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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…

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April 7, 2021

Jeremy Griffith

Two words: Lost Angelus. 

If you know, you know. 

This episode is an incredible chat with one of the nicest, most talented people I've met in magic. It's packed full of warmth, honest and incredible advice. 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

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March 31, 2021

Carisa Hendrix

Carisa Hendrix is a respected magician, and variety artist known for her skills as a circus stunt girl and bubble performer. She’s been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records (2014 Book, Page 86) and Ripley’s Believe it or Not. This 10-time award winning performers has been thrilling audiences all over the world with her iconic characters and her precise comedic flare.

She is the star of the Super Channel documentary Carisa Hendrix: Girl on Fire which follows the trials and tribulations of creating a full-lengthened magic and illusion show on the Las Vegas strip. Hendrix is the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Allan Slaight Award and was recently awarded  Stage Magician of the Year at the wold famous Magic Castle.

You might know her from her appearances in 2 popular Youtube projects Protector’s Chronicles (300000+ combined views) and The Art of Slow Motion Fire Eating (75000+ views). Or perhaps you recognize her for the expertise she displays in her best selling instructional DVD on Fire Eating as well as the 1000+ fire eating students who have learned from her first hand in classes all over Canada & the USA.

I also recorded with Carisa for my Patreon page at www.patreon.com/markjamesmagician where we discussed the four performers she'd choose for her own variety show.
That chat is available RIGHT NOW along with extra content from every previous guest on the podcast. You can hear it all for just £5. It's the very best way to support the podcast.
Season sponsored by MagicBox! Don't forget to use discount code SHTICK at checkout for 10% of your total purchase. They're a great store so please support them !

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March 24, 2021

David Williamson

 DAVID WILLIAMSON! 
Considered to be one of the world's most talented magicians, David Williamson knows the secret of capturing the imagination of any audience. A born showman and an unusually accomplished sleight of hand artist, David dazzles audiences with a unique and delightful brand of entertainment, blending heart-stopping magic with side-splitting hilarity.
I sat for over an hour to talk about David's thoughts on magic and set list. More than anything I wanted to have a conversation with David that I hadn't heard him have with any other interviewer. I hope you'll agree that we did.
I also recorded with David for my Patreon page at www.patreon.com/markjamesmagician where we discussed the four performers she'd choose for her own variety show.
That chat is available RIGHT NOW along with extra content from every previous guest on the podcast. You can hear it all for just £5. It's the very best way to support the podcast.
Season sponsored by MagicBox! Don't forget to use discount code SHTICK at checkout for 10% of your total purchase. They're a great store so please support them !
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March 17, 2021

Morgan & West

Morgan and West met whilst studying at Oxford in the late nineteenth century. It was in that most reclining of seats of learning that the duo’s love of deception and legerdemain was born, and they would have been joined at the hip ever since, were it not for the vast discrepancy in the height of their pelvises.
 
In the intervening centuries these time travelling tricksters have performed their unique brand of magic, wit and whimsy on stages all over the UK, and indeed all around the world. Anywhere there are boards to be trodden, crowds to be wowed or tea to be drunk Morgan & West will be there with miracles in tow.
 
Eagle eyed magic fans (magic fans who are eagle eyed that is, not fans of eagle eyed magic) will have spotted Morgan & West on their television/computer/tablet/phone/phablet/smart watch/smart kettle screens in recent years on shows such as Penn & Teller: Fools Us, The Slammer and The Next Great Magician.
 
I also recorded with Morgan & West for my Patreon page at www.patreon.com/markjamesmagician where we discussed the four performers they'd choose for their own variety show.
 
That chat is available RIGHT NOW along with extra content from every previous guest on the podcast. You can hear it all for just £5. It's the very best way to support the podcast.
Season sponsored by MagicBox!
 
Don't forget to use discount code SHTICK at checkout for 10% of your total purchase. They're a great store so please support them !
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March 10, 2021

Caroline Ravn

Since childhood, Caroline Ravn has been fascinated by magic. Her grandfather was a magician and taught her simple tricks as a child. Today, she is not only one of Sweden's most booked magicians, but also one of the world's foremost female magicians. She invites her audience to many laughs with her sharp humor and astonishing magic, closely intertwined with storytelling and audience interaction.
I spoke to Caroline about her streamed theatre show 'Where The Magic Happens'. We discuss the ever changing landscape for performers, the difficulties caused by costumes and Caroline's theories on making the audience the stars of your performance.
I also recorded with Caroline for my Patreon page at www.patreon.com/markjamesmagician where we discussed the four performers she'd choose for her own variety show.
That chat is available RIGHT NOW along with extra content from every previous guest on the podcast. You can hear it all for just £5. It's the very best way to support the podcast.
Season sponsored by MagicBox! Don't forget to use discount code SHTICK at checkout for 10% of your total purchase. They're a great store so please support them !
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March 3, 2021

Mark Mason

Usually I search the internet for already self written biographies (sometimes with hilarious 20 year old results, sorry Danny!) of the guest I've interviewed. It came as no surprise to me that Mark didn't have one. In the world he inhabits, his reputation is such that he doesn't need one!
In 2004 I was lucky enough to walk into JB Magic and find Mark Mason standing behind the counter. I didn't know that I was about to be treated to a performance by the greatest magic demonstrator alive. A statement that's as true now as it was then. Three years later I was entirely obsessed with magic and even found myself working behind the counter in that same store.
The years I spent working with Mark were easily some of the happiest in my life. I laughed more than I thought possible and learned more than I could ever say thank you for. Standing next to Mark making gimmicks or watching him demonstrate magic every day was really a gift. We talk about those days in great detail as well as Mark's beginnings as game operator turned magician.
We discuss the evolution of JB Magic as a physical store and all of his favourite routines for stand up and parlour shows.
I genuinely cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be able to bring you this chat. I hope you love it as much as I did.
I also recorded with Mark for my patreon page at www.patreon.com/markjamesmagician where we discussed the four performers he'd choose for his own magical variety show and Mark's love of silent film stars like Charlie Chaplin.
That chat is available RIGHT NOW along with extra content from every previous guest on the podcast. You can hear it all for just £5. It's the very best way to support the podcast.
Season sponsored by MagicBox! Don't forget to use discount code SHTICK at checkout for 10% of your total purchase. They're a great store so please support them !
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February 24, 2021

Danny Buckler

From MagicWeek Profile: Danny Buckler is one of Great Britain's fastest rising stars of comedy and magic, with a unique style that has already taken him around the world and resulted in his own comedy special for Channel Four: Danny Does Tricks.

Danny fell in love with performing almost as soon as he could walk but it was while at college, when called upon to perform a self devised piece as part of a drama course, that Danny realised this was something he could do with his life. Danny has worked his way up through London's tough comedy circuit to become one of its most popular performers - regularly playing at all the top venues including Jongleurs and The Comedy Store. Danny also works as a TV warm-up artist, on shows as diverse as the hard hitting Channel Four show Is This Your Life? (Open Media) and the award winning sitcom Dinner Ladies (Positive Productions). Last year Danny was called upon to do a 'Bob Hope' and entertain troops overseas in Bosnia and Northern Ireland. He was also a part of the weekly 'cultural event' that was 'Having Words With The Barefoot Doctor' in which the Doc would let Danny perform magic or just let out whatever was on his mind!


Danny was the opening act for Victoria Wood on her recent sell-out tour and was chuffed to bits to be asked to perform alongside Victoria and Imelda Staughnton as part of the recent show Victoria Wood and Friends at the Adelphie Theatre, in London's West End. This year Danny is teaming up with the amazing Mandy Muden to bring their first show, Two Funny Magicians, to the Edinburgh Festival.

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February 17, 2021

Joshua Jay

Joshua Jay (born October 30, 1981) is a magician, author, and lecturer. He has performed in over 100 countries, and he was awarded the top prize at the World Magic Seminar in 1998. He fooled Penn and Teller on their hit show, Fool Us[1], and he holds a Guinness World Record for card tricks. Jay has done magic on numerous television shows, most recently Good Morning America and The Today Show[2]. Most recently, in January 2018, Joshua was recognized by the Society of American Magicians with their highest proclamation, for his contribution to the art of magic. Joshua attended Ohio State University and currently resides in New York City.

Joshua has designed illusions for stage and screen, including a recent collaboration with HBO for Game of Thrones. Joshua consulted with the United States Postal Service on the design of their postage stamp series, Magic.

On January 30, 2016, at the Columbus Magi-Fest, Joshua set the Guinness World Record for Most Selected Cards Found from a Shuffled Deck in One Minute. He found 21 cards, a record that still stands.

Joshua has done innovative research into what he has classified as "Tragic Magic," tricks that have proved fatal to magicians, assistants, and even spectators. Joshua has delivered keynote addresses on the history of magic at museums across the country, and written an academic article on the subject for Gibiciere.

Joshua appeared at the 2008 Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama, and has also delivered private performances for former President Clinton.

In 2008, Joshua and best-friend Andi Gladwin founded Vanishing Inc. Magic,[3] a retail magic outlet that manufactures and distributes props to magicians. Vanishing Inc. is currently one of the largest magic shops in the world, with warehouse and shipping operations in the US and Europe.

I sat down for a GREAT chat with Josh. I hope you enjoy it. 

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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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