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March 1, 2022

Magicians and Mentalists On TV

Magicians on TV. The good and the bad. Magic is best experienced in-person, but magicians have been featured on TV for over 60 years, with differing success. In most formats, the magician or mentalist performs for a television host or the studio audience, and those at home feel the value…
Magician Life
January 31, 2022

A Magician Explains Messing Up On Stage

I’ve been performing magic and mentalism for nearly 25 years, and I’ve messed up a lot. It comes with the territory of performing thousands of shows, taking risks, and wanting to improve. If you do the same old routine every day, you may not mess up much, but you also…
Magician Life
November 10, 2021

Magic Castle Documentary and Los Angeles Magicians

M for Magic Documentary about the Magic Castle's History and Los Angeles Magicians The Magic Castle has been a Los Angeles institution for over 60 years and is home to the Academy of Magical Arts. A private club for magicians and their invited guests, the Castle boasts three floors of…
Magician Life
October 4, 2021

First Tips from a Los Angeles Magician

Walking On Stage: Advice from An Underground Los Angeles Magician My first visit to the Magic Castle was when I was 13 years old and I met Whit Haydn, a Magic Castle regular. He performed close up magic in one of the intimate rooms and entertained everyone with just a…
Magician Life
August 5, 2021

Magician or Cardist

Los Angeles Magician Explains Cardistry Have you seen a magician cut a deck of cards with one hand? Have you seen her spring the cards from hand to hand? These card flourishes have been around for a hundred years or more but in the past 20 years they’ve advanced further…
Magician Life
July 14, 2021

Magic Competitions

Around the world, magicians, mentalists, and illusionists compete against each other in formalized competition settings. For comparison, think of something you consider nerdy, and then up the nerd factor by 10. Some competitions are held annually and locally in regional organizational chapters, others, like FISM, the world’s most important magic…
Magician Life
June 8, 2021

Documentaries about Magicians

I’m not a big fan of movies about magicians or mentalists, but I definitely appreciate the occasional documentary. Movies tend to distort the world of magic and though I can have fun with it every now and then, most often I can’t help but think, “That’s not how it is.”…