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What are the secrets of being a successful variety artist? Making my living performing 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.

The Variety Artist with John Abrams – Weekly chats with inspiring Performers John Abrams

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.9, 100 Ratings

What are the secrets of being a successful variety artist? Making my living performing 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.

    Zach Alexander - Social Distancing and Your Show

    Zach Alexander - Social Distancing and Your Show

    Zach Alexander is one of the top Family Entertainers in the country. In these crazy times where every entertainer is looking for ways to do their show, Zach is gonna help us out.


    He’s even created a guide for Socially Distancing shows that you can have for FREE!


    Since Social Distancing and Virtual Shows are all the rage right now, I thought I bring you a real pro. Someone that’s been doing it since this whole pandemic thing started.


    Today you’re gonna learn:


    How to communicate social distancing to your client.


    How to increase audience interaction.Creative ways of marketing your virtual or social distance show.


    How to keep children safe when doing a virtual show.


    And all sorts of excellent ideas for keeping that Social Distance while still being able to perform at your best.


    And so much more....


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    • 30 min
    Variety Artist Classic – Steve Trash – Finding Your Lightbulb

    Variety Artist Classic – Steve Trash – Finding Your Lightbulb

    Steve Trash’s mantra is “Be good. Be amazing. Don’t be mean.” He combines his love for magic and his love for ecology to create educational entertainment for children of all ages.


    … And he has a Brand-New Book and Course that you can get!


    Go here to get more info: ---> www.FindingYourLightbulb.com (http://www.FindingYourLightbulb.com)


    He’s entertained over 25 million people since 1984 and appeared in theaters, fairs, and festivals all over the world including: Japan, Australia, Canada, Portugal, Spain and the United Arab Emirates. He’s appeared on CBS, ESPN, CNBC, HLN, and VH1. He’s the magician that’s been on the forefront of the Green Movement since the beginning.


    We talk about Steve’s “green” house, Gandhi, branding, busking, being unique and so much more.


    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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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Variety Artist Classic – Nick Lewin – Structuring Your Show for Maximum Impact

    Variety Artist Classic – Nick Lewin – Structuring Your Show for Maximum Impact

    Nick Lewin is a legend in the magic circles. But today’s interview will inspire anyone from any art.


    Learn all about how to structure your show to get those standing ovations. How you should open your show. How to close. What to put in the middle. Everything you ever wanted to know about show structure.


    We also talk about all sorts of other things. You’ll hear stories of when Nick was just starting out.  His years at the Magic Castle.  Rubbing elbows with Hollywood Stars and the Magic Elite and much more.


    He knows show biz. He knows how you can structure your show for MAXIMUM IMPACT.


    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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    • 49 min
    Variety Artist Classic - The Checkboard Guy, David Aiken – How to be a Well-Rounded Performer

    Variety Artist Classic - The Checkboard Guy, David Aiken – How to be a Well-Rounded Performer

    Here it is, another Variety Artist Podcast Classic.


    David Aiken is known worldwide as The Checkerboard Guy: An infectious bundle of energy wrapped by a dynamite skill set that consistently generates guffaws from spectators.


    He's part juggler, part unicyclist, but all comic daredevil extraordinaire!


    He's performed on Cruise Ships, in the Festival Circuit, on Big Stages and much, much more.


    On today’s show David answers the age-old questions….


    ·        How is David like Evil Knievel?


    ·        How do Bees keep warm in the winter?


    ·        How does a Busker perform for the back rows?


    ·        How much alcohol is in a standard IPA beer?


    ·        What famous entertainers have a beer named after them?


    ·        How do I become a Superstar Performer?


    ·        And why the Checkers?


    So much on this show…


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Variety Artist Classic - Romany – How to Create the Life of Your Dreams – The Real Magic

    Variety Artist Classic - Romany – How to Create the Life of Your Dreams – The Real Magic

    INSPIRATION and FUN! - Over the next few weeks, I’ll be releasing the Variety Artist Classics.  My favorite interviews from some of my favorite people.


    The world is SLOWLY opening back up. And I think it’s time to take a break and listen to something fun & inspirational. Get us ready for the next phase.


    Have you ever wanted a theater in your house? How ’bout the perfect mate? How about a life of adventure? How about …..?


    Well, Romany – The Diva of Magic, has figured out The Secret. And after you listen to this interview, you’ll know too.


    Prince Charles calls her “Absolute Genius”. Dame Judi Dench said “Charming and so very, very funny!” Jeff McBride calls her “One of the brightest shining stars in magic!”


    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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    • 49 min
    Michael Kent – Making your Virtual Show Great!

    Michael Kent – Making your Virtual Show Great!

    Michael Kent is “One of the most respected and in-demand performers in the campus market.”


    Yes, he's a great entertainer and has garnered MANY awards! But we're gonna talk all about taking your show On-Line. Creating that virtual show. Not just lighting and cameras and such, but what works and doesn't. And why!


    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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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
100 Ratings

100 Ratings

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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