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Sammy Younan is the program director of Girth Radio: an online radio station that started broadcasting from inside The Pacific Junction Hotel bar (RIP!). At Girth he Hosts My Summer Lair (a pop culture celebration) & In Session… (which features music performances).

An avid writer; Red Letter Nights is his first book. His writing has appeared in the National Post, USA Today, Sole Shift, Relevant and Geek Hard.

Sammy doesn't get along with pants: Down With Pants!

My Summer Lair featuring David Minkin (Magicians: Life in the Impossible)

My Summer Lair Chapter #28: How Is That Possible?

That question is one of magic’s best responses. When you witness a spectacle…that defies convention; magic rattles your assumptions and defeats your logic. You can’t help but wonder what is possible?

It was a supreme pleasure to not only meet David Minkin but to see him perform live and up close. Check this out: after this interview he asked one of the Pacific Junction Hotel bartenders for her Ontario driver’s license. Which he held in his palm and it…levitated and flew in smooth circles around him!! How Is That Possible?

The staff are still talking about it: magic! He talks about it during our conversation over adult beverages; referencing a Credit Card.

David practices what he terms Authentic Magic. It’s a by-product born from his desire to practice magic not in Vegas (cue the ruffled blouse) rather on tv. That medium dictates his tricks “demonstrate fairness.” It’s hard to describe but he eloquently breakdowns the challenges of performing magic on tv.

For example on Room 401 a hidden camera/reality MTV show (executive produced by Ashton Kutcher) David helped to magically engineer a soul departing from a dead body prank. What!

David is one of 4 magicians in Magicians: Life in the Impossible. Having just wrapped a Hot Docs 2016 screening I’m elated the directors visited My Summer Lair to converse about magic, magicians, skepticism and…plastic hands.

Magicians: Life in the Impossible follows 4 magicians in various stages of their career:
 Brian Gillis…Johnny Carson’s favourite close-up magician and a regular on The Tonight Show

David Minkin…can levitate almost anything with his mind (wait until you see the opening shot of this doc!!)

Jon Armstrong…might be the best card trickster in the world {Jon’s My Summer Lair visit}

Jan Rouven…a German Las Vegas magician managed by his partner Frank Alfter: yup…Vegas…the chocolate to magic’s peanut butter.

1 High Five For:
 for my cheeky question…wait for it.

David Minkin @ W • T • F

Recorded: May 3, 2016 1pm

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