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Frank Stasio's Fondest Shows: Meet Joshua Lozoff: Chapel Hill 'Cheers' Actor-Turned Magician

Courtesy of Joshua Lozoff

When Chapel Hill-native Joshua Lozoffwas 19, he moved to Los Angeles to be an actor, and the move paid off. He played a recurring role on the sitcom “Cheers.” He was part of the ensemble cast in the hit movie “Clueless,” and he was also on the cult favorite nighttime sitcom “Sisters.” But after the Northridge earthquake in 1994, Lozoff decided to devote himself to public service.

He volunteered with a Red Cross emergency crew, traveled through Latin America and eventually returned to North Carolina. It was then that he fell in love with magic. Lozoff created a close-up magic show that was wildly popular when Host Frank Stasio spoke with him back in 2007. This is one of the conversations that stands out for Frank because: "On the one hand, it was a profile of a man with a fascinating life story: actor-turned-volunteer-turned magician. But it was more. It was also a close look at the nature of human perception and attention, and he read minds over the radio!"

See the complete list of Frank's fondest shows airing December 2020. 

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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