The Magicians' Podcast

The Magicians' Podcast

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June 20, 2019 131 min

The 100th episode and season finale features an epic 2 hour interview with the greatest magician of all time David Copperfield in an interview unlike any you will have ever heard before. He discusses his childhood before magic, his early influences, the man who discovered him and his TV specials including The Statue of Liberty vanish. David also talks about his tours of the UK and how hard the British press were on him personall... Read more

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June 13, 2019 85 min

The second in our trio of interviews is with David Copperfield's Executive Producer Chris Kenner. In this interview Chris discusses his thoughts on creativity in magic and the overuse of that particular word. He also talks about his generosity towards young magicians and why he doesn't give them advice. Chris also shares the story of his first meeting with David Copperfield and how he made his way up the ranks to his cur... Read more

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June 6, 2019 101 min

The first of our trio of interviews looking at the David Copperfield brand sees Richard sitting down with Homer Liwag, David's Co-Director. Homer has worked for David for nearly 25 years and he designs many of the stage props, lighting and video in the show. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and is the son of an artist. Homer has an incredibly artistic eye which shines through in his magic and cinematography. In this interview ... Read more

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May 30, 2019 95 min

One of the worlds greatest living magicians takes to the podcast hot seat to discuss his incredible life. Teller discusses in detail some of the duo's most famous pieces and also talks about how important chat shows were to their rise to fame. He also speaks candidly about their special relationship with the UK, how he feels about modern day Las Vegas and he also shares his thoughts on exposure and The Magic Circle. Also he ... Read more

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May 23, 2019 104 min

Mac King's contract at Harrah's on The Strip in Las Vegas began in January 2000, his show is the longest running magic show in a single venue in Las Vegas history. In this episode Mac tells us why he thinks he has had such a long uninterrupted run, he shares the techniques he uses to stay in the moment in every show despite the relentless repetition. He also talks about his friendship with Lance Burton and how two Las Ve... Read more

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May 16, 2019 77 min

Las Vegas Headliner Nathan Burton takes to the hot seat for an insight into his longevity on The Strip with his comedy magic show. Nathan's show is rare for something so large in Las Vegas in that it is still to this day a family run business. He gives us an insight into the creation of two of his most famous illusions the toilet illusion and the microwave of death and also discusses his experience as a contestant on season ... Read more

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May 9, 2019 73 min

Wayne Dobson takes to the podcast hot seat to discuss his incredible rise to fame, his encounter with Tommy Cooper, the Royal Variety performance and his three TV series for ITV called A Kind of Magic. Wayne also talks candidly about the bitter blow his career took when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the peak of his run and why he decided to hide the diagnosis for as long as possible. He also gives us a sneak peak i... Read more

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May 2, 2019 87 min

Kevin Quantum is a Scottish magician from Edinburgh who was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary called Faking It. He was studying for a PHD in Physics when he was set the task of faking it as a magician in front of a panel of professionals. Kevin succeeded and was bitten by the magic bug deciding shortly after to put his PHD on hold and try a career as a professional magician. Initially he took the logical route into professi... Read more

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April 25, 2019 85 min

The BBC discovered Keelan Leyser’s talents at a young age, he was the subject of a documentary aged just 14 and was hotly tipped to win The Young Magician of the Year. In fact he didn’t make the final and in this interview he discusses how the hype around his talent at such a young age was a detriment to his progress. He went on to forge a career as a quick-change artist with his girlfriend Charlotte and in this interview gives ... Read more

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April 11, 2019 84 min

Gary and Paul (AKA The Twins) began their professional careers working as illusionists and spent many years working on cruise ships. They were once tipped to win BGT by Amanda Holden and in this episode explain why their involvement in the show fell through. After this they diversified their careers into supplying special effects to theatrical shows and pantomimes and have built up an incredible portfolio of enormous special eff... Read more

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April 4, 2019 76 min

Tom Crosbie cut his teeth working for Rodney James Piper and Matt Wright at their venues on the continent. He is one of the lucky few young professional magicians who has very early in his career identified the perfect form of magic to suit his personality and appearance. In this episode Tom talks about his obsession with Rubik’s Cube magic, his recent foray into Cruise Ship gigs, his 3 years at Free Fringe in Edinburgh and why ... Read more

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March 28, 2019 79 min

Chris & Andreas Ehrlich take to the podcast hot seat eight days before their debut show in the UK at Wembley Arena in London. The Ehrlich Brothers are a sensation in Germany regularly selling out 10000 seat arenas twice a day with their incredible illusion show, in this interview they tell us what the audience can expect at Wembley. They also talk us through how they went from corporate event magicians to household names in ... Read more

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March 21, 2019 73 min

This week I speak to Troy, perhaps the coolest magician in the UK who has enjoyed success with two TV series on E4 and a Channel 4 television special. From the outside it all looks like a dream career, however Troy talks openly and honestly in this interview about the relentless comparison he gets with Dynamo and how he felt when the Channel 4 television special he put his heart and soul into ran into all sorts of problems beyon... Read more

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March 14, 2019 96 min

Paul Kieve takes to the podcast hot seat to share his incredible journey from performing conjuror to Broadway magic consultant. In this episode Paul explains how that transition took place and talks us through the amazing shows he has worked on including The Invisible Man, Matilda, Ghost The Musical and the ill fated Groundhog Day. Paul also discusses his friendship with David Copperfield and gives us an insight into what makes ... Read more

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March 7, 2019 72 min

Half of the famous double act Dick & Dom and the 1995 Young Magician of the Year takes to the podcast hot seat to share his journey through our weird and wonderful industry. Dominic discusses his obsessive dedication to winning competitions as a youngster, his dove act and his break onto television and how that led to his expulsion from The Magic Circle. Dominic also discusses why he fell out of love with magic and removed e... Read more

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February 28, 2019 78 min

Andy Nyman returns to the hot seat to discuss his incredible career that continues to skyrocket since his first interview on The Magicians' Podcast back in 2015 (Ep 34). Andy discusses the last new Derren Brown Live show Miracle and also how surprisingly hard he, Derren and Andrew O' Connor found it to create a 'best of' show to take to New York for their US debut. Andy also discusses the journey of his play Ghos... Read more

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February 21, 2019 102 min

With nearly 30 years of performing experience in the UK Close-Up Magic industry, Nigel Mead has had an amazing journey from performing at tables in TGI Friday's at gone midnight to onscreen TV magician and behind the scenes consultant on dozens of magic TV shows. In this episode he discusses the understated way in which he chooses to perform close-up magic, the TV shows Faking It and Tricked and the new wave of magicians try... Read more

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February 13, 2019 87 min

Richard travels to Amsterdam to interview magic superstar Hans Klok to discuss his incredible life and career. Hans talks openly about his fathers early influences and why he fell in love with stage illusions as opposed to the other forms of magic. He also talks about his on stage assistants the incredible 'Divas of Magic' and how he really feels about them leaving his act to become magicians in their own right. Hans als... Read more

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February 7, 2019 81 min

This weeks guest is an international award winning magician, Greg Frewin sits down with Richard to discuss his amazing nightly magic show near Niagara Falls which features the largest illusions, spectacular dancers and also incredible tigers. He tells us what it's like to have the pressure of 70 employees to pay and 700 seats to fill every night. He also talks about competing at FISM and how he prepared for it, performing on... Read more

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January 31, 2019 90 min

An incredibly thought provoking episode this week with Richard McDougall who from a young age was mentored by the legendary Alan Alan. Richard discusses how his mime and physical comedy training helped mould the way he communicates with his magic. Also he discusses taking his act to FISM, analyses what it is that makes David Williamson perhaps the greatest magician in the world, his work on the first Derren Brown TV shows, why h... Read more

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