Magic Appetizer: Top 3 Magic Theory Books

December 2nd, 2021

Jonah shares with you his top three picks for magic theory books that will make the biggest impact on your...

Magic Appetizer: Grow Your Magic Business From Five To Six Figures

November 25th, 2021

Three tips on how to transform your five figure magic hustle into a six figure magic...

Preparing For Your Magic Comeback with Ben Train

November 18th, 2021

This week Ben Train fills in for Jonah and offers up some tips on what he is doing to overcome his fear of returning to the stage after so much time...

Magic Appetizer: Unconventional.fun 5

November 11th, 2021

Jonah and Ben are back for one more time to talk about the fifth, and final, UnCoventional.fun virtual 8-bit magic...

The History of Magic with Professor Richard Wiseman

November 4th, 2021

This week Jonah connects with professor Richard Wiseman to discuss co-authoring his book with David Copperfield, debunking supernatural claims, and the ethical responsibilities that magicians have with their...

Magic Appetizer: Getting Gigs

October 28th, 2021

Jonah shares with you three tips to help you get better at booking...

Teaching Magic Theatre with Jeff McBride

October 21st, 2021

This week Jonah connects with Jeff McBride to talk all about the theatre of magic, the phases that every magician might go through, and his thoughts on the growth of virtual magic...

Reinventing Your Magic with Giancarlo Bernini

October 14th, 2021

This week Jonah connects with Giancarlo Bernini to talk all about his journey navigating the pandemic so soon after his major breakout in magic on Fool...

Coin Magic & The Suspension of Disbelief with Tyler Rabbit

October 7th, 2021

This week Jonah connects with Tyler Rabbit to talk all about his amazing work with coin magic and his thoughts on the suspension of disbelief and the rise of exposure...

Truth & Deception with Colin McLeod

September 30th, 2021

This week Jonah connects with Colin McLeod to talk about his return to his live show at the Mirage in...

Magic Appetizer: Yeses, Nos, and Maybes

September 23rd, 2021

September, October, November, and December are ridiculously important months for your magic...

The Best Magic Show Of Your Life with Bill Malone

September 16th, 2021

This week Jonah is thrilled to connect with the legendary Bill...

Between Dreams Podcast with Chris Ruggiero

September 9th, 2021

This week we share with you an episode from the Between Dreams podcast with Chris Ruggiero, who recently featured Jonah as a...

Magic Appetizer: 3 Tips For Being Creative

September 2nd, 2021

This week Jonah offers up three tips to help you boost your magic creative...

Three Questions With Jake Strong Podcast

August 26th, 2021

This week we share a segment from the Three Questions with Jake Strong Podcast, in which Jonah was recently a guest...

The Secrets of Rubber Band Magic with Joe Rindfleisch

August 19th, 2021

This week Jonah sits down with Joe Rindfleisch to talk all about rubber band magic and hoe Joe is at the forefront of developing the language used to teach this style of magic and the classic magic he taps into to influence the new tricks he's...

UnConventional.fun … In Space!

August 12th, 2021

Ben and Jonah are back to get you excited about taking UnConventional.fun beyond the final frontier......

Magical Stories of Magic Legends with Howard Hamburg

August 5th, 2021

This week Jonah connects with legendary "underground" magician Howard...

Creating Impossible Magic Experiences with Helder Guimarães

July 29th, 2021

This week Jonah connects with Helder Guimarães, a prolific magician known for bending the expectations of what a magic show is capable...

The Toronto Magic Company Bought A Teleprompter!

July 22nd, 2021

Ben and Jonah discuss the winding down of virtual shows, what their first live show post-pandemic was like, and how they're planning for the future of in-person...

Magic Appetizer: Tools For Your Team

July 15th, 2021

This week Jonah shares with you six tools that will make working with your team easier as you expand your magic...

Reviewing & Marketing The Secrets of Magic with Ekat

July 8th, 2021

Jonah connects with Ekat, to talk about creating content online, the difficulty in marketing magic, and the challenges that come up when trying to ethically review magic...

Overcoming Obstacles In Magic With Cody Clark

July 1st, 2021

Jonah connects with Cody Clark to talk about his sensory sensitivity shows for autistic audiences, performing with autism, and the obstacles that still remain in the magic community for minority and disabled...

Creating Magic Adjacent Content with John Gaspard and Jim Cunningham

June 24th, 2021

This week Jonah connects with John Gaspard and Jim Cunningham, the minds behind Sunday Night Magic and the Eli Marks series of mystery...

Tips, Tools, and Tricks of the Trade with The Toronto Magic Company

June 17th, 2021

How the Toronto Magic Company is handling the virtual slowdown, the future of Unconventional.fun, and recommended tools to help run your...

Three Questions To Ask Yourself with Peter Samelson

June 10th, 2021

Jonah connects with Peter Samelson where he offers up three questions we can ask ourselves to make our magic scripts...

Making Magic Funny with Doc Dixon

June 3rd, 2021

Jonah connects with Doc Dixon to talk about comedy in magic and the work that goes into getting those...

Upgrade Your Magic Business with Upgrade Academy

May 27th, 2021

Three success stories from the Upgrade...

Not Taking Magic Seriously with Chris Cox

May 20th, 2021

Jonah connects with Chris Cox to discuss his unique brand of mentalism, what it's been like to go from touring every day to virtual shows at home, and why he loves magic but doesn't find magic very...

Toronto Magic Company Returns To MagicLand

May 13th, 2021

Ben and Jonah are back with the latest from the Toronto Magic Company. This week they're returning to MagicLand and they want you to return with...

Developing Magic Through Technology with Trigg Watson

May 6th, 2021

Jonah connects with Trigg Watson where they break down how he quit his corporate job to perform in magic full time, how he developed his reputation as the "tech magician", and his advice for you when developing magic for a video camera...

Toronto Magic Company: Is Virtual Magic Ending?

April 29th, 2021

Ben Train returns to join Jonah in another check in with the Toronto Magic Company where they discuss the changing dynamics of the magic industry during the pandemic, the launch of their YouTube programming, and their fears about the future of virtual...

Virtual Shows, Virtual Conventions, and Magic Podcasts with Kayla Dreshcer from Shezam!

April 22nd, 2021

A crossover episode with the Shezam podcast where Jonah and Kayla talk about producing magic podcasts, hosting virtual conventions, and the challenges facing the magic community...

Magic Appetizer: The Pivot Back

April 15th, 2021

Is virtual magic ending? This week Jonah offers up three tips to help you plan for the future when the world pivots back to live in-person...

The Future of Virtual Magic with Harrison Kramer

April 8th, 2021

Jonah is joined by virtual magician extraordinaire, Harrison Kramer, to discuss all things virtual magic and why it's here to stay...

Our Greatest Failures of 2020 with Ben and Jonah

April 1st, 2021

Ben joins Jonah to talk about their biggest business failures of 2020, how they happened, and what they learned from those...

Stand-Up Comedy Magic with Mac King

March 25th, 2021

Jonah is joined by legendary magician and comedian Mac King to talk about his life growing up with magic, blending stand up comedy with magic performance, and moving to Vegas to perform at Harrah’s...

Of Sleights And Men Podcast

March 18th, 2021

Jonah was invited onto the Of Sleights and Men podcast to talk about running his various businesses and the balance between his love of magic and his love of...

Discovering Your Value with Scot Nery

March 11th, 2021

Jonah is joined by Scot Nery, a juggler, magician, and entertainer who now helps entertainers with their branding, marketing, and more helping to identify their value and the value they bring to their...

Magic Appetizer: Three Reasons For Ticketed Virtual Shows

March 4th, 2021

Jonah gives you three reasons why you absolutely should put on your first ever virtual ticketed magic...

Throwing Away Your Stock Lines with Ryan Kane

February 25th, 2021

Jonah is joined by Ryan Kane, author of “Out of Stock: A Magician's Guide to Writing Your Own Lines”, where they talk about the importance of writing your own lines when performing your...

Magic Appetizer: Unconventional 2: Magicland

February 18th, 2021

Today Jonah tells you about Unconventional.fun 2: Magicland. He’ll explain to you what this is, how it came to be, and then give you six reasons why this may be something that you want to be a part...

Finding The Magic Formula with Ben Seidman

February 11th, 2021

Jonah is joined by Ben Seidman to talk about working as a consultant on Mindfreak, appearing on Fool Us, and learning how to throw out everything you’ve heard when designing your own...

A New Mission For The Toronto Magic Company

February 4th, 2021

Jonah is joined by Ben Train, his Toronto Magic Company business partner, to offer up a glimpse of what life is like at the Toronto Magic Company, how it’s adapted to the world of virtual magic, upcoming events they’re hosting, and the lessons that he and Ben have learned after almost a full...

Living the Magic Dream with Mat Franco

January 28th, 2021

Jonah is joined by Mat Franco where they get to discuss his dominating performance on America's Got Talent, opening up a For-Real-Life show in Vegas, and knowing from an early age that Mat was destined to live his dream as a...

Appetizer #23: The Three Systems You Need For Your Virtual Magic Business

January 21st, 2021

The are the three systems that every virtual magician needs in their...

Finding Your Path To Magic with Moritz Mueller

January 14th, 2021

Jonah is joined by Moritz Mueller where they discuss how to reach out to some of the biggest names in the magic world, different theories of magic and how it can practically apply your work, and how Moritz prepares and learns his own...

Thank You

January 7th, 2021

2020 was a really, really strange year for everybody. It was a strange year for me, and I assume it was a strange year for you...

Appetizer #22: Ticketed Virtual Magic Shows

December 31st, 2020

Jonah is going to give you five reasons why you may want to do your very first ticketed virtual magic...

A Life of Magic with Teller

December 24th, 2020

Jonah is joined by none other than Teller himself to discuss his history in magic, the challenges of producing Fool Us during a global pandemic, and how he views a world where every magic secret can easily be researched...

Teaser

December 17th, 2020

This episode is ridiculously short because it's not really an episode... it's a...

Creating Your Own Space with Eric Dittelman

December 10th, 2020

Jonah is joined by Eric Dittelman where they talk about performing on TV, the usefulness of having an agent, the challenges of the past year going virtual, and the importance of creating a space where you can be...

Reinventing Magic with Kyle and Mistie

December 3rd, 2020

This week Jonah is joined by the dynamic duo of Kyle and Mistie...

Appetizer #21: Play Small

November 26th, 2020

Today's advice from Jonah is directed towards stage magicians who are transitioning from big stage or parlor shows to performing for the camera in virtual shows and he's looking to the world of acting for the...

Creating Magic For Virtual with Adrian Lacroix

November 19th, 2020

This week Jonah is joined by Adrian Lacroix who has really popped onto the scene during the era of virtual shows with his videos and creations helping people to get into the business of virtual...

Appetizer #20: How To Get Virtual Bookings

November 12th, 2020

This week Jonah offers up essential tips to help you break out your virtual magic business from just a fun idea to a viable...

Appetizer #19: Virtual Magic Sales Secrets

November 5th, 2020

This week Jonah brings you three secret tips for growing your virtual magic...

Classic Magic with Alex Boyce

October 29th, 2020

Jonah is joined by Alex Boyce, a millennial magician who, rather than something new like other magicians his age, focuses on the old school and classic eras of...

Adapting for Virtual With Jon Armstrong

October 22nd, 2020

Jonah is joined by Jon Armstrong where they share an honest discussion on the difficulty of being a performer in 2020, learning how to embrace virtual shows, and how to plan for the eventual return to in-person performances....

Defining Magic for Yourself with Erik Tait

October 15th, 2020

Jonah is joined by Erik Tait to discuss his brand of magic, producing magic for Penguin, and venturing into the world of live stream...

Magical Appetizer #18: Facebook Ads

October 8th, 2020

This week Jonah breaks down all the basics you need to know about running ads on Facebook. These are the first things Jonah works with when consulting with other magicians to help them set up their Facebook...

UnConventional.fun’s Virtual Show Panel

October 1st, 2020

Recorded live during UnConventional.fun, Jonah hosts a virtual panel on hosting virtual shows. Joining the panel is David Parr, Ben Seidman, Haim Goldenberg, and Adrian...

Better Business with Magic Podcast

September 24th, 2020

Jonah was invited to the Better Business with Magic podcast, to join host Nolan Webster to discuss the intersections of math and magic and how they can work for anyone who wants to improve their business...

Magical Appetizer #17: Getting Into The Virtual Biz

September 17th, 2020

This week Jonah talks about how to break into the virtual magic...

UnConventional.fun

September 10th, 2020

Jonah is joined by business partner and co-founder of the Toronto Magic Company, Ben Train, to discuss the details surrounding their upcoming virtual magic convention,...

Preconceived Podcast

September 3rd, 2020

Jonah was invited to the Preconceived Podcast to talk about magic and understanding the craft and business of magic. This episode is a selection of that conversation that Jonah had with Preconceived host Zale...

Maximum Entertainment 2.0 with Ken Weber

August 27th, 2020

Jonah is joined by Ken Weber to discuss his revised and expanded Maximum Entertainment...

Magical Appetizer #16: How To Sell a Virtual Show

August 20th, 2020

This week Jonah talks about one of his favourite obsessions, virtual magic shows. Jonah goes over his key strategies and breaks down the specific things he does when booking a virtual magic...

Translating Magic with Rafael Benatar

August 13th, 2020

Rafael Benatar discusses his translations of magic masters into other languages and the secrets to...

Acting, Magic, and the Importance of Performance with Steve Valentine

August 6th, 2020

Jonah is joined by Steve Valentine this week to discuss acting while being a magician - and the dangers of not being taken seriously, uncovering the lost history of magic, and the importance of a presentation that transcends the trick being...

Improvisation without Improvisation with Dani DaOrtiz

July 23rd, 2020

Jonah is joined by Dani DaOrtiz this week to discuss the power of muscle memory, the right way to utilize chaos, and communicating through magic. Dani is a Spanish magician known for his chaotic magic style, psychological card work, and is 1/3 of the Fat Brothers....

Becoming a Content Creator with Alex Boyer

July 16th, 2020

To get us back into the swings of things, Alex Boyer joins Jonah to discuss visual magic, following your interests and becoming a successful content creator. Alex Boyer is an Ottawa based magician with 26.6k subscribers and 635k+ views on...

Magician Appetizer #15: Four Types of Luck

July 9th, 2020

Feeling lucky? This week Jonah sits down to talk about the four types of luck, and how you can leverage luck to work in your favour. We'll be back to the regular interview episodes in two weeks! The Discourse in Magic Team has been working on some exciting projects during this break that we can't...

Magician Appetizer #14: Improving Virtual Production Value

July 2nd, 2020

Just started performing virtual shows? Have a few under your belt? Looking to improve your setup? This week, Jonah sits down to give you some simple tips on how to improve your virtual and physical performing setup.  Looking to learn more about what Jonah touched on this episode?  Sign up...

Magician Appetizer #13: Testing Virtual Material

June 25th, 2020

This week, Jonah sits down to give you a tip on how to practice your material for virtual audiences....

Exploring Creativity with Chris Pilsworth

June 18th, 2020

Jonah is joined this week by Chris Pilsworth to talk about collaboration, appreciating your audience, and creative processes. Chris is a magician based out of Ottawa, Ontario, and is known for his creative ability and engaging performance...

A Message From the Team: Black Voices Matter

June 11th, 2020

Discourse in Magic is pausing this week to give way for the voices that need to be heard. Jonah would like to help amplify these voices by handing over the mic to black magicians who have a message for magicians. We want to help educate. To help grow. To help make magic a more inclusive...

The Versatility of Magic Apps with Greg Rostami

June 4th, 2020

This week Greg Rostami joins Jonah to talk about creating, performing, and utilizing app magic.  Greg is a prominent app magic creator, known for creating apps like ReaList and...

Knowing Your Show with Tim Hannig

May 28th, 2020

Tim Hannig sits down with Jonah this week to talk about performing for kids, upping your production value, and the power of knowing every step of your show. Tim is a magician, author, and motivational speaker who tours schools in the States with his children and family...

Magician Appetizer #12: The Best Investment During a Recession

May 21st, 2020

While it might be a short one this week, Jonah has packed this episode full of advice on how to continue growing your business during these...

Unique Creativity with Francis Menotti

May 14th, 2020

Jonah is joined by Francis Menotti this week to discuss virtual performances, working as a duo, and methods to improve your creativity. Francis is a performer, consultant, and half of the magic duo: Couple of Magicians....

Be Human with Derren Brown

May 7th, 2020

Derren Brown joins Jonah this week to discuss developing ideas, finding your own voice, and what magic means in our current society. Between his award-winning stage shows, TV specials, and books, you’re probably familiar with the UK based mentalist....

Discovering, Scripting & Rehearsing Material with Nathan Coe Marsh

April 30th, 2020

Jonah is joined by Nathan Coe Marsh this week to talk about finding inspiration, guiding your audience, and balancing your approach to business. Nathan is a magician from Orlando who splits his time between magic venues and the corporate performing...

Magician Appetizer #11: Virtual Magic

April 23rd, 2020

This week, Jonah serves up a bite-sized episode on virtual magic...

Writing Comedy Magic with Nick Diffatte

April 16th, 2020

Jonah is joined by Nick Diffatte this week to discuss comedy, finding a style, and embracing your ideas no matter how stupid they might be. Nick Diffatte might be young, but his strong magic and comedy chops have allowed him to not only perform internationally but headline residences on the Las...

Defining a Character with Morgan & West

April 9th, 2020

Jonah is joined by both Morgan & West this week to talk about scripting, creating an atmosphere, and understanding how character should influence your choices. Morgan & West are magicians, time-travellers & all round spiffing chaps who spend their time touring their shows around the...

Aesthetics in Magic with David Ben

April 2nd, 2020

David Ben joins Jonah this episode to discuss if magic is an art form, producing shows, and developing a curatorial eye to improve your magic. From being a performer to a producer to the founder of Magicana, David has spent the last 40 years shaping magic as an art in the public...

Refining Your Magic with Michael Ammar

March 26th, 2020

Michael Ammar joins Jonah this week to talk about signature tricks, mentors, and leaving room for your audience's imagination. From teaching to creating to performing, Michael Ammar has done it all, building his name in the magic community. Want to join in on the discourse? Join the Discourse in...

We’re In This Together.

March 19th, 2020

Right now, we're living through some scary, uncertain times. But, with everyone self-isolating, we're flattening the curve and giving our healthcare system a fighting chance to get us back to some semblance of normal as quickly as possible. With all this time now, we should be focused on improving...

Releasing Magic with Luke Dancy

March 12th, 2020

Jonah joins Luke Dancy this week to discuss exposure online, consulting for Criss Angel, and the magic marketplace. Alongside being a magic consultant, Luke works with Murphy’s Magic Supplies and hosts a weekly livestream where he talks with magic creators about their recent product...

Follow Your Bliss with Mike Pisciotta

March 5th, 2020

Mike Pisciotta joins Jonah this week to discuss transitioning from close-up to stage, originality, and expressing your you through magic. Mike is an established bar magician at the Magic Castle, having won Close-Up Magician of the Year twice and Parlour Magician of the Year. ...

Stronger Magic with Tyler Erickson

February 27th, 2020

Tyler Erickson joins Jonah this week to talk about working with a mentor, finding the positive, and what to consider when scripting. Alongside being an extremely skilled sleight of hand artist, Tyler is a magic coach who works to improve the approach magician's take to assessing their own...

Balancing Business and Art with Kostya Kimlat

February 20th, 2020

Discourse is back from our break and, to kick things off, Kostya Kimlat joins Jonah to discuss balancing your business and art, considering various audiences, and the importance of building a community.  Alongside being a skilled sleight-of-hand magician, Kostya is also a business consultant and...

Magician Appetizer #10: The Magic of Memorizing

February 13th, 2020

One last bite-sized episode before we return to the interviews! This week, Jonah talks about the magic of scripting and why you should seriously consider it before going on...

Magician Appetizer #9: Gig Booking Strategies for 2020

February 6th, 2020

Keep your magic taste buds ready with these quick tactics from Jonah on how to book more gigs in 2020. The interviews will be back soon with some amazing...

Magician Appetizer #8: Magic in Your City

January 30th, 2020

As Jonah mentioned in the previous episode, he's taking a four-week break from the regular interviews. So this week, while he works away behind the scenes, Jonah wants to hear about what magic is like in your...

Magician Appetizer #7: A Short Break

January 23rd, 2020

Is this the end of Discourse in Magic? Of course not! But, Jonah is taking a break from interviews for the next few weeks to work on some projects for you, the listeners. However, he'll keep serving up some bite-sized episodes to keep your appetites...

LOVE with Juan Tamariz

January 16th, 2020

Episode 200! To celebrate this milestone, Jonah travelled all the way to Spain to sit down with the maestro himself: Juan Tamariz....

No Wrong Answers with Nathan Kranzo

January 9th, 2020

Jonah is joined by Nathan Kranzo this week to talk about creating unique effects, entertaining an audience, and taking risks. Nathan is known for his out of the box thinking when it comes to magic and performing....

2020 Visions with Ben Train, Chris Mayhew, and Jacque Swan

January 6th, 2020

Ben Train, Chris Mayhew and Jacque Swan join Jonah once again this year to reflect on 2019 and look ahead to 2020. From winning awards, to getting into performing, to disillusionment, a lot has happened since last year's episode. The four also discuss coin magic, soup, and Ben creates a drinking...

Composing Magic with Woody Aragon

January 2nd, 2020

To kick off the new magic year, Jonah sits down with Woody Aragon to discuss developing taste, resonating with an audience, and expressing a message through your magic. Woody is viewed as one of the most important modern card magicians, known for his contribution to stack...

Finding the Right Approach with Paul Gertner

December 30th, 2019

Surprise! It's a bonus episode to end your year with a little more magic. Jonah sits down with Paul Gertner to talk about performing on TV, putting a spin on your magic, and developing a kicker. Paul is a closeup magician with an on running show in Boston; he’s also the only magician who has...

Happy Holidays: Magic Trends & Predictions

December 26th, 2019

Happy Holidays!  As the decade draws to a close, Jonah sits down to reflect on the trends we've seen in magic and makes his prediction on where magic is...

Magic is Hard with Benjamin Earl

December 19th, 2019

This week Ben Earl joins Jonah to discuss practice, sleight of hand, and approaching magic as an art. Alongside being a skilled sleight of hand artist, Ben is also an author and founder of...

Cons, Scams & Hustles with R. Paul Wilson

December 12th, 2019

This week Jonah is joined by R. Paul Wilson to discuss scams, the ties between magic and film, and the exposure of magic. Alongside being a magician with a vast knowledge of cons and scams, Wilson is also an author and...

Movement and Meaning with Javi Benitez

December 5th, 2019

Javi Benetiz joins Jonah this week to discuss movement, meaning and the importance of experiencing life. Javi is an award winning sleight of hand magician from Spain, who brings his passion for life into his magic....

The Magic Coach with Fernando Figueras

November 28th, 2019

While in Spain, Jonah sat down with Fernando Figueras to discuss presentation, honesty in magic, and being a magic coach. Alongside being known for his rich and emotional presentation style, Fernando is also a magic coach who focuses on developing magicians’ practical performance skills....

Loving Magic with Juan Rubiales

November 21st, 2019

Jonah has returned from Spain and, as souvenirs for his listeners, has brought back a number of episodes with some amazing Spanish magicians. First up is Juan Rubiales, who sat down to discuss mentors, bringing emotion into your magic, and loving yourself. Alongside being a skilled magician, Juan...

Stolen Episode: How to Start a Show Hosted by Ben Train

November 14th, 2019

While Jonah’s away in Spain, Ben Train has infiltrated Jonah’s computer (he really needs a less obvious password). Instead of his original list “10 Weird Facts About Jonah,” Ben has decided to give you some tips on how to start your own...

Vanessa Vakharia on The Math Guru

November 7th, 2019

It's a minisode this week! Jonah recently sat down with math tutor Vanessa Vakharia on her podcast, Math Therapy, to work through his math-related traumas. If you hate math, this is the perfect podcast for you! The following clip was pulled from Episode 3: A Mathemagical Crisis....

Halloween Episode

October 31st, 2019

Boo!  To celebrate Halloween, Jonah dug through the annals of magic history to find you a frightening magic story. His research led to the following clip of Eugene Burger recounting the tale of one woman and her haunted dollhouse. So lock your doors, shut off your lights, and prepare to be...

Personality, Television, and Magic Competitions with Ryan Hayashi

October 24th, 2019

Jonah sits down with Ryan Hayashi this week to talk about finding a personality, magic competitions, and the ins & outs of television magic. Ryan is a hobbyist sleight-of-hand magician with a number of competition wins and television performances under his...

Making your Magic Unique with Michael O’Brien

October 17th, 2019

This week Jonah sits down with Michael O'Brien to talk collaboration, developing material, and making effects relatable for your audience.  Michael is a sleight of hand magician known for his work with the linking...

The Magic of Collaboration with Brian Brushwood

October 10th, 2019

Brian Brushwood joins Jonah this week to talk creating content, finding a niche, and failing until you succeed. If you've searched for magic on YouTube, there's a good chance you've come across Brian's channel Scam Nation. Alongside being a YouTuber, Brian is a magician, a podcaster, a comedian,...

Magician Appetizer #6: All-Purpose Magician

October 3rd, 2019

Hi, Jonah here! This week I read an excerpt from an upcoming project that is available for pre-order about the most important things to do when going...

Finding a Moment with Curtis Kam

September 26th, 2019

Curtis Kam joins Jonah this week to discuss coin magic, thinking about your audience, and finding interesting plots. Although known for his coin work, Curtis is a well-rounded magician and writer who takes a unique approach to his presentations. He also once opened for a...

Biohacking Magic with Anastasia Synn

September 19th, 2019

Jonah is joined by Anastasia Synn this week to discuss biohacking, the future, and the shocking side of magic. Anastasia is a biohacker, magician and stunt performer with 26 implants in her body that she uses in her performances and day to day...

Striking a Balance with Pit Hartling

September 12th, 2019

Jonah is joined by Pit Hartling this week to explore creating magic,  counting tricks, and making presentation decisions. Pit is a German magician who brings his own take to sleight of hand card...

Comedy Magic Secrets with Amazing Johnathan

September 5th, 2019

This week the Amazing Johnathan joins Jonah to talk about comedy, magic and earning your chops. Johnathan is a worldrenowed comedy magician known for his shocking humour and twisted magic tricks....

Bringing Closeup Card Magic to the Stage with Jimmy Ichihana

August 29th, 2019

Jonah sits down with Jimmy Ichihana this week to discuss community, embracing your interests, and bringing card magic to the stage. Jimmy is a sleight of hand performer from Florida who has performed at the Magic Castle and has appeared twice on Fool...

Esther’s Follies’ Inner Secrets with Ray Anderson

August 22nd, 2019

This week, Jonah sits down with Ray Anderson to discuss putting on a show, developing a character, and keeping your material fresh. Ray has been a featured performer with the long-running variety show, Esther's Follies, for 20+ years. By mixing parody with grand stage illusions in an intimate...

Magician Appetizer #5: Listener Q&A

August 15th, 2019

You had questions, Jonah has answers! Recently, Jonah asked listeners via social media and the mailing list to send in any questions they have regarding magic to be answered on this week's...

Never Stop Exploring with Mario the Maker Magician

August 8th, 2019

Jonah is joined by Mario the Maker Magician this week to discuss bringing value to your show, learning to be a flexible performer, and instilling passion into your magic. Mario is a children's show performer who uses D.I.Y robots, handmade props and a slapstick performance style to show that magic...

Reinventing Your Magic with Stuart MacDonald

August 1st, 2019

This week, Jonah sits down with Stuart MacDonald to discuss storytelling, effective methods for practicing, and what to consider when changing your act. In 2017, Stuart made history at the IBM-SAM Combined Convention where he claimed all 5 top awards with his unique...

Finding Your Voice with Jamy Ian Swiss

July 25th, 2019

Jonah is joined by Jamy Ian Swiss this week to discuss persona, creativity and the importance of learning the classics. Alongside being a dedicated, lifelong student of magic, Jamy is a prolific writer, sleight of hand artist, and magic...

Magician Appetizer #4: Reaching Out

July 18th, 2019

Jonah serves up another bite-sized episode this week, giving you the motivation you might just need to...

Magician Appetizer #3: Sitting Down to Write

July 11th, 2019

Does the blank page scare you? Do you constantly find yourself deleting and retyping the same thing, only to repeat the process? Do you wish the computer could just read your mind and write the script you want for you?  In this bite-sized episode, Jonah addresses writer's block and offers an...

F**k Fear with Adam Rubin

July 4th, 2019

Jonah sits down with Adam Rubin this week to discuss creativity, writing, and applying magic to other aspects of your life. Alongside being a magician, Adam is the Director of Puzzles for Art of Play, a #1 New York Times best selling picture book author, and an ex-creative director in...

Perceiving Magic with Julie Eng

June 27th, 2019

This episode Jonah sits down with Julie Eng to discuss Magicana, the community within magic, and elevating the perception of magic. Julie is an award-winning performer and the executive director of...

Sammy Younan on My Summer Lair

June 20th, 2019

This week Jonah is the one being interviewed as he joins Sammy Younan on his podcast, My Summer Lair, to discuss the perception of magic and developing in your...

Finding Beauty and Poetry in your Magic with Kiko Pastur

June 13th, 2019

Kiko Pastur joins Jonah this week to discuss aesthetic magic, challenging your creativity, and finding symbolism in an effect. Kiko is a magician from A Coruña, Spain, whose style draws on the beauty and wonder of our...

Disillusionment and Exploring Intent with Nate Staniforth

June 6th, 2019

This week Jonah sits down with Nate Staniforth to discuss disillusionment, determining your intent, and creating visceral effects. Alongside touring the college circuit, Nate is the author of Here is Real Magic and Clouds and...

The Heart and Soul of Magic with Ran’D Shine

May 30th, 2019

This episode Jonah sits down with Ran'D Shine to discuss performing on the college circuit, creating inclusive environments and the rich history of African Americans in magic. Alongside being a highly sought after, award winning magician on the college circuit, Ran'D is also a magic historian and...

Tips for Touring Tricks with Ryan Joyce

May 23rd, 2019

This week, Jonah sits down with Ryan Joyce to discuss the realities of touring, marketing a show, and working towards a solid show. Ryan is a Canadian magician who spent thirteen years touring the country with a stage illusion show. Ryan has also been seen on Penn & Teller's Fool Us, Canada's Got...

Magician Appetizer #2: Discovering Your Character

May 16th, 2019

It's another bite sized episode this week! This time, Jonah suggests an interesting way to discover your...

Magician Appetizer #1: The Audience’s Perspective

May 9th, 2019

This week, Jonah is trying out a different kind of solo episode. Short but packed with information, the Magician Appetizer episodes are meant to whet your appetite for the larger topics often discussed on the podcast. To start the new format off, Jonah explores the idea of putting on the shoes of...

Searching for Real Magic with Gordon Precious

May 2nd, 2019

On episode 161, Jonah sits down with Gordon Precious to discuss exploring life and searching for real magic. Besides being an incredible magician, Gordon has travelled to over 100 countries, owns an extensive magical apparatus collection, and holds the world record for being the oldest heli skier...

Finding Joy in Magic with Michel Clavello

April 25th, 2019

On episode 160, Jonah sits down with Michel Clavello to discuss finding the magic that’s right for you, how to share joy through your magic and producing magic products. Co-owner of Vernet Magic, Michel is a magician and mentalist from Argentina who has won several awards at major conferences for...

Wagers, Bets, and Gambles with Norman Beck

April 18th, 2019

Gambling expert, Norman Beck, sits down with Jonah for episode 159 to discuss taking a logical approach, public speaking and when to take a bet. Alongside being a magician and public speaker, Norman has been the VP of Claims and Secuirty for SCA for the past 24 years, spending his time working out...

Never Give Up with Matt Johnson

April 11th, 2019

On episode 158, Matt Johnson joins Jonah to discuss escapology, adding human elements to your magic, and recreating your brand. You may know Matt for his water tank escape on Penn & Teller: Fool Us or for his semi-place finish on Britain's Got...

10 Tips to Succeed at Magic Conventions

April 4th, 2019

With Toronto's annual magic convention right around the corner, Jonah sits down for episode 157 to give you ten tips on maximizing your magic convention...

Making Better Magic with Brent Braun

March 28th, 2019

For episode 156, Brent Braun sits down with Jonah to discuss what you need to do to improve your magic. Co-founder of the Magic Firm, Brent is regarded as one of the top behind-the-scenes magic consultants, helping magicians move beyond simply thinking about tricks and...

Palm the Damn Coins with Kainoa Harbottle

March 21st, 2019

On episode 155, Kainoa Harbottle sits down with Jonah to discuss coin magic, educating your audience on magic, and magic in the 19th century. Kainoa is known for his extensive work on coins and his ability to bring theatrical techniques into his performances to elevate magic for his...

Bringing Card Magic to the Stage with Alan Marchese

March 14th, 2019

Alan Alfredo Marchese joins Jonah for episode 154 to discuss choosing effects, creating emotion, and the Spanish School of Magic. Attributed to his deep understanding of magic, Alan is known for performing memorable and impactful effects....

Brian Miller on One New Person

March 7th, 2019

This episode the interviewer becomes the interviewee. Jonah sits down with Brian Miller on his podcast, One New Person, to discuss his identity as a magician, copywriting and a chance encounter with one person that had a ripple effect on his life. Brian is a magician turned speaker with the goal of...

Teamwork, Fallon, and the Audience with Dan White

February 28th, 2019

For episode 162, Jonah sits down with Dan White to discuss working with a team, creating a show, and performing on television. Dan has appeared on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon ten times, has an on running show at the Nomad, and has consulted for people like David Blaine, David Copperfield...

Being Conscious About Your Magic with Manuel Llaser

February 21st, 2019

Jonah is joined by Manuel Llaser for episode 151 to discuss emotion in magic, learning from teachers, and analyzing your approach to magic. Manuel is an Argentinian magician who developed his deep appreciation for magic under the guidance of Juan Tamariz....

Growth in Magic

February 14th, 2019

For episode 150, Jonah would like to thank the listeners for accompanying him on this journey. To do so, he has sat down to reflect on a trick he has been performing for a while now to see how it has changed with him. Alongside the audio, there is a video component to accompany Jonah’s...

Honest Conversations for Performers with Ben Train

February 7th, 2019

For episode 149, Jonah sits down with his roommate and business partner, Ben Train, to take a critical look at their own approach to magic and their...

Make No Small Plans with Steve Cohen

February 1st, 2019

The "Millionaire's Magician" Steve Cohen joins Jonah on Episode 138 to discuss branding, developing a show, and how to shape a career. Steve is best known for his long-running weekly show, Chamber Magic, but has also appeared on numerous television shows, produced a sold-out show at Carnegie Hall,...

YouTube, Exposure and Making Magic with Jay Sankey

January 24th, 2019

Jay Sankey sits down with Jonah for episode 147 to discuss magic online, creating and persuasive communication. Not only does Jay hold the world record for creating the most original illusions, but he runs a successful YouTube channel, is an international public speaker, comedian, performer, and...

Scaling Up your Performance with Haim Goldenberg

January 17th, 2019

Jonah sits down with Haim Goldenberg to discuss the business of magic, taking risks and finding your character for episode 146. Haim is an Israeli-Canadian mentalist who is behind Cryptext and the show...

The Truth About Mentalism with Banachek

January 10th, 2019

To start off 2019, Jonah sits down with Steve Shaw, better known as Banachek, to discuss mentalism, the ethics behind deception, and parapsychology. Banachek is one of the world’s leading mindreaders who has helped debunk psychic claims, created effects for leading performers and is sought after...

Magic 2018 vs. 2019 with Ben Train, Chris Mayhew, and Jacque Swan

January 3rd, 2019

New year, new magic! To ring in the new year, Jonah sits down with Ben Train, Chris Mayhew, and Jacque Swan to discuss their magic highlights and lowlights from 2018, and what they plan to change for the upcoming...

Impact, Emotion, and Frustration in Magic with Pipo Vilanueva

December 27th, 2018

Pipo Villanueva joins Jonah for episode 143 to discuss adding impact to your magic. Pipo is a magician from Spain who has performed at the Magic Castle and is known for performing impactful...

Exposure and Behind the Scenes

December 20th, 2018

Episode 142 is a new take on the catch-up episodes. In the first half, Jonah is addressing a topic in the magic community which has been a part of many recent discussions: Magic exposure online. In the second half, he sits down with his writer and editor, Jacque Swan, to discuss magic in Toronto...

Rituals, Experiences and Engaging Mentalism with Joe Diamond

December 13th, 2018

After several recommendations, Joe Diamond finally sits down with Jonah for episode 141 to discuss ritualistic magic, believability, and engaging your audiences. Joe is a mentalist based in Illinois who delves into the weird side of life through his magic. He has headlined at the Chicago Magic...

Marketing Secrets for Entrepreneurial Magicians with Zivi Kivi

December 6th, 2018

Jonah sits down with Zivi Kivi for episode 140 to talk the business of performing. Zivi is not only a children’s entertainer, but he operates several podcasts like the Balloon Artist Podcast, Generous Podcast, and the Magician Business Podcast while also instructing with the Kids Entertainer...

Creating Magic and Fooling Magicians with Ondřej Pšenička

November 29th, 2018

This week, Jonah sits down with Ondřej Pšenička to discuss creating magic, Fool Us, and the importance of community. Ondřej is an award-winning magician who has performed at the Magic Castle, on Penn & Teller, and is the creator of the Butterfly...

Monthly Catch up: Len Cooper and Esther Follies

November 22nd, 2018

It’s a solo episode for 138 as Jonah sits down to catch you up on his trip to Austin, where he’s at with his magic and new ideas for the...

Secrets to Developing Your Act with Carisa Hendrix

November 15th, 2018

Magic podcast hosts collide this episode as Carisa Hendrix, co-host of Shezam, sits down with Jonah to discuss performance, women in magic, cultural theory, and It Factor. Carisa is known for creating characters that draw on her visual arts and sideshow...

Music, Magic and Using Your Other Passions with Jonathan Friedman

November 8th, 2018

Musician-turned-magician Jonathan Friedman joins Jonah this week to discuss combining outside passions with your magic and how magic has changed over the years. Jonathan is the best selling author of The 80’s Called...They Want Their Magic Book Back Vol. One and The Magic of Jonathan Friedman:...

Vanishing Inc, Going Pro and Publishing your Magic with Andi Gladwin

November 1st, 2018

This week, Jonah finally sits down with Andi Gladwin—co-founder of Vanishing Inc.—to discuss the business of magic, creating magic, and how to manage your time. Andi has also appeared on Fool Us and The Next Great Magician where he performed his Man in a Balloon...

Co-hosts, Banksy, and Getting Caught Up

October 25th, 2018

It’s a short episode this week with Jonah talking about the state of the podcast, the Banksy painting fiasco, and the Toronto Magic...

Why Tyler is Leaving the Podcast

October 19th, 2018

With his passion shifting away from magic, Tyler says goodbye to the magic community and to Discourse in Magic in episode 133. Over the course of two hours, Tyler and Jonah discuss why he has decided to leave while reminiscing about their time working on the...

Performance That Engages on Multiple Levels with David Parr

October 11th, 2018

Known for his appearance on Fool Us, David Parr joins Tyler and Jonah. Bringing his theatrical background to magic this episode, David discusses the value of live theatre, the power of storytelling and Fool...

Bridging the Old and the New with Harapan Ong

October 4th, 2018

Harapan Ong joins Tyler and Jonah this week to discuss Instagram magic, developing your art, and the public’s exposure to magic. While Harapan is not a full-time magician, you can find him performing from and reviewing magic books on his Instagram show, Fully Booked....

Ads, Ethics, AGT

September 27th, 2018

This week, Tyler and Jonah sit down to discuss their past month’s projects, advertising, their views on ethics in magic and Shin...

Innovation and Being Unsatisfied with Existing Methods with Axel Hecklau

September 20th, 2018

We are very excited to have Axel Hecklau join us. He is an award-winning magician, taking second place for parlour magic at the 2018 FISM World Championship, who brings his unique insight to improving existing methods this...

Summer Catch-Up and Remaining Q & A

September 6th, 2018

We start episode 127 by catching up with Tyler and Jonah. While Tyler hasn’t been performing much practical magic, he has been developing his video and editing skills. Meanwhile, Jonah’s month was steeped with magic....

Magic Goals and Winning the Crowd with Karl Hein

August 30th, 2018

Episode 126 is with Slight of Hand magician Karl Hein who is known for WOWing audiences with amazing and original magic and routines. Jonah has seen him perform both at the Magic Castle, and at a Toronto Magic Company show he produced in...

Quarterly Q & A

August 24th, 2018

Today’s monthly episode is a 1 am Q&A Episode, with Discourse in Magic: Nights. There was a lot of questions this time, mostly from the mailing list, sorry if they didn't get to your question. Get on the Newsletter to be in contact with Jonah and get your questions answered next...

Using Magic to Make an Impact with David Peck

August 16th, 2018

David Peck is a Toronto magician who specialized in manipulation. He is now a speaker, a writer, and a mover and a shaker in the world of social change. You may recognize him from his Face 2 Face...

Becoming an Amazing Performer with Kayla Drescher

August 9th, 2018

Kayla Drescher is a fantastic magician, who really cares about character, comedy and the importance of theatre. She recently performed on  Pen & Teller's “Fool Us” and has a new podcast, called Shezam chatting all about women in...

Internet Exposure, AGT, and Other Magic Updates

August 2nd, 2018

http://traffic.libsyn.com/discourseinmagic/Episode_122.mp3Podcast: DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS | MoreIt’s time for the Discourse in Magic boys to have their monthly get together episode, but this time they’re separated as Jonah has been touring Ontario and Quebec. Tyler, meanwhile,...

Hypnosis, and the Business of Show Business with Dave Curran

July 26th, 2018

Dave Curran is a Ontario based Hypnotist known for his Las Vegas-like shows. He’s a friend of Jonah’s (who’s seen his shows over 200 times). Dave was horrible with magic at first, but after buying and practising magic-shop tricks at the age of 11, he begun doing close-up and walk-around...

How to Perform Card Magic with Jason Ladanye

July 19th, 2018

Jason Ladanye is a world-class sleight of hand magician and card cheating expert, known for his latest book “Confident Deceptions”, his studies with Darwin Ortiz and knowledge in the major topics of theory, practise, scripting and tension made him a great addition to the...

Make Your Own Magic and Start to Get Bookings

July 12th, 2018

In this minisode (mini-episode) Jonah records a short episode with his advice to the responses he received to his regular email asking the Discourse in Magic audience one special question. He asked our 1000 person email newsletter: "What do you want to learn", and he received dozens of answers that...

Is There a ‘Correct’ Type of Magic?

July 7th, 2018

It’s time for your regular catch-up episode with Jonah and Tyler. The episode starts with a quick recap of the last month, where Jonah talks about the Art of Magic, his trip to Chicago and Minneapolis, and much more, and Tyler tells us about a corporate gala gig he got to...

The Toronto Magic Company

June 21st, 2018

In this episode, Jonah slides over to the other side of the couch so that he can pair with Ben Train and talk about the birth and the growth of the Toronto Magic Company. It start with the story of how TMC...

The Internet, Creation, and Mutant Powers with Kyle Marlett

June 14th, 2018

This week Jonah and Tyler talk with magician Kyle Marlett about his new show Mutant Powers. Kyle explains the ins and outs of working in the world of magic and how he has become a fantastic magic consultant and...

Surrealist Performance Art

June 7th, 2018

It’s time for episode 114 and our monthly catch-up for Jonah and Tyler. The pair like to get together every four weeks or so to talk about their magic careers and to answer you questions. Tyler has been slow on the performing side but has been creating at steady clip. He’s had to prioritize...

Character, Acting, and Honing Your Act with Rob Zabrecky

May 31st, 2018

Rob Zabresky is an actor, a songwriter and, most importantly for our purposes, a magician. Rob was a musician in the band Possum Dixon in the mid 1990's when he strolled into a magic shop in Baltimore to escape the summer heat. The owner of the store showed him a simple handkerchief disappearing...

A New Angle on The Chicago Magic Lounge with Ryan Plunkett

May 24th, 2018

Ryan Plunkett is well known as the author of A New Angle and from his work at The Chicago Magic Lounge.  We’ve been eager to get him on the podcast for some time now.  Ryan worked for a while at a magic store. It ended up teaching him about the things that he hated about magic.  So much of the...

Succeeding as a Touring Duo Act with The Evasons

May 17th, 2018

We’ve been trying to get The Evasons on the show for a long time now.  Then out of the blue they phoned us up and said that they were in town.  We invited them over the house to record this week’s episode and the results were pretty...

Teaching, Lecturing, and Making a Show with Joshua Jay

May 10th, 2018

We're really excited to have the co-founder of Vanishing Ink Magic Joshua Jay on the podcast. Josh and Andi Gladwin founded the company on the belief that there was a real dearth of high-quality magic on the market.  Josh was criticized when he first began selling difficult, high-quality...

What do you love about Discourse in Magic?

May 3rd, 2018

It's time for another catch-up interview with Jonah and Tyler. The episode starts with a quick recap of the last month. Tyler has made a terrible mistake and gotten a Muggle job. He works at at vape store, which is apropos since he uses an e-cig himself. He got the job by doing some magic for the...

Show Business and Magic Consulting with Johnny Thompson

April 26th, 2018

We've invited magic legend Johnny Thompson otherwise known as The Great Tomsoni onto the show today. Together with his wife Pamela Hayes Johnny has been performing for packed houses in Las Vegas for decades. Johnny saw a movie about a Mississippi river boat gambler when he was a kid and he...

How to Love Magic with Denis Behr

April 19th, 2018

We're excited to have Denis Behr on the show this week.  Denis has consistently released some of the most innovative magic in the world.  His dedication to the craft shines through in everything he does, especially in his new DVD titled Magic on Tap. Denis first started with magic as a kid...

Money Magic with Josh Janousky

April 12th, 2018

You know him from his incredible Instagram presence – we're super excited to have @JustJoshInMagic on the show this week. Josh became obsessed with magic as a teenager. It was an interest that started as a diversion from his rigorous training as a musician. But soon enough he had traded the...

T-shirts and Talismans

April 5th, 2018

It's episode 105 and time for another solo chat between Jonah and Tyler. It's been a month since our heroes sat down for one of these. Jonah had a ton of show throughout March with the Toronto Magic Company. Newest Trick in the Book is now a weekly show every Tuesday which is something that Jonah...

Fool Us and Beyond with Teller

April 1st, 2018

It's taken more than two years and over 100 episodes but we've finally done it.  We managed to convince one the biggest names in magic to join us for a feature length interview. Teller tells us about his early years performing magic with Penn Jillette and how, together, the built one of the most...

Magic, Math and Pro Wrestling with Caleb Wiles

March 29th, 2018

He's an incredible magician, a close friend but most importantly he's a listener to the podcast. Caleb Wiles is well known for his amazing stage performances and his appearance on Penn and Teller's Fool Us. As he started diving deeper into card magic he became totally obsessed. As his journey...

Religion, Psychedelics, and Other Types of Magic with Paul Vigil

March 22nd, 2018

Paul Vigil has burst out of his native Salt Lake City taking his magic to TV and the Las Vegas Stage. He has appeared on Penn and Teller's Fool Us twice. He trained with Johnny Thompson and worked as a street performer for years – slowly honing his skills. In his early 20's he was only interested...

Behind the Scenes at Ellusionist with Adam Wilber

March 15th, 2018

We're have a really special guest this week. He runs Ellusionist and made waves with his viral performance on Fool Us. Adam Wilber also produced the best selling trick pyro and we're really excited to have him in the show. Wilber was six years old when he stole a prop from a friend for a trick. He...

Real Magic with Jared Kopf

March 8th, 2018

Our guest this week is a brilliant mind in the community. He's a magician, a priest and a raconteur – we're really excited to have Jared Kopf. Every child is born with a sense of wonder that gradually dwindles. For Jared it never dwindled. He doesn't remember a specific moment when he fell in...

Is Discourse in Magic Ending?

March 1st, 2018

We made it! 100 episodes is a milestone we never expected to reach. Well, Jonah did. It's why he started the numbering with 001. Even still, we're super excited to have gotten this far. In this episode we reflect on how important the podcast has been on their own magic...

Get on Penn and Teller Fool Us with Michael Close

February 22nd, 2018

You know him from his Workers project, his book Paradigm Shift and his work as a consulting producer on Fool Us. In this episode you're going to learn all about how to have a good presentation, how to have an act worthy of television, and how to make your magic...

Using Your Face with Mario Lopez

February 15th, 2018

Mario Lopez was just a kid when a friend put a lit cigarette into his fist and made it disappear. He learned how it was done and from that moment on he was in love with magic. He moved to Granada in his native Spain when he was 18 where he trained with one of the countries top magicians. He was...

Visual Magic and Ellusionist Secrets with Lloyd Barnes

February 8th, 2018

Lloyd Barnes grandfather became a travelling magician shortly after the war. He developed many tricks over the years and passed those onto Lloyd. His focus was much more on sport as a teenager – especially boxing and gymnastics. His university career was less than successful – he was thrown out...

Look How Far We’ve Come

February 1st, 2018

It's episode 96 and time for another solo episode with Jonah and Tyler. We start the episode talking about what we should do to celebrate our upcoming 100th episode. We have had some pretty dumb ideas in the past like listening to all 100 episodes in a row. We need your ideas on this one. Hit...

Making Magic and the Playing Card Revolution with Alex Pandrea

January 25th, 2018

He is Blue Crown Magic, he is Alex Pandrea. He first got into magic when he was five years old.  A clown came to his birthday party and did tricks like disappearing silk or sponge balls.  But his interest continued into young adulthood.  He grew up in New York City and it was through the local...

Becoming an Entertainer with David Williamson

January 18th, 2018

David Williamson is an incredible comedy magician and sleight-of-hand master. He feels that he was bitten by the bug early and he had no other choice but to follow his passion.  He was totally obsessed with it from a very early age. David was painfully shy.  But he forced himself to get up on...

Cardistry, Magic, and Getting Noticed with John Stessel

January 11th, 2018

Our guest this week came across our Instagram feed a few months ago and we knew we had to have him on the podcast.  His work as a cardist is truly awe-inspiring.  John first got into magic after his family got him a magic kit when he was 8 years old.  He learned the boomerang card throw at age...

New Year, New Magic

January 4th, 2018

Welcome everyone to Episode 92 – our first episode of 2018! We both had a good New Year's Eve. We relaxed with friends, some hors d'oeuvres and champagne. Last New Year's we challenged ourselves to come up with some magical resolutions. Jonah resolved to work more on scripting his magic...

Inner Secrets of Instagram Magic with Felix Bodden

December 28th, 2017

Felix Bodden has appeared on Fool Us and has created a really popular Instagram feed.  He first became interested when he was eight years old in 2001 – the same year that the first Harry Potter movie came out.  But Felix became frustrated when he realized there was no such thing as real...

Making Good Magic Great with Tony Chang

December 21st, 2017

We’ve been trying to get Tony Chang on the podcast for a long time and it’s finally happened!  Jonah and Tony spent some time together and NYC recently.  But this is the first time we have had the chance to talk to him about his history.  Tony first fell in love with magic when he saw a...

What Makes a Great Magic Product with Geraint Clarke

December 14th, 2017

Geraint’s advice for a magician who wants to begin to sell illusions depends on what you want to accomplish.  Some people just want to make as much as possible.  But others want to be known and respected for creating quality magic.  Networking with the magic community to create something of...

Questions for Your Magic Mind

December 7th, 2017

This episode is packed full of questions that we want YOU to answer! Join in the fun, leave a comment and let us know what you feel about these deep philosophical magic...

Instagram and the Cardistry Subculture with Sean O

November 30th, 2017

Sean O is a master of cardistry and has achieved a lot at a very young age.  Sean is only twenty years old but has been honing his skill since he was in grade school. He did his first paying gig was when he was nine.  He performed at a five year olds birthday party.  He first saw card magic when...

Modern Magic and Why it Lives Online with Xavior Spade

November 23rd, 2017

Xavior Spade is making waves as one of the highest profile YouTube magicians.  He is using live streaming to connect with an every-growing audience.  Xavior found magic as a young person while growing up in Jamaica, Queens in New York City.  But it was magic that helped him to escape the...

Understanding Magic with Garrett Thomas

November 16th, 2017

Garrett Thomas is an incredible magician, an opinion that was confirmed recently when Jonah saw him perform at the Buffalo 52 magic convention.  Garrett first fell in love with magic because of his father.  His dad was a huge fan of magic and was friends with the bar magician Eddie Fechter. Who...

Presentation, Effect Selection, and How to Practice with Allan Hagen

November 9th, 2017

Allan thinks that young magicians should start out by learning from the masters.  It would be foolish to ignore the classics.  Work your way through Card College.  There is enough knowledge there to last a lifetime.  Eventually you will discover two or three pieces that resonate with you. ...

Becoming a Death Defying Escape Artist with Demian Aditya

October 26th, 2017

Demian Aditya has become world famous because of his insane escape acts.  Demian first became interested in magic because of David Copperfield who was on TV regularly in his native Indonesia. ...

Busking for Magicians & Earning Your Chops with Billy Kidd

October 19th, 2017

Billy has taken her background as a busker worldwide, regularly performing in Europe and on television. She trained as an actor in Edmonton and was almost totally disinterested in street performing and magic. That is until she saw Nick Nickolas performing at the Edmonton Street Performers...

No Hands, No Feet, No Excuses and No Limits with Mahdi Gilbert

October 12th, 2017

On today's episode, Mahdi Gilbert joins us to talk about the state of magic.  He first got into magic as a little kid despite not having much exposure to it.  He didn’t have a TV or internet but he had heard about magicians from other kids at school.  His childhood logic was that if he could...

How to Create Magic Out of Tricks with Lawrence Hass

September 28th, 2017

Lawrence Hass is the Associate Dean of the Magic and Mystery School in Las Vegas.  We wanted to invite him on to talk about the theory of magic at its deepest level.  Lawrence has a Ph.D. in philosophy and taught the subject for many years.  As he was finishing his Ph.D. he happened upon a David...

How to Grow Your Instagram Following for Magicians with Jeremy Griffith

September 21st, 2017

You know him from his incredibly popular videos The BC Shuffle and The Instagram Sessions.  Jeremy Griffith has popularized social media magic in a way no one else has. He's developed a new way of performing magic...

How to Start Booking Gigs with No Website, Photos, Videos, or Testimonials

September 18th, 2017

It feels like nobody will hire you since you don't have great photos, videos, or a website. But you don’t have great photos, videos or website because nobody will hire you! It's easy to get booked with years of performing expirience, but then how does someone without performance expirience...

Everything You Need to Know about Gaffing Cards with @Gaffguy52

September 14th, 2017

Jeremy Hanrahan is renowned in the magic community for his secret identity as @GaffGuy52.  He started early and became completely obsessed.  At first, he was a sleight of hand expert before he moved into gaffing.  He started his career selling his gaff decks to Morrisey Magic in...

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants with Steve Reynolds

August 31st, 2017

Steve Reynolds is a renowned New Orlean’s card magician who is obsessed with keeping the history of magic alive. But Steve doesn’t have a step-by-step advice about how to become a magician.  He just did it.  He was full of passion and obsessed with learning.  Steve remembers how difficult...

he Artist’s Journey with Zack Mirza

August 24th, 2017

Zack Mirza has created a remarkable career both as a professional animator and a magician.  He has animated a variety of children’s programs and his magic career was featured in the OLN series Illusion of...

A Masterclass in Comedy Magic with Harrison Greenbaum

August 17th, 2017

Harrison Greenbaum is the hardest working man in comedy and magic.  His unique act has landed him slots on Last Comic Standing and America’s Got Talent.  His career started early first as a stand-up comic who occasionally used magic in his sets when the jokes weren’t...

Crafting Incredible Visuals with Glenn West

August 10th, 2017

Our guest this week is Glenn West.  Glenn is a fantastic magician who started his love affair with magic after being introduced to the craft by his father.  Magic is constant presence in his life though he is not a working magician. Instead, he works as an animator in film and television....

Cardistry, Community, and Content Creation with Anna DeGuzman

July 27th, 2017

In episode 69 we sit down with cardist Anna DeGuzman to talk magic, cardistry, content creation and much much...

How to Benefit From Magic When it’s Not Your Career with Jason Dean

July 20th, 2017

Jason is a rockstar magician. He is a rockstar - The drummer for Sidewise; a crazy metal band, as well as an accomplished and creative magician. Jason dives in with us to ways that you can benefit as a magician even if it isn't your...

The Laws of Magic and How to Give and Take Criticism with Michael Feldman

July 13th, 2017

In episode 67 we sat down with the very brilliant Michael Feldman. Michael is a full time Lawyer as well as a recognized magician. He performs and creates fantastic magic that’s as knuckle-busting as it is...

How to be Meticulous in Your Craft with Ryan Edwards

June 29th, 2017

Ryan does it all! He's written and performed two of his own magic shows. He's advised and built props for top magicians around the world, and he most importantly  he handcrafts tools (wallets, card clips, close up pads) for magicians looking to up their magic style at...

Success by Word of Mouth, and Behind the Scenes TV Magic with Mark Calabrese

June 15th, 2017

In episode 63 of the podcast we sit down wit Mark Calabrese to talk about what it takes to make it in magic. Mark is an incredible accomplished performer. With multiple effects released on the magic market, as well as appearances on Wizard Wars and Penn and Teller Fool...

Magic in the Stand-up Comedy Circuit with Matt Disero

May 25th, 2017

In this episode we sit down with Canadian Comedy Magic Icon Matt Disero. Matt is a hilarious Canadian comedy magician, who has made his way up through the comedy...

From the Cinema to Centre Stage with Spidey

May 18th, 2017

We brought on expert mentalist, hypnotist and rockstar entertainer Spidey. If you haven't seen Spidey on Youtube, Facebook, or on TV you might have seen him at your local...

The Magic of Apps with Marc Kerstein

May 11th, 2017

In this episode we sit down with Marc Kerstein. If you haven't used, or been fooled by one of Marcs magic apps, you've missed out. Marc is THE iphone magic app guy, and has been brought on to consult on multiple TV series including David Blaine's most recent...

Helping Your Clients and Hearing Your Audience with Suzanne

April 27th, 2017

In this episode we had the pleasure of interviewing our friend Suzanne. We met Suzanne at Sorcerers Safari (RIP) last summer! Suzanne is an expert restaurant magician. To be a great restaurant magician you have to be good at more than just...

Pricing and Limiting Beliefs with Morgan Pierce

April 20th, 2017

It’s been a long time coming to get my good friend Morgan Pierce to join us on the podcast. Morgan is a wildly talented magician turned financial advisor from Kingston, Ontario who joined us to chat about finances and limiting...

How to Control Your Nerves and Perform More Magic

April 17th, 2017

I’ve totally felt nervous before going on stage, but I’ve never written about it. I always thought that if I love magic and want to be a magician, being nervous shouldn't hold me...

Networking for Magicians with Brian Miller

April 13th, 2017

In episode 52 we chat with our first guest of "motivation month". The point of the month is to give you the motivation you need to get off of your ass and start fighting...

Magic in Toronto with Ben Train, Rosemary Reid, Chris Mayhew, and Mark Correia

March 30th, 2017

Boo Ya everybody we made it to Episode 52! To celebrate we invited over four of our closest Toronto magic friends to talk about Toronto magic in the past, present, and...

Tools and Tips to Make Your Comedy Magic FIRE with John Archer

March 23rd, 2017

If you're talking about comedy magic, there are just a few names that automatically come to mind. John Archer is one of them. Not only is his magic baffling, but he's also absolutely hilarious. He’s known for whipping up his audience, and getting incredible moments out of the magic and the...

How to Become an Unstoppable Old School Entertainer with Gazzo

March 16th, 2017

There is absolutely no question in my mind that you've heard of Gazzo. Maybe you've seen his Fool Us performance. It's possible you've seen another clip from Youtube. Or equally likely, you could have seen him busking in your...

How to Get Noticed as a Performer with The Sentimentalists (Mysterion & Steffi Kay)

March 9th, 2017

If you saw them walking down the block you would stop dead in your tracks. A haunted couple just walked out of a catalogue from the 1930s. Mysterion, a fast talking Dracula looking gentleman with a white...

Entertainment Value and Finding Your Shtick with David Malek

February 23rd, 2017

In episode 47 we sit down with David Malek...THE KING. He's not just the King at entertainment, but he's also one of the most skilled card man alive today....

The Napkin Approach and Enjoying the Process with John Guastaferro

February 16th, 2017

In this episode we sit down with John Guastaferro and we chat all about making your own effect awesome. John is an expert at working on different important elements and put them together to make a beautiful...

Episode 45 – Scripting and Working with a Director with Nick Wallace

February 9th, 2017

Nick Wallace spills the beans on exactly how scripting a show creates an incredibly powerful experience for your audience! In this episode he breaks down exactly how he works with a director and why he would never create a show without...

The Effect Month: Props, Identity, and Paying Your Dues with James Harrison

February 2nd, 2017

James was a special guest on the podcast because he won January's contest. But we've known James for a long time. He's been a friend of ours from Toronto* for...

Using Magic to Spread an Important Message with Chad Juros

January 26th, 2017

In episode 43 we sit with Chad Juros to tell us his story of magic. I'll save most of the details for the episode itself, but I can provide you with a short version of Chads incredible story. Chad was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia as a child. During many of his years and months at...

Live in Toronto – Views, Comments, and Awesome Magic Content with Chris Ramsay, Eric Leclerc, and Wes Barker

January 19th, 2017

Welcome to our first ever live show! We invited Wes Barker, Eric Leclerc and Chris Ramsay to Toronto to record an episode but we said HEY, why don't we invite the local magicians too. SO WE DID! And it was a...

Secrets to Outreach and Building Relationships with Caroline Ravn

January 12th, 2017

In this episode Tyler and I sit down with Caroline to chat about everything it takes to build a community and following. Caroline Ravn is the queens of outreach. In the episode she gives us tips about how to get published in an...

Why Being Sincere Means Connecting with Your Audience with Asi Wind

December 29th, 2016

If you don't know who Asi Wind is, I recommend stopping the podcast episode and checking him out. Not only has he released incredible effects that have ROCKED the magic community (links below), but he is also a leading magical thinker....

How to Master Fringe Festivals with Keith Brown

December 22nd, 2016

If you've ever wondered how to get into a Fringe Festival, what it is, how to use it to make money and why you would want to do it, you're in the right place. In episode 38 Keith Brown lays it all out for us....

How to Make Your Show About You with Chris Funk

December 15th, 2016

If you've ever seen anything that Chris Funk has ever done (which you probably have) you know how special what he does...

The Value of a Great Introduction and How to Tweak Your Show with James Alan

December 8th, 2016

We sit down with Toronto's own James Alan to discuss some of the finer details of crafting a show. This episode was particularly exciting because James has been a fan of the show. Not only did he come prepared, but he was also able to blast misconceptions that we had spoken about in previous...

How to Shoot Your Own Magic Video Without Breaking the Bank

November 29th, 2016

So you want to shoot a magic video or magic promo video but you have no idea where to start? Well don't worry! In this blog post I’ll take you through the basic steps you need to take in order to get...

Tools, Tips, and Tricks to Having TV Quality Magic with Justin Willman

November 24th, 2016

You know him from Comedy Network! You've watched his Viral Videos! You know him Cupcake Wars (okay maybe not) the one and only Justin Willman joins us on the...

The Truth About Magic on Youtube

November 22nd, 2016

Magicians love to preach to other magicians NOT to learn magic on youtube. They love to tell them that the real lessons are in books, they love to tell them that it’s second hand magic and it's not real, it's...

Magic Consulting and Making Your Own Inspiration with Daniel Garcia

November 17th, 2016

In this perfectly timed episodes days after David Blaine's special we have the very bright Daniel Garcia telling us about the ups and downs for consulting. Garcia consults for many of the major TV magicians including Cyril, Dynamo and of course David...

Magicians Guide to Mastering Every Social Media Platform with Justin Flom

November 10th, 2016

If you're reading this it means you care about modern media and social media. For that you are already a...

6 Ways You Can Improve Your Magic Website TODAY

October 29th, 2016

If you currently have a magic website and you're looking to make it as great as possible, here are some tips that are going to help you maximize the effectiveness of your...

Expert Online Marketing Tools and Tips for Magicians with Julian Mather

October 27th, 2016

Julian has basically done everything under the sun in terms of magic. He's performed, taught, created 2 podcasts, and created tons of products that are meant to help magicians with the commercial side of magic (often the most difficult...

Getting Booked with Branding, Taglines and Straight Up Tenacity with Wes Barker

October 20th, 2016

The one and only Wes Barker brings the heat on episode 29 by chatting all about how to get booked. Since he's made big waves in a short time, he's tells us exactly what to look for in branding and why cold calling colleges is so fun and...

How to Make a Beautiful Magician Website Easily

October 19th, 2016

Getting a website is a notoriously difficult, expensive and time consuming thing, but it doesn’t have to be! By the end of this blog post my goal is to teach you exactly how to make your own website by yourself, in about one week, the most effective way possible, reasonably priced, without hiring...

Exactly What it Takes to Get Endless Bookings with Lou Serrano

October 13th, 2016

In episode 28 we had the wonderful Lou Serrano chat with us about exactly how to book gigs. As he says, there isn't one way to get gigs, but there are 50 ways. Lou basically walks us through 5 or 6 of them in this...

Social Media Guide For Magicians

October 9th, 2016

Social media isn’t going anywhere. As a matter of fact it’s only growing. We’re at the tip of the iceberg of the age of social media and so far it’s been amazing! The benefits of engaging online are here to stay, so it’s time to start sharing and learning some good practices and...

The Definitive Guide to All Magic Podcasts

September 13th, 2016

As a consumer of magic podcasts, the only way that I found them, was by stumbling upon them. Every time I searched the web for Magic podcasts, I got 3 things. Magic the gathering podcasts, THIS magic cafe article about podcasts, and this short article from bicycle.com...

Top 5 Jerx Posts…So Far

August 26th, 2016

If you don’t know what “The Jerx” is, and you’re a magician that can read, and has internet access - you’re missing out. Here’s the cliffs notes version of what it...

You Aren’t Special!

August 19th, 2016

Picture this For the first time ever I signed up to go to magic camp! I stepped on the bus, looked around and saw about 90 other people that were also magicians JUST LIKE...

How to Book Your Own Tour

August 16th, 2016

If your method of booking shows is word of mouth or more specifically: sitting around waiting for calls, then I have news for you, it...