Last week I wrote about Magician Ted Outerbridge. I also spoke to him and and asked him to write about himself for our blog. He did, so enjoy!
I have been reminiscing about Perfect Magic since we spoke on the phone yesterday. My first memories of Perfect Magic are visiting your basement store and drooling over a “Chalet Magic” Dove to Rabbit prop. I remember producing a dove at a Perfect Magic “Performers Platform” competition and watching in horror as the dove flew around the store for what felt like an eternity. Later I competed in “Magie Montréal” competitions and I vividly remember the great honour of winning the “Magic Tom” Auburn Award. I also recall regular visits to the store proudly carrying my young son Matthew on my shoulders; he really enjoyed visiting you and Phil! On a few occasions I had the pleasure of working behind the counter at Perfect Magic which was a lot of fun. I am very grateful that over the years you and Phil have always had the time to listen to my stories of success and failure and offer words of encouragement.
Here are some answers to your questions:
Q: What was the first trick that made you think this is what you want to do?
A: The first trick that made an impression on me was the 20th Century Silks. I watched “Magic Tom” Auburn performing this trick when I was 8 years old. I still remember standing in front of a television while at a cottage in the Laurentians, watching this miracle occur! This was a turning point for me and I decided that I wanted to become a magician. A few years later I was 12 years old, and performed my first professional show for $5 at a friend’s birthday party as “Magic Ted”. It was both terrifying and exciting. My first trick was the 20th Century Silks. I vanished a handkerchief and it reappeared tied between two others. Five minutes later the vanished handkerchief re-appeared hanging out of the back of my jacket! Oops!
Q: What advice would you give aspiring magicians?
A: Here is what I have learned so far. Perform whenever you can. No matter what happens, good or bad, you will learn something. No learning is ever wasted. Try things that scare you. Videotape your performances. Be your worst critic. Congratulate yourself. Remember that no matter what you do, some people will love it and some will hate it. Nobody can make everybody happy all the time. Make notes. Never stop caring. Look for feedback. Listen to feedback but don’t follow it blindly. Behave like who you want to be. You are the product so take good care of yourself. Look to other forms of entertainment as inspiration. Surround yourself with good people. Don’t just try to fool people, give your magic some meaning, strive to give your audience goose bumps, move them and make them care about what you are doing, and… drink lots of water.
All the best,