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Atlanta Magician and Mentalist Joe M. Turner featured during National Magic Week

Posted by Joe M. Turner | TurnerMagic.com on November 1, 2010

Joe M. Turner at Compton Elementary School

Atlanta magician and mentalist Joe M. Turner performs and teaches some mathematical magic at Compton Elementary School in celebration of National Magic Week 2010.

Harry Houdini, perhaps America’s most celebrated magician, died on October 31, 1926. Soon thereafter, members of the Society of American Magicians (SAM) began commemorating his memory with a celebration of the art of magic. Over the years these celebrations and performances took on a volunteer aspect, with performers offering free programs for schools and charitable organizations. The overall effort eventually became recognized officially as National Magic Week, which is observed the last seven days of October each year.

As part of the promotion of National Magic Week 2010, I presented two magic-enhanced reading presentations at Compton Elementary School in Cobb County, Georgia. I read and performed in Ms. Haskins’ and Ms. Morgan’s classes; as it happens, Ms. Haskins was a classmate of mine way back in grade school and high school in Brandon, Mississippi! Liz Murphy, the principal of the school, saw me speak at a business luncheon earlier this year and asked me to be part of the Compton “Day of Hope” program, in which community leaders come to school to read to and interact with the students. Little did she know that Ms. Haskins had connected with me via Facebook and had already arranged for me to be present! The day went off wonderfully, and if you click on the photo at right, you can visit the school’s web site to find out more.

Last week I also appeared CBS Atlanta‘s program Better Mornings Atlanta, where I performed for both a broadcast spot and a web extra. In both segments, I interacted with host Brandon Rudat. In my last few appearances on this show, I have had the opportunity to appear with all the hosts, and now I really look forward to appearances there. You can view the clips – both the broadcast and the web extra segments – below.

Enjoy!

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Atlanta Magician and Mentalist Joe M. Turner on Better Mornings Atlanta | June 30, 2010

Posted by Joe M. Turner | TurnerMagic.com on July 4, 2010

Last week I performed in the opening night gala show for the Society of American Magicians (SAM) National Convention in Atlanta. As part of the promotion of the show, the national PR coordinator for the SAM, George Schindler, asked me to make some media appearances. I ended up doing two spots for CBS Atlanta’s program Better Mornings Atlanta – a broadcast spot (above) and a web extra (below). Both segments were performed with host Jennifer Valdez.

Enjoy!

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Atlanta Mentalist Turner reads thoughts, bends objects on CBS Atlanta News

Posted by Joe M. Turner | TurnerMagic.com on November 23, 2009

Last Thursday I appeared on CBS Atlanta News at 11 as part of a story related to the CBS series “The Mentalist.” The idea for the tie-in was to seek out people in Atlanta who shared one or more similar skills with Patrick Jane, the protagonist on the series.

Atlanta Mentalist and Magician Joe M. Turner on CBS Atlanta News

Atlanta Mentalist and Magician Joe M. Turner on CBS Atlanta News

From an interview that lasted 75 minutes and involved several different demonstrations, the final report included only a couple of quotes and a couple of nice visuals. I was introduced during the first part of the segment as a performer specializing in using unusual mental techniques to create psychological effects to surprise and entertain audiences. (There are clips of me performing some word tests and psychokinetically bending a borrowed quarter.) The story then took a turn toward criminal profiling, matching the application of mental techniques represented in the television series. Keith Howard, a certified criminal profiler, was the subject of this portion of the story.

During much of the unaired portion of my lengthy interview, I covered many of the same content points that Howard mentioned, describing the search for non-verbal inconsistencies under some amount of tension as a “tell” — even in an entertainment context.

You can watch the full video report here and read the text here.

As it happened, my short interview and performance clips were used as the basis for all the teasers. I have uploaded a video compilation of the teasers and my portion of the report which you can view here.

(Thanks to Rick Silver, Joseph Daniels, and Max Maven, each of whom contributed to the success of this appearance!)

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Better Mornings Atlanta

Posted by Joe M. Turner | TurnerMagic.com on February 24, 2009

Today’s appearance on the Atlanta CBS affiliate’s morning show sort of came out of nowhere last week. But I wasn’t going to say no to an opportunity!

I improvised the weather forecast idea on the spot after arriving at the venue. It is a further illustration of what I said in the interview — magic can be used to tell another story. Maybe it’s the story of your company’s journey through the last year… or the goals for the coming year… or your employees’ successes… or how your new product will benefit your customers.

Enjoy!

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