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New for CBD Snapshot: Endometriosis Patients Turn to CBD

New for CBD Snapshot: Endometriosis Patients Turn to CBD

In my first for CBD Snapshot, I tackled the magazine’s recurring wellness column to discuss women, pain, and CBD. In the case of endometriosis, it’s common for women to turn to hormonal birth control pills to help mitigate extreme chronic pain. But hormonal contraceptives can unleash a deluge of unpleasant side effects, often without moving the needle on pain in any significant way. Concentrated CBD products have become a last resort and a helpful alternative when institutional medicine fails endo patients.

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New for Genii Magazine: David Copperfield's American Metaphors

New for Genii Magazine: David Copperfield's American Metaphors

In addition to my cover story on Olmedini el Mago, the August issue of Genii Magazine included an interior feature about David Copperfield’s illusion performance on Flag Day earlier this summer. In front of 14 newly naturalized citizens, all their families, and the dedicated staff of the Smithsonian, Copperfield delicately treaded the line between historical fact and magical fiction.

I interviewed Copperfield for this brief piece in the magazine, investigating his use of metaphor and mythology, discussing his commitment to magic that tells a human story, and asserting the inherently political nature of an illusion crafted to reunite the original star-spangled banner with its long-lost 15th star.

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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 Genii Magazine: Connie Boyd's Signature Feminine Twists

New for Genii Magazine: Connie Boyd's Signature Feminine Twists

My brief profile on groundbreaking magician Connie Boyd ran as an interior feature in the July issue of Genii Magazine. Since she was one of the first female performers to change the face of the Las Vegas magician in the 1980s, Connie Boyd’s lasting stage career has been star-studded and highlight-filled. She has recently decided to pass on the magic wand, as it were, transitioning from performing to her new focus: designing and directing shows, producing and consulting, and, most notably, mentoring new female talent in the magic world.

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

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 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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