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Practical Impossibilities

Nathan Coe Marsh’s Live Lecture



It’s rare to find a full-time professional magician willing to share inner workings from their working act. Nathan Coe Marsh does it beautifully. The material is strong and nicely crafted. Everything is meticulously researched and smart. Nathan is a natural teacher, he explains every detail in an easy going, easy to follow fashion. This is strong workable material, perfectly suited for stage or parlor.

Jeff Evason The Evasons

Nathan is an experienced professional who performs real-world magic for real-world audiences. I’m excited to learn he’ll be tipping some of the routines that earned him a standing-ovation at the end of a recent headline spot at the Improv I witnessed.”

Steve Bedwell

Nathan is sharing strong solid routines that are to use of any magician, but especially those that wish to perform stand up. There is great thinking here worthy of your time”

Jon Armstrong

Nathan’s magic is so strong because he puts so much work into every effect. The magic he teaches in his lectures is practical, hard-hitting and just plain fun to do! I’m a big fan of him and his work (and YOU will be, too).”

Geoff Williams

Nathan’s lecture contains hard-hitting, real world material and in-depth thinking that will make your magic better. Highly recommended!”

Michael Kaminskas

I review a lot of magic content every year. What Nathan is sharing with the community is what he really uses for his audiences when it counts. If you are serious about performing magic in the real world, for real people, you will want to take a close look at Nathan’s work.”

Anton James The Official Magician of Salem, Massachusetts

What Will He Teach?

Part I: Stand-up Magic



The first half of the lecture focuses on strong stand up magic that 1. Nathan has used professionally, 2. Packs small and plays big, and 3. Does not require on-stage volunteers (there’s nothing wrong with audience interaction — a major feature of Nathan’s full show — but Nathan talks about why he has made a conscious effort to cultivate this kind of material).

Taught are:

  • A Spirited Opener
    The startling visible vanish of a silk followed immediately by the production of a full shotglass. This is a 1-2 punch that, in under 90 seconds, grabs the complete focus of an audience while also setting the atmosphere of fun for everything that follows.
  • Nathan’s Chop Cup
    Nathan’s stand-up chop cup routine that incorporates a Michael Kaminskas touch (with permission) in a new way to dramatically increase the impact of the final loads.
  • Bare-Handed
    Any card called for is caught out of mid-air. The spectacle of a card sword without the cost, and Nathan’s new technique for controlling a named card from a memorized deck has many applications for both close-up and stand up (for non-memdeck users, this revelation is also powerful with a chosen card).
  • Balloons
    Stage-filling, astonishing, comedy mentalism that packs small and involves no on-stage volunteers.

Nathan also discusses his “Focus, Rapport, Climax, Emotional Connection” template for the structure of an act.

After a break, it is:

Part II: Close-up Magic



  • Smart Coins
    Featuring a charming, motivated, topical, and original presentation that steers clear of what Eugene Burger termed “the adventures of the props in the magician’s hands” script that is typical of coins across, Nathan’s version blends brilliant work from Roger Klause, Larry Jennings, and Mike Pisciotta to create a strong routine that gets gasps.
  • Card Divination
    Inspired by a single sentence in Juan Tamariz’ Mnemonica, this is the card routine Nathan has performed every single time he has done close-up magic professionally since 2004
  • Every single item in the lecture has been performed professionally by Nathan. Every detail has been worked out. This is real world material that works.

    Who is He?




    Nathan Coe Marsh comes to us from Orlando, Florida. Over the course of a career that has included television, corporate events, cruise ships, casinos, trade shows, and comedy clubs; he has performed in 13 countries, on Penn & Teller Fool Us, and is a regular headliner at House of Cards in Nashville, Tennessee. He has provided headline entertainment for clients including GE, Microsoft, Siemens, Jockey, and has entertained in venues as diverse as the private yacht of Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shah Khan, to the Top of the World club in Thule, Greenland, to the iconic Magic Castle in Hollywood, to performances in French Polynesia, the Mexican Riviera, the Carribean, and South America. His corporate event performances led Event Solutions Magazine to name him a finalist for “Entertainer of the Year,” while in the pages of MAGIC Magazine Joanie Spina described his work as “a breath of fresh air.” In addition to performing full time, he is a review columnist for Genii Magazine.

    2019 Schedule (So Far…)



    Catch Nathan’s Lecture in the following cities:

    • February 12, Minneapolis, MN (Eagle Magic)
    • April 2, Tampa, FL (The Magic Emporium)
    • June 19 , Orlando, FL
    • July 23, Toronto, Canada
    • August 21, Jacksonville, FL
    • August 24, Raleigh, NC
    • August 25, Atlanta, GA
    • August 26, Huntsville, AL
    • August 27, Memphis, TN
    • August 28, Louisville, KY
    • August 31, Grand Rapids, MI
    • September 7, Branson, MO
    • September 9, Omaha, NE
    • September 12, Tulsa, OK
    • September 16,Lake Charles, LA
    • September 17, Houston, TX
    • September 23, Albuquerque, NM
    • September 24, Phoenix, AZ
    • September 25, Las Vegas, NV
    • October 9, Sacramento, CA