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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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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...

    Jeremy Griffith

    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. 

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Carisa Hendrix

    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 !

    • 1 hr 47 min
    David Williamson

    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 !

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Morgan & West

    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 !

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Caroline Ravn

    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 !

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Mark Mason

    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 !

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Cmjharding ,

Refreshingly good!

An articulate host that has created a fantastic spin on the magic related podcast format. Subtly getting lots of fantastic creative insight out of the guests - without letting it slip into self-promotion on their part - along the way too. Mark is genuinely funny and interested throughout and these are essential listening for anyone fascinated by the intricacies of building a great magic act as well as easy and entertaining to listed too throughout. Highly enjoyable.

Tom wright Magician ,

Love this!

Really been enjoying listening to these podcasts! They are really insightful and full of wisdom!

David Penn - Tech Magician ,

Great Podcast

Every working magician that strives to improve their act needs to subscribe.

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