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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for David Parr. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about David Parr, often where they are interviewed.

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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for David Parr. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about David Parr, often where they are interviewed.

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#087 - David Parr

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David Parr is the curator of the 'Cabinet of Curiosities', an internationally renowned act that consists of a bookshelf full of oddities. Each item has its own unique story and magical performance associated with it. David's story driven magical performances stem from his background in theater. Parr has ‘fooled’ Penn and Teller, and offers magic for every occasion (literally - he tells the story for the first time here on this podcast of his funeral performance)

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Jan 21 2020 · 1hr 22mins
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David Parr – How to Tap Into Your Own Personal Inspiration

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David Parr is an internationally acclaimed magician who has devoted his life to sharing the experience of mystery with audiences around the world.

He fooled Penn & Teller!

He's created and performed David Parr's Cabinet of Curiosities. (You may have heard about this on my interview with Joe Givan & Carol Massie).

He's now performing his new show (or not so new now) "Dark Magic".

David is best known for his theatrical performing style and for his writing and teaching skills. He has published several highly regarded books for magicians, been a technical consultant to many theatrical productions, given presentations at academic conferences, and provided guidance and instruction to magicians at lecture appearances across the United States and Canada.

In this interview you’re going to discover how and WHY he created the routines and shows he has. You’re going to learn the methods behind the madness that is David Parr.

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Jan 06 2020 · 1hr 1min

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Ep 79- Magician David Parr Again (And Friends!)

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"Your Tribe Will Find you"

On this episode, Daniel Sits down at East Coast Spirit Sessions in Myrtle Beach, SC (Back in Jan 2019) with the illustrious David Parr.

Along with guest voices Joseph Daniels, Joey Vazquez, Krystal Younglove, Christopher Strange, and Bella GreenWolf, Daniel and David talk about Naps, Magic as an Art, the insanity of Teletubbies, David's former life as a Comedy Club Magician, and so much more! This episode is amazing and I hope you all love it.  Soon, we will be rebranding and refocusing the podcast (and hopefully resuming a regular podcast schedule) and we hope you'll join us on the ride.

You can find out about David Parr by going to www.DavidParr.com 

Oct 11 2019 · 1hr 23mins
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520: David Parr - Choosing Your Path

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David Parr is…well, a bit of an enigma in our world today. He took the rather circuitous path to eventually find his own way to happiness. If this sounds like an existential existence, then you’d be right. Like many of us, David has tried many paths, including comedy clubs and magic, before he settled on being a Bizarre Magician. His thoughts on the subject and how he sees this area of our art and how he got there is the subject of our conversation.

As a Theater Major in school, he has always favored the dramatic and storytelling side of performing. Along the way, he blazed a trail for others to follow when magic was not considered a “theatrical art” but relegated to children’s birthday parties. He has learned how to find theaters and convince them to engage and partner with him for successful magic performances that tell stories.

A CBS profile of magician David Parr, recorded at the haunted Brumder Mansion in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Aired October 29, 2017) http://www.davidparr.com/Spookiness, magic, and the holiday season... Recorded live at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, December 2018 For more magic from David Parr, visit: https://www.davidparr.com/Chicago magician David Parr tests his skills against Las Vegas duo Penn & Teller on their hit TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Season 4, Episode 5. "Does This Trick Ring a Bell?" Air date 08.10.17 http://www.davidparr.com/ View fullsize
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The first part of this week’s podcast has David talking about theaters and how to find them and get management to partner with you. In the second part of this chat, he talks about developing his “Cabinet of Curiosities” and why Bizarre Magic impacts your audience with its dramatic storytelling. For more info: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ThatDavidParr/ and Instagram tag - @parrmagic

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Oct 03 2019 · 1hr 8mins

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Performance That Engages on Multiple Levels with David Parr

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Known for his appearance on Fool Us, David Parr joins Tyler and Jonah. Bringing his theatrical background to magic this episode, David discusses the value of live theatre, the power of storytelling and Fool Us.

David received a magic set when he was younger, and, once he learned all its tricks, needed to know more. His studies led him to the local library and magic store. Soon after, he was performing for library programs in his hometown of Milwaukee. As he moved into regular gigs, his focus was on the enjoyment of performing magic and letting people experience the things he loved. It wasn’t until seeing Doug Henning perform that it dawned on him that magic was something he could do for a living.

Sharing the Live Experience

David emphasizes that the value of live theatre lies in the moment. Everything the audience and the performer is experiencing is a product of that set of people, in that room during specific conditions. The value of the ticket comes from the ephemeral moment that the audience gets to experience. From these moments, the audience can have their effect on the magic which allows the performance to undergo its evolutionary phase.

During his show with Joe Diamond, David mentions that they use to ask the audience who had seen a live magic performance before. Most people had not. For David, this becomes an opportunity to define what live magic can be for the audience.

Defining Magic

David believes that the definition of your magic influences what you do. He explored this concept in his book, Magic Mirror, which he co-authored with Bob Neal. While Bob came up with a (self-admitted) convoluted defition, David realized he needed to come up with his own simpler definition. This led him to his current description: Simulated impossibility.  

This base definition becomes his foundation. From there, he builds the theatrical and technical elements that allow him to fulfill and exceed his audience’s expectations. By giving people multiple levels to engage with, David is able to capture people’s attention and give them memorable moments. People will find something to engage with–whether the puzzle element or the stories–if you give them multiple elements. By the end of the show, people should have an understanding of who he is as a person.

Storytelling and Scripting

Theatre and film have procedural aspects to their narratives, David explains. Narrative is a powerful tool at our disposal because humans are programmed to connect with narratives. By taking them from point A to point B, you can create memorable moments that they can retain in their mind after the show is over. People will go out and try to share their memories, extending the performance beyond the initial room.

David strongly believes in scripting magic. Scripting is the chance for a performer to make deliberate, conscious choices about their performances and why they are doing specific things. David goes on to remind us that you don’t have to be chained to your script. You can deviate and respond to your audience–a script will just allow you to return to the trick without the need to fish around.

When writing your script, David recommends recording your performance and transcribing everything you say during it, including the verbal ticks. You can then see where the problems are and can start to make conscious choices about the way you’re performing. You can begin to ask questions like, “what does my audience need to know to understand the narrative?”

Fool Us

David points to his Fool Us performance as an example of how important narrative is. The back-and-forth game of his trick acted as a compelling enough narrative that people were caught up watching; they didn’t have the opportunity to reverse engineer the procedure. David goes on to say that he fooled them with theatrics as he knows Teller is aware of the effect’s principle.


Magical PSA

Ask yourself “Why am I doing this?” If the answer is “look at me” then you probably need to reassess why you’re doing magic. Asking this question over and over will allow us to grow not only as performers but as people.

Question of the week?

Who am I? How have the threads of the people who have inspired you been woven into your work? Magic is a process of self-discovery.

What do you like about the 2018 magic community? Something you don’t like?

Many magicians are clinging to the past because they can’t horde secrets anymore. They are denying the reality we live in. So give them more beyond that. Give them a human being to relate to.

Take Home Point

Jonah resonated with the idea of editing and including as little as necessary to give people multiple layers they can connect with.

David liked the idea of determining what it is you want to accomplish.

Tyler liked the idea that a script is not a straightjacket and that it can only serve to better your performance.

Endless Chain

Chrisitan Cagigal or Joe Diamond

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/parrmagic?lang=en

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Oct 11 2018 · 2hr 1min
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Ep. 71 with Magician (And Penn & Teller Fooler) David Parr!

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So we are back and we have an amazing episode for you. This week, magician, author, and Penn & Teller Fool Us Champion David Parr joins us for another of our East Coast Spirit Sessions on location from Myrtle Beach, SC. David Parr and Daniel, along with co-hosts Vlad the Gothic Magician, Bella GreenWolf, Krystal Younglove and Christopher Thisse, talk about what it was like to be on Penn & Teller Fool Us, what it's like to run a weekly show in Chicago for over a decade, talk about the new Golden Age of Magic, they psychoanalyze GreenWolf a little bit, and so much more.  To find out more about David Parr, you can go to his website at: DavidParr.com

Or follow him on Twitter @ParrMagic Or follow him on Facebook at Facebook.com/DavidParr ------------------------ And a BIG Shout out to East Coast Spirit Sessions for letting us record all these awesome episodes. Go find out about them at: EastCoastSpiritSessions.com


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Feb 23 2018 · 1hr 45mins
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063: Running a Successful Weekly Show for a Decade with David Parr

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David Parr discusses how he's run a successful weekly show in Chicago for the past decade. He talks about why he started a weekly show, how he pitched his idea to theaters, the deal that he made with a theater, and how he continues to be successful year after year.

David is the creator and costar of Chicago’s longest-running magic show, The Magic Cabaret, now celebrating its tenth anniversary! The Magic Cabaret was chosen by the Travel Channel as one of the top magic shows in the nation!

You might recognize David from his appearance on the hit TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us on The CW network. In an episode titled “Does This Trick Ring a Bell?” (Season 4, Episode 5), David’s magic skills were put to the ultimate test in front of the cameras, a live audience, millions of TV viewers, and two very savvy magicians. He totally fooled Penn & Teller and took home the coveted Fool Us trophy — and won a guest spot in their live show in Las Vegas!

Show Notes:

Fool Us Performance - http://www.davidparr.com/fool-us-3/ David Parr – http://davidparr.com Magic Cabaret - http://magiccabaret.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/davidparr Twitter - https://twitter.com/parrmagic

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Sep 25 2017 · 48mins