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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

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    • 4.9 • 101 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.

    Page Turner Adventures: Riley Roam and Kenny Mikey – Revolutionizing the Library Market

    Page Turner Adventures: Riley Roam and Kenny Mikey – Revolutionizing the Library Market

    She’s produced and performed original theatrical productions for children around the world, and educational television content for PBS, the Travel Channel, FOX Kids, and Scholastic.
    He's a former Ringling Clown handpicked to develop a motivational social-emotional show for The Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
    Together, they’re an Emmy, Telly and iParenting Award Winning Video duo who have been producing comedy educational content for theaters, schools and television for over twenty years.
    On the show today we talk about…
    Names, Names, Names!
    What a Storyologist is,
    Where they got those GREAT graphics
    They’re philosophy on having a “Supersize Show”
    AND HOW THE ARE REVOLUTIONIZING THE LIBRARY MARKET!
    We had so much fun recording this one.
    Enjoy!
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    • 59 min
    James Taylor – All About Sideshow

    James Taylor – All About Sideshow

    James Taylor is the planet’s foremost authority on sideshow. You saw him along with his SHOCKED AND AMAZED! on The Learning Channel’s “Sideshow: Alive on the Inside,” “The Jerry Springer Show,” “Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel,” and Fox Television’s “Fox Files” and so much more.
    Sword swallowers, fire eaters, regurgitators, human pin cushions, torture kings, contortionists and motordrome riders look to his ' SHOCKED AND AMAZED! as the definitive source for all things strange and bizarre: All things sideshow.
    On this interview we discuss:
    Why it’s called Sideshow,
    Why it’s called The Midway,
    How reality TV and sideshow are related,
    Why and how he started the periodical “Shocked and Amazed”,
    And all sorts of things about Pickled Punks.
    Fascinating!
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    • 42 min
    Jessica Jane – The Definition of a Variety Artist

    Jessica Jane – The Definition of a Variety Artist

    Jessica Jane has performed over 10,000 shows since the age of 12. She's worked her magic in cities like Las Vegas, Chicago, Atlantic City and Pigeon Forge. She also headlines on Cruises sailing to 42 countries, performs military tours, and has entertained at fairs all over the USA.
    Close-up, stage, cruise ships, socially distance shows... she does it all!
    On this interview we talk about…
    Her crazy upbringing
    How she got her own show
    How she pivoted her career in this COVID world
    Socially distance shows
    Running away with the circus
    The Socratic Method
    “Stancing”
    And her philosophy on improving magic
    This one ran the gamut. A really fun listen!
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    • 52 min
    Erik "Lizardman" Sprague – On Being Human

    Erik "Lizardman" Sprague – On Being Human

    Erik “Lizardman” Sprague - What is it to be Human? That’s the question we ask in this episode. Is there an answer? Listen and find out…
    In this episode, we discuss:
    The definition of Body Modification (It may not be what you think) and what modification hurts the most.
    Lizardman’s Guinness World Record.
    Bifurcated tongue tricks.
    Carnival Stunts.
    The Power of the Media.
    We even discuss Ferrets and Dog Sledding.
    This is one for the books folks.
    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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    • 32 min
    Lee Andrews - Born to Make People Smile

    Lee Andrews - Born to Make People Smile

    When Lee Andrews created his clown character, Lew-E, at the age of three, he had no idea that it would turn into his career. We’re going to find out how that all happened. Also in this episode….
    What clowning will look like in the future.
    The difference between American and European Clowning.
    How smelly tiger pee is.
    The most important things you need to know to work fairs and festivals.
    And… How to create GREAT relationships with your clients.
    This one will put a smile on your face.
    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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    • 57 min
    Barry Mitchell - On Creativity

    Barry Mitchell - On Creativity

    Barry Mitchell is well known for his Smile Maker (and his amazing smilemakerstudio.com).
    His greatest passion is that you might use his tools and products to share fun and encouragement.
    On this episode, Barry and I talk about...
    How to be creative without breaking the bank.
    How he created Smile Maker and Smile Maker Studios.
    Why it's important to connect with your customers.
    Why we should build our business on relationships.
    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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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

StevenMiletto ,

Awesome show!

John Abrams is an excellent interviewer! He talks with his guests with his own curiosity. His own excitement makes the listener anticipate the fun that is on its way! I love the episode with Lee Andrews!!! Especially the segment “is it fact or something John made up!” Keep up the great work John!

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!

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