Editorial

New for Magenta: Meet the Street Artist Restoring New York's Punk Rock Edge

Do you appreciate art less when it's hanging on the side of a building instead of on the wall of an established gallery? Do you appreciate art more when you know who made it, where they trained and how much they're worth?

Dee Dee considers this her first in-depth interview. We talked about process, catching ideas, and the importance of the right workspace set up. Regardless of whether or not she ever decides to reveal her identity to the public, her art is powerful and her philosophies about what makes an artist are worth considering.

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New for MUM: Mario Marchese: Magic's Punk Rock Peter Pan Philosopher

New for MUM: Mario Marchese: Magic's Punk Rock Peter Pan Philosopher

There is a prevailing opinion in the magic world (and possibly also beyond it) that kids’ magicians aren’t real magicians. The stigma runs deep and has unfortunately been proven many times over by hack birthday party performers and uninspired uncles wearing bad clown makeup (an embarrassment to magicians and clowns alike, surely). But Mario Marchese is special. Even though he wanted to be the next Copperfield or Blaine when he fell in love with magic in his 20’s, late for most working pros, he was also smart and sensitive enough to pay attention to the truth that revealed itself to him in his dreams.

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New for Genii Magazine: Everybody Loves Jen Kramer

New for Genii Magazine: Everybody Loves Jen Kramer

The first thing you’ll notice about Jen Kramer is that she is nice. It’s a Midwestern kind of nice that I don’t understand, and of which I am deeply suspicious. Jen is also not from the Midwest, she’s from Long Island. What gives? In the end, she convinced me that the nice is real, and so is her impenetrable positivity. She’s really like that, even when no one’s looking, even when she’s alone. Jen is currently headlining her own show at the Westgate in Las Vegas, and is working to make a name for herself as a woman in magic riding the wave of diversity and inclusion drenching every industry and art, it would seem.

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New for OUT FRONT: Theatrical Mustang Woodzick

New for OUT FRONT: Theatrical Mustang Woodzick

I interviewed multi-hyphenate theatrical powerhouse Woodzick for OUT FRONT Magazine’s January arts and culture issue. Woodzick talked about establishing their identity and founding the Non-Binary Monologues Project, but they also dropped some gems about using our privilege for good, combatting ambassador fatigue, and how allies can do better in their support of trans and non-binary communities.

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New for Magenta: Photographer Aundre Larrow on Finding Undertones

New for Magenta: Photographer Aundre Larrow on Finding Undertones

Aundre Larrow has been on my radar since he embarked on the coveted Adobe Creative Residency last year. He has since signed with photographic agency, Tinker Street, traveled the country helping underrepresented Americans tell their stories, shot Hannibal Buress at BAM and created an impromptu portrait series while shooting at Afrotech for Uber. He’s always up to something big and I’ll never pass up a chance to listen to him talk about his plans for world domination.

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New for MUM: Billy Kidd: Magician, Street Performer, Monkey Wrangler

New for MUM: Billy Kidd: Magician, Street Performer, Monkey Wrangler

It’s hard not to gush when conversation turns to Billy Kidd; she is a talented, deep thinking, humble magician dedicated to building a body of work that can speak for itself. From all these serendipitous connections emerged this feature profile, the cover story of MUM’s December 2018 issue. It’s a closer look into what makes Billy tick, from softening her edges for Disney Cruise Lines to debuting her psychic monkey, Charlie, at the Magic Castle earlier this year.

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New for Magenta: YouTube Magician Chris Ramsay On Learning To Say No

New for Magenta: YouTube Magician Chris Ramsay On Learning To Say No

When I heard Huge was looking beyond the strict professional design community for their series on creative process, I was eager to introduce them to a few creative minds from the magic world. They just published this interview I did with YouTuber, magician, and all-around creator Chris Ramsay, and he dug deep to share some gems that can be applied to any kind of creative life.

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New for Adorama: Meet a Pro: Visual Storyteller Quetzal Maucci

New for Adorama: Meet a Pro: Visual Storyteller Quetzal Maucci

Quetzal Maucci calls herself a visual storyteller intentionally to separate herself from traditional news media and photojournalists. Documentary photography isn’t always about telling an authentic, profound story, but for Quetzal that’s the art that really matters. She tackles immigration, identity, sexuality, and health in her work, often investigating the questions she faces personally in her own life through broader artistic projects.

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New for News Deeply: BuildPalestine's Alternative Aid Paradigm

New for News Deeply: BuildPalestine's Alternative Aid Paradigm

It's been months in the making so I'm very excited to share this News Deeply article about BuildPalestine. Combining classic crowdfunding (across risky borders for international donors) with crowdsolving and crowdbuilding solutions, the platform contributes to building a more robust and sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem to support founders in Palestine and the Occupied Territories.

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