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What are the secrets of being a successful variety artist? Making my living performing for the past 20 years performing, I’ve figured out some things. I’ve also met some fascinating and successful people. All doing what they love. I call them “The Variety Artists”. How did they do it? What are their successes? What were their failures? How can we emulate what they did? You can be a fly on the wall and listen to these interviews. Performers learning from performers. You can learn along with me as I delve into what makes a successful variety artist. For more info and video courses for just about any art, go to TheVarietyArtist.com.

What are the secrets of being a successful variety artist? Making my living performing for the past 20 years performing, I’ve figured out some things. I’ve also met some fascinating and successful people. All doing what they love. I call them “The Variety Artists”. How did they do it? What are their successes? What were their failures? How can we emulate what they did? You can be a fly on the wall and listen to these interviews. Performers learning from performers. You can learn along with me as I delve into what makes a successful variety artist. For more info and video courses for just about any art, go to TheVarietyArtist.com.
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What are the secrets of being a successful variety artist? Making my living performing for the past 20 years performing, I’ve figured out some things. I’ve also met some fascinating and successful people. All doing what they love. I call them “The Variety Artists”. How did they do it? What are their successes? What were their failures? How can we emulate what they did? You can be a fly on the wall and listen to these interviews. Performers learning from performers. You can learn along with me as I delve into what makes a successful variety artist. For more info and video courses for just about any art, go to TheVarietyArtist.com.

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Episodes

43: Structuring Your Show for Maximum Impact with Nick Lewin

1/13/2019
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Nick Lewin is a legend in the magic circles. But today's interview will inspire anyone from any art. Learn all about how to structure your show to get those standing ovations. How you should open your show. How to close. What to put in the middle. Everything you ever wanted to know about show structure. We also talk about all sorts of other things. You'll here stories of when Nick was just starting out. His years at the Magic Castle. Rubbing elbows with Hollywood Stars and the Magic Elite...

Duration:00:43:25

42: Inspiring Children and Children’s Entertainers with Mark Daniel

1/6/2019
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Mark Daniel is the founder of Kidabra International. As a performer, he specializes in School Assemblies and Library Shows. As a Reading Ambassador, he coined the term "magical storyteller" for his unique approach to "Bringing Books Magically to Life" which has brought worldwide acclaim by peers as a mentor, consultant and guru on the topic. We talk about... How to inspire kids to read, What the future of reading shows look like, How to change your show as audiences change, Performing at the...

Duration:00:50:01

41: Set Yourself Apart with Niels Duinker

12/30/2018
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Niels Duinker is a 7 time Guinness World Record Holder, 3-time Variety Act of the Year (International Magician Society), and a 3 time Gold Medalist in the Netherlands National Juggling Championships. You'll learn how he's used his World Records, and His Soon-To-Be famous opening, and his own uniqueness as powerful marketing tools. Yes, he's an amazing juggler, but any Variety Artist can learn from what Niels has to say. Free Copy Writing Checklist Copy Writing Checklist Sign Up Subscribe...

Duration:00:49:13

40: Expand Your Mind with Magician, Author & Philosopher Ben Robinson

12/18/2018
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Ben Robinson is a Magician, Author, Philosopher, Inventor and all around fascinating guy. You'll hear stories of The Editor of Rolling Stone Magazine, Katherine Hepburn, Diane Keaton... Porn stars, UFOs and The Kennedy Assassination. By the time you listen to this, Ben will be releasing his new book "Hiding in Plain Sight". Instead of me telling you about it here, ya gotta listen.

Duration:00:59:35

39: Working the Cruise Lines with Craig Diamond

12/16/2018
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Craig Diamond has been working the Cruise Line Industry for over 30 years. Craig know cruises! You'll hear how Craig went from 5 year old magician to becoming one of the most successful Cruise Ship acts ever! You'll learn.... How to play to different audiences, The difference between a "Fly-In" act and a residency, The secrets of longevity, The difference between working a "Family" cruise and an "Upscale" cruise, How to present yourself on and off-stage. And you'll hear some of the craziest...

Duration:01:11:45

38: Empowering Through Body Movement with Celeste DeCamps

12/9/2018
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Celeste DeCamps is a former Belly Dancer and current Speaker that specializes in empowering women through body movement. I know it says women, but I was also empowered. And I'm I guy (at least last time I checked) You'll learn.... How to feel confident, How to get rid of self doubt, How to get that negative voice in our heads to BE QUIET, And... How to change your attitude in only 2 minutes. Through the art of belly dancing, Celeste has shown women how to connect to their core being. A...

Duration:01:00:38

37: Being Santa with Douglas Gowin

12/2/2018
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Douglas Gowin is the Santa at the Fashion Center at the Pentagon City Mall. He’s been to Denmark for The World Santa Congress ten years in row. He’s even traveled to Kyrgystan as the official USA Santa and to Japan 7 times as the only U.S. Santa! Well, there’s a lot more to Being Santa then just donning a white beard and putting on a red suit. It takes a very special person to be a GREAT Santa. Free Copy Writing Checklist https://www.thevarietyartist.com/copy-writing-checklist-sign-up/...

Duration:00:43:39

36: How to Create the Life of Your Dreams – The Real Magic with Romany

11/25/2018
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Have you ever wanted a theater in your house? How 'bout the perfect mate? How about a life of adventure? How about .....? Well, Romany - The Diva of Magic, has figured out The Secret. And after you listen to this interview, you'll know too. Prince Charles calls her "Absolute Genius". Dame Judi Dench said "Charming and so very, very funny!" Jeff McBride calls her "One of the brightest shining stars in magic!" Beautiful visual magic with a comic twist... AND bestselling author of her...

Duration:00:54:08

35: How To Make What’s in Your Head Come Out On Stage with Steve Petra

11/18/2018
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WARNING: Listening to this podcast will take you inside of Steve Petra's brain. If you're creatively claustrophobic, do not listen. But if you want your mind expanded; if your ears are dying for some creative candy... then venture forth. Yes, we talk about puppets, but Steve and I talk about much more.... How to warm up your audience, How to create the perfect school show, The evolution of ventriloquism, Philosophies of Frank Zappa, ...and How to rule the world in a gorilla suit! Steve is a...

Duration:00:59:35

34: Revolutionizing Live Performance and The On-Line Magazine with Paul Romhany

11/11/2018
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Paul Romhany was the first recipient of the Robert Houdin award. His fellow New Zealand countrymen named him the 18th "Grand Master of Magic" He has nearly 100 magic products on the market. Paul is the creator and editor of VANISH Magazine (If you haven't yet subscribed, why not!? It's full of great info, it's on-line, and it's free!) How is an 8 year old boy inspired by a silent film star? Why did Paul create the first (and best) on-line magic magazine? Performing in theaters, traveling the...

Duration:00:42:21

33: Doing Everything Will Take You Everywhere with Billy Damon

11/4/2018
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Billy Damon does everything and has been everywhere. You'll hear stories from Atlantic Casinos to Caribbean Cruises. If you listen closely, you'll even discover some hidden venues that you may have never thought of. Get advice from one of the most traveled and seasoned pros in the biz. Free Copy Writing Checklist https://www.thevarietyartist.com/copy-writing-checklist-sign-up/ Subscribe Today If you haven’t already, make sure to subscribe to this podcast on your phone or mobile device. Just...

Duration:00:50:15

32: Performer Horror Stories – Halloween Special

10/28/2018
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These are some of my favorite performer horror stories from the first 30 or so interviews on The Variety Artist Podcast. From bloody performances to circus mishaps. These are priceless. If you've been performing for any amount of time, you have some too. I'd love to hear them! Post 'em in the comments section below or email them to me at john@TheVarietyArtist.com. I might just read them on the air. Free Copy Writing Checklist Subscribe Today If you haven't already, make sure to subscribe to...

Duration:00:25:20

31: Embracing the Absurd with Sethward

10/21/2018
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Sethward is mostly known for his many appearances on The Gong Show as Sethward the Snake, Sethward the Cow, Sethward the Chicken, and most recently Sethward the Bunny. And America's got talent as Sethward the Catepillar (that turns into a butterfly). But there's much more to the man than just absurd animal characters. He runs the Show and Tell Screening Spectacular in L.A. He's a regular in Scot Nery's Boobie Trap. He has 28 million downloads on YouTube. Find out more about Sethward's...

Duration:00:59:52

30: Innovation: Taking Puppets to A New Level with Steve Axtell

10/14/2018
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Steve Axtell is the President of Axtell Expressions. His creativity has helped him create hand puppets, animatronics and even A.I. (Axtell Intelligence) characters for entertainers all over the world. Along with KidAbra, he co-hosts KAX – The Conference of Variety Performers every year. Heck, his name is in the name of the Conference! This is Steve's story. Who were the inspirations in his life? Who did he inspire? Why all the birds? This interview answers all of these questions and many...

Duration:00:53:28

29: A Man and His Passions with Hal Meyers

10/8/2018
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Hal Meyers, aka Dameon, is a spectacular magician that's lectured at Abbotts and the S.A.M. conventions, performed at tons of casinos, received numerous awards and performed on multiple cruises around the world We talk about magic, music, livestock, North Korea and much more. You won't believe the things he's done and the people he's worked with. Hal is a treasure! Free Copy Writing Checklist https://www.thevarietyartist.com/copy-writing-checklist-sign-up/ Subscribe Today If you haven’t...

Duration:01:18:15

28: The Blueprint for Success with Barry Friedman

9/30/2018
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Barry Friedman runs the ShowBiz Blueprint, teaching Variety Artists just like you how to make more money and get more gigs. Barry's had a fascinating life... so far. Who knows how he'll reinvent himself next. He tells stories of Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Johnny Carson and many more. He's the taller half of the Raspyni Brothers Juggling Duo and has performed gigs around the world and done over a hundred television appearances. We talk about how to get more done in your day, how to make a...

Duration:01:11:14

27: How to Create Memorable Characters for the Family Audience with David Skale

9/23/2018
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Attention Family Entertainers: You must listen to this podcast! Dave's strategies have kept him booked year round for over 25 years. We talk about... How to create a good family character How to create the motivation for that character How to quickly and easily create a story line and much much more... Dave has performed for Pamela Anderson, James Cameron, Snoop Dog, Whoopi, Tommy Lee, Natalie Portman, Shaq, Steven Spielberg and many more. He’s a master of creating memorable Characters for...

Duration:00:54:50

26: Let’s Talk Circus with Keith Nelson

9/16/2018
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Drive-by shooting ranges at Burning Man, Mexican Mud Shows, Elephant Dogs, Danny the Rubber Boy, Side Shows and much much more... Great circus stories from an amazing circus performer! Keith Nelson is one of the founding members of the world famous Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. He's a true Circus Artist. His talents include Side Show feats like sword swallowing, fire eating, and human blockhead… Circus skills like clowning, juggling and unicycle… Western skills like trick roping, knife throwing...

Duration:00:46:44

25: Raising the Bar with Scot Nery

9/9/2018
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Did Scot Nery almost drown during the filming of Scary Movie 5? Did he really have his own cooking show? How is Scot "Raising the Bar" for himself and other variety artists? All of these questions are answered in this interview. Scot Nery is a comedian, contortionist, and fire eater. He’s an M.C. and pancake juggler. He’s a live entertainment expert! But he’s most know for running one of the best - maybe THE best – live weekly variety shows in the country with Scot Nery's Boobie Trap. Free...

Duration:00:53:20

24: An Adventurous Life with Leland Faulkner

9/2/2018
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Leland Faulkner has performed and taught at international theatre and circus festivals in Hong Kong, Russia, China, Canada, the U.S., and Japan. We talk about his amazing ShadowGraph routine and all his crazy characters. Leland even tells the story of his adventures with the Russian KGB. He uses the techniques and disciplines of acting, mime, story, writing, and magic to create a world teeming with characters and imagination. He's also an award-winning film maker and digital media producer!...

Duration:00:50:02