The Illusionists Reveal The Most Magical Advice They've Ever Received
December 9th, 2014
by Josh Ferri
Here in New York, we sometimes act like we’ve seen it all; then a show comes along like The Illusionists that just smacks us upside the head. Broadway’s new magic show features seven of the world’s best illusionists performing stunts that will make even the most jaded audience member sit forward in awe.
BroadwayBox caught up with the guys to find out what the best advice they have received from a mentor about magic and performing has been.
Jeff Hobson (The Trickster)
“I think it’s sort of like with life: you can’t take yourself too seriously; it’s about entertainment in the end. Magic is the vehicle but, in the end, those people need to feel fulfilled and happy to be there. We've all lost our sense of wonder from childhood and this is how to get it back. This is the place.”
Dan Sperry (The Anti-Conjuror)
“Best advice I was given is you have to give the audience what they want before you can give them what you want them to have.”
Adam Trent (The Futurist)
“The best advice I’ve ever received was from Mac King, a performer in Las Vegas, and he said, ‘Do as many terrible shows as you can for as many years as you can stand it.’ I was about 10 years old and I went up to him and asked what the secret was to making it in Vegas, and he said, ‘Every time you don't want to perform, perform. Every time you think it it’s going to be awkward or terrible or the situation isn’t right, do it, and after enough times you’ll be able to perform anywhere.’ I performed on the street for over a year and those kind of terrible environments made me bullet proof.”
Andrew Basso (The Escapologist)
“Be yourself and try to take out what’s really inside; don’t copy others. If you want to be a great artist, you have to be yourself.”
Aaron Crow (The Warrior)
“Stick with the program. Even though you don't succeed with a certain thing, you can make it work if you put effort into it.”
Yu Ho-Jin (The Manipulator)
“Magicians have to be truly magical.”
Kevin James (The Inventor)
“I got this from Teller; he said basically that if you love something so much that you would do it for free, you will be successful. I’ve always taken that to heart and realized he’s completely right. Even if I couldn't make a dime performing magic, I would still do it and do it with all my heart. It doesn't feel like a job, it's a delight; it's a way of life.”
Let these guys blow your mind at ‘The Illusionists’ at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre.