June 18, 2019
Steve Best joins us on Talking Tricks to discuss his 30-year career as a magician, comedian and photographer.
Best discusses the biggest changes in the industry during his career, touring with the likes of Frank Skinner and Harry Hill, nearly suing Joe Pasquale, getting his start playing guitar and performing magic in a bar in Cyprus, touring the world and TV.
He also talks about his amazing photographs that have spawned two books, multiple exhibitions and even hang in the Saatchi Gallery.
June 11, 2019
Man of Mischief and juggler and magician extraordinaire Mark Watson joins us to tell his incredible journey from overworked London City banker to full-time professional performer.
Hear how magic legend Paul Daniels inspired both his interest in magic and led to him studying business and becoming a chartered accountant and banker before a holiday to the Edinburgh Fringe encouraged him to go full time in magic and variety.
Mark also talks the problems with sharing a name with another performer more famous than you, starting street performing in Covent Garden, his love of pantomime and his family's history of running the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth, how The Masked Magician boosted his love of magic and much more.
If you are thinking about quitting your day job then this is a must listen. Mark also spills the beans on his Edinburgh Fringe show Living the Dream and his insane schedule during last year's festival.
May 29, 2019
Australian magician Dom Chambers joins us to talk performing his beer production magic act on Penn & Teller Fool Us, his upcoming appearance on the new season of America's Got Talent and what it is like being a professional magician in Australia.
Dom won the Best Magic Show award at this year's Adelaide Fringe Festival and he talks about his good and bad experiences at the world's second largest arts festival, as well as the southern hemisphere's other big festivals in Melbourne and Perth.
Dom also chats about his inspirations, originality in magic and his upcoming return performance at the Magic Castle in Hollywood and much more.
May 22, 2019
Magical Bones joins us on Talking Tricks to discuss his incredible magic career including a worldwide tour with Impossible and his own TV series Around the World in 80 Tricks.
He talks about starting his performance career as a hip-hip B-boy dancer on the streets in London, stage and in music videos for Madonna and other global mega popstars, how renting his local theatre helped springboard him into all his success, performing at the Underbelly on the Southbank and his upcoming Edinburgh Fringe debut solo magic show Black Magic.
He discusses the history and culture of black magicians and the influence it has on his live show and much more.
May 15, 2019
On Talking Tricks, we assemble a crack team of magic experts to discuss the most iconic and notorious animals in magic history.
Learn about the most famous animals in magic and variety including tigers, ducks, chickens, goldfish, otters, snacks, doves, horses and octopus. Also hear the stories from the biggest names in magic and variety such as Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield, David Blaine, Mac King and Norman Barrett MBE.
We also talk about the origin of the rabbit from the hat trick and the death of The Great Lafayette, plus Ed Kane tells us how to kill and cook your own food.
We also debate the ethics of using animals in a variety act and whether wooden or puppet animals are better than the real thing in theatre.
May 7, 2019
Katie Pritchard is the brand new recipient of the Musical Comedy Award and she joins us to talk all about winning this prestigious award.
She chats about what the award means and what she actually gets, as well as performing multiple shows at the Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, Cambridge Fringe and the Leicester Comedy Festival. She also answers questions off the back page of old NME magazines and discusses the stresses and rewards behind running her own comedy night My Mates Jokes Brings The Folks To The Yard and much more!
April 30, 2019
Psychologist and Magician Dr Matt Tompkins joins us to discuss the brand new Smoke & Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic exhibition, which runs until September 15th at The Welcome Collection gallery in London.
Matt discusses his live performances as part of the exhibition, the artefacts within the collection, why mediums and mentalism strike a chord with the general public, psychology and magic and much more.
He also tells us all about his new book, produced in collaboration with the exhibition, The Spectacle of Illusion: Magic, the paranormal and the complicity of the mind. The book traces the evolution of the arts of magic and illusion from the 18th century onwards.
April 23, 2019
Magic Sam Hurst joins us to share his incredible story from sleeping rough to being crowned UK Family Entertainer of the Year 2019.
Sam also talks about working at magic bars in Manchester and Bristol, his TV stardom on BBC's Let me Entertain You and Magic House Party, running his own night the Beautiful Magicians' Club, working full-time as a magician on the streets of Covent Garden and much more.
We also talk about the amazing way he met his wife, tattoos and performing magic for everyone from Samuel L Jackson and Whoppi Goldberg to Bear Grylls and Roman Abramovich.
April 15, 2019
Find out everything you need to know about the SAMS Convention. Is it a convention solely for people named Sam, or is it in fact the Scottish Association of Magic Societies?
It's the latter and we are joined by the SAMS President Elliott Bibby to discuss everything the convention has to offer, from its amazing line-up of lecturers, competitions, one trick show, gala show and food deals.
The convention takes place in Glasgow between April 26th - 28th.
April 10, 2019
Kevin Quantum joins us to discuss his fascinating journey from reality TV contestant to globe-trotting magician.
He talks about what it was like learning from magic legends Penn & Teller, Pat Page, Paul Daniels and Nigel Mead as part of the Channel 4 show Faking It, combining science and magic, the early struggles to transition from PhD Researcher to full-time magician, running the Edinburgh International Magic Festival and his success at the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals.