Magic From Wherever I'm At

Magic From Wherever I'm At

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Professional street magician Dartagnan regales with tales of people, places, and situations from the road as well as commentary on the performing art of magic.


83 - School Of Wonder 3
Dec 8 • 21 min
The third consecutive episode dedicated to the wisdom and exceptional work of the greatest magician who ever lived, Tommy Wonder.
82 - School Of Wonder 2
Dec 1 • 19 min
The 2nd installment of the School Of Wonder - discussing the wisdom & work of Tommy Wonder.
81 - School Of Wonder 1
Nov 24 • 21 min
This is the first of a recurring series within the podcast - focusing on the work and wisdom of Tommy Wonder.
80 - Something More…
Nov 17 • 24 min
Part 2 of my homage to “The Maestro”, René Lavand.
79 - Lentidigitation
Nov 10 • 27 min
The first of a two-part series on The Maestro, Lentidigitator René Lavand.
78 - The Kroger Precedent
Nov 3 • 28 min
In this episode, I start with something weird I witnessed at a supermarket and then weave this story into my answer to a listener question concerning mentalism.
77 - The Graduate
Oct 27 • 29 min
In this episode, I provide an introduction to the most recent of Roberto Giobbi’s books. Then I briefly go into how you can improve your magic through the template of one of my favorite movies.
76 - Chez Roberto
Oct 20 • 28 min
In this episode, I delve into the many ways I have learned and benefitted from the work of Roberto Giobbi.
75 - Agency
Oct 20 • 26 min
In this episode, I get into setting yourself up for success on a daily basis. Then I get into a rant about raising respectable adults and some recent drama with a hotdog vendor.
74 - A Divided Kingdom
Oct 6 • 22 min
This episode continues on from Episode 73 and an approach to magic which creates teamwork instead of an audience of adversaries. The recording was made with background rain hitting a tin awning. I apologize in advance :)
73 - The Lightning of Freedom
Sep 29 • 20 min
In this episode, I discuss the creation of freedom and the idea of removing possible control and the emotional impact this has on the audience. All of this through the conduit of another modern master, Dani DaOrtiz.
72 - Five Percent
Sep 22 • 26 min
This episode is an extension of Episode 71 and builds on the idea of improving your thinking skills. This time, it is through the lens of iconoclastic physicist Richard Feynman.
71 - Adding Color
Sep 15 • 28 min
In this episode, I delve into the most dire problem facing not only you and your magic…but the entire world.
70 - The Green Kilometer
Sep 8 • 25 min
This episode is a continuation of the 10-minute teaser which concluded Episode 69. I delve deeper into the psychology of magic and why Lennart Green may be the greatest living magician.
69 - Greener Pastures
Sep 1 • 30 min
I start this episode with a cautionary tale, and the rest is an ode to a true modern master of magic - Lennart Green.
68 - Onward Professor
Aug 25 • 21 min
This episode is a tribute to Dan S. Kennedy, a man who has impacted me so thoroughly - it’s hard to put into words all the ways my thinking and life have changed through the impact of Dan’s work.
67 - Break the Circle
Aug 18 • 33 min
In this episode, I tell a story of creating a method “on the fly.” Then I delve into “breaking the circle” and getting past solely thinking about methods and into a vast, grand universe of diabolical possibilities you haven’t even touched.
66 - On Street Performing
Aug 11 • 30 min
In this episode, I talk solely about street performing. I discuss your likelihood of success and the best advice I’ve been given and/or heard concerning this rarest of pursuits.
65 - You Are Not ‘A Magic’
Aug 4 • 29 min
In this episode, I delve into the cheapening, denigration and trivializing of magic through assuming the performing persona of a trained seal or a dancing monkey.
64 - Dorny On The Spot
Jul 28 • 29 min
In this episode, I read from a scathing article by Werner Dornfield. Then I tell two stories about some chance encounters on the street.
63 - A Conversation with Michael Weber Pt. 3
Jul 21 • 17 min
The last installment of my conversation with the man who ask questions, answers questions, tells stories and makes things, Michael Weber. Discover the tyranny of the eyes, how imitation is the antithesis of flattery, the importance of doing the real work…
62 - A Conversation with Michael Weber Pt. 2
Jul 14 • 22 min
The second of a three-part interview with mystery performer, speaker and consultant Michael Weber.
61 - A Conversation with Michael Weber Pt. 1
Jul 7 • 24 min
This episode is the first part of a recent conversation I had with magician, speaker and consultant Michael Weber.
60 - Fahrenheit 313
Jun 30 • 33 min
In this episode, I attempt to clarify terms and delve into one of the best simple examples of the power of presentation - from a magic book seemingly few have read.
59 - The Braying of the Asses
Jun 23 • 22 min
In this episode, I draw a parallel with one of my favorite cult movies, John Carpenter’s “They Live.” Then you too will have glasses with which to see who understands the true nature of Magic.
58 - The Magic Matrix
Jun 16 • 31 min
In this episode, I talk about “The Magic Matrix” of the magic community and diverging agendas between marketing and learning about MAGIC proper. Then I review a piece of trash.
57 - The Road To Performing Perdition
Jun 9 • 27 min
In this episode, I talk about paying lip-service to the ideal of creating presentations and entertaining. Then I discuss a little-known book which helps show you the way to becoming an entertaining magician.
56 - Move Magic Into The Best Light
Jun 2 • 24 min
In this episode, I talk about why I walked away from walk-around. Discover the ins and outs of why I think it is a terrible venue for magic.
55 - Raise Your Magic From The Dead
May 26 • 32 min
In this episode, I explore the Game of Thrones Character “The Night King” and how his character, and how we learn about him, can be used to improve your magic.
54 - Stop Cloning Around
May 19 • 20 min
In this episode, I talk about what you should be doing when consuming non-magic media such as TV, Film, literature, poetry etc. Then I touch on magic clones and character building in response to a listener question.
53 - The Shortcut to Everything
May 12 • 16 min
In this episode, I give away the secret of secrets…the way to get impossibly good at magic or anything else you pursue in your life…and things to avoid like the plague. Buckle up.
52 - The Krewe of Misdirection
May 7 • 28 min
In this episode, I talk about the annual Krewe of Fools, 2019 King Harry Anderson, and some ideas from Victor Farelli’s book “Lend Me Your Pack.”
51 - Worst Magic Videos I’ve Ever Seen
Apr 28 • 23 min
In this episode, I talk about the absolute worst magic videos and DVDs I have ever personally seen. Have you seen others yourself just as bad? Lemme know. [email protected]
Happy Easter!
Apr 21 • 0 min
No episode this week - Enjoy time with family and friends. Be back next week with Episode 51 detailing the worst magic videos I have ever seen - Happy Easter!
50 - No One is Self-Made
Apr 14 • 26 min
Along anyone’s journey is a tribe of people who have given you a hand up. This episode goes out to those people as I reinforce the most important parts of any journey…in magic or otherwise.
49 - Wolf, Julia, Lenny…Oh My!
Apr 7 • 18 min
In this episode, I tell a couple celebrity stories from my time in New Orleans.
48 - Dai Vernon Rides Again - Part 2
Mar 31 • 16 min
Part 2 of my analysis of whether “The Professor”, David Frederick Wingfield Verner, was a great performer. I ferreted out some of my own ignorance with a perusal of the literature. The evidence is there…you decide.
47 - The Performer Who Fooled Houdini - Part 1
Mar 24 • 28 min
I recently answered an internet question about the greatest magicians and then was challenged by a mentor of mine about the answer I gave. Part one of a two part retort delves into the life of David Frederick Wingfield Verner, aka. Dai Vernon, aka. The…
46 - 5 Levels of Presentation
Mar 17 • 18 min
In this short episode, I delve into the 5 levels of presentation and where you should be aiming. Then I offer a little story from a while back which illustrates what happens when you shoot higher.
45 - Monarch of Moves & A Ghost Story
Mar 10 • 27 min
In this episode, I tie in a story to a book review…then a friend relates an unusual ghost story.
44 - A Tribute to Ricky Jay
Mar 3 • 21 min
A whole episode devoted to Ricky Jay, who recently passed away - a master’s master and one of my favorite performers.
43 - Talent & Choice
Feb 24 • 25 min
In this episode, I conclude the series on Steven Pressfield’s book “The War of Art” and start into covering it’s sequel, “Turning Pro.”
42 - Inoculation for the Amateur
Feb 17 • 24 min
In this episode, I continue down the path of uncovering Resistance, and then delve into the solution of “Turning Pro.” (War of Art Part 2)
41 - The Most Insidious Force
Feb 10 • 22 min
In this episode, I delve into the most insidious force in your life, the force called Resistance. Via the excellent book “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield, I discuss his ideas and provide examples from my own experience. Are you overcoming Resistance?
40 - Skinning of the Eels
Feb 3 • 22 min
In this episode, I delve into the words of Nevil Maskelyne from “Our Magic.” Then I tell a short story about a discerning audience from the streets of Northern Michigan.
39 - Garden of Misfortune & Our Magic
Jan 27 • 26 min
In this episode, I recite a page from Cellini’s “Dreamer’s Highway”. Then I talk about the magic documentary, “Our Magic”.
38 - Frightening Limitations
Jan 20 • 22 min
In this episode, I tell a few short stories about what is truly important in performance. Then, I talk about another article from the Sphinx written by Fred Keating.
37 - Cellini on Humor & Racherbaumer’s Secret
Jan 13 • 19 min
In this episode, I talk about Cellini’s opinions on humor and what Jon Racherbaumer told me about audiences.
36 - For Whom the Bell of History Tolls
Jan 6 • 22 min
In this episode, I delve into two articles from history which suggest the same issues have existed in magic for a very long time.
35 - Back in the Day & Teaser 2
Dec 30, 2018 • 18 min
In this episode I tell two straight-talk stories from my days as a nightclub bouncer. Then I include a snippet of another interview I did for my program “Secrets of Real Magicians.”
34 - Harsh Reality of Success & A Teaser
Dec 23, 2018 • 18 min
This entire episode concerns two instances where I had to become (stealing a phrase from Dan Kennedy) the “Professor of Harsh Reality”. Then I tease an addition to my program “Secrets of Real Magicians.”
33 - My Favorite Magician & Social Media Magic
Dec 16, 2018 • 22 min
In this episode, I answer a listener question concerning who my favorite magician is. Then I rant about “performing” magic on social media.
32 - Essential Stewart & Lazy Theft
Dec 9, 2018 • 25 min
In this episode, I delve into why it IS essential to read the work of Stewart James. Then, I attack the rampant appropriation of material.
31 - Where Y’at Tacos ‘n Beer & The Papa Doc Solution
Dec 2, 2018 • 18 min
In this episode, I tell a story about a great opportunity which befell me. Then I answer a question from a listener about hecklers.
30 - Wand Vanish of the Master & Learning Advice
Nov 25, 2018 • 19 min
In this episode, I talk about one of my mentors fooling the pants off of me. Then I talk about why you should be careful when trying to learn magic (or really anything).
29 - Another Sour Story & Shout Out 2
Nov 18, 2018 • 20 min
In this episode, I tell the story of a violent confrontation I witnessed in Jackson Square. Then I shout out to a brand new street performer who is doing it the right way.
28 - Bill Beach & The Resistance
Nov 11, 2018 • 17 min
In this episode, I talk about a man named Bill Beach who was part of the Nashville magic scene. Then I talk about a boxing trainer who said something profound which directly relates to street performing.
27 - Under The Bus & First Shout Out
Nov 4, 2018 • 19 min
In this episode, I tell another cautionary tale where a whole family was verbally thrown under the bus. Then I start a new segment of the show called “Street Performer Shout Out”.
26 - The Headliner & Weber’s Rules 2
Oct 28, 2018 • 19 min
In this episode, I talk about one of - if not THE - worst performance I ever witnessed. Then I continue with the last three of Michael Weber’s 6 Golden Rules.
25 - Light Pole & Weber’s Rules
Oct 21, 2018 • 21 min
In this episode, I tell a story about a coincidence where death may have been averted by myself and others. Then I delve into Michael Weber’s Six Golden Rules.
24 - Being Magic-y & The Kakaa
Oct 14, 2018 • 22 min
In this episode, I sort of combine the story and rant section throughout as I speak on the dangers of being too absorbed with the magic and the story of my friend finding the right piece of silly.
23 - Eugene Burger & Monkey See Monkey Do
Oct 7, 2018 • 20 min
This episode is a tribute to another magician who has left us, Eugene Burger. Then I rant about the monkey see, monkey do nature of trick selection.
22 -Nola Publicity & Warpo On Exposure
Sep 30, 2018 • 22 min
In this episode, I talk about some publicity I received in New Orleans along with an approach to new cities I visit. The rant centers on my friend Warpo and an incident in Kansas concerning exposure and being a great audience member.
21 - The Man In The Square & The Back Palm
Sep 23, 2018 • 21 min
In this episode, I talk about an instance in Jackson Square which helped spark who the character of Dartagnan became. Then I rant about the “back palm”, a move often misused and maligned by context-free idiocy.
20 - The Magician’s Magician & All Roads Lead To
Sep 16, 2018 • 16 min
In this episode, I tell a story about meeting one of my favorite magicians and then I rant about what to focus on from a with a tale about a marketing guru.
19 - Utah problems & mercenary trips
Sep 9, 2018 • 21 min
In this episode, I tell a story about a self-inflicted problem I had in Utah. Then I talk about performing in new destinations on the fly.
18 - Abbotts & Etiquette
Sep 2, 2018 • 26 min
In this episode, I tell the story of an intriguing performance I did at the Abbott’s Get Together a few years back. Then at the request of another performer, I talk about street performing etiquette.
17 - In Search Of Merlin & 3 Crutches
Aug 26, 2018 • 24 min
In this episode, I tell the story of hunting for street magician Merlin in Aspen, CO. Then I rant about 3 crutches any street magician should avoid in their first few years (at least).
16 - The Last of the Street Magicians & A2 Art Fair Events
Aug 19, 2018 • 30 min
In this episode, I dive into an article from the early 1900’s on remarkable street magician Professor Du Payne. Then I talk about the Ann Arbor Street Fair, street etiquette and my friend the Violin Monster.
15 - Miracle in Du Monde & YouTube
Aug 12, 2018 • 25 min
In this episode, I tell a story about a time I performed inside the world famous Cafe Du Monde. Then I rant about trying to learn magic from YouTube.
14 - Cherries For All & Turn Over The Shows
Aug 5, 2018 • 21 min
n this episode, I talk about my experience at the Traverse City Cherry Festival. Then I rant about cutting your learning curve at the beginning.
13 - Meeting Mullica & The Reveal
Jul 29, 2018 • 21 min
In this episode I tell the story of meeting consummate performer Tom Mullica when we worked at the Abbott’s Get-Together. Then I continue my assault on presentation-less, slacker “magic” and offer the beginning of a solution.
12 - Warpo & The Low Bar
Jul 22, 2018 • 22 min
In this episode, I riff on the first time I met French Quarter Magician Warpo. Then I rant about how the low bar of modern magic allows people to stumble over it with weak, presentation-less hackery. #magic #magician #busker #streetperformer #timetravel…
11 - R.I.P. Cmdr. Paul Bauer
Jul 15, 2018 • 27 min
This episode is dedicated to Paul Bauer, a police Commander in Chicago who I had a run-in with a few years ago. Recently he was killed in the line-of-duty. #magic #magician #streetperformer #busker #timetravel #timetraveler #magicshow #chicago #police…
10 - Jimmy Returns & Ann Arbor Green Fair
Jul 8, 2018 • 33 min
In this episode, I tell a story about Jimmy Talksalot coming back to New Orleans and seeing my show. Then I rant about the oppressive, anti-freedom, anti-free speech Green fair in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the idiots who oppress others. #magic #magician…
9 - Eric Evans, Jimmy Talksalot & Nashville
Jul 1, 2018 • 25 min
In this episode I talk about meeting Eric Evans, seeing my first street magic show live via Jimmy Talksalot and then I rant about Nashville, Tennessee and the climate there for street performing. Hopefully, the new mayor will finally stand up for free…
8 - The Tomato Caper & Scooping
Jun 24, 2018 • 15 min
In this episode I tell the “Tomato Caper” story and then I rant about move monkeys and why people in magic need to progress from covetous tool-keeper to real magician. #magic #magician #busker #streetperformer #timetravel #timetraveler #tomato #scooping…
7 - 2 Kinds Of Street Performers & The “House-less”
Jun 17, 2018 • 18 min
This episode, which *WARNING* may be VERY unpopular…I talk about the two kinds of street performers (really the two kinds of people) and I also pull back the curtain on the homeless. Can you handle the truth? #magic #magicians #streetperformer #busker…
6 - Golden Gifts & Trampling Your Own Rights
Jun 10, 2018 • 19 min
In Episode 6 I talk about one particular performance I witnessed a few years back where the audience gave the performer an amazing gift. The gift of character direction. Would you accept such a gift? I also rant about people who attempt to drive off…
Nono & The Great Wilsoni
Jun 6, 2018 • 21 min
This is a special bonus episode of the podcast which serves as a tribute to two recently fallen friends. #magic #magician #timetravel #timetraveler #streetperformer #busker #magicfromwherever #greatwilsoni #Nono dartagnanmagic.com
5 - Audience First & You’re Not A Magician If You Do This
Jun 1, 2018 • 22 min
Episode 5 of “Magic From Wherever I’m At” with Dartagnan. This epsiode delves into why magic should be done with and for people, not AT them. Who the show is for and why “magicians” often fail at this part. ALso, I rant about people who should stop…
4 - Massive Performance Lesson & It Ain’t the Tricks
Jun 1, 2018 • 17 min
Episode 4 of “Magic From Wherever I’m At” with Dartagnan. This episode I tell the story of one show in particular in Ocean City, MD which taught me a valuable lesson. The power of iteration and performing intuition. Also, I rant about why tricks don’t…
3 - My First Days In Street Magic & YouTube “Magic”
Jun 1, 2018 • 16 min
Back for Episode 3 of “Magic Wherever I’m At” with Dartagnan. This episode I get into why street magic is so different and my first days on the street. I also rant about YouTube and why most magic on there (especially teaching) is like cancer to your…
2 - Michigan, Kids Parties and Shambolic Tulips
Jun 1, 2018 • 18 min
Back with Episode 2 of “Magic From Wherever I’m At” with Dartagnan. This episode I talk about the fact I’m in Michigan for the summer, I performed at my first kids party and I bash Holland, MI, and their veiled “support” for REAL street performers. (tsk,…
1 - What This Podcast Is & My Definition Of A Real Magician
Jun 1, 2018 • 18 min
Who is Dartagnan? What is this podcast about? “Magic From Wherever I’m At” with your host professional street magician Dartagnan. In this inaugural episode, I talk about what I’m intending for releasing this podcast and I also strike to the very heart of…