Paul Vigil has often been referred to as "the best close-up magician in Las Vegas". He's a free thinker and an explorer of the mind of both the performer and the spectator.  Above all else he's a man who loves the art of magic. With an intensity that engages the most cynical of audiences, Paul has become a "Must see!" in a city known for it's ruthlessness towards performers. "I'm here to be the best--not only at what I do, but at what can be done--period. I want my audience to experience something they've never experienced ever before. I want them to feel something they've never felt before. I want my audiences to believe something they've never believed before; until they walk away from my show."  I our interview we explore why magic is so important to him and what secret project he's working on in Las Vegas.

Direct download: MNW181-PaulVigil-01-15-2010.mp3
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Fresh from his appearance on the cover of the November 2008 Issue of Magic Magazine, Joshua Jay is our guest on this edition of the Magic Newswire "Spirit of Magic" podcast.  Joshua talks about the differences between publishing his first book at the age of seventeen and the release of his new book "Magic : The Complete Course." In addition, Jay discusses his ideas with regard to the creation of original magic and the ways in which a magician can impact the way the spectator views the performance.  

Direct download: MNW65-JoshuaJay-10-23-2008.mp3
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Here's the first report from our new editor at large Shawn Farquhar. Shawn just completed the most recent Bob Fitchworkshop in Maryland and took some time to talk not only to Bob, but to the other attendees including "Joey C - Mindreader to the Mob," Eric Leclair, Mark Phillips, Tom Paxton & John Tudor. For those somehow not familiar with Bob Fitch, he has appeared in an unbelievable twenty-seven shows on Broadway,. Most recently as Senex in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," (starring Whoopi Goldberg). In the Broadway production of "Annie," Bob won the Burns-Mantle Award for best featured actor in a musical for his villainous performance as Rooster. He's also performed in films, dancing with Steve Martin in "Pennies from Heaven," and more recently as a rather scary character in Stephen King's "Thinner." Bob is the "missing link" between magic and real world theatre skills for many performers and I'm honored to be able to present this chat to you on the Magic Newswire.

Direct download: MNW181f-BobFitch-01-21-2010.mp3
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One of America's great stage magicians, John Calvert segued into acting when hired to play himself in The 1943 movie "Bombardier" with Eddie Albert. As a result, John was signed to a contract with Columbia Pictures. John was the technical director on "The Silver Chalice" which was the platform for Paul Newman's acting debut. John was also the first magician to perform a big magic show in Las Vegas and on Broadway. John is a movie star, an amazing magician, an aviator, an adventurer, a yachtsman and an honored guest on this episode of the Magic Newswire's "Spirit of Magic" podcast!

Direct download: MNW120-JohnCalvert-07-09-2009.mp3
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