Essential Magic Conference Videos
The son of a magician, Helder Guimarães gave his first magic show at the age of three (making chocolates appear at kindergarten) and went on to become World Champion of Card Magic at the FISM convention in 2006. Here he talks about practice, his favourite routine and the constant companion that is magic.
Cyril Takayama is one of the most famous magicians in the world. His spectacular television specials have made him a household name in Japan. Viral videos of his highly original take on street magic have made him one of the most popular magicians on the internet. In this interview he talks about the challenges and opportunities in performing magic for stage, television and the web.
Techno-Illusionist Marco Tempest blends digital media and magic to bring audiences a glimpse of the future before technology gets there. His imaginative combination of magic and computer-generated imagery is unequalled within the performing arts. Here he talks about his passion for magic, illusion and technology.
The The Mac King Comedy Magic Show is now in its tenth year at Harrah’s in Las Vegas. Recognised as one of the leading comedy magicians in the world, Mac talks about his inspirations, the secrets of comedy magic, how to connect with your audience and the pure joy of performance.
Paul Draper specialises in mysteries of the mind. He studied anthropology at university and lectured on communication. Now he blends his knowledge of human behaviour with magic to create a brand of mystery entertainment that has taken him all over the world.
Jules Fisher - Lighting Designer (2010 members only)
Jules Fisher is one of the world’s leading theatrical lighting designers. For 50 years his award winning lighting designs have been seen in musicals, plays, concerts and movies. Magic has been a lifelong interest and here he talks about how magicians can use lighting to enhance their performances and bring about moments of wonder.
David Kaye - Children's Entertainer (2010 members only)
David Kaye is better known to his audiences as 'Silly Billy.' He is a magician and balloon modeller based in New York. Here he talks about the challenges and delights of working magic for children and reveals some of the professional secrets that made him one of the most acclaimed children’s entertainers in America.
Jeff McBride is an award winning manipulator and the founder of The Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas. He has devoted his life to magic and the teaching of illusion. Here he talks about his philosophy of performance and a school of magic where the students transcend the masters.
Ton Onasaka is the proprietor of Magic Land, a shop in Tokyo specialising in magic for magicians. Ton Onasaka is the creator of many original magic effects. For many years he has played a unique role as a cultural ambassador making possible many exchanges of ideas and information between magicians in the west and Japan.
For our first Essential Magic Conference Members Competition we asked you to come up with three killer questions for one of our EMC Speakers. Ali Said Jameleddine of the United Arab Emirates won with his questions for the incredible Cyril Takayama. Ali your prize of the autographed Luis de Matos Extreme DVD is on its way to you. And now in an exclusive video here are the answers to your questions, provided by Cyril Takayama himself. Cyril is one of the world’s top magicians, famous in Japan for his amazing television specials and the best known magician on You Tube thanks to his astoundingly original illusions that have proved to be a viral video hit all over the world. Thank you Cyril.
Stan Allen is the editor of Magic Magazine. He talks about his early influences in magic, his career as a professional entertainer and how he later found his niche as the publisher of one of the world’s leading conjuring journals.
Apollo Robbins combines sleight of hand, pick-pocketing and con artistry to produce a uniquely deceptive entertainment. In addition to his work as a performer he has consulted for police departments, television producers and writers on the psychology and practice of con games.