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How did I not know about this podcast???

Kayla Drescher and Carisa Hendrix have an important feminist magic podcast called Shezam. The subject sounds like a super narrow topic, but ends up being hugely broad and a deep dive into magic performance and culture.

As I post this, the most recent episode features the incredible and always fabulous Lily von Schtupp, a wonderful burlesque vagician and one of my favorite female performers and personalities in the whole wide world. But there are a bunch of episodes, and I'm currently going through them all, and so far they are amazing. I only found out about this because someone told me they discuss one of my routines (card to tampon) in the 13th episode. But I'm glad I found out about it, because I'm enjoying all the podcast episodes so much that I wanted to share them with you. The subjects are important and timely, and they have guests like Max Maven, Mistie Knight, Virginia Hankins, Handsome Jack, and, of course, the aforementioned Lily von Schtupp.

Women will be particularly interested, but men should listen too.

Here's a link:
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I thought the first couple of episodes were rough, but they were new to doing it (really still are), and I feel like the episodes have gotten a lot better and have really enjoyed a lot of them.

I also appreciate that they don't make apologies for bad female magicians and really appreciated when Kayla said that women who are presented with opportunities far beyond their current abilities should help find a more suitable performer and when Virginia Hankins talked about having to put in the time and effort in any endeavor.

Go Carry On and Multi-bags! Smile (If you're not a fan of the podcast, and likely even if you are, you won't get that reference - so don't feel bad if you don't get it).
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On Dec 3, 2018, danaruns wrote:
Lily von Schtupp, a wonderful burlesque vagician and one of my favorite female performers...

Is "vagician" a typo?

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No, she intentionally uses that term for herself
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If any man used this term, I hate to see the fallout.

It seems like gender baiting.

Women and Men are about way more than their gender specific parts.

Still, people can call themselves whatever they want to.

- Mary Mowder
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I listen to the Discourse on Magic podcast quite a bit. On one episode they mention their favorite episodes, one of which is Episode 137. Jonah Babins does a great job interviewing in general, but Carisa's interview is particularly interesting and insightful about magic as an art and women in magic.

I watched some clips of her Lucy Darling performance. In addition to being funny, and magical (she does a cups and balls routine), she's also a little unnerving. I think that's part of her character and point. She's not the stereotypical magician's eye candy. She's saying something about gender and sex appeal that I haven't quite figured out.
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That episode is great, thanks for posting it, @Ravenspur. I actually got into Shezam in the first place through Discourse in Magic!
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