The Magic Newswire
MNW333 :: THE MAGIC LIFE
In this episode of the Magic Newswire's "Spirit of Magic" podcats, we talk to two of the featured performers, and the director of the new documentary film "The Magic Life."  "The Magic Life" chronicles the journey of three magician hopefuls: a 17-year-old from Beijing who travels to the U.S. to attend magic school, a 25-year-old trying to make rent by performing on Hollywood Blvd for tips, and a 32-year-old New York University MBA graduate who moves to Los Angeles to perform at the world famous Magic Castle. The film depicts the challenges of following an unconventional career path. Forget about parents, family, or friends who may not understand or support your choices – there’s almost an invisible societal pressure in terms of what types of jobs are acceptable. “The Magic Life” is about those who are willing to risk everything to take the road not normally taken. Sometimes the risk pays off, sometimes it doesn’t.
Direct download: MNW333____THE_MAGIC_LIFE.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:12am EDT

David Blaine joined us by phone on Day Two of his Dive of Death challenge for a quick chat to discuss his mentah and physical state. An obviously exhausted Blaine expressed his appreciation for the fans that been on site to show their support. Blaine's "Dive of Death" culminates on Wednesday Night at 9PM in a special that promises more magic than has been seen in recent shows. He also promises something amazing as the culmination of the endurance feat in Central Park.
(Thanks to Clay Carmouche for the outstanding photo seen here.)
Direct download: MNW52-DavidBlaine-09-23-2008.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT

If you subscribe to the Magic Newswire Podcasts via iTunes or via our RSS feed, then you were the first to receive our latest show featuring Underground Magician, magic creator and magic consultant Daniel Garcia.  As a consultant to David Blaine and a creator of many of the effects so hotly discussed within our art today, Daniel Garcia has a lot to say. What did he think of the final product after seeing the recent David Blaine "Dive of Death" special in which he was so intimately involved? What is his opinion on the major online magic retailers? What inspires his creative process? All this an more in our interview with Danny Garcia on the Magic Newswire's 60th episode!

Direct download: MNW60-DannyGarcia-10-02-2008.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:45pm EDT

MNW97 :: GAY BLACKSTONE

As the Executive Producer of the television series Masters of Illusion, the wife of renowned performer Harry Blackston Jr. and former President of the Aacademy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle, Gay Blackstone knows her way around the world of magic. Gay joins us on this episode of the "Spirit of Magic" podcast to talk about working wither her famous husband, celebrity magicians such as Orson Welles and Neil Patrick Harris, the challenges that she's faced in putting together a thirteeen episode series for television and about shows that reveal the secrets of our craft.

Direct download: MNW97-GayBlackstone-03-13-2009.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

MNW44 :: MAX MAVEN

Maven joins us again on the Magic Newswire to discuss his personal history in the art of magic, further experiences with Dai Vernon and other legendary figures from the worl of magic,  his recovery from the Celebraca-Hangover and his upcoming appearance at SEAM 2008 in Atlanta beginning on August 21st.

Direct download: MNW44-MaxMaven-08-19-2008.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:20pm EDT

MNW46 :: STEVE COHEN

The "Millionaires' Magician" joins us on the Magic Newswire after appearing on the cover of current issue of Genii Magazine. Performing in the Duke and Duchess of Windsor's Royal Suiteat the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, Steve Cohen presents an intimate evening of magical entertainment in the tradition of such legendary performers as Max MaliniJohann Nepomuk Hofzinser and Robert Houdin. Join us on the Magic Newswire for our interview with Chamber Magic's Steve Cohen!

Direct download: MNW46-SteveCohen-09-08-2008.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:10pm EDT

MNW49 :: EUGENE BURGER

Philosopher and Magician Eugene Burger 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."  We are very pleased to welcome Eugene Burger to the Magic Newswire! (Note:: Please accept our apologies for the poor sound quality of Eugene's side of the conversation.)

Direct download: MNW49-EugeneBurger-09-17-2008.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT

MNW33 :: JAMY IAN SWISS

The New Yorker recently connected with an individual that they identify as "the most feared intellectual in the world of magic," Jamy Ian Swiss. Read "The Real Work" abstract from the New Yorker HERE. In the second part of his interview on MagicNewswire.com, Jamy mentions a controversial article that he published in Antimony #9 entitled "In Search of Street Magic." READ IT HERE Then listen to our conversation with Jamy.

Direct download: MNW33-JamyIanSwiss2-07-08-2008.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

MNW32 :: JAMY IAN SWISS

The New Yorker recently connected with an individual that they identify as "the most feared intellectual in the world of magic," Jamy Ian Swiss. Read "The Real Work" abstract from the New Yorker HERE. In the second part of his interview on MagicNewswire.com, Jamy mentions a controversial article that he published in Antimony #9 entitled "In Search of Street Magic."READ IT HERE Then listen to our conversation with Jamy.

Direct download: MNW32-JamyIanSwiss1-07-07-2008.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

MNW35 :: TODD ROBBINS 2

Todd Robbins a.k.a. "The Coney Island Wonder Worker" joins us on the Magic Newswire's Spirit of Magic podcast for a chat about his experiences at the Magic Castle, why side shows are important and magic in general.

Direct download: MNW35-ToddRobbins2-07-10-2008.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT