Susan Arendt is the editor-in-chief of Genii Online, a website that covers magic and deception for magicians and anyone interested in the art and craft of magic. While Genii has existed as a print magazine since 1936, Genii Online’s September 2017 launch marked the publication’s online debut. It also marked a shift for Susan: after many successful years helming gaming publications such as GamesRadar+, Joystiq, and The Escapist, Susan is bringing her digital media experience and expertise to the realm of magic.
In this podcast, Susan and I chat about how she landed this magical gig; what constitutes legitimate magic, and whether magicians get their powers from dealing with the devil; how Susan assembled the team behind Genii Online and what new skills she’s had to learn in this industry; and whether print is a sustainable business model for a niche publication. We also talk about Continue, her new co-hosted gaming podcast (and which I back on Patreon), as well as Take This, the mental health non-profit she co-founded. What’s the best way to help someone who’s experiencing an anxiety or PTSD attack? Susan offers her advice.
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Links mentioned in this episode:
- Transporter Lock — A Star Trek: Discovery podcast
- Susan Arendt on Twitter
- Genii Online: the online home for magic and deception
- Mandrake the Magician is a comic book legend, but a failed television show kept him from becoming a star
- Cyril Takayama aquarium trick
- Continue podcast (featuring Susan Arendt, Anthony John Agnello & David Roberts) on Patreon
- What are Susan’s top three games of the year?
- Take This
- Emergency Chat app for iOS & Android
- I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen