088-Ching Ling Foo, Robinson, and History with Samuel Porteous

Samuel Porteous, the author of the biography on Ching Ling Foo, joins Shezam for a conversation on the importance of Ching Ling Foo in not only magic history but in the world and how the relationship with William Robinson has shaped modern conversations. Show Links Ching Ling Foo Biography Samuel Porteous Check This Out-@notjoshingwithyou Historical… Continue reading 088-Ching Ling Foo, Robinson, and History with Samuel Porteous

087-Performing for the Visually Impaired with Cori Couture

During the pandemic, Kayla was amongst a group of magicians who got to perform virtually for a visually impaired or blind audience. How did the magicians do this? With the help of professional audio describer, Cori Couture! Cori and Kayla chat about the difficulties and the rewards of doing this show and how magicians can… Continue reading 087-Performing for the Visually Impaired with Cori Couture

086-The Amazing Paul Kilmer

We chat with hilarious magician Paul Kilmer about his life as an Autism advocate, what that means when it comes to a magic show, and how your show can be more sensory friendly with just a few easy changes. Show Links Chicago Magic Lounge Check This Out-@recycldstardust Historical Human-Black Herman Become a Patron Penguin Magic… Continue reading 086-The Amazing Paul Kilmer

085-Creating Safe Spaces with Courtney Pong

We’re getting back into convention, camp, and magic-gathering season. If you’re in charge of any gathering of entertainers, then this episode is especially for you! Returning guest Courtney Pong walks us through some simple and easy steps to creating a safe work environment for all. Show Links CSZBoston Check This Out-Tony Nabors Historical Human-Antonio Gallardo… Continue reading 085-Creating Safe Spaces with Courtney Pong

084-Sensory-Friendly Inclusion with Cody Clark

Cody Clark, magician and advocate, joins Shezam is discuss how to be an advocate, how to perform a sensory-friendly show, and how to make every show, gathering, club meeting, and convention more inclusive for Autistic folks and those that have additional sensory needs. Show Links Cody Clark Check This Out-White Woman Whisperer on TikTok Historical… Continue reading 084-Sensory-Friendly Inclusion with Cody Clark

083: Coming Out Trans with Dyna Staats

Season 4 begins with this riveting conversation with Dyna Staats. A few years ago, Dyna came out as transgendered. She’s the only person to perform on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us pre and post transition. Dyna was kind enough to take on the emotional labor of this conversation, chatting about proper vocabulary, how to better… Continue reading 083: Coming Out Trans with Dyna Staats

082-SPECIAL Discourse Crossover!

We are coming to you, during our hiatus, with this special crossover episode with Discourse in Magic! Jonah Babins and Kayla discuss all sorts of things, from producing virtual conventions to stuff we hate about today’s magic world. Show Links Discourse in Magic Unconventional.fun the Online Wonder Gala Become a Patron Kevin Kareckas Jonah’s Twisters

081-“That is something you would just never…say to a male juggler”

What’s it like to be a woman in juggling?  Our season 3 ends with our final panel discussion. Who are our panelists? Cate Flaherty has been performing in circuses, on stages, and streets around the world for almost 20 years. She’s been performing her own solo comedy street show, “The Cate Great Show” since 2009.… Continue reading 081-“That is something you would just never…say to a male juggler”

080-“Don’t Apply the Black Tax” (Part 2)

Welcome to part two! Who are our panelists? Ran’D Shine is a performer, producer, and educator of magic. He has entertained audiences in over 27 countries and hundreds of American cities. In 2009, Ran’D premiered his show, “Mysterious Ways”, at the South African Arts Festival with rave reviews. In that same year, he was selected to perform… Continue reading 080-“Don’t Apply the Black Tax” (Part 2)

079-“…at least we’ve said our piece”

Join this panel of amazing variety performers on their discussion of experiences with anti-Black racism.  Who are our panelists? Ran’D Shine is a performer, producer, and educator of magic. He has entertained audiences in over 27 countries and hundreds of American cities. In 2009, Ran’D premiered his show, “Mysterious Ways”, at the South African Arts Festival with… Continue reading 079-“…at least we’ve said our piece”

078-“A piece of plastic…that says ‘Fish Market'”

Welcome to Shezam’s first panel discussion! We’re starting off with a discussion on the experience of performers of Asian descent. What are the effects of using, “an obviously fake piece of plastic with funny squiggles on it that say ‘Fish Market’” on the magicians around us? This episode is so vital to creating a better… Continue reading 078-“A piece of plastic…that says ‘Fish Market'”

077-The Wine and Whiskey Ladies

I first met these two amazing humans when performing in their pandemic YouTube series.  Our conversation was so fun (and Shezam relevant) that we had to make it an episode! Who are the Wine and Whiskey Ladies? Originally from Atlanta, Jennifer Wren packed up her bags and moved to New York City to pursue a… Continue reading 077-The Wine and Whiskey Ladies

076-Lisa Menna!!

Our guest this week is a magician and activist.  You may know her from her trade show and corporate event fame, where she was nicknamed The Darling of Dot Com.  Teller said, “She is not only beautiful and funny, she is clever.”   She’s been on Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, the Wall… Continue reading 076-Lisa Menna!!

075-Alana Talks Act Building and Fashionable Inspiration

Happy 75th episode, all! My, how the time has flown by. And what a wonderful episode this is for #75! Ever since she won the German Grand Prix 2011, and was thus the first woman to achieve the prestigious title German Champion of Magic, Alana is one of magic’s premier performersBut success didn’t come overnight.… Continue reading 075-Alana Talks Act Building and Fashionable Inspiration

074-Leah Orleans on How Circus and Magic Compare

Leah Orleans is a contortionist, entertainer and fitness instructor currently based out of St. Petersburg Florida after the Covid-19 pandemic grounded her tour. She is one half of the comedy acrobatic duo, Acrobatrix! that tours cruise ships, renaissance festivals, and universities. Growing up in the theater scene of Chicago, raised in a family of magicians,… Continue reading 074-Leah Orleans on How Circus and Magic Compare

073-Josephine Lee!!

WE GOT Josephine Lee!  Josephines fresh, modern spin on magic took the magic world by storm after her appearance on BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT. This magic act hit millions of views overnight, making Josephine the most talked about woman in the magic industry. She has since made TV appearances all over the world, her UK Television… Continue reading 073-Josephine Lee!!

072-Marissa Maiorana on Being in the Box (and in the air)

What does it take to be a solid illusion assistant? How can magicians still use a female assistant and not come across as sexist or just plain gross? What should we look for when hiring someone to go in the boxes? After dancing practically all her life in Kansas City, Marissa moved to Los Angeles… Continue reading 072-Marissa Maiorana on Being in the Box (and in the air)

071-Cassandra Paige on Looking Good for Promo Photos/Videos

Makeup-it’s a mystery to many of us (especially Kayla). And makeup for your promo photos and videos require a professional touch. Enter: Cassandra Paige. Her Instagram says it all: she’s a skilled and artful makeup artist. On top of her vast skill and packed resume, she’s also an absolutely hilarious and bubbly human being. Enjoy… Continue reading 071-Cassandra Paige on Looking Good for Promo Photos/Videos

070-NFL Reporter Laura Okmin

Laura Okmin is a special kind of magician. Not the kind that we’re used to hearing-card and coin tricks and such. Laura, instead, is the third longest tenured sideline reporter in NFL history. And even though she often heard that her career will go downhill after turning 40, Laura loves to say (or shout!) that… Continue reading 070-NFL Reporter Laura Okmin

069-Street Performing Experts Felice Ling and Cate Flaherty

Ever wanted to try street performing? Although Kayla is clearly an expert after her one street show (sarcasm), Felice Ling and Cate Flaherty are regular performers at Boston’s Faneuil Hall. You may know Quincy Market for the shopping and food. It’s also a hot spot for the best of the best street performers; it’s no… Continue reading 069-Street Performing Experts Felice Ling and Cate Flaherty