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

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Jeff McBride is the man behind the mask.  He fooled Penn & Teller.  He was awarded Magic Castle’s Magician of the Year.  He was inducted into the Society of American Magicians’ Hall of Fame.  Performer, Author, Teacher. So many Magicians on th
Here are some of Chipper Lowell’s reviews: CBS News says "Awesome", L.A. Times says "Hilarious". He's appeared multiple times on the CW's Master of Illusions. I could go through his list of credits, but that would take up the entire time. In pa
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She’s produced and performed original theatrical productions for children around the world, and educational television content for PBS, the Travel Channel, FOX Kids, and Scholastic. He's a former Ringling Clown handpicked to develop a motivatio
James Taylor is the planet’s foremost authority on sideshow. You saw him along with his SHOCKED AND AMAZED! on The Learning Channel’s “Sideshow: Alive on the Inside,” “The Jerry Springer Show,” “Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel,” and Fox Televisio
Jessica Jane has performed over 10,000 shows since the age of 12. She's worked her magic in cities like Las Vegas, Chicago, Atlantic City and Pigeon Forge. She also headlines on Cruises sailing to 42 countries, performs military tours, and has
Erik “Lizardman” Sprague - What is it to be Human? That’s the question we ask in this episode. Is there an answer? Listen and find out… In this episode, we discuss: The definition of Body Modification (It may not be what you think) and what mod
When Lee Andrews created his clown character, Lew-E, at the age of three, he had no idea that it would turn into his career. We’re going to find out how that all happened. Also in this episode…. What clowning will look like in the future. The d
Barry Mitchell is well known for his Smile Maker (and his amazing His greatest passion is that you might use his tools and products to share fun and encouragement. On this episode, Barry and I talk about... How to be cre
Jim Klefeeld basically created the Library Market. Known for his Exceptional School Assemblies and Extraordinary Library Programs, Jim knows how to entertain and educate kids. He's written many school and system curricula and co-authored two pr
Fae Diddle Diddle, along with her company Happily Ever Laughter ( (, has created Enchanted Fairytale Experiences for over half-a-million children since 2006. With a gigantic troupe
Virginia Hankins is the founder of the women-led Hollywood underwater stunt team and revolutionary live action entertainment company Sheroes Entertainment, LLC and its subsidiary LA Mermaid School. Along with her Unicorn/Pegasus Milo, Virginia
Eric has spent 5 decades as a professional magician and a quarter century as a FINANCIAL EXPERT. He predicted the 2008 housing price collapse, in print, in 1998 and so much more. Yes, we talk about his magic & financial careers, but we also dis
Mario Marchese is one of the top family entertainers in the world. His "Mario Show" On-line is a huge hit and his DIY magic is spectacular. He's the NY-based, touring performer with an all-ages theater show full of homespun magic, DIY robotics,
Jon Petz is a two-time, best-sellers list author, motivational keynote speaker on performance and the power of human connections. Did I mention that he's an amazing professional Magician too!? And yes, he uses magic in every presentation! His b
Yasu Ishida is a one-of-kind performer... Combining traditional Japanese theatre, music, origami, magic, and storytelling; Yasu is a master of his craft. He's the Founding Artistic Director of Bento Rakugo, which toured all six Hawaiian islands
Monsters of Schlock - The World's Most Extreme Two Man Circus Sideshow Comedy Magic Extravaganza AND 26 time Guinness World Record breakers. Chainsaws, Animal Traps, Fire Stunts, Bees. This podcast has everything. You’re about to meet two perfo
Mark Sparks is the Vice President and Manager of Triangle Talent’s Midwest Office in Springfield, MO. A recognized expert in booking fairs & festivals and much more. He's great at it because he's been an act, a stagehand, a live and studio audi
Phillip Huber is an internationally recognized "Artist with Marionettes" and is most known for his work in the 3-time Academy Award Nominated film BEING JOHN MALKOVICH. He's worked with Ellen DeGeneres, Donald O'Connor, Phyllis Diller... just t
Kevin Bethea is one of the most sought-after corporate entertainers in the country. His client list includes AT & T, McDonalds, Pfizer, Goldman Sachs and just about every fortune 500 company you can name. He's been writing a monthly series of a
Zach Alexander is one of the top Family Entertainers in the country. In these crazy times where every entertainer is looking for ways to do their show, Zach is gonna help us out. He’s even created a guide for Socially Distancing shows that you
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. … And he has a Brand-New Book and Course that you can get! Go he
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