The Variety Artist with John Abrams – Weekly chats with inspiring Performers

The Variety Artist with John Abrams – Weekly chats with inspiring Performers

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John Abrams chats weekly with Variety Artists from around the world. From marketing your show to mastering your performing art, John interviews jugglers, magicians, face painters, hula hoopers, actors, singers, balloon artists, story tellers and more.


The Passing Zone – Jon Wee and Owen Morse – How to Make it Bigger, Better and More Exciting
Jan 12 • 58 min
The Passing Zone – Jon Wee and Owen Morse – Are one of the most successful and sought-after comedy acts working today. You’ve seen them on “The Tonight Show” (with Johnny Carson!), “America’s Got Talent”,” Penn & Teller: Fool Us!”, “Comic Strip Live,”…
David Parr – How to Tap Into Your Own Personal Inspiration
Jan 6 • 61 min
David Parr is an internationally acclaimed magician who has devoted his life to sharing the experience of mystery with audiences around the world. He fooled Penn & Teller! He’s created and performed David Parr’s Cabinet of Curiosities. (You may have heard…
Stephen Bargatze – Fun Stories and Pro Tips
Dec 30, 2019 • 50 min
Stephen Bargatze is an internationally acclaimed magician, comedian and motivational speaker with over 25 years of stage experience… He’s graced the cover of every Magic Magazine you can imagine. Here are just a few of his career highlights: Chosen to…
Brian Daniel South – How to Do Business RIGHT!
Dec 22, 2019 • 56 min
Brian Daniel South is most famous for his company CREATIVE MAGIC which he sold in 2011 (you may have heard of it). He’s consulted with Magic Magazine and Magic Live. He now spends his time following his passions with DISCOVER MAGIC! His mission is…
The Odd & Offbeat Adventures of Matt Baker
Dec 16, 2019 • 52 min
Matt Baker is a spectacular performer and co-host of the very popular podcast “The Odd and Offbeat Podcast”. But he’s way more than that. Matt actually lives it! He collects odd and offbeat items. He has too many skeletons in his house to count and he…
Christopher T. Magician – How to Be More Funny – The Best of The Variety Artist Podcast
Dec 9, 2019 • 77 min
I recently put on my website EVERY SINGLE BOOK THAT EVERY SINGLE GUEST ON THIS SHOW has recommended. Here’s the link: https://www.thevarietyartist.com/books/ (https://www.thevarietyartist.com/books/) To celebrate, I figured I would let you hear one of the…
The Zip Code Man, David Rosdeitcher – How to Create a Unique Act Out of The Things You Love
Dec 2, 2019 • 40 min
The Zip Code Man, David Rosdeitcher has memorized the Zip Codes of every city in the U.S. and many abroad. His act is unique and uses no electronics. Not only does he name the city you’re from, he tells of the places you’ve been and the restaurants that…
Lilly Walters – Innovating Speaking and Face Painting – She Wrote the Books
Nov 24, 2019 • 49 min
Lilly is known nationally and internationally as an innovator in Face Painting. She's the author of many Face Painting books including "Face Painting Boot Camp in a Book", "Day of the Dead", "Face Painter's Tools and Tricks" and many more. But what you…
The Checkboard Guy, David Aiken – How to be a Well-Rounded Performer
Nov 18, 2019 • 72 min
David Aiken is known worldwide as The Checkerboard Guy: An infectious bundle of energy wrapped by a dynamite skill set that consistently generates guffaws from spectators. He's part juggler, part unicyclist, but all comic daredevil extraordinaire! He's…
World Foot-Bag Champion Peter Irish – Radical Ways of Staying Creative
Nov 11, 2019 • 49 min
Peter Irish is a legend in the variety arts. Six world championships and an Award of Innovation in Juggling have taken Pete’s “Feets of Comedy” around the planet. Peter is one of the most creative guys I’ve met. Not only does he juggle with hs hands AND…
Fun Stories from the Variety Artists
Nov 4, 2019 • 32 min
You won’t find an interview on Variety Artist Podcast today. It’s something just as cool but maybe way more fun. I’ve collected some of my favorite stories and put them together on today’s episode. It’s hilarious! You’ll hear… Cruise Ship Magician Craig…
Ken Scott – How to be a Successful Family Entertainer
Oct 28, 2019 • 58 min
Ken Scott is one of the most successful family entertainers in the country. In this interview Ken reveals some of the secrets of his success. We talk about… How he got his name. How to keep the parents entertained in a “kids show”. The difference between…
Andrew Pogson – How a High-End Agency Works
Oct 21, 2019 • 41 min
Andrew Pogson owns and operates the Fusion Talent Group. Representing some of the best and most unique acts in the biz. Andrew shares a lot in this interview. He shares the secrets that entertainment Buyers don’t tell you. How to customize your show for…
Joe Givan and Carol Massie – The Dream Masterz Illusion Team – How to Create the Perfect Team
Oct 14, 2019 • 57 min
Joe Givan and Carol Massie, known worldwide as “Dream Masterz Theatrical Illusion Team” own and operate Theatre of Dreams. They feature famous magicians, psychic entertainers, mentalists, hypnotists and variety artists from around the world. They’ve won 3…
Claude Haggerty Explains Sponsorships – Win-Win-Win!
Oct 7, 2019 • 62 min
This interview blew my mind! Claude Haggerty tells a couple a great stories. But then, he reveals the secrets of creating sponsorships where everybody wins. It’s a very different way of thinking about marketing. If you’re contacted or are approaching a…
America’s Talent Rejects – Pulling Back the Curtain
Sep 30, 2019 • 70 min
Last week I saw one of the funniest shows I’d ever seen. It was called Amercia’s Got Talent Rejects. It was a bunch of folks that got 4 Xs on AGT. They did they’re entire acts. It was amazing! And each of the cast has been gracious enough to grant me an…
CJ Johnson – Secrets of Success
Sep 23, 2019 • 50 min
CJ Johnson has figured it out. He’s a successful entertainer, runs a successful business, and, most impressively, has a super successful LIFE. Although he never exactly says it in the interview… his secret… IS PEOPLE. The people he works with, the…
Hilby – The Skinny German Juggle Boy
Sep 16, 2019 • 49 min
Hilby, The Skinny German Juggle Boy is truly one-of-a-kind. An expert in juggling all sorts of objects as well as countless circus and variety skills (such as Unicycling, ropewalking, unsupported ladder, fire manipulations and eating, balancing stunts and…
Amy G – How to Make Your Own Shame Hilarious!
Sep 9, 2019 • 51 min
Amy G is one of the funniest people on the planet. She has a gift for telling the TRUTH on-stage in a crazy, hilarious and unusual way. She tap dances on roller skates, She plays the ukelele, She sings, she dances, Is there anything she can’t do? She’s…
Michael D. McCarty – Changing Lives with Storytelling
Sep 2, 2019 • 56 min
Michael D. McCarty is a professional storyteller that uses stories of history and his own experiences to electrify audiences everywhere. I learned so much from this interview today. Michael’s not only an amazing storyteller, but his recollection of the…
One-Man-Band Eric Haines - How to Create Your Own Market
Aug 26, 2019 • 48 min
Eric Haines is a unique performer. His One-Man-Band performances are amazing. But there’s a lot more to him than just that. He’s passionate about creating routines and acts that are unique, different and most of all YOU! His philosophies on marketing an…
BONUS: How to take advantage of The Variety Artist
Aug 21, 2019 • 3 min
Are you ready to be even more successful? To get the answers that you want and need? Are you having trouble marketing your performing business? You got questions? We got answers. This bonus episode tells all about how to take advantage of everything The…
The Best of The Variety Artist Podcast – The School Assembly Market with Doug Scheer
Aug 19, 2019 • 88 min
Doug Scheer is one of the top school assembly entertainers in the country. He has 12 very different assembly shows and numerous magic shows. About.com calls him “The Best of the Best”. The Magic Castle Newsletter in Hollywood says “One of the World’s Best…
Louie Foxx – How to Create Original Material
Aug 12, 2019 • 65 min
Louie Foxx is a comedy genius! Howie Mandel called Louie’s performance on NBC’s America’s Got Talent “Fantastic” and the International Brotherhood of Magicians said Louie is “Incredible“. Today on The Variety Artist Podcast you’ll learn all about creating…
The Psychology of Selling (and some hilarious stories) with Clyde Riddlesbrood
Aug 5, 2019 • 49 min
Clyde Riddlesbrood is the Founder of the Riddlesbrood Touring Theater Company. He’s a master story teller. His touring company offers Murder Mysteries, Game Shows, Customized Shows, a Traveling Dinner Theater and much much more… Truly a Touring Company…
David Deeble – Overcoming Obstacles
Jul 29, 2019 • 34 min
David Deeble makes his living as a professional juggler and comedian. But his juggling is VERY DIFFERENT than your standard balls and clubs. Ya see, David lost coordination in his right hand when he was in his twenties. So, he had to re-invent himself and…
Peter Samelson – How to Connect to Your Audience on an Emotional Level
Jul 22, 2019 • 59 min
Peter Samelson is a treasure. His knowledge of magic in New York and across the country is unparalleled. But don’t let this scare you off. Even if you’re not a magician, Peter’s philosophies apply to you too. But if you are a magician, you’re in for a…
The Best of The Variety Artist Podcast – How to Book 60 Shows in 5 Minutes with Ken Frawley
Jul 15, 2019 • 43 min
How would you like to book 60 shows in 5 minutes? Ken Frawley tells you how on this week’s episode of The Variety Artist Podcast. This interview is all about showcasing. How do you get involved in one? How long do you have to perform? What are the best…
he Best of The Variety Artist Podcast – Mike Miclon – The Maine Man
Jul 8, 2019 • 51 min
What would you do if a bear wondered onto set in the middle of your show? How do you create a viral video? What’s some advice every entertainer has to know? I’m in the middle of my crazy summer schedule. Over 100 shows in two months. But I wouldn’t leave…
The Best of The Variety Artist Podcast – Steve Trash – Rockin’ Eco Hero
Jul 1, 2019 • 82 min
If this interview sounds familiar, it should. This is the first in a series of The Best of The Variety Artist Podcast. It’s Rockin’ Eco Hero Steve Trash. His journey from sleeping in his van to becoming one of the top entertainers in the country is…
How to Stay in the Audience’s Mind After the Show with Peter Boie
Jun 24, 2019 • 35 min
Have you ever wanted your show to continue after your show? Have you ever wanted your audience to think about the things they heard and saw you do… for it to carry over AFTER THE SHOW? On this episode Peter and I talk all about how to do that. Peter Boie…
Using Your Art to Make The World A Better Place with Peter Samuelson
Jun 17, 2019 • 49 min
Peter Samuelson has produced over 25 feature films including Revenge of the Nerds and Arlington Road. He’s been nominated twice for Academy Awards. He’s the Founder / President of First Star Academies, Inc. and the EDAR Inc. charity, both out of Los…
Michael Paul – The Most Famous Guy You’ve Never Heard of.
Jun 10, 2019 • 48 min
Michael Paul is a Ventriloquist, Comedian, Writer, Director, Coach, Radio Producer and Host and so much more. Now the author of the book “Breaking Out of Show Business”. His TV credits include The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, AGT… I could go on for…
Matt Wilhelm – The Secrets to Performing School Assemblies
Jun 3, 2019 • 47 min
Matt Wilhelm is The Amazing Anti-Bullying BMX School Assembly guy. From winning AGTs Youtube competition and FOX TVs “30 Seconds of Fame” to a semi finalist on AGT (that’s probably where you saw him), Matt Wilhelm has used his BMX and motivational…
The Evasons – They Know What You’re Thinking
May 27, 2019 • 69 min
Jeff & Tessa – The Evasons are the original Mentalist Duo. Fox Television says: “The most amazing mind reading act you will ever see!” NBC says: “The finest act of its kind in the world.” Penn & Teller say: “This act is so good. Just breathtaking. Never…
David Shiner - Anarchist Clowning and The Cirque
May 20, 2019 • 36 min
David Shiner was one of the most original clowns and a prolific writer and director for Cirque du Soleil. You’ll learn all about the Cirque in this one. From his humble beginnings performing in the streets of Colorado to performing in the streets of Paris…
Master Payne – How to Master Your Character
May 13, 2019 • 48 min
Known for his amazing Characters and Spectacular magical skills, Master Payne is one-of-a-kind! He’s built his Characters organically from the ground up. We talk about how he got his name, how he got in a board game, how one of his characters got in an…
Frank Olivier – Well-Rehearsed Chaos
May 6, 2019 • 48 min
Frank Olivier is known as one of the funniest jugglers on the planet and has his own one-man-show (O.K. two man) called Twisted Cabaret. (www.twistedcabaret.com) He’s shared the same bill with a young Dana Carvey, Robin Williams, and Whoopi Goldberg. The…
Using Twitter to Achieve Rockstar Results with Madalyn Sklar
Apr 29, 2019 • 54 min
Madalyn Sklar is the host of the TwitterSmarter podcast. She was named by the Huffington Post as one of the “50 Must-Follow Women Entrepreneurs” in 2017. She teaches folks just like you how to achieve Rockstar results with Social Media, especially…
How To Use Facebook to Promote Your Gigs with Katie Marchese
Apr 22, 2019 • 49 min
Katie Marchese is the SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERT responsible for booking all of Mario the Magician’s tours. And she’s done it all through Social Media (FB, Instagram, etc). You’ll learn the specific strategies that Katie has used to book Mario and pack houses…
Alana - Beauty, Brains & Talent – A Triple Threat!
Apr 15, 2019 • 35 min
Don’t let her beauty fool you! She speaks at least 4 languages, has traveled around the world and has an act that kills! Alana won the German Grand Prix 2011 and was the first woman to achieve the prestigious title German Champion of Magic. She is…
Dale K – The Fascinating Art of Hypnotism
Apr 8, 2019 • 57 min
Dale K is billed as the “Almost Evil Comedy Hypnotist”. He is hilarious! His Comedy Shows and Keynote Presentations go beyond Stages and Conventions. He’s hypnotized over 1 million people in 20 Countries over 2 Decades! Today, on the Variety Artist…
Ace Miles – Oh, To Live Your Childhood Dreams
Apr 1, 2019 • 55 min
Ace Miles takes specialization to whole ‘nother level! Not just a Jack Sparrow impersonator but a pirate performer! In fact a whole pirate act… Juggler, magician and ventriloquist! Not to mention dangerous illusions. Ace travels from fair to fair as Jack…
Working with Event Planners and Agents – Best Practices with David Skale
Mar 25, 2019 • 56 min
David Skale is the owner and operator of “Auntie Roxie’s Life of the Party”. One of the largest and most successful Event Planning companies in Los Angeles. He’s experienced the Party Planning world as both a performer AND an agent. You’re gonna learn all…
Avner Eisenberg – A Man with Eccentric Principles
Mar 18, 2019 • 55 min
Avner Eisenberg (with his character Avner the Eccentric) has been hailed as one of the greatest clowns of all time. Avner’s extensive career spans Broadway, TV and just about every theater in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to a busy performance…
Danny Orleans - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Performing at Trade Shows
Mar 11, 2019 • 66 min
Some of you know Danny Orleans as the “Amaze Kids” guy. Others know him as a Corporate Magician that specializes in TRADE SHOWS. His client list reads like a who’s-who of Fortune 500 companies. We talk about his humble beginnings doings kids birthday…
Cosmo Solano - Creating and Running a Magical Theater
Mar 4, 2019 • 51 min
Most of us know Cosmo Solano as one of the GREAT close-up magicians of our time and creator of many magical effects. He also owns and operates “Cosmos Magic Theater” in Colorado. Living his dream! Cosmo and I discuss entertainment theories, ideas on…
Ray Anderson – The Secrets of a Successful Show
Feb 25, 2019 • 50 min
Ray Anderson is an Award Winning Magician and the Artistic Director for “The Must See Austin Experience”… Esthers’ Follies. One of the most talented and original magicians out there, Ray knows what it takes to create a successful show and keep it fresh.…
Bob Fitch - Learning from a Legend
Feb 18, 2019 • 60 min
Bob Fitch is a legend in the magic world. He’s coached and directed some of the most famous magicians in the world. From his extensive career as a Broadway Actor, to Master Magician, to Magic Coach to the Stars, Bob has done everything. We talk about all…
Annie Banannie - Storytelling with Balloons (and without)
Feb 11, 2019 • 57 min
Annie Banannie is not only one of the top balloon twisters in the country, she’s also one of the best Library & School Performers in Southern California… AND she’s one of my favorite people in the whole world! If you want to work the library or school…
The One Man Sideshow David Darwin - Up Close & Personal
Jan 28, 2019 • 64 min
David Darwin is the ONE MAN SIDE SHOW! He cracks a bull whip, walks on glass, juggles, lays on a bed of nails and much more.. all while singing right in tune! HILARIOUS & AMAZING! This interview will surprise you! Not only will you learn about being a…
How To Take Great Promo Shots with Michael Messing & Tom Vorjohan
Jan 21, 2019 • 50 min
Michael Messing & Tom Vorjohan are the best photography team in the biz! Professional photos will make an impact on your business! Pro photos set you apart from the rest. Today, on The Variety Artist Podcast, we take a deep dive into what makes a great…
Nick Lewin - Structuring Your Show for Maximum Impact
Jan 14, 2019 • 48 min
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.…
Mark Daniel - Inspiring Children and Children’s Entertainers
Jan 7, 2019 • 59 min
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”…
Niels Duinker - Set Yourself Apart
Dec 31, 2018 • 49 min
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…
Magician, Author & Philosopher Ben Robinson - Expand Your Mind
Dec 19, 2018 • 56 min
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…
Craig Diamond - Working the Cruise Lines
Dec 17, 2018 • 64 min
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…
Celeste DeCamps - Empowering Through Body Movement
Dec 10, 2018 • 68 min
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…
Being Santa with Douglas Gowin
Dec 3, 2018 • 40 min
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,…
Romany Romany - How to Create the Life of Your Dreams – The Real Magic
Nov 26, 2018 • 50 min
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…
Steve Petra - How To Make What’s in Your Head Come Out On Stage
Nov 19, 2018 • 58 min
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…
Paul Romhany - Revolutionizing Live Performance and The On-Line Magazine
Nov 12, 2018 • 49 min
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…
Billy Damon - Doing Everything Will Take You Everywhere
Nov 5, 2018 • 45 min
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…
Performer Horror Stories – Halloween Special
Oct 29, 2018 • 22 min
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.…
Sethward - Embracing the Absurd
Oct 22, 2018 • 58 min
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…
Steve Axtell - Innovation: Taking Puppets to A New Level
Oct 15, 2018 • 50 min
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…
Hal Meyers aka Dameon - A Man and His Passions
Oct 8, 2018 • 70 min
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…
Barry Friedman - The Blueprint for Success
Oct 1, 2018 • 58 min
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…
How to Create Memorable Characters for the Family Audience with David Skale
Sep 24, 2018 • 51 min
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…
Keith Nelson - Let’s Talk Circus
Sep 17, 2018 • 54 min
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…
Scot Nery – Raising the Bar
Sep 10, 2018 • 50 min
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,…
Leland Faulkner - An Adventurous Life
Sep 3, 2018 • 46 min
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…
Mike Miclon - How One Performer Changed the Economy of an Entire City
Aug 27, 2018 • 51 min
Mike Miclon is the Artistic Director for Johnson Hall and an advocate for The Arts in the State of Maine. He’s a comedian, TV Host, Filmmaker, Variety Artist and much much more… As a comedian, Mike has performed everywhere from the Kennedy Center to the…
The Best of Episodes 11-20
Aug 20, 2018 • 52 min
How did Steve Trash find his light bulb? Did Mark Merchant really hide under a bed? Did Lili Vonschtupp really kill Hitler in front of Quentin Tarentino? These questions are answered and much more on this “Best Of” episode. If you missed any of these…
The Best of Episodes 1-10
Aug 13, 2018 • 50 min
Can Cowboy Ken Frawley really help you book 60 shows in 5 minutes? Can Corporate Entertainer Lou Serrano do 100 push-ups in two minutes? Are theaters in N.Y. and L.A. bigger than the ones in the rest of the country? Did family entertainer Carmen Tellez…
Michael Trautman - Traveling the World on a Ping Pong Ball
Aug 6, 2018 • 41 min
Michael Trautman has been described as a visual comic, performance artist, new vaudevillian, mime, physical comedian, storyteller and magician. He claims only to be a clown…but he’s also known around the world as KING PONG! You’ll learn how to take one…
Christopher T. Magician - How to “Be More Funny” with
Jul 30, 2018 • 77 min
Christopher T Magician knows funny. In fact, he even wrote the book on it! Hot off the presses, his newest book “Be More Funny” is getting rave reviews from magicians and entertainers everywhere! He’s the author of “Beyond Look Don’t See” & “Just for Fun”…
Peter Norgaard - Ready for prime time? Ventriloquist
Jul 23, 2018 • 57 min
Peter Norgaard is a Danish ventriloquist, magician and entertainer who was a finalist on Denmark’s Got Talent. He’s also appeared with Terry Fator in Las Vegas at the Mirage Hotel. Peter actually walks us through the entire process of being on Denmark’s…
The Burlesque Dancer & The Clown with Lili VonSchtupp and Funny Eddie
Jul 16, 2018 • 69 min
IT’S LILI VONSCHTUPP & FUNNY EDDIE! Warning: I’ve rated this interview as an “E” on itunes. An “E” in the podcast world means EXPLICIT. This interview has both adult content and a little adult language. So, if you’re offended by that sort of thing, don’t…
March Merchant - Ventriloquism is my superpower
Jul 9, 2018 • 62 min
When Mark was eight years old in Atlanta, Georgia, his parents were so concerned with his tendency to talk to himself they had him examined for multiple personality disorder. That same talking to himself, without moving his lips, has taken him around the…
Steve Trash -Rockin’ Eco Hero
Jul 2, 2018 • 84 min
Steve Trash’s mantra is “Be good. Be amazing. Don’t be mean.” He combines his love for magic and his love for ecology to create educational entertainment for children of all ages. He’s entertained over 25 million people since 1984 and appeared in…
Josh Horton - Unlocking the Secrets of Social Media Success
Jun 25, 2018 • 35 min
Josh Horton has won 9 gold medals in the world championships of juggling. He’s been on The Steve Harvey & Ellen Shows and worked for AT & T, Microsoft and Cirque De Soleil. But you probably recognized him from the many half-time shows he’s done for…
School Assemblies and Working as a Team with Razzle Bam Boom - Obediah Thomas & Mark Beckwith
Jun 18, 2018 • 70 min
This podcast gives you a double dose of amazing guests. Since 1999 this duo has performed themed educational shows for elementary school assemblies, theaters and community venues in California and throughout America. One is an internationally published…
Robert Baxt - Promoting your show DURING your show
Jun 11, 2018 • 65 min
Robert Baxt is a Master Magician, Actor, Comedy Writer, and All Around Funny Guy. As a magician he’s performed at Comedy Clubs, Casinos, College Campuses and just about every venue you can think of. As an actor he’s made appearances in South America, the…
Supercharging your website with Josh London
Jun 4, 2018 • 75 min
Josh London is a terrific corporate & family entertainer out of the Central California area. He’s also the owner of Click Convert Profit. He creates the very best entertainer Websites and provides proven on-line strategies for Variety Artists just like…
Jeri Goldstein - How to be your own booking agent
May 28, 2018 • 69 min
Jeri Goldstein is a former agent and manager, now author and music business and performing arts career coach. Her free action-oriented weekly audio messages, Biz Booster Hot Tips, offer step-by-step strategies and techniques to help performing artists…
How to build a thriving entertainment business with Carmen Tellez.
May 21, 2018 • 71 min
Carmen Tellez is a pioneer in the family event planning industry. Owner of CharmandHappy.com, she offers balloon art, face painting, puppet shows, clowning and so much more. But her company is most famous for the giant pink singing telegram gorilla! Using…
How do you get to Broadway…Danny Taylor will tell you!
May 14, 2018 • 45 min
Danny Taylor is an amazing musician that’s played PERCUSSION and CONDUCTED for tons of NATIONAL TOURS, BROADWAY and Off Broadway shows (many you know). He’s also one of the founding members of “Beyond the Gig” – A seminar that teaches musicians the…
Doug Scheer - The School Assembly Market and more.
May 7, 2018 • 86 min
Doug Scheer is one of the top school assembly entertainers in the country. He has 12 very different assembly shows and numerous magic shows. About.com calls him “The Best of the Best”. The Magic Castle Newsletter in Hollywood says “One of the World’s Best…
How to work the Fair & Festival Market with Becky Goodyear
Apr 30, 2018 • 75 min
As “Sadie the Balloon Lady”, Becky has been working the Fair & Festival market for $%#@&* years. She knows all the ins and outs of that market. Take a journey with her as she travels from Clown and Balloon Twister to Balloon Show and Fair & Festival…
Secrets of a corporate entertainer with Lou Serrano
Apr 23, 2018 • 50 min
Corporate entertainer Lou Serrano has been a full-time professional magician for the past 20 years. He’s traveled across the country and internationally performing for people of all walks of life. You’ll learn how he booked shows with Johnny Depp, Steven…
Eric Sharp - Murder Mysteries and Performer Philosophies
Apr 16, 2018 • 64 min
Eric Sharp is a magician, interactive actor and entrepreneur that wears many different hats. As a magician, he does close-up at cocktail parties – amazing and loosening up the audience. As an interactive actor, he stars in his own Murder Mystery…
Working with Tech Companies with Master Magician Dan Chan
Apr 9, 2018 • 31 min
Dan Chan has performed for Google, Intel, IBM, Yahoo and many others. An amazing magician, he’s figured out how to market to these tech giants. Dan also got an entire article written about him on Buzz-Feed. It’s a crazy story of how he did it. He also…
Why Should You Listen & Who The Heck Am I?!
Apr 4, 2018 • 1 min
Welcome to The Variety Artist Podcast. The free weekly interview show that brings you TERRIFIC ADVICE, GREAT INFO and AMAZING STORIES from the most successful Variety Artists in the Biz. I’m your host John Abrams, professional entertainer for the past 20…
Getting your website to the 1st page of Google – SEO with Pete Ellison
Mar 23, 2018 • 57 min
Although he makes his entire living doing music (a lesson in itself) for school assemblies, libraries and private events, Pete Ellison comes from a background of computers. Pete shares strategies that you can use, right now, to help your website climb the…
How to book 60 library shows in 5 minutes – Showcasing with Ken Frawley
Mar 23, 2018 • 63 min
Ken Frawley runs two library showcases In Southern California and has multiple live entertainment shows. He’s truly done everything in the library showcase world. You’ll discover how a 5-minute performance can book 10, 30, 60, even 90 shows. You’ll learn…