Cover Story

New for Genii Magazine: The Shy, Scary, Sacred Riana

New for Genii Magazine: The Shy, Scary, Sacred Riana

I didn't get to interview the magician who plays The Sacred Riana, and in some ways, I'm glad. Or at least, I respect the choice... What shines through every commentary on her work is a clear admiration for her unyielding and unwinking embodiment of the character. This complete commitment may be fundamentally required by Bizarre Magick as a genre, but in Riana's case it's also tinged with the realities of belief, history, culture, and what it has always meant to be labeled a witch.

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New for Genii Magazine: Olmedini el Mago Magnifico!

New for Genii Magazine: Olmedini el Mago Magnifico!

I first wrote about Olmedini in a brief segment in “The Eye,” my monthly column of magic news from around the world. From there I was able to create an interior feature, that quickly grew into a cover story. In this August issue of Genii Magazine, his 14-page feature appears immediately following the feature I wrote about David Copperfield’s Flag Day performance.

Featured in the pages of Genii, known and respected in the magic community, listed among the greats he has always emulated. At 80 years old, Olmedini’s dreams are coming true.

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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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