There is one person at each MagiFest that attracts my attention. I love and enjoy watching the "usual suspects" whom we often see and hear at magic conventions. But Joshua Jay and Andi Gladwin have a way of always finding and attracting that "certain someone" whom I have never seen or may never see again, but I know will be worth the trip to see. This year for me, it was Werner Reich, Auschwitz Concentration Camp Survivor and magician. His on-stage conversation with Josh was moving, emotional, and very inspirational. So, I was anxious to see if he would share a few words and experiences with the podcast listeners. I was thankful that he agreed and we sat down in his room for a quiet one-on-one conversation.
Werner was not a magician in the camps, but he met and was inspired by another prisoner (Levine) who apparently stayed alive by entertaining the SS with magic. He taught Werner a trick that kept his mind occupied during the horrific days in interment. Afterwards, Werner learned magic and developed an interest in mentalism and is now a member of the Psychic Entertainers Association (P.E.A.). He is also one of the subjects in "The Death Camp Magicians" by William Rauscher.
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