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The Time I Met Merlin The Magician (Teaser)

Episode 17 Magic Podcast Teaser: The Time I Met Merlin The Magician

In this throwback teaser to Episode 17

I talk about my very first sighting of Merlin the Magician in Aspen, CO.

Traveling west that summer with a padawan in tow, we rolled into Aspen for two days en route to Las Vegas and Magic Live.

Seeing Merlin’s table propped up against a wall during the first day gave us hope we would encounter this mythical Aspen summer resident.

Contact established (eventually)… it was an epic four-hour visit which I will cherish as one of my favorite moments in my street performing and nomadic traveling life.

Spry and lively for a man who had attained an age considered elderly by most standards…

Merlin welcomed us to his table and set about drawing us into fascinating tales of a life lived adventurously.

made for a great episode of my magic podcast…

[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title=”Teaser Transcript HERE” opened=”closed”]circular drive area that you sort of had to turn around and I think was in front of a hotel or something…

so I started a show there and got this nice crowd notice and as I’m going through the motions…

it’s like as if he just appeared like materialized I guess is the word I’m looking for…

I see this older man at the back of the audience…

with this long white just white pure as the driven snow as they would say you know…

merlin the magician

this long white beard and I’m thinking and he’s wearing almost like… a

karate or martial arts style like gi sort of getup the black…

and I’m just in my head as I’m talking and doing the show I can oh that must be Merlin that’s gotta be…

I mean who else would look like that right?

My friend who was there he noticed as well…

so I complete the show which was one of the best shows I think I did there…

and the people were really good and but Merlin he didn’t stay to the end.

He stayed for about two-thirds of the show and then he vanished so I said to my friend after [/otw_shortcode_content_toggle]

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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…

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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.

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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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The Time I Met magician Tom Mullica

This Episode 13 teaser talks about the great fun I had at the Abbotts Get Together talking with Tom Mullica (R.I.P.)

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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…


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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.

Double Magic Dose Sunday: Part One

I’m back from food poisoning and making up for not releasing a podcast last week while bedridden.

So this is the first of TWO (2) episodes released today!

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