Mentalist – Bizarrist

Michael Price is based here in the UK and can often be found performing across the Leicestershire and Warwickshire areas. He specialises in two forms of magic, ‘Metalism’ and ‘Bizarrist’ which is a darker side of magic.

Michael is known as an ‘Immortal’ (A ‘Bizzare’ Group)  and is a member of the Grimoiries’ along with Frank Allen and Bernard Anderson. Thankfully Wikipedia offers a great explanation of a Grimoire so don’t worry if you aren’t familiar with this term! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimoire

We took a small amount of Mikes time to ask him a few questions to have an insight into his world!

Mike How old were you when you got into magic? Unfortunately I got into magic rather late, I was in my late 30’s and kick myself regularly for finding magic so late.

Where did you get your Inspiration to learn magic? I attended several charity dinners where members of the Leamington & Warwick Magic Society and The Coventry Magic Circle were Table hopping. I was then encouraged and mentored by Bernard Anderson (B J Powers).

Do you have a favourite trick? Andy Nyman’s “Deadzone”.  I first performed this at my audition the original way. Then later at Blackpool Andy introduced me to Christopher Taylor, from whom I purchased ” Deadzone Pro” which I still perform.

Do you have a most difficult trick to perform? The Russian roulette routine I perform, always aware it might go wrong.

Do you have an average time to learn new trick? Depends on workings, handling and difficulty I suppose.

Have you ever botched a trick?   Once when performing “Nail under Cups” my gimmick failed on the first cup, so like a fool I completed the routine by sheer intuition.

Do you have a most embarrassing moment? I did 2 pre show “Book tests” then revealed the opposite words to the volunteers. I explained that the “vibes / signals” must have been stronger from one particular volunteer.

Whats the best thing about being a magician? Entertaining others and the friendships I’ve made throughout the magic community.

Is there a worst thing about being a magician? Has to be ” Show us a trick then? ” ” Why can’t you tell me how it’s done? “

What are you goals  and aspirations? To improve and develop my own work, encourage and help others where I can.

Do you have a favourite  magician? Derren Brown , for performance , stylish presentation , entertainment and audience management.

Do you enjoy watching others perform? I enjoy watching all types of magic performed. It allows you to appreciate other styles and presentation, maybe learn better ways of performing an effect. All about sharing and developing.

How many shows do you on average over a year?  It alternates from year to year , but as a hobbiest it’s not my main source of income.

Do you have a preferred audience size? I enjoy all types from table hopping , parlour to stage. But if pushed I enjoy stage most.

Do you have a most rewarding moment? Performing my own routine / effect at an ” Immortals Gathering” and amazing my peers and being accepted as an “Immortal”

Do you have a worst fail you have ever seen? Rather not say.

Do you think the magic industry is Diverse? There’s so many styles and genders in magic,  the more variety the more choice the better. As long as it’s done with heart and honesty.

Please take a look at Mikes website www.bizmagic.co.uk and why not book him for your next event when this global pandemic is over!

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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