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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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What I've Been Working On: Genii Magazine Associate Editor & "The Eye"

What I've Been Working On: Genii Magazine Associate Editor & "The Eye"

This isn’t particularly exciting unless you’re a magician, but I’ve recently joined Genii Magazine’s masthead as an Associate Editor. Genii is the longest-running international print publication dedicated to magicians and the art of magic. I’ve taken over a longstanding column called “The Eye,” a monthly roundup of magic news from around the world.

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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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