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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 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 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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New for Adorama: Meet a Pro: Portrait Photographer Aundre Larrow

New for Adorama: Meet a Pro: Portrait Photographer Aundre Larrow

This was the second time I've gotten to interview Aundre Larrow about his photography, his creative process, and his dreams of world domination. When I wrote about him in Format Magazine, Aundre was somewhere in the middle of his year-long Adobe Creative Residency and was knee-deep in his thesis project, Stories From Here. Now with the Residency behind him, Aundre is doing everything he can to ride the wave to the top, and to to turn his newfound popularity into a powerful platform for positive change.

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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: 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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