatre.

Off to the races…

If you want to see the black & white, alternative-audio version of  “52 Assistants”…

this is the kind of content I share in my FREE Dail Emails on improving your magic.

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Here’s the link to the Steven Soderbergh’s version of “Raiders” on his website…

Steven Soderbergh “Raiders”



Episode 77 – “The Graduate”

Episode 77 is here!

This episode deals with Roberto Giobbi’s latest book “Hidden Agenda”…

and musing on one of my favorite films.

The Magic Mayor of Jackson Square

In this Episode 12 teaser…

I talk about the first time I met the de facto mayor of Jackson Square in New Orleans…


Full episode HERE!

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A Magician Learns: The Rise of Skywalker Final Trailer

From today’s email…

I am writing this email…

moments from the release of the final trailer for…

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

I didn’t bother to watch any of the crap Monday Night Football game it’s being premiered during…

I just set reminders for my favorite YouTube channels and opened twitter right before halftime.

As a magician and a marketer…

these events are full of takeaways because they are mass, global events.

Just like the Avengers movies or Game of Thrones.

To understand their appeal gives you insight into how people think and act.

What greases their gears so to speak.

Only Tolkien’s work captured my imagination like Star Wars as a kid.

I would pretend to be Luke Skywalker…

Han Solo…


and more often…

Darth Vader…

in my backyard as a kid.

Many, many All Hallows Eve I had a lightsaber in my mitten’d, Canadian hands.

The re-start of these new movies ushered in a whole new generation of love for the brainchild of George Lucas.

I even have part of my street show swaddled in a Star Wars presentation.

Every day I see people wearing Star Wars tees.

The force is alive and well.

I have enjoyed the latest movies on an ever-increasing scale.

I enjoyed “The Force Awakens.”

I loved “The Last Jedi” even more.

and I’m looking forward to this “Final” installment of the Skywalker saga.

As I’m reading twitter…

people are firing up their home theaters.

Hanging on every new post and TV commercial.

The clock to halftime has ticked down.

Everyone is waiting.

I’m with 4000 other people on Collider waiting to see what’s up.


I just watched it 6 times.

Loved it.

The look of it is breathtaking.

One shot of Kylo is spectacular. The perfect beat for a magic show.

Which is really what all of this IS.

Begs more questions too…

which is exactly what it should do.

>>>>>> Click HERE and WATCH it for Yourself

May the force be with you, always…

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Double Magic Dose Sunday: Part 2

Free from food poisoning this is the 2nd part of Double Dose Sunday!

Enjoy listening to the many ways the work of Roberto Giobbi has impacted me.

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