Ep. 15 Magic Mind – Emir Samardzic (How to Routine Your Magic)

 

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Ep. 14 Magic Mind – Casper

 

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Ep. 13 Magic Mind – Chris Funk

 

Though he’s young, he’s been in magic for over 23 years. When he wasn’t yet a full-time magician, he found a job working at Toad Hall Toys, and whenever he had a spare moment on the job, he would spend his time reading magic books. At 6 years old his parents set him on a path playing the violin. When he became a full-time magician however, instead of abandoning the skills that he had acquired playing music, he found ways to incorporate it into his act.

In fact, his entire routine on Penn and Teller Fool Us revolved around a deck of cards, and a violin.

Music seems to be an ongoing theme with Chris, as you can find on the internet right now a video of Chris performing some dove productions on stage while the WSO orchestra plays behind him.

He’s the host of on online magic show called Wonder Wednesday,

 

He has over 1.4 million views on his youtube channel,

Over a million views on stage, and

OVER 200,000,000 VIEWS ON TV

 

You may know him from his performances on Agt, Fool us, Wizard Wars… or maybe you know him from magic releases

Such as:

GPS 2.0

Executive Clip

Or One Dollar Mystery

 

The Wonderist himself,

Chris Funk

 

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Ep. 12 Magic Mind – Peter Turner FULL

Peter Turner:

Guys this is incredible… he first got into magic at 4 years old, but unlike many of us who started out with a “magic kit” he couldn’t afford books, products, leaving him with no option other than to create effects for himself. It was only 2 years later, at age 6 that he had his first performance
In fact, as a young adult he was so poor, that he worked 3 jobs, lived in a 2-bedroom apartment in the projects… and would run an extension cord from the neighbor’s house just to have electricity… because otherwise it was too expensive.
Despite all of that. Listen close, because this is an important point for me… he is where he is today because he worked. If you think that Peter Turner is better than you, it’s because he has put in more time than you.

Now I tend to call everyone who comes on this show living legends, because they genuinely are to me… but with Pete, he becomes more and more of a legend with every performance he gives, and every person he meets…
Based on where he came from, we know that he wasn’t just born into the lucky sperm club. He worked to get to where he is today, making him not only a legend, but a self-made legend.

Peter represents a new era of mentalism brought about by his unique perspective that took the community by story. Based on the idea that it is easier to use linguistic acrobatics than it is sleight of hand to give the spectator an unforgettable experience.
He is well known for his story telling, because his stories are scripted in a way that is designed to create as much of a connection with the audience as possible. To see an example of this, one mustn’t look beyond Isabella’s Star 2.
His linguistic acrobatics and world class storytelling culminate to an experience for his audience that is unique to him, and I believe the purest form of mentalism that I’ve ever seen.
In the interview that I had with Dan Harlan, Dan called Peter the best in the world when it came to propless mentalism.
Despite his fame in the magic community for being a leader in the rise of propless mentalism, he is well versed in all forms of mentalism, and equipped to use the right tool for the job (so to speak)
I’m so grateful to him on the show,
Someone who I’ve followed for a very long time,
None other than Pete Turner

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Ep. 12 Magic Mind – Peter Turner

Peter Turner:

Guys this is incredible… he first got into magic at 4 years old, but unlike many of us who started out with a “magic kit” he couldn’t afford books, products, leaving him with no option other than to create effects for himself. It was only 2 years later, at age 6 that he had his first performance
In fact, as a young adult he was so poor, that he worked 3 jobs, lived in a 2-bedroom apartment in the projects… and would run an extension cord from the neighbor’s house just to have electricity… because otherwise it was too expensive.
Despite all of that. Listen close, because this is an important point for me… he is where he is today because he worked. If you think that Peter Turner is better than you, it’s because he has put in more time than you.

Now I tend to call everyone who comes on this show living legends, because they genuinely are to me… but with Pete, he becomes more and more of a legend with every performance he gives, and every person he meets…
Based on where he came from, we know that he wasn’t just born into the lucky sperm club. He worked to get to where he is today, making him not only a legend, but a self-made legend.

Peter represents a new era of mentalism brought about by his unique perspective that took the community by story. Based on the idea that it is easier to use linguistic acrobatics than it is sleight of hand to give the spectator an unforgettable experience.
He is well known for his story telling, because his stories are scripted in a way that is designed to create as much of a connection with the audience as possible. To see an example of this, one mustn’t look beyond Isabella’s Star 2.
His linguistic acrobatics and world class storytelling culminate to an experience for his audience that is unique to him, and I believe the purest form of mentalism that I’ve ever seen.
In the interview that I had with Dan Harlan, Dan called Peter the best in the world when it came to propless mentalism.
Despite his fame in the magic community for being a leader in the rise of propless mentalism, he is well versed in all forms of mentalism, and equipped to use the right tool for the job (so to speak)
I’m so grateful to him on the show,
Someone who I’ve followed for a very long time,
None other than Pete Turner

Ep. 11 Magic Mind – Jamie D. Grant Interview

Jamie D. Grant:

As a modern-day entrepreneur, Jamie wears many hats in his day to day life.
He is a paramedic, writer, artist, and magician… who chooses to focus on committing specific acts of kindness.
In fact, back in 2013, Jamie gave a TEDx talk on the idea of committing specific acts of kindness, instead of random acts of kindness. The premise was that we should be seeking out ways to help others, instead of letting the occasions occur by happenstance, and I recommend that everyone watching right now go watch the TEDx talk, I’ll include links near this video.

In that talk, he also goes through his creation of the “Anything is Possible Bottle”. An unaltered glass bottle, with a newly wrapped deck of cards inside.
This project eventually became a campaign to “QUOTE send wonder”. As a specific act of kindness, for 100 days he would leave an “Anything is Possible Bottle” somewhere random, for a stranger to find. The project continued beyond those hundred days, has gained contributors, and is still going on to this day.

As a magician, he has performed for celebrities, charities, and companies such as Disney, Cirque du Soleil, and the University of British Columbia (where he also taught MAGIC 101).

He’s written a book called “The Approach”, which is a complete guide on becoming a professional magician.
The book has received critical acclaim from magicians and authors such as Ken Webber (The author of Maximum Entertainment).

He is the host of Magic Friday, a review show where he would learn a trick, and go perform it as many times as possible during the day… then give an honest review of his experience with the trick.

He’s been featured on the front cover of Jeanie magazine…

And Ripley’s Believe it or Not… twice! Once for his Anything is Possible Bottle, and again for doing something that many magicians pretend to be able to do. Memorizing a shuffled deck of cards in under a minute.

I’m honored to have on,
The man who 1 year ago, was kind enough to personally send me a free sample of his book
Jamie D. Grant

 

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Ep. 10 Magic Mind – Adam Wilber Interview

What started off as a 6 year old fooling his dad with a silk vanish has turned into a lifelong obsession with magic and mentalism.
Adam Wilber has made appearances on
NBC
Good Morning America
The Discovery Channel
Wizard Wars
National Geographic
Penn and Teller Fool Us (soon to be)
Magic Castle,
and many more…

But his already impressive resume becomes even more impressive when you consider some of the gigs that he’s done in the past… Performing for companies such as:
Google, Hilton Hotels, NCIS, Intel, and BMW.

All of this has earned him the nickname of “The Worker”.

BUT, odds are that he’s even more famous to guys for his work in the community…

You likely know Adam as the General Manager of Ellusionist (one of the largest magic companies in the world)…

Through Ellusionist, we’ve been fortunate enough to see some of Adam’s releases such as:

-Pyro: A crazy advanced piece of magic that let’s you shoot fire from your wrist.

-Decibel: Another crazy advanced piece of magic that let’s you push music to a set of borrowed earbuds invisibly.

And my favorites such as:

-The Worker, and Working Man DVDs…
which focus on practical, real world magic, featuring live performances.
This interview is with “The Worker” himself, Adam Wilber.

 

 

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Ep. 9 Magic Mind – Eduard Todor Interview

 

 

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Ep. 8 Magic Mind – Geraint Clarke Interview

What happens when magic meets marketing?

A perfect storm of wisdom named Geraint Clarke, a man with a LOT of advice to offer.

Trust me, the gold nuggets that Geraint drops during this interview may give your career the nudge it needs to get things going.

If this is the first time that you’re hearing of this self-made legend; I’m honored to have introduced you.

In this Geraint Clarke interview we discuss different things such as:

  • What magicians are doing wrong in their marketing
  • His role at Ellusionist
  • How to book weddings (we literally went through the entire process)…

You DO NOT want to miss this Geraint Clarke interview.

 

 

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Ep. 7 Magic Mind – Lloyd Barnes Interview

This week we’ve got a Lloyd Barnes interview!

If you haven’t already been acquainted with this master of visual magic, let this interview be your introduction.

In this Steven Bridges interview we discuss different things such as:

  • What it’s like to work at Ellusionist
  • What is your creative process for creating magic
  • Why you may feel every possible magic trick has already been created

You DO NOT want to miss this Lloyd Barnes interview.

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Ep. 6 Magic Mind – James Brown Interview

This week we’ve got a James Brown interview!

The Professional Opportunist stops by to share the secrets of pickpocketing, hypnosis, and magic!

If you haven’t already been acquainted with The Professional Opportunist, let this be your introduction.

I’ve personally followed James for years, and this was an exciting opportunity for me to ask him some questions that I’ve had for a long time now.

In this James Brown interview we discuss different things such as:

  • What is the most impressive thing to pickpocket from a spectator’s point of view?
  • What is hypnosis, and how does it work?
  • Where does the fear of performing come from?

You DO NOT want to miss this James Brown interview.

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Ep. 5 Magic Mind – Steven Bridges Interview

This week we got a Steven Bridges interview!

Steven sat with down with me to share his experiences with YouTube magic and street performing.

If you haven’t already been acquainted with Steven, let this interview be your introduction.

I’ve personally been subscribed to Steven’s YouTube channel for a long time now, and felt very fortunate to have a chance to speak with him.

In this Steven Bridges interview we discuss different things such as:

  • What’s the best way to start doing street magic?
  • What is hypnosis, and how does it work?
  • Where does the fear of performing come from?

You DO NOT want to miss this Steven Bridges interview.

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Ep. 4 Magic Mind – Wes Barker Interview

This week we’ve got a Wes Barker interview!

If you want to learn how to sell out your first magic show (400+ tickets), you MUST listen to this guy! This is what we’ve been waiting for, for a long time. Our guest is WES BARKER! YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS.

If you haven’t already been acquainted with Wes, let this interview be your introduction.

I’ve been watching Wes since I first saw his Fool Us performance, and so this was a fantastic opportunity for me ask him some questions.

In this Wes Barker interview we discuss different things such as:

  • Transitioning from close-up to stage
  • How to combine comedy and magic
  • How to sell out your first show

You DO NOT want to miss this Wes Barker interview.

 

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Ep. 3 Magic Mind – Russian Genius Interview

This week we’ve got a The Russian Genius interview!

He joined us this week to talk about growing how he grew his YouTube channel, and how he got into magic.

If you haven’t already been acquainted with TheRussianGenius, let this interview be your introduction.

I’ve been subscribed to him for a long time now, and have even learned a few tricks from him.

In this The Russian Genius interview we discuss different things such as:

  • How much to charge for your magic
  • What the best beginner tricks are
  • What it’s like to start out learning magic

You DO NOT want to miss this TheRussianGenius interview

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Ep. 2 Magic Mind – Dan Harlan Interview

This week we’ve got a Dan Harlan interview!

This week we are fortunate enough to hear from a living legend. Pay close attention to everything that this living legend says. I’m not kidding!

If you haven’t already been acquainted with Dan Harlan, it is my honor to introduce him to you.

He’s one of the most prolific creators of magic of our time, not to mention… really really friendly.

In this Dan Harlan interview we discuss different things such as:

  • The process of falling in love with a trick
  • How to overcome performance anxiety
  • Where is the future of magic

You DO NOT want to miss this Dan Harlan interview

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Ep. 1 Magic Mind – Emir Samardzic Interview

This week we’ve got an Emir Samardzic interview!

In this Emir Samardzic interview we discuss different things such as:

  • What the best beginner trick is
  • What to do when a spectator eats your sponge-balls
  • And everything in between…

I first met Emir when I was looking into get a job on a cruise ship. He was so kind with his time and expertise, that I made sure to stay in contact with him.

You DO NOT want to miss this Emir Samardzic interview.

(yes #2 really happened).

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Penguin Magic Interview on Learning Magic

Hey guys! A couple of days ago, I went to a magic convention; Penguin Magic Live Expo in Alexandria. At this convention I got the opportunity to interview 2 guys from Penguin Magic: Nick Locapo and Chris Beason! You now have the opportunity to listen to some professional magicians give their thoughts on a bunch of different topics surrounding magic.

If there’s a certain section of the discussion that you’d like to listen to, I timed out where every each question starts just below this audio clip for you to see.

  • If you had kids, what advice would you give them right away in learning magic? 0:07m
  • Advice on where beginners can go to learn magic? 2:25m
  • Thoughts on televised magic? 4:45m
  • How much do magicians make? 9:57m
  • Do magicians tend to underestimate or overestimate how easy it is to fool non-magicians? 11:28m
  • How do you manage pocket space for walkaround gigs? 12:56m
  • Is it okay to do a variety of different types of trick in walkaround? 14:16m
  • What is something that you do better than most magicians? 16:9m
  • Do we overlook simple tricks because they’re simple? 20:20m
  • Is there a magician that you admire now that you wish that you had paid more attention to earlier on? 24:54m
  • Top 3 magic books? 26:44m