The Illusionary Podcast talks to different Canadian Magicians about their careers and influences. We talk about magic, illusions and life.
Episode 11: John Ha
John is a world class magician hailinng from the rain soaked beauty of Vancouver, BC. He's been a full time professional for the last 15 years working for names like Carnival Cruise LInes, TD Canada Trust and the BC Childrens Hospital. You can reach out to him via his website
John Ha is a world-class magician who has performed for hundreds of audiences from all over the world. He has been a full-time professional for the last 15 years, entertaining at private functions throughout Vancouver, at corporate events and trade shows nationwide.
His world-class magic, charming style, and easy-going nature have made him one of the most in-demand magicians in Vancouver.
Episode 10: Mahdi Gilbert
Mahdi is a professional sleight of hand magician, but he's also the only magician alive born without hands or feet. He's well known for fooling Penn & Teller, providing online education for magicians and speaking around the world., check out his website for more details, or visit Before Magic to live and obtain the impossible.
Mahdi's struggle for life began while he was in the womb. He received a death sentence before birth but was miraculously spared and was born into this world without hands or feet in 1989 in Toronto, Canada.
His early years were difficult. Mahdi would face a difficult childhood in poverty struggling daily with bullying, violence, loneliness and depression. He was tormented by his physical differences and constantly wondered what would become of his life, if there was even a point of him having a life.
Through these trials and tribulations he found strength, passion, and hope through God, family, friends and the many kind people he has met during his journey through life.
Since his first magic performance at age 14, he has traveled around the world, sharing his story & magic, and giving hope to millions; to the multitudes of every race, color, age, religion, and social status.
He is also an accomplished artist and currently writing his first book for the public.
Now, Mahdi performs wonders without hands and walks the Earth without feet and is a walking miracle to everyone he meets.
Episode 9: Ryan Hayashi
Ryan has appeared at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, the Magic Circle in London and he stumped Penn & Teller on Fool Us. You may know him better as the Samurai Master of Magic (and for good reason, check out his sword skills on Britain's got Talent), check out his website for more details.
Hayashi is a legend in the world of magic. Known worldwide as an incredibly versatile entertainer and an international television personality, he has blown away even the greatest minds in magic. He has appeared at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood and the legendary Magic Circle in London, and his terrifying samurai sword act on "Britain's Got Talent" has over 50 million views on YouTube.
He has performed in 18 countries around the world, and has been seen by over 80 million television viewers worldwide on 36 national TV shows in 12 countries, performing in 6 different languages.
He has won awards at both of the two largest events for the industry in the United States - the Society of American Magicians National Championships and the International Brotherhood of Magicians American Gold Cups - and he won both of these awards in the same year, in 2007.
He also won the 2017 FISM European Championship in Close Up Magic, and ranked in the Top 10 Close Up Acts at the FISM World Championships of Magic in 2006, 2012, and 2018 (Among many more wins!).
Penn & Teller
Episode 8: Sawyer Bullock
Sawyer has written for magazines, lectured at universities, won international awards and has even had his own tv show. He's passionate about magic and has an amazing outlook on being in the biz. Check out his website.
Sawyer Bullock is an international, award winning speaker and performer. His unique mixture of wit and trickery has garnered him international awards, glowing accolades, and even his own television show.
At 22 years old, sawyer has written for magazines, lectured at universities and high schools, and ran workshops at conferences on the topics of magic, art, entrepreneurship and philosophy.
Piff The Magic Dragon
Episode 7: Gwyn Auger
Gwyn is known for having one of the biggest smiles you've ever seen. She's a sought after magic assistant as well as an avid baker and dancer. This girl has got lots of tricks up her sleeve. Check out her website.
Gwyn Auger is a vivacious, creative woman who brings dedication and enthusiasm to every project she embarks on. Gwyn’s primary goal is to be a full time magician’s assistant, and as a trained dancer and professional model, she brings beauty and grace to any stage. She loves magic and always puts her whole self into any project she takes on.
She worked with Enchanted Events for two years as a fairy, and has the biggest smile you’ve ever seen. Gwyn has been quite the promotional girl for the last six years, promoting everything from Nintendo Wii and DS to Hershey’s chocolate, VW cars, and L’Oreal. She’s promoted these things all over Alberta and BC at various events such as Cirque Du Soleil and The World Junior’s Hockey Championships. This variety has enhanced Gwyn’s adaptability, and her ability to think on her toes in any situation.
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Episode 6: Danny Kazam
He was sucked into the world of magic after watching David Blaine. Since then, he has transitioned into a top family entertainer in Saskatchewan. His hilarious antics and great sense of humor keep clients coming back for more. You can check out his website at his website.
Ever since I was a young kid I loved entertaining other people. Being able to bring joy, laughter and excitement to others with my humor and ridiculous antics felt like a sort of super power to me. I would get an adrenaline rush from it.
Ernie Coombs, known more famously as Mr. Dressup, and Shari Lewis were a huge influence on me as a child. Their shows helped shaped my creativity, helped expand my imagination, and showed me how to find adventure in everyday life.
Magic Tom Auburn
The Amazing Todsky
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These interviews are great and helped bring magic back into my life. Thanks for this, keep it up! :)