Author Archives: jculpepper

Cirque du Soleil acquires The Works Entertainment

It’s a good day when the industrial partner you work for as part of your postdoc invests in a magic entertainment company. Sophie Haigney’s article for the New York Times reveals some of the thinking behind this acquisition. The Works Entertainment has produced shows like The Illusionists and Circus 1903, which feature a variety of […]

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Magic at the Edwardian Ball in San Francisco (Jan 25 and Jan 26)

I can’t wait to perform strolling and stage magic at the Edwardian Ball in San Francisco’s beautiful Regency Ballroom on January 25 and 26, 2019. If you’ve never been to this Paradox Media event or this historic venue, I highly recommend it. The Edwardian Ball celebrates both the Edwardian period as well as the delightful […]

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Icaro by Daniele Finzi Pasca and the Theatre of the Caress

If he were a magician, Daniele Finzi Pasca might be Michael Skinner or René Lavand or Juan Tamariz. He has the elegant touch of Skinner, the soul of Lavand, and the unconditional love of Tamariz. Last night I saw Icaro, a virtuosic one-man show by the Swiss-Italian circus artist, clown and storyteller Daniele Finzi Pasca. […]

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Magical Thinking — a podcast dedicated to the art of magic

I’d like to take a moment to recommend Elliott Terral’s wonderful podcast Magical Thinking. Magic podcasts and audiobooks are finally beginning to appear in larger quantities and with greater regularity nowadays, which is a wonderful way to spread a deeper understanding of the art. Terral is a young US magician based in Los Angeles, which gives […]

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Magic History Presentation @ Atlanta’s Clary Theatre (5 Oct. 2018, 6PM)

See you soon, Atlanta and Georgia Tech! Thank you to Dr. Patrick Ellis, his department, and his students for this fantastic poster.

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Machines. Magie. Médias.

I’m delighted to see that this magic scholarship is now available for order from Septentrion Presse. The volume collects work from a diverse number of magic scholars from around the world. It includes an article that I wrote about “The Circus Card Trick,” performative language and the ethics of deception. Many thanks to Les Arts […]

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Magic at Dracula’s Guest on Oct. 13th (San Francisco, CA)

Come to Slovenian Hall in San Francisco this October 13th to see me perform magic at one hell of of party. I can’t wait to be reunited with my Edwardian Ball and Paradox Media family.

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Atelier de Magie à Montréal (24-28 septembre 2018)

J’ai hâte de faire un atelier de magie à Montréal ce mois en collaboration avec En Piste (le regroupement national des arts du cirque)! Souvent je n’ai que trois heures d’enseigner l’art de la magie aux artistes (de cirque, de danse, d’écriture, de film, . . . en bref, de tous les autres disciplines). Cette […]

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Life

Received the newest issue of Scapegoat Journal this week: “Life.” It includes my article on Nicholas Green, The Children’s Bell Tower in Bodega Bay, and its sister monument in Southern Italy. Thanks to this awesome team, to Marcin Kedzior, to Bruce Hasson and to Reg Green for thinking through the miraculous nature of organ donation […]

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FISM 2021 in Quebec City

The future of magic in Québec is bright. Every three years, FISM (the Féderation Internationale des Sociétés Magiques) chooses a different city to host one of the largest international magic competitions and conferences in the world.  In July 2021, the first FISM to be held in the Americas will take place in Quebec City, Canada. […]

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