The Magic Detective Podcast
Ep 71 The Houdini Wonder Show

Ep 71 The Houdini Wonder Show

October 17, 2021

This week I cover The Houdini Wonder Show, a special show he did in 1922. It involved a cast of characters and I give you a brief bio of each of the various performers.

I also mention my review of David Copperfield's History of Magic Book which is over on my blog at: https://www.themagicdetective.com/2021/10/book-david-copperfields-history-of-magic.html

 

Ep 70 David Devant - England‘s Greatest Magician

Ep 70 David Devant - England‘s Greatest Magician

October 5, 2021

We begin Season 4 with an exploration into the life and magic of
David Devant. You'll hear about his early days, his various creations,
his time with Egyptian Hall and St. Georges Hall and beyond. And,
you'll find out what he really died from.

Ep 69 Magic History Recollections

Ep 69 Magic History Recollections

August 1, 2021

This one is a short podcast. Rather than leave you with nothing, I decided to share a few quick stories. They're related to two individuals who both had birthdays this week. I think you'll enjoy the stories. And please go to my blog www.TheMagicDetective.com to read some additional thoughts on 'Books'. 

 

Ep 68 The World Renown Long Tack Sam

Ep 68 The World Renown Long Tack Sam

July 21, 2021

On this episode you'll learn about a wonderful Chinese Magician and Vaudevillian, Long Tack Sam. This podcast is slightly shorter than most because as it turns out there is a documentary on Sam done by a relative of his. And rather than give you ALL the details of his life, I gave you a quick overview and am going to provide a link to the documentary so you can see that as well.

Click here to see The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam Documentary

https://www.nfb.ca/film/the_magical_life_of_long_tack_sam/

Ep 67 The Amazing Amedeo Vacca

Ep 67 The Amazing Amedeo Vacca

July 13, 2021

Here is a man who had a hugely successful career, but is often singled out today as someone who worked with Houdini. He had an amazing career without Houdini! And he had a very interesting career with Houdini. Some of what I discuss during his Houdini years is going to sound controversial, but keep in my it's mostly my opinion, based on some research. Amedeo was very close-lipped when it came to Houdini because he was sworn to secrecy. He likely had a hand in far more things than we realize. But at least we were left with a few bread crumbs.

Enjoy!

BTW: please visit www.Ronjo.com  Listen to the podcast and then run on over there.

Ep 66 Magic History Stories and Book Review

Ep 66 Magic History Stories and Book Review

June 14, 2021

On this episode you'll hear a review of the book Lincoln's Scout by author Mark Cannon. This is the story of Civil War Soldier and future magician Harry (Horatio) Cooke. Also, I share my recollection of visiting the American Museum of Magic for the first time, many years ago.

For more on Cooke, listen to podcast Ep 16.

Ep 65 The Incredible W. J. Hilliar

Ep 65 The Incredible W. J. Hilliar

May 16, 2021

Here is a guy we should all know about but few do. He lived during the Golden Age of magic. He performed during that time. He knew all the greats, he wrote books for many of them. His life story is incredible. Listen and discover the world of William J. Hilliar. 

Ep64 The Last Days of Kassner & More

Ep64 The Last Days of Kassner & More

April 10, 2021

Here is the wrap-up of the Kassner story. I was able to get some of my questions answered after I had published the previous podcast. Also, I tell the story about discovering my Great Great Grandfather may have helped a very famous magician, back in the day. That and more, check it out!

Ep 63 Alois Kassner Zaubermeister

Ep 63 Alois Kassner Zaubermeister

March 24, 2021

This episode is about the German magician KASSNER who was extremely popular prior to WW2. He had a show that rivaled Thurston's. But then after the war, what happened to him??? Now you can find out.

 

Ep 62 The Magic Historian Henry Ridgely Evans

Ep 62 The Magic Historian Henry Ridgely Evans

March 6, 2021

Here is a shorter episode, on the life of Henry Ridgely Evans. This is basically the introduction of Evans to my audience. In the future I'll be pulling from his books and periodicals to share magic history of the last 19th century.

I also share my own personal story  of creating a Tedx Talk.

Ep 61 The Life of Signor Antonio Blitz

Ep 61 The Life of Signor Antonio Blitz

February 18, 2021

The first new episode for 2021. This time we cover the life of Signor Blitz one of the most famous 19th Century magicians in America, also one of the most copied. He was an amazing performer and this podcast shares a few of his many exploits!

Music provided by https://purple-planet.com

Denny Haney Book review at https://www.themagicdetective.com/2021/01/denny-haney-collected-wisdom-book-review.html 

Ep 60  Houdini & Christmas

Ep 60 Houdini & Christmas

December 26, 2020

This is a slightly shorter (thus the blue image) than normal podcast. I talk about Houdini and his fascination towards Christmas. Plus I include a couple more Al Cohen stories and catch up on some recent magic history news I missed. 

Music provided by http://www.purple-planet.com 

Ep 59 - A Special Episode About Special Things and Special People

Ep 59 - A Special Episode About Special Things and Special People

December 14, 2020

I've got a bit of catching up to do, once again. I'm behind in the podcast episodes and this one was to feature a segment called Living and Legend. And I had to pull what I had originally planned and insert the passing of a dear friend. So in all truth, I still got in the segment on the Living and the segment on the Legend, as Al Cohen was most certainly a legend in the magic world. 

Please check out my blog to see another feature on Magic Genii, what you'll SEE over there confirms all that you hear over here. https://www.themagicdetective.com/2020/12/magic-genii-celebrates-20-years.html

Music provided by http://purple-planet.com 

Ep 58 Horace Goldin - The Royal Illusionist

Ep 58 Horace Goldin - The Royal Illusionist

November 10, 2020

So excited to be exploring the life of Horace Goldin. He had a very rich life, was the creator of many incredible mysteries, and was a world traveling illusionist. This likely won't be the last time you hear the name Goldin on my podcast!

 

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Ep 57 The Fox Sisters & Their Spirits

Ep 57 The Fox Sisters & Their Spirits

November 7, 2020

Season 3 starts off with an unusual podcast, The Fox Sisters. Though not technically magicians, they sorta were in a way. And their style of performing would branch out and influence the world of magic and magicians. They are certainly fascinating characters.

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To hear the other podcast I'm featured on...

https://brandingentertainers.com/bfe-ep10-crafting-your-style-with-dean-carnegie/

https://brandingentertainers.com/bfe-ep11-pandemic-history-now-w-dean-carnegie/

 

 

Ep 56 Al Flosso - The Coney Island Fakir

Ep 56 Al Flosso - The Coney Island Fakir

August 30, 2020

This episode is an interview with the author of the book, The Coney Island Fakir: The Magical Life of Al Flosso, Judge Gary Brown. He shares the life story of Flosso, as well as many anecdotes from his career. You'll hear stories that involve, Jackie Gleason, Danny Kaye, Houdini, and Milton Berle. And there is an easter egg in this episode if you know what that is. 

Music provided by https://purple-planet.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcAdOV1eDDI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fSgMpDRNqc&t=3s

Here is a bonus article on Flosso which is on the Magic Detective Blog

https://www.themagicdetective.com/2020/08/abbott-costello-comedians-flosso.html 

 

Ep 55 Hercat The Eminent American Illusionist

Ep 55 Hercat The Eminent American Illusionist

August 25, 2020

Hercat the Eminent American Illusionist, or was he? You'll have to listen to the podcast to find out. The Magic Detective is back from several weeks off. Two broken toes, a trip to the ER and several other nightmares, and he's back, good as new.

The music for this episode proved by https://purple-planet.com

 

Ep 54 The Great Fetaque Sanders

Ep 54 The Great Fetaque Sanders

July 13, 2020

This week I talk about the life of Fetaque Sanders, a true showman and artist from Nashville TN, who worked with Pearl Bailey, Cab Calloway and other prominent entertainers. He was and is an icon in the world of magic and one you need to know about! I also briefly talk about my friend, the late great Magical Genie, Eugene Johnson...that and more on this episode of the Magic Detective Podcast.

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Ep 53 KIO The Russian Illusionist

Ep 53 KIO The Russian Illusionist

July 2, 2020

KIO the great family of Russian Illusionists is the topic of this podcast. Their dynasty spans almost the entire 20th Century into the 21st Century. You'll hear about Emil Sr. and his two sons that would eventually take up the mantle.

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Ep 52 The One & Only Nate Leipzig

Ep 52 The One & Only Nate Leipzig

May 23, 2020

The great manipulator Nate Leipzig is the feature of episode 52. The more I learn about Leipzig, the more I love his magic. He was noted for being very kind and first and foremost a gentleman. He never had a bad word to say about another magician. This podcast started as an article on TheMagicDetective Blog, however this episode is greatly expanded.

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