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Live Stream Show

IF anyone is interested, I thought I'd share here... Big Daddy Cool & The Swing Kittens present a new model for theater performances! A lot of firends around the US can't make it to shows that I do in either Nashville or the SE, but we are taking that obstacle away! We will be streaming our Jan ...
by John B. Pyka
01/29/13 04:14 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Live Stream Show
Replies: 0
Views: 117

Re: Selling the Show - new book by Sean Taylor

I'll throw in my 2 cents. I heard the same frustrations from my readers of How To Produce Your Own Theater Show. I taught them the steps from conception to closing curtain, but I just assumed they knew how to sell their show. I WAS WRONG! So, earlier this year I released my full sales script with st...
by John B. Pyka
09/18/12 05:32 PM
 
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Selling the Show - new book by Sean Taylor
Replies: 42
Views: 9242

Theatrical Magic e-Book

Hey gang! I've been super busy and haven't been around much, but I did wan tto let anyone who may be interested know that I have released my book Theatrical Magic as an e-Book. There is a standard edition which is a revised and updated version of the original 2007 manuscript, and an Omnibus edition ...
by John B. Pyka
09/18/12 05:19 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Theatrical Magic e-Book
Replies: 0
Views: 180

Neil Patrick Harris Interview

Interview with Neil Patrick Harris:
http://entertainment.inquirer.net/11083 ... s-magician
by John B. Pyka
08/26/11 02:55 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Neil Patrick Harris Interview
Replies: 0
Views: 347

Re: Randy Savage and Magic

Back then Hogan was immense. Largest person I've ever met in person!
by John B. Pyka
05/25/11 04:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Randy Savage and Magic
Replies: 3
Views: 747

Randy Savage and Magic

On Friday May 20th I got the news at 11:30 AM that The Macho Man Randy Savage had died in a car crash caused by a heart attack at the wheel. I have to be honest with you, I cried. My breath was literally taken out of my chest. You see, Randy Savage was one of my longtime entertainment heroes. His la...
by John B. Pyka
05/25/11 12:32 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Randy Savage and Magic
Replies: 3
Views: 747

Joe M. Turner returns to Nashville Tuesday May 3rd!

Hey there magic mavens! Joe M. Turner returns to Beyond Smoke & Mirrors this Tuesday May 3! Beyond Smoke & Mirrors is Nashville's ONLY weekly magic revue, featuring the top talent from around the area and around the country! Joe M. Turner has headlined the Magic Castle and is one of the busi...
by John B. Pyka
05/02/11 12:36 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joe M. Turner returns to Nashville Tuesday May 3rd!
Replies: 0
Views: 141

Shawn Anthony appears on Beyond Smoke & Mirrors - Nashville

Nashville Beyond Smoke & Mirrors at the Nashville Dinner Theater presents Las Vegas headliner and international award-winning illusionist Shawn Anthony, for one night only on April 26th, 2011! Shawn Anthony will be filming an episode of his new television series Shawn Anthony MYSTIFIED at the Na...
by John B. Pyka
04/19/11 09:42 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shawn Anthony appears on Beyond Smoke & Mirrors - Nashville
Replies: 0
Views: 439

Shawn Anthony Lecture in Clarksville, TN

Street Alchemy Mastering the Art of Transformative Magic Monday April 25th - 6:45 PM. Location: 511 Paula Dr, Clarksville (Residence of Wallace Redd) If you would like to join us at 6:00 for pizza, please rsvp 931-216-5640 Questions and inquiries call Wallace Redd 931-216-5640 Or Russ Nowack 931-624...
by John B. Pyka
04/19/11 09:40 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shawn Anthony Lecture in Clarksville, TN
Replies: 0
Views: 325

Re: Joe M. Turner in Nashville April 5th

It is still here. It was crazy here yesterday though!
by John B. Pyka
04/05/11 12:21 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joe M. Turner in Nashville April 5th
Replies: 2
Views: 283

Joe M. Turner in Nashville April 5th

Beyond Smoke & Mirrors, Nashville's only weekly magic and variety revue, welcomes Atlanta's top magical entertainer Joe M. Turner! Joe is a member of the Academy of Magical Arts at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, the Society of American Magicians, the International Brotherhood of Magicians, The M...
by John B. Pyka
04/04/11 02:10 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joe M. Turner in Nashville April 5th
Replies: 2
Views: 283

Jason Michaels in Beyond Smoke & Mirrors - Nashviile

Check out this video for the 2011 season of Beyond Smoke & Mirrors!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz6Gw955dt0
by John B. Pyka
03/21/11 11:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jason Michaels in Beyond Smoke & Mirrors - Nashviile
Replies: 0
Views: 119

Beyond Smoke & Mirrors - Nashville - Guest performers sought!

Beyond Smoke & Mirrors Returns - Seeking Guest Performers! Nashville's only weekly magic & variety revue returns on Tuesday, March 29th to a NEW home at The Nashville Dinner Theater! The show will run every Tuesday starting March 29 and running through May 31. Produced by John Pyka Productio...
by John B. Pyka
03/11/11 01:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Beyond Smoke & Mirrors - Nashville - Guest performers sought!
Replies: 0
Views: 250

Re: Merlin Awards Banquet

Hey! Bryan Dean is on the list of Board of Directors? He's the founder of MagicTalk, which I now own, and nobody has given me a dang Merlin! Where's mine? Oh, and you can openly criticize the IMS at <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.magitalkforum.com">www.magitalkforum.com</a><!-- w -->...
by John B. Pyka
03/07/11 06:18 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Merlin Awards Banquet
Replies: 80
Views: 10695

Re: Internet Paranoia Validated?

And people just think I'm shallow and self centered because I post show related stuff...
by John B. Pyka
10/18/10 05:01 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Internet Paranoia Validated?
Replies: 10
Views: 960

Joe M. Turner in Nashville Oct 18th.

If anyone is in or near Nashville, Tn this Monday Oct 18, we have a killer show at Beyond Smoke & Mirrors! Joe M. Turner is coming up from Atlanta to do his Magic Castle set, and he will be joined by the geek guru Side Show Bennie! Also popping in for the first time this season is my sometimes p...
by John B. Pyka
10/15/10 02:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joe M. Turner in Nashville Oct 18th.
Replies: 0
Views: 181

Re: Four Vegas Magic Shows Close Without Warning!

Too bad. This is the stage I played with the Dymonds a few tumes... :(
by John B. Pyka
09/25/10 02:40 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Four Vegas Magic Shows Close Without Warning!
Replies: 4
Views: 1072

Big Daddy Cool Challenges Vanderbilt Football Team

Magician and Variety Entertainer Big Daddy Cool Johnny Dellarocca has issues a challenge to the entire Vanderbilt Football team. He claims that he is stronger than the entire team put together and that he can prove it Oct 4th at 7 PM, prior to the opening of Beyond Smoke & Mirrors at McFaddens. ...
by John B. Pyka
09/25/10 01:50 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Big Daddy Cool Challenges Vanderbilt Football Team
Replies: 0
Views: 324

Re: Michael Grasso on AGT

i agree
by John B. Pyka
09/14/10 05:12 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Grasso on AGT
Replies: 34
Views: 4158

Re: Michael Grasso on AGT

Poppycock outclassed magicians with the element I scream about most - Character.

I also love Brad's analysis that magicians hide hunanity behind their props. Very true I believe.
by John B. Pyka
09/14/10 01:08 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Grasso on AGT
Replies: 34
Views: 4158

Re: Michael Grasso on AGT

I was being a little sarcastic. I do think a magician can actually win. But not with tricks alone. It's all about character - as evidenced by Prince Poppycock who will win the whole thing. Magicians take note.
by John B. Pyka
09/13/10 04:56 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Grasso on AGT
Replies: 34
Views: 4158

Re: Michael Grasso on AGT

Sadly, it appears that America does not like magic.
by John B. Pyka
09/13/10 12:58 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Grasso on AGT
Replies: 34
Views: 4158

Beyond Smoke & Mirrors

The gang formerly known as Music City Magic reunites to present a brand new experience! Beyond Smoke & Mirrors is Nashville's hottest new show - Mondays at McFadden's on 2nd Ave. 8 PM. $10. Visit <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.facebook.com/beyondsmokeandmirrors">www.facebook.com/...
by John B. Pyka
09/13/10 12:55 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Beyond Smoke & Mirrors
Replies: 0
Views: 180

Re: FAST TRACK TO FAME ON SPEED CHANNEL

Oh yeah. I remember that! I actually worked up a way to make those boas appear on the girls as they turn away from me. I don't remember Duane ever talking to me about cruise ships. He mentioned something about some opportunities, but that was about the end of it. I've focused on theaters and dinner ...
by John B. Pyka
05/15/10 11:25 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FAST TRACK TO FAME ON SPEED CHANNEL
Replies: 8
Views: 1304

Re: Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra

I totally agree. I believe they were every bit magicians as those who use props.
by John B. Pyka
05/11/10 03:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra
Replies: 9
Views: 1132

Re: FAST TRACK TO FAME ON SPEED CHANNEL

Oh yeah? Which act were you? I met so many people that year.
by John B. Pyka
05/11/10 03:47 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FAST TRACK TO FAME ON SPEED CHANNEL
Replies: 8
Views: 1304

Re: FAST TRACK TO FAME ON SPEED CHANNEL

All I can tell you is that we were booked for Bristol. A week out they contacted me and said that since Salsa did the same trick they didn't need us. We would have won too.
by John B. Pyka
05/05/10 02:51 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FAST TRACK TO FAME ON SPEED CHANNEL
Replies: 8
Views: 1304

Re: Changing tastes threaten magic acts

The trend is definitely changing, but mainly because magicians are failing to see changing trends and change with them. There is a reason why Cirque has taken over the strip and any magician who fails to see the reason will continue with the status quo and in the end, vanish him/herself.
by John B. Pyka
04/28/10 02:19 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Changing tastes threaten magic acts
Replies: 1
Views: 718

Re: FAST TRACK TO FAME ON SPEED CHANNEL

Big Daddy Cool & The Swing Kittens were supposed to appear on the third show performing his dancing cane routine, but was bumped when another magician exposed the cane on the first show. Gee, sure hope that wasn't you Justin...
by John B. Pyka
04/28/10 02:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FAST TRACK TO FAME ON SPEED CHANNEL
Replies: 8
Views: 1304

Expanding Theatrical Magic, the Book

This may belong somewhere else here, but this seemed like the best spot... I am working on expanding and updating my book Theatrical Magic next year. And I have a few questions for those who have purchased and read Theatrical Magic. What I want to do is publish a brand new Omnibus edition with updat...
by John B. Pyka
12/16/09 01:51 PM
 
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Expanding Theatrical Magic, the Book
Replies: 2
Views: 874

Re: Max Maven Resigns

Actually, Steven Kline would be an amazing choice!
by John B. Pyka
11/03/09 01:02 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven Resigns
Replies: 19
Views: 3483

Re: Max Maven Resigns

Funny. Thanks for the vote of confidence Ray. ( funny what late night conversations can yield) But I'm not part of the magic community anymore and certainly not on anyone's radar at the Castle! Lol!
But if they asked for a resume, I might send them one. Haha! Have fun at Unconventional!
by John B. Pyka
11/02/09 10:45 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven Resigns
Replies: 19
Views: 3483

Re: 2009 NMO Houdini Awards Announced

Just goes to show, that you can learn something new everyday. I had never heard of that forum. Back in the mid 1990s the only forums I remember is Magictalk and magic.alt. I'll have to check out the archives at the aforementioned website. Thanks Joe!
by John B. Pyka
10/23/09 10:51 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2009 NMO Houdini Awards Announced
Replies: 32
Views: 4926

Re: 2009 NMO Houdini Awards Announced

NEW! Magictalk.com is now an official co-sponsoir of these awards. You all know Magic Talk - THE ORIGINAL magic discussion forum!

For this point on, the award will be the New Magic Order/Magic Talk Houdini Award for Excellence in Magic and The Variety Arts.
by John B. Pyka
10/22/09 10:56 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2009 NMO Houdini Awards Announced
Replies: 32
Views: 4926

Re: Music City Magic Final Performance

I'm just saying - I'm really trying not to be a bad guy. The disclaimer keeps it relevant for those who don't care, that's all.
by John B. Pyka
10/22/09 10:53 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Music City Magic Final Performance
Replies: 4
Views: 823

Re: Music City Magic Final Performance

The disclaimer is there for people like Brad Henderson who don't think news like this is worthy to be posted on a worldwide forum. So by telling them upfront, maybe they won't get their panties in a wad and give me heat over it.
by John B. Pyka
10/21/09 10:07 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Music City Magic Final Performance
Replies: 4
Views: 823

Music City Magic Final Performance

**Disclaimer - I am posting this here only for those people who visit here that have appeared on, or been a fan of Music City Magic** MUSIC CITY MAGIC TO PRESENT FINAL PERFORMANCE Nashville On Halloween Night, Oct. 31st, the mystery men of Music City Magic present their final performance at the Hall...
by John B. Pyka
10/21/09 12:19 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Music City Magic Final Performance
Replies: 4
Views: 823

Re: 2009 NMO Houdini Awards Announced

Just for the record, I don't know who Brad Henderson is. Should I? And why? By the way a lot of people owe me an apology. I won't hold my breath - after all you are all a bunch of magicians - but you can find me at <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.magictalk.com">www.magictalk.com</a><!...
by John B. Pyka
10/20/09 01:10 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2009 NMO Houdini Awards Announced
Replies: 32
Views: 4926

Re: 2009 NMO Houdini Awards Announced

Well Brad, with all due respect (and I mean with all due respect)it just seems typical among magicians to engage in Hermit Crab Politics. Not that you would ever do that, but I am almost 100% sure that your attitude would be different if you had been one of those nominated.
by John B. Pyka
10/16/09 02:53 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2009 NMO Houdini Awards Announced
Replies: 32
Views: 4926

Re: 2009 NMO Houdini Awards Announced

Thanks Steve! The votes were tallied by Athena Johnson and Robert Pierson. I did recuse(sp) myself. Voting has closed. The winners will be publicly announced on Oct 31, but we've posted the list of winners at <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.magictalk.com">www.magictalk.com</a><!-- w -...
by John B. Pyka
10/16/09 12:45 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2009 NMO Houdini Awards Announced
Replies: 32
Views: 4926
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