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Magician's Release of "6 Impossible Things" by Joshua Jay Coming Soon
"You talk a little bit about six impossible things. How was it structured which tricks from your repertoire. Way performing and from joshua costin's. I read somewhere that will be a magician's release of justice. Six impossible things. When can we expect this that you would ask. Let me try and take those impart. So how is the show structured. This was really fun. This this was an experiential magic show so basically people come to a basement in manhattan. They sit in a circle. I'm know her in the room. The lights go out in the year. My voice and that's how the show starts. The first trick is done in the dark and in the raft. Then they get up they walk to another room and the next week is done standing and surrounded then they go into another room and they sit and they watch more and more or less than a standard magic show way we go in six different environments to put magic in the best environment. It's suited for so. That's the format. Is there any tricks from That's the cool part Virtually every trick except for one was custom designed for that show which is sad for me. Because i can't really use the stuff of it. The one and a half exceptions to that are if you're familiar with my trojan detrick. Where i shuffle the deck and bay shuffle a deck and all the cards match. We found a way to do that on the floor. In the round in the show it looked really cool and the other Happy trick out of that is If you've seen me do the t shirt trick where. I write stuff on the t shirt and some magic thing happened. That was developed four. Six boss will things. But i've done television. I do live in my shows now. So that's as to when it's coming out. It's a win. But i earned element along with a lot of additional content. Were on freely cool box set where you get a lot of stuff you get accustomed to car ah pocket square really cool things you you would only see or understand if you see the show live and then you'll have a live recording of the full show. You can watch your open
Magician Calen Morelli on 'The Piano Card Project'
"Yesterday burst onto the magic scene with smash hit. Releases had a huge magic prank show and then went onto consult for the biggest magicians. Tv shows in the world. It's kayla morale kevin. How is money this evening this afternoon. Whatever i mid day in las vegas and it's it's great okay. What's your origin story. You've got twenty one seconds. Origin story is my parents. were religious. Didn't let me do magic. When i found magic at ten found it when i was in high school Became very popular. Unlike most magicians in high school. My dad went bankrupt. We moved into my the basement of my grandma's house. When i was just graduated high school and in those six months i started taking magic extremely serious and i created pretty much all of the content that put me onto the scene in those six months in a basement and then i just continued with a lot of work from there and stuff happens six months. Meanwhile let's dive straighten. I want to talk about your creative process. Now let's take new release the piano project when antitax start. What was the journey like. And how did you end up where you ended up where it's not as as sexy as i would like it to be but sexy man. I'm not overly honest person. this. Let's see i- i created it during my time in london when i was working on dynamo's season three that hired me to come out there and we had I think our seeing in blake and their team had worked on the first episode and then they hired me to come. In and create all the magic for the last three episodes. So that was a huge work load Shell has like seventy five effects in a few months. Like for tv magic like like. Let's be real. This was i like when people say that. They've consulted and worked. I respect a very short list of people like Garcia blake rico. Michael weber like many many people that are excellent and kim have. I've seen work under fire like okay. I'm like these people can handle it. And yeah i think that this this whole dynamo thing was just like whoa. That was a that was a crash course in magic and i. I was so crazy at that point. And that's this is coming up to the piano cardi question but there was a point when i was just for fun week. Creating an extra hundred ideas day on top of the hour. I would write down a list. The one of the guys that work for dynamo challenge me. He's like he likes to do comedy do gersh. So we're like yo. Maybe we just push ourselves and we write down a list of hundred ideas a day for seven days in a row so on top of the eight hour workday with dynamo and we were going out to open mic night. Just for fun and london and try and shit out Yeah i like seven hundred ideas down in a week just one week with dynamo and that was even that was just for myself so like you can see like the level of of obsession that i have for this art and the piano card was just it. It probably took three minutes to create at one time. And i was just like i literally. There was two times when i was going over analyzing flap cards and there was the the borderless flap and the piano card concept that i Figured out like around two thousand eleven two thousand twelve thousand and thirteen. I saw in that span. I i really don't remember the month or year but yeah I don't hundred percent remember if it went into dynamo's show or not. I think it might have been a quick clip but yeah so it just. I ended up putting it online on youtube. Because i had a youtube back then That was just popping off. And i was just like getting into it and it was wild because like the youtube like out when i was getting to the end of the gig with dynamo. My youtube had landed me a pilot with mtv but they spent money on a pilot. That wasn't even on wasn't even supposed to air but this guy saad dress code. The old president of mtv was a fan of me because he saw dress code from syria. Lebanon and he was like this dude. I like his magic. I think he's cool so he found me on youtube and he saw like making content and he saw potential so we ended up making a pilot. Right after that. And like everything just like snowballed from there but I put it on my youtube the piano card concept and then i ended up deleting my youtube so all those videos are gone. I deleted them back in. Like two thousand sixteen. Maybe it was like right. After i put out the sun we cops Video and that like exploded. It exploded past i could comprehend. Because like that was like a level that was like a level of lake There's like worldwide viral hits and then there's like worldwide viral hits that stick around and like people talk about and this was one that like people would recognize me when i went out at a bar. Oh well like. I sat next to like a girl on the plane and she was like you look familiar and i'm just like this is dumb. This is not real. this is not real life. Stop it
Museum of Fine Arts Houston will unveil new building for modern and contemporary art Nov. 21
"Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is going to show off their complete reconstruction and new building next Saturday. Even better than that there's going to be free admission, the new Nancy and Wrench candor building will increase the museum's exhibit space by 75%. In
Los Angeles' Film Academy Museum completes pre-fundraising goal
"The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles has hit a fundraising goal even before opening in April, and it's a whole lot of money $388 million of fundraising campaign exceeded that lofty sum
Can Seattle arts groups survive the pandemic?
"Corona virus is a public health crisis of course but it's also devastated the economy it's been especially destructive businesses that depend on people gathering together in person tourism restaurants and the arts. Kyw's arts and culture reporter. Marcy silman has been monitoring the health of the regional arts and culture community. She spoke with kim. Malcolm about what. We might see moving forward so marcy for the past couple of months. You've been doing some deep dive reporting on how the pandemic has impacted our cultural communities. How would you describe what you found across the board. Kim organizations are treading water. If they haven't already drowned you might remember last march. When governor inslee issued his social gathering restrictions. everyone had to shut down operations museums and some art galleries have started to welcome back visitors. But they're at twenty five percent of normal capacity which just does not sound sustainable. And marcy you and i've talked about how performing arts groups and musicians have been streaming content and how it just doesn't cover the costs for many of them. So what are arts leaders telling you about this pivot to digital when it doesn't pay the bills. Peter bowl who is the artistic director at pacific. Northwest ballet told me that he pivoted digital because he wanted to give some work to the dancers musicians backstage artisans and other staff who would otherwise be unemployed. According to a new study from the seattle advocacy group arts fund. Thousands of area of workers are still jobless and even though as we said. Some venues have reopened. This survey found only about nine percent of local artisans and been rehired many back part time or reduce salaries but kim beyond providing jobs. I think that this pandemic has really forced performing arts groups to reckon with the digital age in a way that they hadn't done before the pandemic kit. And what do you mean by that. Well for at least a decade arts groups have been trying to figure out how they compete with free or low cost online content that arts fund study that i mentioned found that every responding group plan to permanently integrate digital content into their arts program offerings the ceo of arts fund. Michael greer told me that's partly because audiences are really leery about heading into enclosed spaces with lots of people that component that new revenue component is going to be essential to kind of filling the void of individuals. Trepidation do moving back into the theaters or just a general reorganization of how society interacts with itself. Not even just in the arts bottom line marcie will most arts groups survived this pandemic. It's really hard to say for certain. But to quote the head of seattle's office of arts and culture randy angstrom. The sector is on the knife's edge getting people to value in compensate artists and creatives for their time was already a challenge. Then the pandemic it and it was devastating. And i think that that devastation was disproportionately felt by by park organizations and artists because they've been underinvested and undercapitalized for so long and i'll just note here by poc refers to artists who are black indigenous and people of color. What is happening with these communities. Well this summer one worries alicia. Johnston told me that they only have the funds to make it through the calendar year. I did check back with her earlier this week. And she says that right now. They've got about half the budget for twenty twenty. One heart of that came from contributions sparked by black lives matter but she told me those have tapered off and even though she describes herself as one worry self designated worrier about money. She's pretty hopeful that they'll raise the two hundred thousand dollars. They need to keep this community cultural center going. Marcy i know can county. And many private funds have funneled relief. Money to the arts sector. What are arts leader saying about what they need to survive. Many hope congress will enact another significant stimulus measure randy. Angst room would like to see a twenty first century version of the works progress administration. That was the depression era program that funded arts projects across the country. Local artists have already stepped up. And they've been making murals. And creating digital arts lessons plan for the public schools angstrom and many other folks think it's time to fairly compensate them for that work. And how optimistic is he that that might happen. I'm gonna let him answer that. I am hopeful because the creative community of the city gives me that help. I am hopeful because of the incredible resilience. I've seen and we need to meet that resilience with dollars and faith in their work but angstrom says the city cannot finance this on its own. They really need a major influx of federal dollars. At this point. Who knows when that's going to happen. We'll mercy speaking of resilience. I have to acknowledge. Even though i don't want to that this is most likely our last on air conversation about the arts as you retire from k. u. o. w. after a remarkable thirty five years. Marcy i just wanted to say thank you we're gonna miss you and all the attention and the advocacy for the arts. That you've paid Here in this part of the world. I'm just grateful for all the work and thankfully that still lives online. It does indeed. It's been migrate pleasure working with you as the all things considered host. And i'll miss you. And i won't be gone from the world of seattle's arts and culture still always keeping my eagle eye on it.
A New Museum to Bring the Benin Bronzes Home
"Written and Nigeria launching a joint archaeological project investigating a site that's hugely important to the former kingdom of beneath the New Museum of West African Art will occupy a site in what's now Benin city in southern Nigeria. In what the British museum calls the most extensive archaeological excavation there ever it on Nigerian associates will excavate the site of the new museum before it goes up in 18 97. British forces raised the whole city to the ground to avenge the killing of colleagues and huge numbers of artifact were looted. These excavations are part of a reconsideration of how in the era of Empire museums around Europe acquired treasures from other
Washington DC Environmental Film Festival presents virtual fall showcase
"Well, the DC environmental film fest had to scrap its in Person festival in the spring. So it's presenting a virtual fall showcase. It's from November 12 through the 18th. We like to showcase the art of filmmaking. The other side of it, too, is we like to use these films as springboards for additional conversation about the important issues Programming director Brad for Order is excited to show entangled by David Abel. David brings a journalistic approach to all of his projects. He's a Pulitzer Prize winner for the Boston Low, But this particular film focuses on conservation efforts for the North Atlantic right Whale and the short documentary Union Town. By Frazier Jones. It's following grassroots organizers in union found Alabama fighting industrial polluters there, and Fraser does a great job of telling that story in a short period of time.