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  1. #1 November 26th, 2011
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    New York City

    Lightbulb Saturday Night Roundtable with Steve Cohen

    For this week's Saturday Night Contest, we have an AMAZING opportunity. This week's event is a Roundtable Discussion podcast.

    Each time we do this, we post an open call for questions to be submitted from members around the world. Nothing is off limits. It's your chance to gain invaluable advice and critical insight into the success of the world's best. This week, we are joined by Steve Cohen! Steve Cohen performs 5+ shows every week at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City: a full evening show. He performs in a luxury suite in the Waldorf Towers, and the show ("Chamber Magic") has attracted A list audiences from Warren Buffett to Martha Stewart to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (whose name escapes me, but I think it's Bob).

    He's been dubbed "the Millionaire's Magician" and featured in Forbes, The New York Times, and David Letterman Show. A throwback to parlor shows of the late 19th century, Steve Cohen's Chamber Magic is celebrating over 10 years at the Waldorf in New York City, and shows continue to sell out months in advance. He's preparing for a performance in January at Carnegie Hall in New York City, a truly iconic theater. And to add to it, he's a nice guy.

    This weekend, you have a chance to ask him about his greatest secret of all: his success. For all of our members who want to make a career in magic, there is no greater role model. On a personal note, every time I speak with him, I learn more about his process, his deep respect for the art, and his knowledge of the nuances and history of magic. He's a class act.

    Post any questions you want about how he got started, his advice for young magicians, how he developed his signature style, and what it's like to perform at one of the world's finest hotels. Questions must be posted in response to THIS forum thread, and you have a full 36 hours to submit your questions for him to answer in a podcast we will record on Monday afternoon.

    Limit three questions per member, and remember - the deadline is Monday at 12:00pm EST. One random member whose question is asked within the podcast will win a brick of Monarch Playing Cards, shipped on the house anywhere in the world.

    UPDATE :: Podcast has been posted! Listen to it now here!

    // jonathan.bayme
    ceo / theory11
  2. #2 November 26th, 2011


    1. When you first started performing for money, what was your ultimate goal and how has that changed?
    2. 1 show a night, 5 nights a week is hard work. When doing magic so intensely does it lessen your passion for it outside of "work"?
    3. You have had a lot of success but you don't choose who comes to your show. I would like to know who you would like to perform for, where and why?

  3. #3 November 26th, 2011


    What was the development process for your any drink routine? How long did that take to develop for your routine?
    How do you take tricks that don't necessarily lend themselves to high brow performance and alter them so they do?

  4. #4 November 26th, 2011


    1. During your stage shows, how do you maintain a connection with your audience?

    2. Being an amazing magician you inspire alot of people, when you were first getting into magic who inspired you?

    3. What is the best (or strangest) reaction you have ever gotten from an effect?

    I don't claim to do things other people can't or magic as you would call it I claim to show something you can't believe could ever happen or deceive.
  5. #5 November 26th, 2011


    First off I absolutely loved seeing your show last May. You reserved two tickets for me over twitter and it was a really memorable evening for my date and I.

    My question are-
    1. What are some things outside of magic that you have found incredibly useful in developing your character and stage presence? For instance an obvious one is public speaking but are there any others you found particularly useful.

    2. I was absolutely amazed at how well you command your audience's attention. With simple lines like "attention please!" and "what was the name of that trick?" you're not only keeping them involved but also attentive. How would you suggest magicians learn this? Is it just a matter of scripting, practice, or both?

    3. What I heard everyone talking about in the elevator on the way down out of the hotel was how you got just as excited as the spectator does as the magical moment occurs. How do you keep that moment fresh for yourself and how to keep that moment about it happening to everyone and not you causing it to happen?

    Reason: questions 2 and 3
    The artist formerly known as... Vintageillusion
  6. #6 November 26th, 2011


    Hi Steve,

    Don't you feel that by calling yourself "the Millionaire's Magician" you separate yourself from the working class, therefore, only the rich are able to experience your magic and not ordinary people.

  7. #7 November 26th, 2011


    1. Who/what do you owe your success to?
    2. What is most important when deciding to make a living from magic?
    3. What is your biggest piece of advice?

  8. #8 November 26th, 2011


    How'd you get into magic? What trick do YOU suggest for someone who's been doing magic for a year? Also when's a good time to go from beginner to intermediate tricks?

  9. #9 November 26th, 2011
    Join Date
    Jun 2009


    1. What is the most important thing you have on your mind during each performance, and how does that affect the overall performance in the end?

    2. What is one thing that inspires you OUTSIDE of magic that you feel has had the most impact on you as a magician?

    3. If the Waldorf Astoria didn't exist, where would you see yourself performing today?

    :: casey.rudd
    theory11 interactive
  10. #10 November 26th, 2011


    1. Do you have any great tips for a young magician that dont even have the money to buy cards and tricks?
    2. How did you get into magic?
    3. Are there any amazing close-up effects you would recommend?

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