Showing posts with label Alex Kazam. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alex Kazam. Show all posts

12 March 2018

Alex Kazam's AGT journey

When last we left Alex, he was telling us about his decision to audition for AGT.

Alex gives us an insider's perspective into the thought and effort involved in getting a shot at a chance to become "an overnight success."

Catch up on his journey thus far at his blog at The Alex Kazam.


From his December 20th post "America’s Got Talent – Part One: Getting Told “GO”":
In due time, for now, let me begin at the beginning. It was December 7th, 2017. I was performing at my usual Thursday night spot, St.Louis Bar and Grill in St. Catharines, Ontario. It was one of the first really cold nights, the evening was just starting up. The restaurant was still fairly quiet, and slowly starting to fill with patrons anticipating dinner service. I moved to my usual spot in the back corner of the space, hung up my coat, and prepared what I needed to perform. I noticed my client Jim Reaman (the owner) standing near the bar chatting with some staff.

Since I had a few minutes to spare, and genuinely enjoy catching up with Jim, checking-in and so forth, I headed towards him. We quickly moved from talking about personal affairs, to talking about what I’d been working on, my aspirations, and so on. I mentioned an idea that had been floating around my head, like an annoying little balloon. Sometimes it was filled with helium, sometimes with Sulfur Hexaflouride. The idea was light, in that it was clever, fun, inspiring, educational and full of potential for awesome. It was heavy in that it was terrifying, risky, draining, and full of potential for embarrassment, failure and rejection.

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From his January 16th post "America’s Got Talent – Part Two: All Out of Ideas":
So December 11th, we began the video with my getting out of the trunk of my car, shoving balls of dough in my eyes, and putting coins over top of the dough. Duct tape fastened the lot to my face, and then I covered the lot with a sleep mask, just in case someone thought I could see through dough, coins and duct tape. Off we went. The entire journey took less than 10 minutes. Remember, the final clip was supposed to be no longer than 3.  Thus, on December 12th 2018, I trimmed it down to size, added a quick opening clip of me breathing fire, and a title screen with my contact information at the end of it.

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From his January 24th post "America’s Got Talent – Part Three: Effects That Affect":
How was I making a living at this whole performing arts thing, when I couldn’t find any effects within my repertoire that was good enough to get the attention of someone representing a television network?

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 From his March 1st post "America’s Got Talent – Part Four: The Sort of Conclusion":
 I’m hoping, through the volume of these posts, specifically through some of these rather wordy digressions, to shine a light on the secret and dirty side of the show business world. So that should you one day be in the position of meeting a celebrity, on the set of a movie, walking by a creative project of some kind, or even just running into your friendly neighborhood mystery entertainer: you will have the experience now to engage respectfully, and with the appropriate etiquette.

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27 January 2018

Canadians on AGT 2018

The next season of America's Got Talent is right around the corner.  How many Canadians will we be seeing this season?


From Alex Kazam's blog:
In due time, for now, let me begin at the beginning. It was December 7th, 2017. I was performing at my usual Thursday night spot, St.Louis Bar and Grill in St. Catharines, Ontario. It was one of the first really cold nights, the evening was just starting up. The restaurant was still fairly quiet, and slowly starting to fill with patrons anticipating dinner service. I moved to my usual spot in the back corner of the space, hung up my coat, and prepared what I needed to perform. I noticed my client Jim Reaman (the owner) standing near the bar chatting with some staff.

Since I had a few minutes to spare, and genuinely enjoy catching up with Jim, checking-in and so forth, I headed towards him. We quickly moved from talking about personal affairs, to talking about what I’d been working on, my aspirations, and so on. I mentioned an idea that had been floating around my head, like an annoying little balloon. Sometimes it was filled with helium, sometimes with Sulfur Hexaflouride. The idea was light, in that it was clever, fun, inspiring, educational and full of potential for awesome. It was heavy in that it was terrifying, risky, draining, and full of potential for embarrassment, failure and rejection.

Read more.


From Eric Leclerc's Facebook page:


03 May 2013

Toronto: Kazam at Art Fusion

On Saturday May 4th, join Alex Kazam and other artists at Art Fusion.

From the Art Fusion Collectives Facebook page:
Join ART FUSION *Festival* on MAY 4 @ Mel Lastman Square www.artfusioncollectives.com OPEN SPACE for all ARTS/MUSIC Collectives to Jam: Dance, play Music, Drum & showcase Visual Arts for FREE! *Fire Spinners, Aerialists, Jugglers, Break-dancers, Magicians & Stiltwalkers* www.facebook.com/events/440379596054522

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09 March 2013

Alex Kazam: Making Magic in A Real World

From CineCoup:
An exploration of the life of magicians from the perspective of a young Canadian comedy magician. His struggles in finding his way, as a single child of a single immigrant mom. Conversations and performances by mentor magicians that have led to Las Vegas performances.

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28 February 2013

Saint Catharines: Alex Kazam in Triple Threat

From the Triple Threat Facebook page:
Thursday, 7 March 2013

It's time we did another show, don't you think?!?
The line up is simple.

Join us for an evening of music, comedy and LOTS of magic!
The evening will feature Non-offensive\Clean Content.  

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09 February 2013

24 January 2013

Ajax: Alex Kazam opening for Dave Curran

From Alex Kazam's Twitter feed:

12 December 2012

St. Catharines: Alex Kazam

From Alex Kazam's Facebook page:
21 December 2012

Where will you be the day the world end?
Join us for a post-apocalyptic styled show.
Featuring an odd collection of chicanery, and drama.
We'll bring you a true vaudeville styled evening spiced with a dash of DEAD.

(UN)LIVE MUSIC from Bella Muerta
& Mike Jewell
Mind-Bending Mentalism
DrEADful Juggling
Paranormal Affairs
Misconceived Magic
Hypnotizing Hypnotists
HOSTED BY ALEX KAZAM

Read more and buy tickets.

25 September 2012

Alex Kazam's Braingasm podcast

From The Braingasm Podcast:
We began as we do every week by blaming art for all of the world’s problems.

This episode is an hour and a quarter conversation between Ben and Alex that covers topics as wild and varied as their views of show business, why magicians hate psychics, Alex’s history as a performer and a man, the importance of branding in the 21st century entertainment industry, and the Carson Couch. All the while the two were cracking jokes and keeping things fun and light while also being thought provoking and deep.

Read more and listen to the podcast.

09 May 2012

St. Catharines: Don't tell mom!!

From Alex Kazam's Facebook page:
Alex Kazam has been featured on MTV, he has consulted for major productions across Canada, and has performed comedy magic around the world. If you haven't seen his show live, now's your chance... 
Don't tell mom!! (A night of burlesque, comedy, music, and magic. BETA V.1.0) ‎ 
12 May at 19:00 at Mahtay Café & Lounge
Read more.

18 December 2011

Alex Kazam in the Brock Press

From The Brock Press:
At 19-years-old, St. Catharines magician Alex Kazam has accomplished more for himself than most people still living in their teenage years – and arguably more than some in their twenties.

Over the past year Kazam rode his unicycle to New York City, in attempt to perform on the David Letterman show (although he didn't get on, he did meet Paul Schafer and Donald Trump), hosted lectures at varying universities (including one on Neuroscience and it's correlation with magic at York), travelled to Vegas where he met Penn and Teller and performed a trick for Criss Angel, took part in the debut of St. Catharines' Buskerfest where he performed nine times during the weekend and has performed countless gigs — whether they are stand-up showcases, or at events for corporate clients — and that's just cracking the surface.
Read more.

24 September 2011

Niagara College Welland Campus: Alex Kazam

From the Facebook Page "ComicaZi" "DrinK, LaugH & PlaY!" *ALL AGES!*:
Hey guys, there is going to be an AMAZING show going on in the niagara college welland campus pub! Its called Comicazi and its going to feature some awesome local stand up talent, an amazing headliner and an improv show! The show is absolutely free and its going on from 7-9pm on Tuesday October 4th!

Headliner is ALEX KAZAM a hilariously refreshing modern comedic magician! His act is as mesmerizing as it is hilarious.

Read more.
For more information, visit "ComicaZi" "DrinK, LaugH & PlaY!" *ALL AGES!*

20 September 2011

Alex Kazam on ThatChannel

From ThatChannel show listings:
Hugh Reilly and Stu Hay speak with: Jason Quitt from thecrystalsun.com on sacred geometry, biogeometry, the Egyptian Postures of Power - an ancient system of personal energy healing used by the Pharoahs; witty magician Alex Kazam tells us of his unicycle trip to NYC, Letterman, and performs several funny illusions; Amos Tayts, founder of ResumeTarget.ca discusses the new approaches everyone needs to find a job or find leverage in your current job.

Watch video below:

04 September 2011

Ridgeway: Magic for Autism!

Last month, Anthony Lindan organized an event called "Magic for Autism" in Ridgeway, Ontario in support of the Niagara Chapter of Autism Ontario.  Anthony, along with Shaun Fergus, Alex Kazam and Bill Abbott peformed table magic for the patrons at Ridgeway’s restaurant.

Watch Anthony talk about the event in this YouTube video:



View the TV Cogeco Ontario coverage of the event on YouTube:




Read about the initiative on Inside Magic.

To lend your support Anthony's cause, visit the Autism Ontario Niagara Region website and volunteer or donate.


[h/t: @wittymagic]

05 June 2011

Morrissey Magic: 52 years wonderful!

A great time was had by all at Morrissey Magic's 52nd Anniversary Party yesterday!  At the open house we were treated to a close-up show featuring Bill McCourt (Ring 17 past president 73/74), Luiz Castro (doing a side-splitting impersonation of Juan Tamariz), Christyrious and Dan Morrissey! The afternoon stage show, emceed by Glen Ottaway, showcased the talent of Michael Collins, Danny Hammil, Alex Kazam, Bill Abbott and Paul Wildbaum (who conducted a beautiful impromptu bell choir).

The day was filled with laughter, amazement and friendship.  Thank you Dan and Phoebe for hosting this wonderful day!