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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 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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What I've Been Working On: Tricked

What I've Been Working On: Tricked

For the past three months, I've been working on the magic team for a TV show called Tricked. Magician Eric Leclerc pranks, fools, and tricks innocent people all over the city with hidden camera magic that they, of course, don't realize is magic. In bookstores and cupcake shops, bakeries and hardware stores, magic is indistinguishable from reality, at least until the big reveal.

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What I've Been Working On: Magic Live in Las Vegas, Nevada

What I've Been Working On: Magic Live in Las Vegas, Nevada

I spent last week on a whirlwind trip through Las Vegas, Nevada. Since I first started planning the trip, there was something about it that I could feel but not explain. It's a familiar sensation—the same gut instinct that sent me to Ibiza and to Sydney. There's still a lot of Vegas that I haven't seen, and I'm already planning to return sooner rather than later. With that said, I did manage to do some damage.

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What I've Been Working On: Contest of Magic in Orlando, Florida

What I've Been Working On: Contest of Magic in Orlando, Florida

I just got back from attending the annual SAM National Convention in Orlando, Florida. For the uninitiated, "SAM" stands for the Society of American Magicians. They bill themselves as the oldest magic society in the world, heralding a star-studded lineage dating back to 1902 with the likes of Harry Houdini, Harry Kellar, and Howard Thurston joining and leading their ranks.

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New for Genii Online: Patrick Terry Takes Us Inside the Magician's Studio with On-stage Interviews

New for Genii Online: Patrick Terry Takes Us Inside the Magician's Studio with On-stage Interviews

There are plenty of chances to see magic in New York City, but Patrick Terry's Magic Hour series takes audiences for a tour behind the curtain, as it were. Each headlining performer will follow a full parlor set with an on-stage interview led by producer Patrick Terry, who is also an actor and performer in his own right.

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New for Genii Online: Experimental Magic Flourishes at Long Island City's Amazeballs

New for Genii Online: Experimental Magic Flourishes at Long Island City's Amazeballs

Some shows are polished and refined. Others are Amazeballs. Eric Dittelman's open mic style playground for magicians, standup comedians, and variety arts acts plays monthly at The Creek & The Cave in Long Island City. It's raunchy and unpredictable, and a total treat to get to see some incredible professional magicians working out new ideas, raw material, and in the works routines live on stage.

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New for Genii Online: Bringing Coney Island's Magical History to Life at the Brooklyn Public Library

New for Genii Online: Bringing Coney Island's Magical History to Life at the Brooklyn Public Library

It was great fun to attend an event at the Brooklyn Public Library last month, featuring Herb Scher, Richard Cohn, Mark Mitton, and George Schindler in a moderated panel discussion about Coney Island's magical history. In this feature for Genii Online, I dug deeper with these magicians and historians to find out why Coney Islands has its hooks in us all.

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