The Magic Newswire

John Carney is no ordinary magician. John is a performer, creator, writer and philosopher when it comes to the art of magic and has received more awards from the Magic Castle than anyone else in their long history. Carney talks with us about his evolution as a performer and what it takes to be a truly good student of magic. His mentors included "The Professor" (Dai Vernon), Faucett Ross and many more legendary figures from the history of our craft. Carney's "Book of Secrets" is being re-released as well as a new DVD series that he developed with Jim Steinmeyer. 

Direct download: MNW69-JohnCarney-11-25-2008.mp3
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My guest on this episode is an entertainer considered by many to be the foremost Mentalist performing in the English language, Richard Osterlind. In addition to his many and varied performing credits, Richard is also the creator of several landmark effects of mentalism and has just released the much anticipated six DVD set on Corinda's Thirteen Steps to Mentalism in which Richard performs dynamic effects from each step of Corinda's seminal work in front of a live audience.

Direct download: MNW163-RichardOsterlind-10-27-2009.mp3
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Previous Magic Newswire podcast guest Max Maven returns to discuss his decision to resign as the Entertainment Director of the Magic Castle. As this information began to circulate on the Interwebs, I thought it best to call  Max in order to allow him to tell out listeners what the real story was before too many rumors began to circulate. In addition, he talks about this expereince booking acts for one of the most unusual clubs in the world.

Direct download: MNW161-MaxMaven-10-21-2009.mp3
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Max Maven makes a return appearance as my guest on this episode of the Spirit of Magic Podcast. Why has the first place prize for mentalism not been awarded at FISM since 1985 and then, not for eighteen years before that? Can mentalism even be successfully performed within the framework of a FISM competition? These are just a few of the topics that we touch on in this interview with one of our favorite mystery performers.

Direct download: MNW129-MaxMaven-08-13-2009.mp3
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