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Mark James chats to the world’s greatest magicians about the material in their shows. You have an audience of 200 people, perfect conditions, tell me what you do…


December 30, 2020

Mario The Maker Magician

Mario "the maker magician" marchese is a NY-based, touring performer with an all-ages theatre show full of homespun magic, diy robotics, and punk rock slapstick. it's magic through the lens of the maker movement! Mario has appeared on Sesame Street, NBC's Universal kids, HGTV, and live on tour with David Blaine, who calls him "the best kids magician in the world!!" Mario also creates innovative virtual experiences and an online show series called The Mario Show!

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December 23, 2020

Noel Britten

Noel Britten's award winning comedy (Winner: Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 1996 and Ha Bloody Ha New Act of the Year 1996), has earned him a solid reputation for comedy excellence on the circuit and beyond.

From the outset Noel was described as "the country's finest emerging stand-up talent" (Comedy Review Magazine) and throughout his career in which he has notched up 7 years of solid experience he is considered "something of a hot property" (Venue Magazine) within the comedy world.

As well as performing in the famous Comedy Store and Jongleurs his clients also extend to numerous corporate events including IBM, HP, Pentel, Pictet Swiss Bank Corporation and Hamptons where his quick witted observational comedy has entertained executives all around the world. He is regularly invited to perform in the USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Dubai and Canada at a variety of events including The Sydney International Festival in Australia, The Nova Scotia Comedy Festival in Canada, The Oerol Festival in Holland and of course The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. Noel's work has also been featured on Channel 4 and BBC.

In the West Country, he is well known for his Bizarre Bath comedy tours of his home City of Bath that have run nightly throughout the summer for the last 10 years. It has been recommended by all the major tourist books ("a great idea, superbly executed, and should be on every visitor's itinerary" Choice Travel Guide), TV Travel shows ("brilliantly unforgettable" BBC's Holiday Show), and has now reached the status of a "must do" for many visitors to Bath.

Noel's quick witted dry humour defies all expectations. He executes his fast paced one liners with razor sharp precision firing his wit into the audience to create an atmosphere that can only be produced by a seasoned professional.

Noel is currently President of the UK's Magic Circle. 

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December 16, 2020

Andi Gladwin

Andi Gladwin makes events both unbelievable and unforgettable. He is a world-class close-up sleight of hand magician who has performed all over the world at prestigious events such as on the world’s most expensive private yacht over New Year’s Eve, a Las Vegas television special and even in Washington, DC for President Obama’s Inauguration

He is also the co founder of Vanishing Inc Magic and author of the new book of his own creations, 'The Boy Who Cried Magic'. 

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December 9, 2020

Rudy Coby

Rudy Coby also known as "Labman", is an American comedic magician. In the early 1990s, Coby appeared in several small theatrical live shows, and on broadcast television. He is known for delivering electric and original comedic performances, of which stage magic plays a large part. He also works closely with rock musician and film director Marilyn Manson.
In the mid-1990s, Coby and his troupe of illusionist comrades performed in the Gem Theatre in downtown Detroit for an unprecedented thirteen weeks. Coby also published a bundle of lecture notes, titled "How To Become A World Famous Magician".
After a hiatus of 14 years, Coby returned to performing in 2009, including a twelve-week run between June 13 - September 7 at the Galaxy Theater at Valleyfair, a theme park in Minneapolis.
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December 2, 2020

The Great Kaplan

The Great Kaplan is a modern-day vaudevillian master. With an infinite assortment of unique and visually stunning skills, coupled with impeccable comedic timing, Kaplan creates a world where anything is possible...
The mundane becomes magical; everyday objects become vessels of mystery and mayhem. A hilarious ballet of chaos and calamity.
As headliner at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, appearing on the prestigious French television show, Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde, or as a guest performer at the world's largest magic festival, FISM in Italy, Kaplan is undoubtedly at the top of his field.
When you want your audience astounded and in a state of child-like wonder, enter the world of The Great Kaplan.
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November 26, 2020

Peter Wardell

Peter Wardell OUT NOW!
From the streets of Covent Garden to being a headline act for corporate clients and on some of the most exclusive cruise ships in the world.
30 years of experience and several awards mean that you get a show that you will remember for a long time to come!
This is a fascinating no holds barred chat with one of my favourite performers. Peter has taken a step back from the magic world to pursue corporate speak and cruise ship work. His act is sharp, hilarious and packed with great magic. Peter shoots from the hip and calls things as he sees them. I've always enjoyed his approach to magic and his approach to work in general in something to be admired.
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November 22, 2020

Graeme Shaw MagicBox Bonus

Mark speaks to co owner of MagicBox and 2020's Family Entertainer Of The Year winner, Graeme Shaw. We discuss Graeme's history as a magician and climb through the ranks from Saturday part timer to co owner of brick's and mortar magic store, MagicBox. 

Mark: I've been friends with Graeme for over a decade and have been delighted to see his progression as a magician in becoming a multi award winner. I've spent many happy hours laughing alongside him on trips to MagicBox and was delighted to take my own show up to the 60 seat theatre they have in store. 

He's been a consistent supporter of this podcast and I was thrilled when he offered to sponsor season one and then season two. I finally managed to get him on board for a fun chat about our joint experiences in working behind a magic shop counter! 

I hope you enjoy this bonus episode. 

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November 19, 2020

Christopher Hart

My next guest is CHRISTOPHER HART!

Christopher Hart was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, to an English mother and Canadian father. He was raised and educated in Catholic schools in Los Angeles.

At the age of eight he became intrigued after discovering a magic book at the local library. It was at this same time that the television series "The Magician" starring Bill Bixby was on the air and further fueled his passion for magic.

At sixteen, after an extensive audition and interview process, Hart was accepted into the Magic Castle's elite junior program. As a teenager, he earned extra money working in a cemetery as a grave digger and was nicknamed Lurch due to his tall, lanky frame. Soon realizing that it was a dead-end job, Hart accepted a position demonstrating tricks at Hollywood Magic, the largest West Coast magic shop.

Working in Hollywood gave Hart the opportunity to meet and perform before the likes of Michael Jackson, Johnny Carson, Muhammad Ali, and Harry Anderson. As Hart's reputation grew he soon came to the attention of David Copperfield for whom Hart first worked as a Magic Roadie. Impressed with Hart's knowledge and expertise in the field of magic, Copperfield continued to use him on several more live and television shows, including the Great Wall of China special.

His sleight-of-hand magic has been featured in national television commercials for McDonald's, Honda and RCA. He has twice been awarded "Stage Magician of the Year" by Hollywood's Magic Castle, and Princess Stephanie of Monaco personally awarded him the top prize at the Grand Prix Magique held in Monte Carlo.

Hart is currently performing in TV's Magic Stars at the Golden Cabaret at the Horizon Casino Resort in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

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November 11, 2020


For more than 20 years, Hannibal has delivered cutting-edge entertainment to audiences around the world.
Hannibal the Magician was forged on the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, and performed for tips in order to pay the rent and keep food on the table. Hannibal became a popular fixture in the uptown area, working nightclubs and comedy clubs throughout the southeastern United States.
As the years passed, he shifted his skillset to serving the business world. Hannibal created original, customized programs that would simultaneously entertain and educate. Hannibal has traveled the world with his Unique Inspirational Theatre, carving new paths in the world of corporate entertainment.
Recognized by the International Brotherhood of Magicians with the People’s Choice award for Close-Up Magic, and by the Academy of Magical Arts with a nomination for Best Close-Up Magician of 2018, this veteran of street magic, comedy clubs, and banquet-style performance has successfully created custom programming for corporate clients including Boeing, Philip Morris, Coca-Cola, and many more.
Hannibal currently resides in Los Angeles, where he regularly delights and astonishes audiences in performances at the Academy of Magical Arts, Magic Castle Cabaret, clubs, and private parties. When he's not performing, he is writing for Genii magazine, his own blog, or new routines.
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November 4, 2020

Paul Dabek

Paul started his career in show business when at the age of 4, dressed in top hat and cape (a blanket from the back of the sofa) he sold his parents two tickets to his first one-man show held in the family's living room.

His costume may have changed, but his love for the art form has not and to date he is widely regarded as one of the funniest magicians on the planet!

The British performer has earned an incredible reputation having performed across 6 continents from London to Las Vegas, for celebrities, royalty and many fortune 500 companies. 

An accomplished magician, comedian and actor Paul's skills have won him massive critical acclaim, Time Out magazine named him 'a superb showman!’ and The Times of London described his performance as ‘simply stunning.’

Starring in sold-out seasons on both London’s West End and Broadway stages Paul is the host and co-star of the world’s most successful touring magic show: The Illusionists.

On  US TV he has appeared on multiple shows including NBC’s Today Show and in the UK on every major TV network most notably the BBC’s One Show alongside Hollywood A-lister Sir Michael Caine and Monty Python’s Sir Michael Palin.

Dabek flawlessly blends incredible magic, rapid fire comedy and a little old-school vaudeville charm.

Dressed to impress and with more thrust than a NASA lift off, Dabek bursts onto stage with a quick wit, machine-gun delivery and charismatic flair that once seen, is never forgotten. 

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