Back in March 2016, a guy called Nick Paul asked me to be a guest on his podcast “Two Magicians One Mic,” in which each month he would interview a different magician about life, the magic industry, and whatever seemed interesting. Over the course of our interview, Nick and I discovered that we had a lot in common, and ended up becoming friends afterwards. (Link: the episode in question.)
Fast forward ten months, and by coincidence Nick and I were both booked at the House of Magic in Macau at the same time. Nick suggested we record a special weekly series of the podcast, gonzo journalism style, about what it’s actually like to work a magic gig at a big casino in Macau. I thought that sounded fun, and The Macau Sessions were born.
Over the course of the nine episodes, the audience got to hear two men narrate the experience of performing at a glamorous Macau casino while gradually descending into an existential crisis. If that sounds like your cup to tea, here are the episodes:
The Macau Sessions
Episode 1 – The Beginning
Episode 2 – It Keeps Going
Episode 3 – Meditation and Chinese Audiences
Episode 4 – The Rocco Episode
Episode 5 – Still in China
Episode 6 – Suicide and Existentialism
Episode 7 – Bronze Medals and Rick & Morty
Episode 8 – The Five Stages of China
Epilogue – Back in the USA
After Macau, and some much needed time to reset, Nick would occasionally ask me to fill in on the podcast when for whatever reason he couldn’t get another guest in time. Over the months, my fill-ins happened increasingly frequently. People would start to come up to me, usually at magic events, and tell me how much they were enjoying “my podcast.” I would always hasten to point out that it wasn’t at all “my” podcast – simply Nick’s podcast that I merely happened to be an increasingly frequent guest on.
However, after a few months of this, with Nick still alternating between Nick/Simon episodes and other magician guests, he noticed that the former were consistently getting more downloads than the latter. With the writing on the wall, we decided to formalise what most people assumed was the case anyway, and make it “our” podcast.
So, Two Magicians One Mic is now officially a Nick Paul / Simon Coronel production. I find verbal communication FAR easier than writing, so if you’ve been missing the regular ThingsBySimon articles that have been largely absent for the past few years, the podcast may be a good place to catch up on what I’m doing, thinking, and think is worth talking about.
Official website: twomagiciansonemic.com
iTunes link: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/two-magicians-one-mic/