I am so happy to say I had something to do with this television show. No, I'm not on camera, but I did have a hand in casting it.
The Magic Outlaws
My friends at the production company called me last year with an urgent request. They only had a couple weeks to cast a television show for the Travel Channel and the only magician they knew was me. It was great timing, as I would be in LA soon and I know a lot of magicians. But I wanted to do this right so that everyone involved would be happy.
The production company had a list of specific requirements for the magicians they were looking to cast. Those requirements helped to narrow my own huge list down. They had checked out magic videos online and already knew the styles they liked and didn't like. That helped narrow my list even more. I wound up submitting a short list of 8 really great magicians, who would be perfect for any TV show. I believe that variety is the spice of life, and I wanted the production company to see they could have three completely different individuals. They made a wonderful decision with Chris Korn, Ben Seidman, and David Minkin. They are all so different in appearance, personal style and magic presentation. Now I have to admit that I knew all three of these people, but not personally. Chris I knew would be savvy with presenting himself and his style on TV as he has done so many TV shows. He is inventive and entertaining comes easily to him. David while an engaging magician, did not meet the initial requirements from the production company. (David's website and videos have him very clean cut and not the street magic type at all.) Bruce Gold said "No, Minkin is perfect!" So I talked to the production company, had them meet David and once they met him they were sold too. Lastly there was Ben... We knew some of the same people but I did not actually know him personally. I was at a gathering of magicians for lunch at the farmers market in LA the week of casting. Ben was there with a couple other people I had suggested for the show. I called a friend to ask about him and quickly added him to my short list. Ben is funny, personable and a clever performer. If you Google them you will see they are all solid stars in their own right with amazing lists of credits. Together they make the "Magic Outlaws" and I am so happy that I could help make this happen... Even if it was just in the casting department.
The show airs March 10th at 9pm EST on the Travel Channel.
Here is a video link to the shows trailer: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lC70Lf7PDis