This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Lance Burton & Friends.
On a special edition of Talk About Las Vegas With Ira, the show is on the road with Master Magician Lance Burton & Friends, who recently performed a one-night show at the Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Burton talks his “road trip” with his friends and fellow performers; the difficulty with performing an illusion after being away from it for a while; his view of magic as a theatrical art form, based on 90 percent psychological principles; his mentors, including Harry Collins, Johnny Thompson and Channing Pollock; and his belief that that joy of performing is the audience.
Fielding West talks about his long friendship with Lance Burton (who served as best man at both of his weddings; why he has a lifelong fascination with magic; and how younger magicians are using new techniques for sleight of hand.
Michael Goudeau talks about his career in juggling, even though he wanted to be a forest ranger; how he started with a unicycle; his recent addition of bean bag chairs and 100,000 volt Tasers; and his ultimate dream of building a sailboat.
Keith West talks about starting in magic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; working with the legends of magic; why he loves performing levitation illusions; and why he considers himself the luckiest man on earth.
Kitty Marie, who works with Keith West, talks abpit starting her role as a “Box Jumper”; her background in gymnastics; her decision to write a book, “A Box Jumper’s Guide to Surviving Magic” and plans for the future.