Most magic videos are pretty short. Blame our flighty attention spans or the nature of today’s video content industry, whatever the cause, it’s rare to find a big chunk of somebody’s act available to watch. And that’s a shame, because a well-composed performance is so much more than the series of short bits you might find on YouTube. A longer act relies on building a flow, circling back to earlier ideas in ways that make the grand finale all the more satisfying.
So today, treat yourself to a whole 20-minute set from Mike O’Donnell. This set was filmed at the Lagunitas Brewery in Chicago, where he performs every Friday through Sunday. Chicagoans who dig good beer already know this is a worthy joint, magic fans would do well to scope it out too.