Successful Performercast Going Dark (but I’ll be back later…)


I wanted to announce that I’m “going dark” with this show for a while in order to work on other projects (including one that I’m really excited about with my wife) and to free up some margin in my life as I’m pulling a lot of overtime at my day job.

Funny thing: Of regular episodes, I’ve done 99, and 99 is a very special number to me. It’s the number that Wayne Gretzky wore and he’s one of my early heroes in life. One of my favorite quotes by him is “You miss 100% of the shots you never take,” and that’s exactly what I’m doing with a new project I’m working on with my wife.

As you may have gathered from past episodes, we’re huge Disney fans over here and are annual pass holders at Disneyland which we visit frequently. Over the years, we’ve gotten pretty good at streamlining our visits to get the most out of them which can be a challenge when you have young children, so we’ve decided to write a book of tips and tricks on visiting Disneyland with young children. We’re also going to be launching a supporting podcast offering park tips, tricks, inspiration, and fun, in order to help build an audience. If you’d like to be notified when we launch, you can visit us at or email us at and we’ll be sure to let you know when we launch. It’ll be very soon!

Thank you all for listening and for your support. I’m leaving the site open and all the episodes available (see below the break or go to the archives page), so please continue to tell your friends about this free resource at This isn’t a goodbye, but a see you later. I’ll be back.

As always, please feel free to drop me a line. You’ll always be able to reach me at or on Facebook or Twitter. See you in the future!


Below the break is a running list of all of my interview archives, separated into seasons and easy to scan through. Happy listening!


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S8E14: Joe Monti — Great Advice on Show Business


In my final interview here in this chapter of Successful Performercast, I have Joe Monti who gives us some valuable advice when it comes to show business and shares some stories from his career that will have you at the edge of your seat.

Joe Monti has done it all. He’s traveled the world with his magic, both performing and lecturing. He’s worked with Viacom, starting with the Cosby Show. He’s consulted for television on a number of shows & projects, including Criss Angel’s Mind Freak for three seasons, a lot of ghost and paranormal shows as well as other secret television projects. He was also the $50,000 winner on Simon Cowell’s successful prime time ABC hit American Inventor, which was seen by 14 million people.

He’s a frequent featured performer at the world famous Hollywood Magic Castle, home of the Academy of Magical Arts, and has released two commercial products straight from his act on the market for working magicians. Joe has done so much to elevate the art of magic, it’s impossible to list it all here.



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S8E13: Bill Gladwell — Succeeding with a One Man Theater Show


In this interview, Thought Reader Bill Gladwell who talks about the ins and outs of having his own stationary one-man, mentalism show and how he’s been able to make it a success.

Bill is a performer who combines his unique skills of hypnosis, NLP, suggestion, psychology, directed awareness, and showmanship to create a fun interactive show that leaves an indelible impression on each of his audiences and has performed for a diverse list of clients from Honda to country music artist Rodney Atkins. He’s also a speaker and trainer teaching people how to develop and master strong social skills helping them win at life.

For the last five years, Bill has pretty much stopped traveling in order to produce and perform in his own 75-minute mentalism show, Two Thought Minimum first in Gatlinburg Tenessee and then in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Finally, I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t mention his own podcast, “Hey! Look at Me!” where he interviews other entertainers that he comes in contact with during his adventures.


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S8E12: Al The Only — General Practice Magician


In this interview, Al The Only talks about how he’s found success in being a “general practitioner” of magic. He also talks about how he came up with his brand of Al The Only.

For over 35 years Al has traveled the country with his magic, performing for corporate clients doing their trade shows, conventions, business meetings, hospitality suites and holiday parties. This includes companies like Apple, General Motors, Coca Cola, AT&T, and McDonald’s. You may also remember him from “Ask The Only,” which was his column in the Magic Menu where he fielded questions about the business side of magic. Today he’s here to share his thoughts on show business with us.


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S8E11: Steve Chezaday — Tips & Tricks from a Rockstar Magician


This week, I bring you an interview with Steve Chezaday who shares some advice and insights from his years performing full-time. Topics include dealing with clients, pricing, managing your money, and customizing and maintaining your props. There’s a lot insight to be gained from this chat.

Chezaday is a magician who’s pretty much done it all from close up magic to grand illusion. His energetic show has taken him all over the country. He’s toured with Abbott’s Magic Festival and is also quite handy when it comes to building props and stage illusions. And he can do it all while rockin’ an air guitar!


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S8E10: Angela Parrish — Multiple Streams of Income


This week I have singer/songwriter Angela Parrish who shares with us about the importance of having multiple streams of income and how she runs her business. She also talks about how she saved for and completely self-funded $20,000 to record her latest album, Faithful and Tall.

Based out of Los Angeles, Angela creates her own brand of music, drawing inspiration from the likes of Carole King, Ray Charles, Eva Cassidy, Gregg Allman, and Alison Krauss. Her music has brought her great acclaim including second place for her song “The Couple Down the Hall” at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition, and having her song “Higher” selected as a finalist in the 2013 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. You may have heard her song “Different Tomorrow” which earned a primetime placement on CBS TV last summer. Thats not even mentioning her collaborating with top producers and musicians in the industry.


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S8E9: Fantastick Patrick — Juggling, TV, & Generosity


In this episode, Fantastick Patrick talks about his juggling career which includes performing on TV, dealing with fear & failure, and having a mindset of giving.

Fantastick Patrick is a juggler/comedian/unicycle wrangler/musician/curator of all things fun & awesome! He comes to us from Los Angeles yet travels around the country performing at fairs, festivals, and corporate shindigs. He’s also had multiple TV appearances on shows like The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Hell’s Kitchen, and the MTV Movie Awards.


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Calling in Sick…


Hey everyone, this week’s episode will be out soon. I’ve been a bit under the weather and haven’t been able to prepare the episode yet. Give me a moment and I’ll have it out to you as soon as I can.



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S8E8: Tom Ameen — Building a Career as a Musician


In this episode, Tom Ameen talks about how he’s built a successful career as a classical pianist. Topics include restaurant gigs, getting private parties, and selling albums. He also talks about his new solo piano Star Wars album, which is awesome!

Tom has played piano since he was 12 years old and studied under acclaimed pianist James Tannenbaum at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

He’s gathered a wonderful following around Los Angeles which has afforded him many opportunities to collaborate with some top names like Grammy nominated artist Jim Brickman, performing on many of his albums. Tom even found himself performing as J.J. Abrams’ personal pianist.

He’s recorded many albums with Canadian-based label Somerset Entertainment, some of which are Wal-Mart exclusives, others to be found at theme parks around the country. My favorites are his albums that he’s put out which contain music from the Disney theme parks, and these have charted on the Billboard Top 10! Probably the most exciting of all, Tom has just released his latest album, Journey to the Stars which features renditions of his favorite themes from the Star Wars movies!

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Bonus: How are Jay Alexander & Christian Cagigal Building the Fog City Magic Fest


I’ve invited back onto my show Jay Alexander and Christian Cagigal because they have been putting together a four-day festival of magic up in San Francisco called the Fog City Magic Fest and I wanted to get them on to talk to them about how they’re putting it together.

They take us behind the scenes and talk about the nuts and bolts of how they’re going about putting together this four-day festival of magic.


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