Genii Magazine

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 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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New for Genii Online: Deaf Magician Sam Sandler Aims to Inspire Audiences and Advocate for Accessibility

New for Genii Online: Deaf Magician Sam Sandler Aims to Inspire Audiences and Advocate for Accessibility

For a feature in GeniiOnline, I got to interview Sandler about how his show, his process, and his approach to magic have all changed in the decade since he started performing as a completely deaf magician. He opened up about how hard those first couple of years were and how it took hitting rock bottom to start turning things around, transforming his experience of deafness from an insurmountable obstacle to just another part of his beautiful ongoing story.

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New for Genii Online: Torkova Puts Stuttering Center Stage in A Hanky and a T-T-T-Top Hat

New for Genii Online: Torkova Puts Stuttering Center Stage in A Hanky and a T-T-T-Top Hat

I grew up watching Bobby Torkova perform his silent act at Monday Night Magic in New York City. But mesmerized by his mastery of the classics and won over by his old school stage charm, I never realized that until this year I'd never heard Torkova speak. In his new show, A Hanky and a T-T-T-Top Hat, Torkova overcomes his stutter to infuse the telling of his own life story with the gems of magic that made him the performer he is today.

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New for Genii Online: Discover Magic and Minky Woodcock

New for Genii Online: Discover Magic and Minky Woodcock

Last week, GeniiOnline published two feature stories I've been working on for the past couple of months. First up is Discover Magic, an educational curriculum designed to teach kids lifelong social skills through magic tricks instead of the other way around. Followed by my profile on Cynthia von Buhler, the highly talented multi-hyphenate artist and writer behind a new comic book called Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini.

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