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What are the secrets of being a successful variety artist? Making my living for the past 20 years performing, I’ve figured out some things. I’ve also met some fascinating and successful people. All doing what they love. I call them “The Variety Artists”. How did they do it? What are their successes? What were their failures? How can we emulate what they did? You can be a fly on the wall and listen to these interviews. Performers learning from performers. You can learn along with me as I delve into what makes a successful variety artist. For more info and video courses for just about any art, go to TheVarietyArtist.com.

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What are the secrets of being a successful variety artist? Making my living for the past 20 years performing, I’ve figured out some things. I’ve also met some fascinating and successful people. All doing what they love. I call them “The Variety Artists”. How did they do it? What are their successes? What were their failures? How can we emulate what they did? You can be a fly on the wall and listen to these interviews. Performers learning from performers. You can learn along with me as I delve into what makes a successful variety artist. For more info and video courses for just about any art, go to TheVarietyArtist.com.

    Tom Ogden – Ghost Lore and Other Amazing Stories

    Tom Ogden – Ghost Lore and Other Amazing Stories

    He was twice voted "Parlour Magician of the Year" by the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. He brings more than thirty years of comedy and magic experience to the stage.

    He's the author of many books including Haunted Cemeteries, Haunted Theaters, Haunted Highways and many more. You can put his name in the search bar at Amazon and check out all his books there.

    In this episode you’ll learn:

    ·      How the American Circus began

    ·      Where the crystal ball came from

    ·      Why the Roosevelt Hotel (In L.A.) is one of the most haunted hotels in the world

    ·      How to haggle in Egypt

    ·      And some great Magic Castle History!

    You have to listen.

    • 57 min
    The Passing Zone – Jon Wee and Owen Morse – How to Make it Bigger, Better and More Exciting

    The Passing Zone – Jon Wee and Owen Morse – How to Make it Bigger, Better and More Exciting

    The Passing Zone – Jon Wee and Owen Morse – Are one of the most successful and sought-after comedy acts working today.

    You've seen them on "The Tonight Show" (with Johnny Carson!), "America’s Got Talent"," Penn & Teller: Fool Us!", “Comic Strip Live,” “CNN’s Road Warriors,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “An Evening at The Improv,” “MADtv,” Penn & Teller’s “Sin City Spectacular,” “Steve Harvey’s Big Time,” and regular returns to NBC’s “Today.”

    They were commentators on ESPN for their coverage of the World Juggling Federation competitions, and the Moxie Games at SkillCon.

    Corporate events, Theaters, TV appearances, World Records...!

    On this episode we discuss exactly what inspired them to create such HUGE spectacles. How they put together each of their now famous routines. You’ll even hear of their experience from Penn & Teller’s Fool Us AND America’s Got Talent.

    After listening to this you’ll understand why Jon & Owen have become The Top Juggling Duo in the world.

    Subscribe TodayIf you haven’t already, make sure to subscribe to this podcast on your phone or mobile device. Just go to the place on your phone where you get all the best podcasts. Search The Variety Artist and subscribe there. It really helps me a lot! Or, just click the link below:

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    Contact info:Performing Website: PassingZone.com (http://passingzone.com/)

    Facebook: The Passing Zone (https://www.facebook.com/ThePassingZoneJugglers/)

    YouTube: The Passing Zone (https://www.youtube.com/user/thepassingzone)

    • 58 min
    David Parr – How to Tap Into Your Own Personal Inspiration

    David Parr – How to Tap Into Your Own Personal Inspiration

    David Parr is an internationally acclaimed magician who has devoted his life to sharing the experience of mystery with audiences around the world.

    He fooled Penn & Teller!

    He's created and performed David Parr's Cabinet of Curiosities. (You may have heard about this on my interview with Joe Givan & Carol Massie).

    He's now performing his new show (or not so new now) "Dark Magic".

    David is best known for his theatrical performing style and for his writing and teaching skills. He has published several highly regarded books for magicians, been a technical consultant to many theatrical productions, given presentations at academic conferences, and provided guidance and instruction to magicians at lecture appearances across the United States and Canada.

    In this interview you’re going to discover how and WHY he created the routines and shows he has. You’re going to learn the methods behind the madness that is David Parr.

    Subscribe TodayIf you haven’t already, make sure to subscribe to this podcast on your phone or mobile device. Just go to the place on your phone where you get all the best podcasts. Search The Variety Artist and subscribe there. It really helps me a lot! Or, just click the link below:

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    Contact info:Performing Website: DavidParr.com (https://www.davidparr.com/)

    Email: david@davidparr.com

    Facebook: thatdavidParr (https://www.facebook.com/ThatDavidParr/)

    Instagram: @parrmagic (https://www.instagram.com/parrmagic/)

    Make sure to check out my (https://www.thevarietyartist.com/episodes/) on this website

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Stephen Bargatze – Fun Stories and Pro Tips

    Stephen Bargatze – Fun Stories and Pro Tips

    Stephen Bargatze is an internationally acclaimed magician, comedian and motivational speaker with over 25 years of stage experience...

    He’s graced the cover of every Magic Magazine you can imagine.

    Here are just a few of his career highlights:

    Chosen to represent the US at the World Summit of Magic

    Featured entertainer, magician, comedian and lecturer at the Blackpool Magic Convention, the largest magic convention in the world

    Featured entertainer at the Country Music Awards post-ceremony celebration

    Has performed for numerous national and world-wide corporations including Kroger, MCA Records, Pepsi, Sprint, MADD, United Parcel Service, Vanderbilt University, and the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans.

    Among all his other accomplishments, he's also the Father of the now famous Nate Bargatze!

    In this episode we talk about Ronald McDonald, Black Ops Helicopters, Plungers on Heads and how Stephen got his unique voice. All of this wrapped in some great lessons about comedy.

    Subscribe TodayIf you haven’t already, make sure to subscribe to this podcast on your phone or mobile device. Just go to the place on your phone where you get all the best podcasts. Search The Variety Artist and subscribe there. It really helps me a lot! Or, just click the link below:

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    Contact info:Performing Website: TheMagicofStephen.com (https://www.magicofstephen.com/)

    Make sure to check out my (https://www.thevarietyartist.com/episodes/) on this website

    • 50 min
    Brian Daniel South – How to Do Business RIGHT!

    Brian Daniel South – How to Do Business RIGHT!

    Brian Daniel South is most famous for his company CREATIVE MAGIC which he sold in 2011 (you may have heard of it).

    He's consulted with Magic Magazine and Magic Live. 

    He now spends his time following his passions with DISCOVER MAGIC! His mission is "Empowering Kids By Teaching Them The Art of Magic!"

    In this episode you’ll learn all about Creative Magic.

    How did he start?

    How did he create each product?

    WHY did he create each product!?

    What was his incredible exit strategy and why was it so successful?

    Then, you’ll discover how Brian discovered a brand new passion with Discover Magic (is that too many discovers?). How he partnered with Michael Ammar to create an internationally recognized, one-of-a-kind program that boosts self-confidence, builds communication skills, and helps kids make new friends.

    Brian is an innovator and entrepreneur! I learned a lot. You will too.

    Subscribe TodayIf you haven’t already, make sure to subscribe to this podcast on your phone or mobile device. Just go to the place on your phone where you get all the best podcasts. Search The Variety Artist and subscribe there. It really helps me a lot! Or, just click the link below:

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    • 56 min
    The Odd & Offbeat Adventures of Matt Baker

    The Odd & Offbeat Adventures of Matt Baker

    Matt Baker is a spectacular performer and co-host of the very popular podcast “The Odd and Offbeat Podcast”.

    But he’s way more than that. Matt actually lives it! He collects odd and offbeat items. He has too many skeletons in his house to count and he lives his life as one big adventure.

    Matt’s show is a unique combination of hilarious stand-up comedy and amazing stunts. His diverse skill set has landed him 5 Guinness World Records and appearances on The Late Late Show with James Cordon, Tosh.0, America’s Got Talent, and Last Comic Standing.

    Piers Morgan of AGT says "The Total Package"

    James Cordin said "That Was Amazing"

    “Hilarious and amazing” is how the Seattle Times describes Matt Baker’s comedy stunt show.

    In this episode Matt opens up about living the Odd and Offbeat life.  Breaking world records and much much more. If you want to spice up your life, this is the one to listen to.

    Subscribe TodayIf you haven’t already, make sure to subscribe to this podcast on your phone or mobile device. Just go to the place on your phone where you get all the best podcasts. Search The Variety Artist and subscribe there. It really helps me a lot! Or, just click the link below:

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    Contact info:Performing Website: www.ComedyStuntShow.com (http://comedystuntshow.com/)

    Email: info@comedystuntshow.com

    Facebook: MattBakerComedian (https://www.facebook.com/mattbakercomedian/)

    YouTube: MattBakerJuggling (https://www.youtube.com/user/mattbakerjuggling)

    Instagram: comedystuntshow (https://www.instagram.com/comedystuntshow/)

    Twitter: comedystuntshow (https://twitter.com/Comedystuntshow)

    Make sure to check out my (https://www.thevarietyartist.com/episodes/) on this website

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

Magic Graham ,

Incredible resource

This is by far my favorite podcast I have learnt so much from incredible artists who have been generous to share advice and tips

Ian Ryan ,

Awesome!

Even though I may not be a variety artist, this podcast was extremely interesting to listen to! I always enjoy learning more about other niches people are in!

Life&RelationshipCoach ,

Great & Fun show!

Hey John - Being a prior Model & Talent Agent, I love your show about performing Artists - NOT an easy career; tons of rejection, and you must have fortitude to perform for those who don't appreciate your talent. Big Kuddos for putting this together - I would recommend it for anyone with a Variety show or are in the Performing or Talent fields! Coach Riana Milne

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