Essential Magic Conference Videos

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Jeff McBride - Mystery School

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.
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Ton Onasaka - Tokyo

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.
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Cyril Takayama - Exclusive Video

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.
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Stan Allen - Publisher Magic Magazine

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.
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Apollo Robbins - The Gentleman Thief

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.
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Lance Burton - Master Magician

Lance Burton is one of the world’s most famous magicians. He graduated from being an award winning sleight of hand artist to headlining his own full evening illusion show in Las Vegas. Here he talks about his inspirations, magic and the real secret to becoming a great performer.
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Ava Do - Mentalist

Ava Do is a professional magician with a special interest in psychology, con artistry and psychic deception. With Apollo Robbins she developed and performs a truly remarkable and baffling two person telepathy act. Ava talks about our fascination for con artists and the secret pleasure that audiences have in being deceived.
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J C Sum and ‘Magic Babe’ Ning - Illusionists

J C Sum and ‘Magic Babe’ Ning are Singapore’s most famous illusionists. They share their views on magic, illusions, skill and teamwork. And how Ning feels about being called ‘the sexiest woman in magic.’
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Scott Hitchcock - Skills and Rapport

Scott is a professional magician now living in Las Vegas. Known for the diversity of his work he talks about the importance of developing a broad range of skills and cultivating that all important rapport with the audience.
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Matthew Holtzclaw - Experiencing the Mysterious

With a background in theatre, professional magician Matthew Holtzclaw frequently acts as a magic consultant to theatre and film productions. Currently he just finished work on a Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow and a stage project directed by Teller called Play Dead.
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Ryan Oakes - Creating a Moment of Wonder

Ryan Oakes has travelled the world with his magic. He considers it a privilege to entertain audiences and bring them that moment of wonder only magic can create. Here he talks about his career and inspirations.
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EMC in 60 seconds

The Essential Magic Conference is the world’s first web conference for magicians. 33 speakers over 3 days of conference streamed live worldwide.