I Absolutely Love What I Do

These are 6 words I am hearing a lot lately. Being happy in your chosen profession, job, career or whatever you want to call it is literally THE most important thing in my opinion. Once you stop being happy it’s time to move onto the next goal.

We are very lucky here at Abracadabra Blow to spend our evenings speaking with performers from around the globe that all cite this as being the best thing about being a magician, they absolutely love what they do.

Lee Joseph, based here in the UK is no exception. Lee kindly donated a little of his time to share an insight into his world!

Hi Lee, as we usually do let’s go back to the beginning, how old were you when you first showed an interest in magic? I can’t remember my exact age but I was really young, as young as 7 I think. It was in the days where Paul Daniels was on midweek and Wayne Dobson was on, on a Saturday evening. However I didn’t start learning magic until my late 20’s or early 30’s.

Do you have a favourite magic trick you love to perform? I bought a bitten and restored coin from a magic shop in Blackpool, UK on a stag weekend. Due to the reactions I was getting I wanted to learn more stuff to show people and that’s where it really started. At the time I was watching a lot of Dynamo (quite religiously) and I feel that was what gave me a bit of courage to just go out there and try my new little gimmicks.

My favourite trick to perform is probably a trick called ‘The Man Who Knows’ who I have to give Liam Montier credit for. I love the story about famous past magicians and a double kicker ending. And audiences seem to really like it.

What is your most complex trick? A tricked named Red Herring, it is a locating the card, card trick , where a spectator has thought of any card in their mind. But there are several key points to the trick so it can easily go wrong if you miss something.

What’s the worse botch up in front of an audience and how did you handle it? I went to do a candle through arm trick but the candle snapped in two while I was trying to perform it! Unfortunately there was no way of covering it up so I had to smile and move on 🙂

What’s the best thing about being a magician? I absolutely love what I do, but it honestly is the looks, reactions and smiles on people’s faces.

And the worst thing about being a magician? You spend most of your life single 😂

If you could perform anywhere in the world where would it be? Las Vegas, that is the ultimate performance dream for any magician right?

Who’s your favourite magician of all time? I get asked this quite a bit, and this really is a difficult question. As some of my favourites include Doug Henning, Rob Zabrecky, Dynamo but I have to say it’s most probably Simon Drake as my style of magic is very inspired by him. Plus he was the first magician I have seen who’s magic was very edgy.

Do you enjoy watching others performing and what goes through your mind when you watch magic? I absolutely love watching other magic and magicians perform. I think about how well I thought it was presented and executed. And if it’s really enjoyable it reminds me of why I love doing magic so much.

What’s your preferred size audience to perform for? Do you prefer intimate or large scale events? Truthfully both, because as much as I enjoy mingling with guests and meeting people there is also a certain buzz you get about performing in front of a large audience with all eyes on you.

What is your most rewarding career moment? I offered to perform at a restaurant in Leicestershire, hoping for a review on my web page afterwards ( I was trying to build up on these at the time). Only to be offered a residency after my performance because of the kind feedback from the customers.

How diverse do you see the magic industry? These days very, and that’s something I’m very pleased about. I think it does wonders for keeping magic on the spotlight.

Do you have any new projects coming up? I’m trying to write and look for new material to put together a show loosely but not directly based around some of my favourite vampire films for example Lost Boys, Fright Night and Salems Lot. This will include illusion, stunts with dangerous objects and mentalism. I have been watching Simon Drakes secret cabaret clips a lot lately as his style of magic really inspires me.

Lee thank you very much for your time its been a pleasure!

Make sure you follow Lee on his facebook page to keep up to date with his work!

Carol Cooper

Carol Cooper

Married to Antony, Mum to our children. Full time working in media for over 20 years, part time writer and assistant to Antony, which I guess makes me a magicians assistant :-)

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