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Tuesday
Mar192019

MNW336 REDUX :: THE CHARLIE MILLER INTERVIEW

It goes without saying that the magic community is still reeling from the loss of one of our mentors, the amazing Johnny Thompson. It was because of him that I put together this interview with him and some of Charlie Miller's students and friends. The original description of this interview follows: "Seconds, bottoms, the pass, Malini, Vernon and so much more. Charlie Miller is one of those names that is often mentioned in the context of modern card magic. In that same context, he is one of those technicians that I think that many of us know too little about. I hope that this conversation with some of his closest friends does something to rectify that. In this episode of the Magic Newswire's "Spirit of Magic" podcast, our good friend Johnny Thompson is joined by two other legends in magic, Harry Riser and Bob White. I am only there to guide the conversation, but what an amazing conversation it was! Enjoy and learn!" We miss you sorely Johnny!

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Tuesday
Mar192019

BROKEN WAND :: JOHNNY THOMPSON

I am so very sad to report on the passing of yet another of the greats in our art. Johnny "The Great Tomsoni" Thompson was my guest on several episodes of the Magic Newswire's Spirit of Magic Podcast.

Johnny was much more than an extremely well respected performer and one of the funniest magicians out there. He was also a much sought after magic consultant and worked with such performers as Lance Burton, Penn & Teller and Criss Angel. In the first interview below, Johnny talked about his career as well as his experiences with other performers including Herb Zarrow, Jay Marshall, Marshal Brodein, Francis Carlyle, Paul le Paul, Paul Rosini, Joe Bergen, Cardini, Channing Pollock, Carl Balentine, Al Koran, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. In the second, we were joined by both Johnny & Pam for an episode of "This Week in Magic." In the third, he is joined by both Teller & Todd Robbins.

LISTEN TO THE "CHARLIE MILLER INTERVIEW" WITH JOHNNY, HARRY RISER & BOB WHITE:

LISTEN TO MY FIRST CONVERSATION WITH JOHNNY THOMPSON:

LISTEN TO BOTH JOHNNY AND PAM TALK ABOUT "TOMSONI & CO" IN OUR INTERVIEW FOR THIS WEEK IN MAGIC

HERE IS OUR CHAT WITH JOHNNY, TELLER & TODD ROBBINS

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Monday
Mar182019

MNW 310 REDUX : GARY VAYNERCHUK

We revisit a prior episode of the podcast with this redux from March of 2011. We highlight a non-magician, New York Times bestselling author and social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, GQ, and Time, has appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Ellen. He also makes regular appearances on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and the major network news outlets. Vaynerchuk has been described as "the first wine guru of the YouTube era", "the wine world's new superstar", and by Rob Newsom, a Washington State wine maker, "outside of Robert Parker, probably the most influential wine critic in the United States". Gary is also a best selling author of three books focused on the concept of personal branding and the power of social media and the internet in doing so. He joins us on the Magic Newswire to discuss his latest book "The Thank You Economy." Gary says, "I feel that we're living through the biggest culture shift of our time. The internet, itself, is 17-years-old. It's just hitting the social part of its life. It's just like growing up. As you get to 13, 14 and 15, you want to go out and go to parties. That's what's happening right now! The internet is growing up." Find out why this should matter to you!

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Saturday
Nov242018

BROKEN WAND :: RICKY JAY

Another titan of our craft has fallen. Today we mourn the passing of Ricky Jay. Though I never managed to get him to agree to an interview on the podcast, Ricky was hugely influential on me and my love of close up magic.

Born in 1948 as Richard Jay Potash, "Ricky Jay" is considered to be one of the most significant figures in close up magic. Mark Singer, writing for "The New Yorker" called Jay "perhaps the most gifted sleight of hand artist alive".

Thank you Ricky. You will be sorely missed.

“The book says we may be through with the past, but the past ain’t through with us”
Ricky Jay

LISTEN TO RICKY JAY ON WNYC

Tuesday
Apr172018

BROKEN WAND :: HARRY ANDERSON

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of Harry Anderson. I was very fortunate to have an opportunity to hang out with Harry on several occasions as well as to see him perform live numerous times. The first time was before his days on the hit SitCom "Night Court" at the Punchline in Atlanta. He performed the comedy and Magic act for which he is now so well known. A few years ago, I again met up with him at the Punchline after a rare public performance which included his unique ventriliquism act. I was also very lucky to have Harry join me on the Magic Newswire podcast on several occasion and you can listen to them below.

Rest in peace Harry the Hat! You will be sorely missed.

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Wednesday
Aug092017

BROKEN WAND :: EUGENE BURGER

I am sad to report the passing of Philosopher and Magician Eugene Burger. Eugene is considered one of the great teachers of the magical arts. He has written fifteen best-selling books for the trade, starred in eight instructional videos, and lectured extensively to magicians' groups in over a dozen countries. His writings have been translated into several languages. Eugene's deep understanding of the psychology and philosophy behind magic have won him international accolades, cover stories in conjuring magazines, and four awards from the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood. Montrose Pictures has recently released a documentary film with Eugene as the subject titled "A Magical Vision." I was very pleased to welcome Eugene Burger to this early episode of the Magic Newswire! (Note:: Please accept our apologies for the poor sound quality of Eugene's side of the conversation.)

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Eugene was also amongt those interviewed to discuss their contributions to the Genii 75th Anniversary Special Edition of the Jinx. Other guests included Mac King, Max Maven, Mike Caveney & Jonathan Levit. We talk to each of these performers about their contributions to the Jinx special edition and about how Anneman and the Jinx impacted their growth as practitioners in the art of magic and mentalism.

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Sunday
May072017

BROKEN WAND :: PAUL DIAMOND

Paul Diamond may not be a household name in the world of magic today, but everyone that I speak to from Johnny Thompson, to Mac King & Lance Burton, etc... all knew "Mr. Humble." I was very sad to learn today that he had passed away. As a boy discovering the art of magic while living in South Florida, making the trip to Paul's shop in the Lauderdale by the Sea area was a must! I was lucky enough to get my first exposure to magic through a teacher associated with Paul's shop when I was in elementary school. As it turns out, Paul was also a favorite performer of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Over the years, he's been a featured entertainer for celebrity events hosted by Celine Dion, Elton John, Milton Berle and many others. In addition, Paul had such close association with such magic legends as Slydini and Charlie Miller live with him in his Florida home. Rediscover "Mr. Humble," Mr. Paul Diamond on this republished episode of the Magic Newswire's "Spirit of Magic Podcast." Rest in peace Paul!

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Friday
Mar252016

BROKEN WAND :: PAUL DANIELS

Paul Daniels, arguably the best known magician in the UK was our guest on this episode of the "Spirit of Magic" podcast. Paul began performing magic when he was eleven years old. He starred in his own television series "Its Magic" for more than sixteen years and was awarded Golden Rose of Montreux Award at the International TV Festival in Switzerland in 1985. In 1983, Paul became the first magician from outside the US to be named "Magician of the Year" by the Academy of Magical Arts. Sadly, we learned that Paul was ill with an incurable brain tumor which rapidly progressed and has since resulted in his passing. At the time of this interview from 2010, Paul was still touring with his magic show, and had recently presented a intimate show focused on the ‘Magic of Max Malini’. Lets all remember Paul via this chat. You are already missed.

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Thursday
Feb252016

BROKEN WAND :: IRENE LARSEN

It has been a truly rough week for the magic community.

This afternoon I learned that we had lost yet another member of magic's royality, "Princess" Irene Larsen.

From Erika:

It is with the greatest sorrow imaginable, that we announce the passing of my beautiful, beloved mother, Irene Larsen. She left us suddenly, but not before touching many, many lives deeply and permanently. She was grace personified. Her love is all around us. She will be missed forever. The family is grieving, and we appreciate your kind words and we know you are hurting too. We will never stop celebrating Princess Irene.

I was incredibly lucky to have a few moments with Irene very early on in the production of this podcast. Enjoy remembering her with me. She will be truly missed by us all!

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Thursday
Feb182016

BROKEN WAND :: TOM MULLICA

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YOU ARE ALREADY MISSED MY FRIEND

As a native Atlantan, I have very fond memories of seeing Tom Mullica perform many, many times at his private magic bar here on Peachtree Street, Tom Foolery. I am sad to report that today, we lost one of magic's great performers and a genuinely nice guy. When we recorded this, Tom had been battling leukemia, but it was in remission and Tom was preparing to renew his Red Skelton tribute show in Branson. There was recent talk about the opening of a new Tom Foolery on Las Vegas as well. I am so happy to have had the chance to share this moment with Tom and can only say that I am so sorry to not have had more time with him.



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