Since I’m a magician, I guess you expect this blog to be all about magic. Full disclosure: it won’t be – not all of it at least. You see, even as magicians go, I’m an oddball. (And that takes doing, believe me!) Unlike for most, my story doesn’t start and end with magic. Actually I’ve spent lots of time in landscapes other than magic. As Tolkien said,
“Not all who wander are lost.”
(I hope he was right because boy do I know how to wander!) The path began like this. Magic found me at the age of seven when I unwrapped a Fisher Price magic set for Christmas. I instantly morphed into a “boy wonder magician” (or so I thought!); all those arcane secrets empowered me to do impossible things. After that, my teenage adventures in theatre and visual arts led me to study these in University.
But clearly these fields weren’t impractical enough for earning a solid living, as my hobby of singing was about to get promoted to become my post-grad training as an opera singer. Magic performances helped fund my music studies in London and Bologna, Italy over five years … and the magic kept growing until … at one point I had to decide which career it was going to be… magic won.
What’s so exciting now is that my various interests shape my magic performances. It’s how Ella Fitzgerald sang:
“T’ain’t What You Do (It’s the way that you do it)”
There are the obvious crossovers you’d spot; like how I blend singing into the magic in a few of my after dinner magic acts.
But outside influences are usually much more subtle; like maybe it’s something that happens in a novel that I think would make a great segment in one of my shows. Or a scene in a film that inspires a presentation for when working as a close-up magician. The audience is never aware of these things, but I think the inspirations make the act richer and more interesting. Good magicians’ performances are about much more than ‘tricks’.
So this blog will be a meandering path through a menagerie of wonderful things. A blog about magic and magicians as well as various kinds of performances, exhibitions, and other things I think are inspired or magical. Oh and surprises too.
Say hello and thanks for coming along with me. Hopefully see you again a bit further down the trail… as we wander.