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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 Marcie Hume & Christoph Baaden

My Summer Lair Chapter #26: When I Say Magic…What Is The First Image That Comes Up?

Now…if I say magicians…what’s the first thing that pops into your head? Be honest!

As a magic nerd (I enjoy magic…I can’t perform it…though I’ve been known to make ladies disappear if that counts) I understand some of the stereotypes associated with magicians vs the typical conceptions associated with magic. And as we all know: stereotypes are time savers.

To debunk those stereotypes…to reveal the old man behind the wizard is an enthralling magic documentary Magicians: Life in the Impossible. Currently screening at Hot Docs 2016 I’m elated the directors visited My Summer Lair to converse about magic, magicians, skepticism and…plastic hands. Can’t fool me: I know how magic is done. (Not really…I do have wild theories like everybody else).

Magicians: Life in the Impossible follows 4 magicians in various stages of their career (think of it like Hoop Dreams but with magicians):
 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!!) {David’s My Summer Lair visit}

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.

This is a freshtastic doc and I so enjoyed my conversation with the directors. Fine…ok, I’ll say it: this visit to My Summer Lair was magical. There: I live to give.

1 High Five For:
 being sold out (Rush tickets!!)

Magicians: Life in the Impossible: @ W • T • F

Recorded: April 29, 2016 5pm

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