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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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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.

    Shaun Jay – Creating Success

    Shaun Jay – Creating Success

    From the streets to the stage, all the way to national television, Shaun Jay has accomplished quite a lot along his magical journey. It wasn’t easy though...


    There were many challenges, including the most difficult one yet: carpal tunnel syndrome.


    In this interview we talk all about his mentors including Jeff McBride, Gazzo, Paul Harris and Wayne Dobson. We also get into the syndrome that just about took Shaun’s career.


    You’re going to find out why he’s been so successful. Your going to hear the drive in his voice. The “snowball” attitude. Really inspiring.


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    • 50 min
    Al Simmons – Innovative, Resilient & Hilarious!

    Al Simmons – Innovative, Resilient & Hilarious!

    Al Simmons is an inventor and hilarious entertainer! Maclean’s Magazine says "For those in search of the truly zany, the undisputed king is Al Simmons… A popular wildly original performer…" And Variety says: "You'll be consumed by laughter when Al Simmons lets his zany comedy loose."


    In this interview we talk about many of Al’s first inventions… The Bicycle Horse, the ten to sixty-gallon hat, the crazy sock hat and so many more. We also talk about the fire that took all of his amazing inventions. Then, after all that, we have a crazy conversation about chickens, skunks and exploding toilets. Really fun!


    Al's Video (I got a horse)


    https://youtu.be/fLDbRWXx3lI (https://youtu.be/fLDbRWXx3lI)


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    https://www.thevarietyartist.com/books/

    • 50 min
    Zivi Kivi – Strategies for Entertainers in Challenging Times

    Zivi Kivi – Strategies for Entertainers in Challenging Times

    Zivi has the largest chain of Media Outlets in the world for Kids Entertainers, Balloon Artists and professionals. He and his team produce free educational podcasts and build premium life-changing laser focused schools.


    You know him from Kids Entertainer Academy and The Balloon Artist College.


    In this episode Zivi gives us strategies to help us through this crazy time. Sure, we have fun in the interview, but we also talk about the serious issues of the day. And what you can do to come out of all this better than you started.


    In fact, he even has a special offer to help you get through those times. I’ve put a link on my website that’ll take you straight to it.


    The perfect person to help get us through this time of uncertainty.


    Here are the links that we talked about on today's show.More info on KEA---> Kids Entertainers Acacemy (https://bd229.infusionsoft.com/app/orderForms/ca740935-8e1f-4e15-93a9-ffb1b300f2a0)


    More info on BAC---> Balloon Artist College (https://balloonartistcollege.com/product/balloon-artist-college-club-vap-surprise-bonus/)


    More info on GMP---> The Generous Marriage Podcast (https://generousmarriage.com)


    Check 'em out!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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    Visit The Variety Artist Store Today https://www.thevarietyartist.com/shop/Recommended books:


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    • 52 min
    Irwin Royes – The World’s Smallest Magician

    Irwin Royes – The World’s Smallest Magician

    Irwin Royes bills himself as "The World's Smallest Magician".


    He's a member of Little People Of America and has been performing magic shows professionally for 50+ years.


    His favorite quote: No dreams too big. No dreamers too small.


    In this episode Irwin tells us what causes little people-ness and all sorts of fun stories of being in the biz for so long.


    Here’s the pics we talk about in the show:


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    • 46 min
    Lindsay Benner – Performer, Mom, Variety Artist

    Lindsay Benner – Performer, Mom, Variety Artist

    Lindsay Benner made history by being the only non-magician ever to be nominated for The Magic Castle Awards. She mixes classic vaudeville tricks with a theatrical, seductive spin.


    She produces the only all-female variety show in Los Angeles called "Women in Vaudeville" which runs monthly at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.


    In this episode we talk about….


    Having kids and how it changes performing,


    How Lindsay met her husband (was it love at first sight?),


    How she came up with her character,


    How to get consent from your volunteers throughout your show,


    And so much more….


    You really get to know Lindsay in this interview!


    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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    • 51 min
    Darren Collins – Changing Lives with Puppetry

    Darren Collins – Changing Lives with Puppetry

    Darren Collins has taught thousands of people puppetry. But more importantly, he’s created an organization called Project HAND UP.


    HIS MISSION: To teach East Africans about living productive, healthy lives and prevent the spread of HIV by using novel performance and visual art educational presentations.


    His organization uses puppetry, magic, and storytelling to educate and promote social change in East Africa.


    In this episode, we talk about his journey. How he started this adventure. How he left his life back home and his entire career to commit to helping people in East Africa.


    Very inspiring! Darren is making a difference!


    Darren's Site---> https://projecthandup.org/ (https://projecthandup.org/) Darren's Email ---> darren@projecthandup.org


    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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    (https://www.thevarietyartist.com/books/)

    • 58 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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