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26/09/2023 • 24 minutes
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Ep 100 - David Copperfield
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 personally, the development of The Death Saw illusion, his strongest memories of the thousands of shows he has performed and also talks in detail about the incredible new magic in his current show which plays twice nightly at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This is the podcast of all podcasts!
21/06/2019 • 2 hours 11 minutes 55 seconds
Ep 99 - Chris Kenner
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 current position. He talks about why the Tornado of Fire TV special was David's last and also shares an anecdote about a disagreement with the boss in a high pressure environment.
14/06/2019 • 1 hour 25 minutes 30 seconds
Ep 98 - Homer Liwag
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 Homer shares the story of how he went from a working close-up magician working in a themed magic restaurant to sitting on the stage in Las Vegas surrounded by all of David Copperfield's props in a matter of hours. Homer also gives us an amazing insight into one of the teams real secrets, their attention to detail.
07/06/2019 • 1 hour 41 minutes 29 seconds
Ep 97 - Teller
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 faces the difficult talks of choosing some of his favourite acts who have appeared on Fool Us.
31/05/2019 • 1 hour 35 minutes 38 seconds
Ep 96 - Mac King
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 Vegas headliners came out of the same magic club in Louisville, Kentucky. Mac also talks about his deal with Harrahs and how his show survived the recession in 2008.
24/05/2019 • 1 hour 44 minutes 8 seconds
Ep 95 - Nathan Burton
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 one of America's Got Talent. He also discusses his first trip to Vegas, how the tiniest details can make the biggest difference to your show and how after many years of working non stop he is now finally finding the perfect balance of work, family and good health.
17/05/2019 • 1 hour 17 minutes 42 seconds
Ep 94 - Wayne Dobson
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 into his autobiography which is nearing completion and also shares one of his legendary practical joke stories.
10/05/2019 • 1 hour 13 minutes 30 seconds
Ep 93 - Kevin Quantum
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 professional magic of performing close-up magic at corporate events and weddings however having the Edinburgh Fringe on his doorstep took him to the stage soon after. In this interview Kevin discusses why he thinks performing close-up magic was bad for his mental health, how he took his stage shows from Edinburgh to the Adelaide and Perth festivals in Australia and also discusses his passion project The Edinburgh International Magic Festival.
03/05/2019 • 1 hour 27 minutes 58 seconds
Ep 92 - Keelan Leyser
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 an amazing insight into this corner of our industry that so few perform. He also discusses the difficulties of working with your partner and what he did when the bubble burst and the act stopped being booked. He also talks in detail about his new foray into technology and iPad magic and his recent move across the Atlantic to Las Vegas.
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26/04/2019 • 1 hour 25 minutes 48 seconds
Ep 91 - The Twins
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 effects that wow over 35 panto's each Christmas in the UK at the largest theatres including The London Palladium. Most interestingly they have also developed a practical and safe way of flying celebrities, double decker buses and a horse and carriage over the heads of the audience in the stalls, in this interview they provide a sneak peak into the development of this spectacular illusion.
Also this week Richard talks to The 2019 Young Magician of the Year Adam Black minutes after he is awarded the title at The Magic Circle headquarters.
12/04/2019 • 1 hour 24 minutes 30 seconds
Ep 90 - Tom Crosbie
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 in August 2019 he will do his first paid show there.
05/04/2019 • 1 hour 16 minutes 23 seconds
Ep 89 - The Ehrlich Brothers
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 their native land and how along that path they nearly sold one of their creations to David Copperfield. Also they provide us with an insight into the development of their incredible motorbike from iPad illusion, the appearing monster truck, bending railway tracks and perhaps their most innovative creation to date The Live Teleportation as well as the reason for their recent expansion into Europe. They also provide us with a sneak peak as to what audiences can expect from their new show coming in 2020 called Dream & Fly.
29/03/2019 • 1 hour 19 minutes 28 seconds
Ep 88 - Troy
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 beyond his control and was poorly received.
22/03/2019 • 1 hour 13 minutes 37 seconds
Ep 87 - Paul Kieve
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 the great man tick.
15/03/2019 • 1 hour 36 minutes 3 seconds
Ep 86 - Dominic Wood
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 every trace of it from his life. He also discusses the double act that made him a house hold name with Dick and their huge hit show In Da Bungalow.
08/03/2019 • 1 hour 12 minutes 30 seconds
Ep 85 - Andy Nyman
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 Ghost Stories from stage to the silver screen and his current role as the lead in Fiddler On The Roof which is about to transfer to the West End. He also discusses why he doesn't like tech magic tricks, the enormous egos of mentalists and also has quite the surprise planned for Richard.
01/03/2019 • 1 hour 18 minutes 9 seconds
Ep 84 - Nigel Mead
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 trying to host corporate events.
Also Alan Hudson gives a full and thorough review of the 2019 Blackpool Magic Convention.
22/02/2019 • 1 hour 42 minutes 52 seconds
Ep 83 - Hans Klok
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 also talks about how he gained permission to perform the Blackstone floating lightbulb, his incredible West End show a few years ago and also what went wrong with his 2007 Las Vegas show with Pamela Anderson ahead of his return to the strip in the summer of 2019 with a brand new show.
14/02/2019 • 1 hour 27 minutes 19 seconds
Ep 82 - Greg Frewin
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 The Paul Daniels TV series Secrets, NBC's The World's Greatest Magic and Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Greg also talks frankly about the way the world is changing and how having tigers in the show is becoming harder for the public to accept and how he is dealing with that change.
08/02/2019 • 1 hour 21 minutes 30 seconds
Ep 81 - Richard McDougall
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 he loves Michael Carbonaro and also why to him the plot is far more interesting than the trick.
Richard also discusses his work with the amazing Breathe Magic a programme that helps children with brain injuries learn magic to improve their mental and physical health.
01/02/2019 • 1 hour 30 minutes 38 seconds
Ep 80 - Rodney James Piper
Rodney James Piper is the owner of The House of Illusion venue in Salou, Spain. Over the last 20 years dozens of well known magicians got their start by completing a season working for him. In this podcast Rodney discusses the venue and the magicians who have helped create this must see night out in the town. He also shares with us how and why he ended up there, how to do a great audition, stage hypnosis, grand illusions and most importantly admits to being the owner of some 'hooky' props.
25/01/2019 • 1 hour 34 minutes 25 seconds
Ep 79 - Tim Clothier
Tim Clothier is the CEO of Illusion Projects INC a Las Vegas company who specialise in the design and construction of theatrical stage illusions, the company builds props for the best and most famous magicians in the world including David Copperfield and Criss Angel. Tim's journey in magic actually began in the UK, he is in fact from the west country and in this interview he shares the story of his incredible journey from a competing young magician in the UK to setting up shop a stones throw from the Las Vegas strip.
Also in this episode Richard talks to Andreas Sucker who takes care of the PR for the German magic superstars The Ehrlich Brothers and gets a sneak peak of what the audience can expect at their first UK supershow at Wembley Arena on April 6th 2019.
18/01/2019 • 1 hour 43 minutes 57 seconds
Ep 78 - Richard Cadell
For the first time ever a previous guest returns to The Magicians' Podcast hot seat for a catch up. Richard Cadell was the guest on Episode 31 back in 2015 and shared his amazing journey from fairground ride operator to stage illusionist through to the owner of Sooty & Co. In this episode he updates us with what he's been up to since that interview and discusses the exciting potential Sooty movie, How and why he decided to get back into performing illusions and subsequently closing the Blackpool Magicians Convention Gala show with them in 2018, his time as IBM President and also gives us an exciting insight into what audiences can expect from the 2019 UK tour called Sooty's Magic Show.
11/01/2019 • 1 hour 18 minutes 25 seconds
Ep 77 - Kayla Drescher
In this episode I chat to Los Angeles based performer Kayla Drescher who provides a fascinating insight into life as a gigging Close-Up Magician in the USA. Kayla won a competition a few years ago where David Copperfield searched for the next great magician on a TV show and choose Kayla as the overall winner and took her on a tour of his incredible warehouse and museum in Las Vegas, she shares the story of that incredible experience here. Kayla is also one of the cast members of Champions of Magic and discusses her time with the show.
Also in this episode Alan Hudson returns to discuss 'whats going on' and a competition is launched in association with Giggio to win a Gold Pass for this years Blackpool Magic Convention.
Kayla Drescher is the co-host of her own podcast called Shezam which you can listen to here: http://www.shezampod.com/
04/01/2019 • 1 hour 23 minutes 29 seconds
Ep 76 - Matt Edmondson
Matt Edmondson is known to the public as a Radio and Television presenter however he spent his teenage years as a member of The Young Magicians Club. How does a driven and ambitious teenager go from selling Svengali Decks in Greenwich Market to being chosen by Simon Cowell to present one of the biggest Saturday night TV shows? The answers are within this podcast. Matt also discusses how he sees magic on TV being showcased over the next few years.
28/12/2018 • 1 hour 35 minutes
Ep 75 - Josephine Lee
How does a performer go from ballet dancer to one of the worlds most in demand stage illusionists? Via Hans Klok of course!
Josephine Lee's rise to Britain's Got Talent Semi Finalist and a star in The Illusionists is fascinating, in this interview she walks us through her journey and talks about the incredible work ethic instilled in her by Hans that continues with her own work to this day.
21/12/2018 • 1 hour 18 minutes
Ep 74 - Paul Zerdin
The new series begins with the winner of season 10 of America's Got Talent. Paul Zerdin began his professional life as a magician and shares the reason he moved away from magic and into the world of ventriloquism after a conversation with an agent. Paul talks us through his incredible journey and also discusses some of the more controversial aspects of being a vent including threat of material.
14/12/2018 • 1 hour 27 minutes 14 seconds
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL 2018 SPECIAL
A special episode recorded during the 2018 Edinburgh Festival, Richard revisits six previous guests who are all performing at the festival with their own shows for a catch up. Featuring Piff The Magic Dragon, Ben Hart, Ben Hanlin, Harry De Cruz, John Lenahan and Pete Firman.
PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON (17:21)
BEN HART (45.42)
BEN HANLIN (1:05.11)
HARRY DE CRUZ (1:27.40)
JOHN LENAHAN (1:53.06)
PETE FIRMAN (2:17.30)
24/08/2018 • 2 hours 44 minutes 38 seconds
Ep 72 - Derren Brown
One of the world's greatest living magicians takes to my hot seat for the series finale. Derren Brown has changed mentalism in our industry forever and become a household name in the process. He has produced more television content over the last 15 years than any other British magician and also produced seven full evening stage shows full of original presentations, methods and thinking. An unexpected part of Derren's incredible success has been the spawning of an entire generation of magicians who rip off his psychological presentations and material, what does the man himself really think of the Derren clones? His answer may surprise you.
09/09/2016 • 2 hours 10 minutes 40 seconds
Ep 71 - Stuart MacLeod (Barry & Stuart)
Stuart MacLeod is one half of the double act Barry & Stuart. I would recommend you listen to Barry's episode first (episode 70) before you listen to this one as it follows on perfectly. In this interview Stuart discusses their influences, why commercial success was never their plan, why they decided to expose all of the secrets to the tricks in one of their Edinburgh shows, his solo projects including the soon to open Band of Magicians show on the Las Vegas strip. Stuart also explains how they are able to continue as a double act today despite the fact that they live on different continents.
02/09/2016 • 59 minutes 2 seconds
Ep 70 - Barry Jones (Barry & Stuart)
Barry Jones is half of the double act Barry & Stuart, they are without question two of the most creative and innovative magicians in the world today and over the last 15 years they have produced an incredible body of original work. In this interview Barry discusses their journey from rural Scotland to the bright lights of London where they made their own TV series for Channel 4 in their early twenties called Magick, he also talks about their time as featured performers on the BBC1 show 'The Magicians' including the night The Slicer illusion they were performing went wrong on Live TV. I also ask Barry about their Live shows, their upcoming appearance on ITV1's 'The Next Great Magician' featuring the incredible 'Barry's Belly' trick and how he and Stuart have kept their double act going strong despite Stuart moving to America.
02/09/2016 • 1 hour 4 minutes 40 seconds
Ep 68 - Debbie McGee
The lovely Debbie McGee takes to my hot seat this week to discuss her incredible life and career as both a ballet dancer and also as one half of the most famous magic double act in the UK over the last 30 years. Debbie talks about her marriage to Paul Daniels, the TV shows, the West End run, the live shows, the Louis Theroux and 'Wife Swap' documentaries, as well as sitting on Mrs Merton's sofa when she asked that very famous question. Debbie also talks about her future plans and your host points out an amazing potential new avenue that Debbie could go down in the world of magic at the end of the interview.
19/08/2016 • 1 hour 18 minutes 11 seconds
Ep 67 - Ben Earl
This is possibly the most thought provoking episode I have released in a long time. I have tried to convince Ben to be a guest on the podcast since the very beginning and today is the day he finally sits and talks to me about his incredible approach to magic. Ben doesn't do interviews for magicians, so I am honoured that he choose to speak to you via this podcast. We go right back to the start of his professional career to discuss his DVD Past Midnight, we talk about why he decided to try and fool Penn & Teller rather than the how he fooled them. Ben also talks candidly about his Channel 4 series Trick Artist. Did he really ask security to eject the magicians he spotted in the studio audience? He answers that question in this podcast with 100% honesty. Ben is just beginning the start of a new journey for him and his magic, a project he calls Neo-Movement which is an approach to magic which makes sleights invisible and magic lo
11/08/2016 • 1 hour 11 minutes 25 seconds
Ep 66 - Richard Wiseman
Professor Richard Wiseman takes to my hot seat this week to discuss his incredible (and often magical) viral videos, he shares an amazing insight into the success of his YouTube channel Quirkology. He also talks about the framing of magic, being a guest at EMC, the new Quirkology Marvin's Magic set and his fantastic books. This is also the very first episode ever to feature an unexpected (and unwelcome) co-host.
04/08/2016 • 50 minutes 42 seconds
Ep 65 - David Berglas
On the eve of his 90th birthday the living legend and International Man of Mystery David Berglas takes to The Magicians' Podcast hot seat to discuss his incredible life and career. He shares the story of how he secured his own television series on the BBC in the most unusual way, the cabaret scene in the 50's and 60's an amazing effect which he created where a real pear appears inside a milk bottle (he shares the secret too). David also discusses The Berglas Effect, his time as President of The Magic Circle and his thoughts on his son Marvin running for President.
28/07/2016 • 1 hour 40 minutes 45 seconds
Ep 64 - Katherine Mills
Katherine Mills is the first female magician in the UK to secure her own TV Series, the show called 'Mind Games' was commissioned and broadcast on the same channel Dynamo found fame on and in this interview she shares the 'ups' of securing the series and the 'downs' of its demise after one series. We also discuss Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic both the TV version and Live show and also her very brief time in the West End show Impossible. Katherine also shares some great tips and advice from many years working as a gigging female magician that any budding female performer should hear.
14/07/2016 • 51 minutes 11 seconds
Ep 63 - Max Somerset
Epistemic paradigms? Peddling epistemological agendas? I don't know what they mean either, but Max Somerset does, a man who a decade ago was doing more magic on television than anyone else. He was Max in Max Magic on Sky, The Sorcerer on The Sorcerer's Apprentice on BBC1 and then he was mugged and left in a bad way in a brutal unprovoked attack in the street in which he lives. He tells the story of that attack and how it made him re-evaluate his outlook on life in this weeks podcast. Max also talks in detail about his chance encounter with the 1992 Formula 1 World Champion Nigel Mansell who he has helped to recover from a major accident in a racing car by helping him learn magic.
07/07/2016 • 1 hour 5 minutes 41 seconds
Ep 62 - Billy Kidd
Canadian born Billy Kidd started life as a child actor and didn't find magic until her twenties. She now lives in Bath and has done it all including street performing, close-up, stage and a ton of television, later this year you will see her on ITV1 attempting to become 'The Next Great Magician' too. In this interview Billy gives us an incredible insight in to what it's like to be a female in our male dominated industry.
30/06/2016 • 58 minutes 19 seconds
Ep 61 - Guy Hollingworth
Guy Hollingworth is a Barrister and one of the most influential card magicians of the last twenty years. This week he takes to my hot seat to discuss his book, the torn and restored card effect, his new stage act and also provides the greatest ever answer during the word association part of the show.
23/06/2016 • 1 hour 22 minutes 58 seconds
Ep 60 - Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith has worked for Marvin's Magic since day one at ground zero on the shop floor in Hamleys of Regent's Street. In this interview he talks about the art of the magic demonstration, shares his stories of performing for Michael Jackson after closing time and also discusses the amazing list of magicians who have worked for the company over the past 30 years and shares some anecdotes of some of the big names including Stephen Mulhern, Marc Paul and Andy Nyman.
25/03/2016 • 1 hour 11 minutes 2 seconds
Ep 59 - Sharkey & Long
Derren Brown's BAFTA and Olivier award winning co-writers join me to discuss the incredible projects they have worked on and provide an incredible insight into the man himself. They also provide a fascinating insight in to the writing process they go through together.
25/03/2016 • 1 hour 7 minutes 33 seconds
Ep 58 - Scott Penrose
A former investment analyst who went on to become The President of The Magic Circle, Scott Penrose takes to my hot seat to discuss his love of illusions, what he hates about bird acts, his consultancy work, and the club which he now represents as President.
17/03/2016 • 1 hour 13 minutes 32 seconds
Ep 57 - Geoffrey Durham
How hard can it really be to get a famous magician to say his catchphrase? You are about to find out! Geoffrey needs no introduction, he is a legend in our industry and during his career he performed on television over 700 times. In this interview he discusses why he quit performing, his thoughts on the magic world today and why you absolutely should have a trick with liquid in your show.
11/03/2016 • 1 hour 7 minutes 1 second
Ep 56 - Piff The Magic Dragon
This is the first podcast ever recorded outside of the UK and comes to you from the bright lights of Las Vegas! A few years ago John Van Der Put was a jobbing Close-Up Magician in London, he now has his own show at The Flamingo on The Strip in Las Vegas alongside Mr Piffles as Piff The Magic Dragon. This interview covers his extraordinary journey.
03/03/2016 • 1 hour 31 minutes 1 second
Ep 55 - Mike Caveney
Mike Caveney was passing through the UK for just over a week to perform in The Magic Circle Christmas Show. He managed to find some time to have a fantastic chat with me about his amazing act, his books, the history of magic, his incredible historical magic collection, the conference on magic history which he organises and also the future of the history of magic.
26/02/2016 • 1 hour 6 seconds
Ep 54 - Derek Lever
Derek Lever is the organiser of the world's largest magic convention in Blackpool, in this episode he gives us the story of how he came to be involved in the convention, why he often bans people from the event and also what it's like to book acts from all over the world. Derek also shares with us what he would still dearly love to see happen on the Opera House stage, a hand shake between two living magical legends.
17/02/2016 • 1 hour 1 minute 43 seconds
Ep 53 - Noel Qualter
Noel Qualter has won the prize for originality for the last 3 years in a row at The Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year Competition. He is a working professional, consultant and has also had a close call with some big time television success. This is perhaps the most gut wrenching story on the podcast to date, as Noel explains how he was cut from a major prime time TV magic show not once, but twice.
11/02/2016 • 1 hour 1 minute 53 seconds
Ep 52 - Kevin James
This week I speak to one of the most creative magicians on the planet about his incredible body of work, Kevin James. He talks about his experience on America's Got Talent and being in the world's largest touring magic show The Illusionists. Kevin also talks openly about the creation of his incredible Sawing in Half Illusion: The Operation.
04/02/2016 • 1 hour 5 minutes 12 seconds
Ep 51 - Simon Painter
Simon Painter is the producer of the biggest touring magic show on the planet The Illusionists. In this episode he discusses how the show came to be, why he books the acts he does, the death of one of the cast members and the incredible West End and Broadway runs that happened simultaneously in December 2015.
If you dream of one day being in this show, this episode is a blueprint to The Illusionists stage.
28/01/2016 • 53 minutes 16 seconds
Ep 50 - Darcy Oake
Canadian born Darcy Oake takes to my hot seat in the season 3 double bill launch to address his critics in this controversial episode.
With great success often comes great criticism and Darcy talks openly about his experiences with Criss Angel in Las Vegas, the details of why Rick Thomas publicly criticised his version of the double levitation and also the reasons that he and Russ Stevens will never work together again.
Darcy also shares his Britain's Got Talent experience and talks about his ITV1 television special.
21/01/2016 • 1 hour 1 minute 59 seconds
Ep 49 - Sam Strange
Season 3 begins with Sam Strange who is half of the double act Young & Strange (the other half being your host) to celebrate the fact Strange is finally on the show your host decides to introduce a bowl and some pieces of paper to keep the interviewing flowing nicely.
Strange discusses his hero Martin Sanderson, setting fire to the top table at a wedding, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, performing at funerals and touring David Copperfield's museum and warehouse in Las Vegas.
21/01/2016 • 1 hour 1 minute 34 seconds
Ep 48 - DYNAMO
This is the series finale with the biggest star in UK magic today. This incredible insight into the world and mind of Steven Frayne was recorded a few days before the start of his nationwide theatre and arena tour.
Incredibly nothing was off limits and he discusses the way his TV show is edited, Criss Angel and a host of other controversial topics. His openness will surprise you and earn your respect.
08/10/2015 • 1 hour 12 minutes 37 seconds
Ep 47 - Dan Albion
The series reaches it's conclusion with a double bill of episodes with the two guys behind the biggest brand in UK magic today.
Dan Albion is the manager of DYNAMO and in this episode he shares the story of how they met and their incredible journey to fame and fortune.
08/10/2015 • 59 minutes 19 seconds
Ep 46 - Andrew O'Connor
Andrew O'Connor was The Young Magician of the Year in 1981 and had a successful career in television as a presenter, in the early 90's he co-founded Objective Productions with Michael Vine (See episode 45 for his side of the story) and together they discovered Derren Brown. They sold the business in the mid 2000's for millions of pounds after which Andrew moved to L.A to make movies.
Andrew does not hold back in this interview and shares some interesting opinions on magicians egos, The Magic Circle and your hosts obsessions.
01/10/2015 • 1 hour 6 minutes 1 second
Ep 45 - Michael Vine (LIVE)
This episode is the first ever podcast recorded in front of a Live audience at The Magic Circle Headquarters. A Live audience calls for a lively guest and Michael Vine is exactly that in this extraordinary interview. He is one of the cofounders of Objective Productions which is responsible for most of the magic you have seen on TV over the last 15 years. He also manages the career of Derren Brown and provides an incredible insight in to his amazing world.
24/09/2015 • 1 hour 1 minute 17 seconds
Ep 44 - Paul Daniels
The legendary Paul Daniels takes to my hot seat to discuss his incredible career in this epic 2 hour interview. We discuss his rise to fame, the TV show, his West End run and his thoughts on the magic world today. Paul also answers the questions you left on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.
17/09/2015 • 2 hours 1 second
Ep 43 - Michael Vincent
Michael Vincent is without question one of the finest sleight of hand magicians the UK has to offer and he is in my hot seat this week to share stories of his mentors, his amazing card magic, appearing twice on Penn & Teller: Fool Us and the DVD sets he released a few years ago with Alakazam.
10/09/2015 • 56 minutes 11 seconds
Ep 42 - Jonathan Goodwin
The incredible Jonathan Goodwin talks to me in this episode about his amazing stunts and television appearances. He shares the story of what it is like to hang upside down in a straight jacket from a burning rope on the London Eye. I also ask Jonathan what the difference is between the West End show Impossible and the Broadway spectacular The Illusionists (he stars in both).
03/09/2015 • 1 hour 6 minutes 44 seconds
Ep 41 - Paul Gordon
This week Paul Gordon joins me to discuss the new DVD set of his work which he is releasing through Alakazam shortly. Paul also shares some funny stories from gigs, lecturing for magicians at conventions and magic clubs, his favourite magic books and discusses some of his own creations.
03/09/2015 • 1 hour 6 minutes 9 seconds
Ep 40 - Marc Kerstein
In this episode I talk to Marc Kerstein, a young London based magician who has been creating innovative and original magic in the last couple of years which has got him noticed by the likes of David Blaine and Derren Brown (he has actually worked for both already). Marc also tells me why he doesn't like doing gigs and why he left a career with a major bank to chase his dream of being a professional magician.
Buy Earworm here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/earworm/id953365139?mt=8
Marc's website: www.marckerstein.com
20/08/2015 • 51 minutes 42 seconds
Ep 39 - Marc Paul
Marc Paul is a really interesting magician because he was right in the middle of the magic world when there was a search for a new star after the end of the Paul Daniels era. We also discuss his appearance on the Parkinson TV show, the sale of one of his effects to David Copperfield and the benefit of a period of time in your life where you have a fully immersive experience.
13/08/2015 • 1 hour 13 minutes 5 seconds
Ep 38 - Alan Hudson
Alan is originally from Hull and moved to London to chase his dream. He's done everything including prime time national television, thousands of real world gigs, kids magic and several runs at The Edinburgh Fringe. Oh and he's also done the KFC Christmas party too.
This episode also includes a brilliant format for Close-Up Magic which Alan invented which solves all the problems of the house party gig. www.alanhudson.net
06/08/2015 • 59 minutes 41 seconds
Ep 37 - Ian Keable
Comedy magician and author Ian Keable is in my hot seat in this episode to discuss why after graduating from Oxford University and landing a stable job as an accountant he decided to quit and become a magician. We also talk about his appearance on New Faces, his three amazing books and his thoughts on reviews in the magic world, from both a reviewers perspective and the subjects.
30/07/2015 • 1 hour 51 seconds
Ep 36 - Jez Rose
This week I speak to Jez Rose about his various careers in magic to date. He shares with us his time at Marvin's Magic, the controversy he caused when he entered The Young Magician of the Year (for not doing enough magic) and his experience making a TV special for ITV.
30/07/2015 • 57 minutes 18 seconds
Ep 35 - Chris Cox
To coincide with the opening of the West End's new magic show Impossible I sit down with one of the stars of the show Chris Cox.
Chris has had an amazing career so far as 'the mind reader who doesn't read minds' and also as a producer for BBC Radio 1. Chris talks openly about being a hustler in the early days to get his career off the ground and also the recent BBC3 series Killer Magic in which he also starred.
24/07/2015 • 1 hour 46 seconds
Ep 34 - Andy Nyman
The big fish I have been trying to catch for the podcast since the beginning of the project is finally in my hot seat! This is an amazingly open and candid interview about Andy Nyman's life and career.
This episode truly has a little bit of everything. I hope you love it as much as I do.
16/07/2015 • 1 hour 20 minutes 2 seconds
Ep 33 - Richard Pinner
The Vice President of The Magic Circle Richard Pinner takes to my hot seat to answer my questions regarding the past, present and future of the Club. We also discuss close-up magic, working cruises, children's entertainment and his theatre consultancy work.
07/07/2015 • 1 hour 12 seconds
Ep 32 - Morgan & West
The first double act to appear on The Magicians' Podcast and what a cracking episode this is! Morgan & West have an incredibly strong work ethic and have come up with hours of original material for their Edinburgh shows, they have also got their foot in the door with Electric Talent Management and reveal in this episode how they did it. We also discuss how they fooled Penn & Teller and the public's reaction to the way it was edited.
Morgan & West's website: www.morganandwest.co.uk
02/07/2015 • 1 hour 40 seconds
Ep 31 - Richard Cadell
This is a fantastic episode! Richard Cadell has had an amazing life and he shares it all here. We discuss Richard winning The Young Magician of the Year, working as an illusionist and how/why his illusion career ended. Richard is also very open about how the move to hosting Sooty came about and how he ended up owning the brand.
Here's the best bit: this weeks episode features special guests Sooty & Sweep!
25/06/2015 • 1 hour 2 minutes 32 seconds
Ep 30 - Paul Megram (Colonel Custard)
This week we discuss the world of children's magic with Paul Megram (aka Colonel Custard). We discuss his background, how he built up his business and the way he keeps his clients re-booking year after year. Paul is an amazing businessman and his techniques and approaches could easily be applied to any branch of magic. This episode also contains one of the funniest stories of the series so far, when (much to Paul's horror) all the kids decided to drop their trousers during the middle of his show.
18/06/2015 • 1 hour 29 seconds
Ep 29 - Alex McAleer
Alex's mum died when he was 14, at around the same time he discovered Derren Brown and his journey to becoming a Champion of Magic had begun. In this interview we discuss Alex's incredible mentalism set in the Champions of Magic touring show, the Gossamer Thread Vaudville Company which he runs with his partner Daisy and what it is like to perform only mentalism at gigs.
11/06/2015 • 54 minutes 11 seconds
Ep 28 - Etienne Pradier
Perhaps the best dressed, busiest and funniest working Close-Up Magician in the UK, French magician Etienne Pradier shares his life story on this weeks Podcast. How did he end up in the UK? How did he fool Penn & Teller? How did he escape being thrown out of The Magic Circle? It is all here. Etienne also shares his thoughts on the best tricks to do at gigs.
WARNING: This Episode Contains Strong Language.
11/06/2015 • 59 minutes 31 seconds
Ep 27 - Jamie Raven
Jamie Raven has been one of the UK's top working professional magicians for many years, working at top end corporate and private events. In early 2015 Jamie took an enormous risk when he decided to appear on Britain's Got Talent, a risk which paid off massively, Jamie came second and missed out on victory by just 2% of the public vote. This podcast is his story of that incredible journey. www.jamieraven.co.uk
04/06/2015 • 1 hour 7 minutes 50 seconds
Ep 26 - Luke Jermay
According to his Twitter bio he is 'of little mainstream interest' however after seeing his full evening show I couldn't possibly disagree more! Luke is an incredible raw talent and brilliant thinker, in this interview he is incredibly open and candid about his career to date and his sensational new stage show: Sixth Sense.
This interview was recorded an hour or so after Luke came off stage in Cheltenham on his 2015 UK tour.
27/05/2015 • 58 minutes 47 seconds
Ep 25 - Ben Hart
Series 2 begins with a bright young talent! Ben Hart was The Young Magician of the Year and was recently one of the featured performers on the BBC3 series Killer Magic. Ben is also one of the most creative minds in magic and no doubt has a bright future ahead of him, in this episode we discuss his past, present and very bright future.
27/05/2015 • 1 hour 28 seconds
Ep 24 - Nick Einhorn
Nick Einhorn is unquestionably one of the highest profile close-up workers in the country, with top end clients and the highest fees, in this Podcast he gives us an insight in to how he got to where he is today. We also discuss magic competitions, his successful fooling of Penn & Teller on ITV1 and his fantastic products including Spooked, The Nest of Wallets and In-Flight.
05/03/2015 • 58 minutes 54 seconds
Ep 23 - Jamie Allan
From a show business family, Jamie Allan was always going to be on stage once the magic bug bite him. A successful career on the worlds largest cruise ships performing the biggest illusions led Jamie to a new touring show concept: iMagician. In this Podcast Jamie talks us through his journey and gives us an incredible insight into what it takes to bring a large show from inside your mind to touring UK theatre stages.
Ticket / Tour Dates: http://imagicianlive.com
05/03/2015 • 58 minutes 3 seconds
Ep 22 - John Archer
The Police officer turned comedy magician takes to The Magicians' Podcast hot seat to talk us through his career. We discuss what it was like to be the first man to fool Penn & Teller, his performance at Derren Brown's Dad's birthday party and touring with comedy star Tim Vine.
26/02/2015 • 58 minutes 19 seconds
Ep 21 - Laura London
In the hot seat this week is one of the most in demand Close-Up Magicians in the capital Laura London. Laura discusses her appearance on Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Her Close-Up act which consists of only a pack of cards and a pen and her passionate charity work with Breathe where magic is used as a form of therapy.
For more information on Breathe visit:
18/02/2015 • 54 minutes 47 seconds
Ep 20 - Danny Buckler
Danny Buckler is a comedian who used to do magic, he still does magic from time to time however his real talent lies in the unplanned. Some people have gone as far to say that Danny is the UK version of David Williamson, even David himself bought Danny a coffee many years ago to talk about his style and future. On this Podcast Danny tells us all about that encounter with Williamson, his time performing on BBC1 on Saturday nights and the heart breaking story of the dream gig that got away.
12/02/2015 • 57 minutes 39 seconds
Ep 19 - Will Houstoun
The 2015 Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year Will Houstoun joins me to discuss his competition victory, magic history, his PHD, his two books and what it's like to be the editor of The Magic Circular Magazine. Will also gives us a fascinating insight in to the great work being done at Breathe, where magic is used as a form of therapy: http://breatheahr.org
Will's books and DVD's are available from: www.willhoustoun.co.uk
05/02/2015 • 58 minutes 18 seconds
Ep 18 - Pete Firman
One of the biggest stars in UK magic is in The Magicians' Podcast hot seat this week. Pete Firman joins me to discuss his childhood, his break on Channel 5's Monkey Magic, BBC1's The Magicians and his incredible 8 year run at The Edinburgh Fringe (a brand new show every year) to sell out crowds and critical acclaim.
30/01/2015 • 1 hour 2 minutes 16 seconds
Ep 17 - Ben Hanlin
Star of the ITV2 show Tricked, Ben Hanlin tells us how the road to his own TV series started on YouTube. He discusses the ethical issues of the Breaking Magic TV series which he cohosted which revealed the methods of the stunts in the show. He also reveals how he secured his own TV series on ITV2 and (more importantly) the second series.
22/01/2015 • 1 hour 3 seconds
Ep 16 - Duncan Trillo
You will know Duncan Trillo as the man behind MagicWeek however he's had an incredible career performing all around the world supporting major stars and winning lots of awards along the way. This Podcast tells his story. Duncan is interviewed by magician Richard Young: www.richardyoungmagic.com
20/01/2015 • 59 minutes 28 seconds
Ep 15 - John Lenahan
John Lenahan is from Philadelphia, in the 1980's he travelled around Europe street performing before settling in London. What followed over the next 20 years was success on television as the front man for multiple magic shows and controversy as the first man to be ejected from The Magic Circle in 85 years. This podcast tells the story and introduces him to the magical world of Giggio. John is interviewed by magician Richard Young: www.richardyoungmagic.com
08/01/2015 • 59 minutes 14 seconds
Ep 14 - David Williamson
A podcast with (almost certainly) one of your favourite magicians! David Williamson was in London for 48 hours and was on great form in this interview. Including the story of how the Rocky Racoon routine came to be what it is today and a story about David Copperfield which you won't believe. David is interviewed by magician Richard Young: www.richardyoungmagic.com
01/01/2015 • 1 hour 2 minutes 31 seconds
Ep 13 - Edward Hilsum
Edward Hilsum is one of the featured performers on the Champions of Magic UK tour. In his teens he was hotly tipped to win The Magic Circle Young Magician of The Year, but he didn't. This Podcast tells the story of the creation of his amazing dove act and how losing the competition was the best thing that ever happened to him. Richard Young asks the questions: www.richardyoungmagic.com
01/01/2015 • 56 minutes 49 seconds
Ep 12 - David Penn
David Penn is a multi-award winning close-up magician and an internationally renowned stage illusionist. He was the first magician to ever reach the live semi finals of Britain's Got Talent and he also owns World Magic Shop in Rugby. In this Podcast he talks us through his journey and also discusses the way he is perceived in the magic world. www.davidpenn.co.uk
The interview is conducted by Richard Young: www.richardyoungmagic.com
26/12/2014 • 1 hour 4 minutes 5 seconds
Ep 11 - Rob James
Rob James is a Bristol based professional magician who began his professional career in 2001. How does a magician who started his career with a weekly residency in Frankie & Benny's now have perhaps the busiest working magicians diary in the country? All is explained in this Podcast. This episode also features the debut of the Giggio jingle!
The interview is conducted by fellow Close-Up Magician Richard Young: www.richardyoungmagic.com
19/12/2014 • 1 hour 23 seconds
Ep 10 - Noel Britten
Noel Britten is a former Stand-Up Comedian, the owner and creator of the Bizarre Bath Comedy Walk and the organiser of The International Magic Festival and Convention, in this Podcast (recorded the week after the convention) he talks us through the reasons why he takes on the massive task of organising it each year.
Your host for the interview is Richard Young: www.richardyoungmagic.com
12/12/2014 • 1 hour 7 minutes 51 seconds
Ep 9 - James Freedman
James Freedman is a London based magician and pickpocket. In August 2014 he took one of the most innovative and genre changing shows to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival that I have ever seen. In this Podcast he talks us through his career and the creation of the critically acclaimed Man of Steal show. Richard Young is asking the questions: www.richardyoungmagic.com
05/12/2014 • 52 minutes 37 seconds
Ep 8 - Russ Stevens
Russ Stevens is an outspoken critic of television magic, the foundations of his opinions come from decades of 'DOING IT LIVE' as a stage illusionist. From The Magic Circle Young Magician of The Year to his own show in Germany through to managing the career of James More. In this interview you will hear Russ talk with true passion about his love of magic and his belief that it should be performed with honesty and fairness regardless of the platform. The interview is hosted by Richard Young: www.richardyoungmagic.com
28/11/2014 • 55 minutes 55 seconds
Ep 7 - Andi Gladwin
Andi Gladwin came third in the 1998 Young Magician Club Close-Up Competition, he didn't take his defeat to heart and is now without question one of the most brilliant minds in magic in the UK. He is a writer, a performer and owns half of the Vanishing Inc magic shop. He is also perhaps the nicest guy you could ever wish to meet as you will find out in this Podcast. Magician Richard Young asks the questions: www.richardyoungmagic.com
21/11/2014 • 57 minutes 38 seconds
Ep 6 - Anthony Owen
Anthony Owen has a unique career in the UK as the head of magic at Objective Productions. His career in television magic now spans more than two decades and in this Podcast he tells us how he got to where he is and shares many anecdotes of working alongside the greats of UK magic including Derren Brown. The interview is conducted by Richard Young: www.richardyoungmagic.com
13/11/2014 • 1 hour 10 minutes 44 seconds
Ep 5 - Graham Jolley
Graham Jolley started his magic career as a manipulator, however once admitting to himself that the man staring back at him in the mirror did not look like Channing Pollock he moved in to the world of mentalism thanks to the inspiration of Al Koran. This interview covers his career with a style and honesty you will not forget.
The interview is conducted by fellow Magic Circle member Richard Young: www.richardyoungmagic.com
06/11/2014 • 1 hour 2 minutes 35 seconds
Ep 4 - Fay Presto
With over 30 years of experience and having performed for everyone from movie stars to royalty Fay Presto is a legend in UK magic. In this interview she talks us through her amazing journey from motorcycle courier to Champion of Magic. Richard Young is asking the questions: www.richardyoungmagic.com
30/10/2014 • 1 hour 3 minutes 46 seconds
Ep 3 - Dave Bonsall
Dave Bonsall has been a Royal Marine, a working close-up magician and now he is the owner of the PropDog magic shop in Hounslow. One year ago Dave invested every penny he has into the business and on this Podcast he explains why.
Fellow magician Richard Young is asking the questions: www.richardyoungmagic.com
30/10/2014 • 57 minutes 27 seconds
Ep 2 - Pete Wardell
Pete Wardell has gone from performing on the streets of Covent Garden to the trade show floor in Dubai, along the way he has won a number of top awards and worked alongside some of the all time greats in magic. In this interview he takes us through that journey.
The interview is conducted by Richard Young: www.richardyoungmagic.com
27/10/2014 • 1 hour 1 minute 34 seconds
Ep 1 - Paul Martin
Paul Martin is one of the busiest Close-Up and Cabaret magicians in the UK. In this interview we hear about how he didn't come to the business until he was 30 and all his jobs before which he feels helped him connect with his audience. He also tells us about his recent foray in to the world of stand-up comedy.
The Magicians' Podcast is hosted by Richard Young: www.richardyoungmagic.com