Some Fun Along the Way
When I started out as a magician, I knew I had to get as much experience as I could – and as fast as possible. Knowing a lot of tricks is one thing, but you need to know how to perform them for real people, too – and you only learn that by putting in the hours.
I performed everywhere I could. I did Open Mic nights and charity fundraisers (among them, ‘Candlelighters’ in Leeds). I became a regular sight at the Domus Vinum in Ripon, and took part in the ‘This is Me Festival’ for children and young adults with disabilities. It was all great fun – and taught me how to perform in the real world, and for different types of audiences.
But none of that prepared me for my first stage appearance – at the Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough in August 2019.
After two sell-out shows in recent years, and as part of the annual FEVA Festival, I was one of the Harrogate Society of Magicians’ team that performed once again to a packed audience. It took months of hard work to prepare for, but it was worth every minute.
It was the most exciting experience of my magical life – and the most terrifying, too! Even now, I can still recall how nervous I felt as I stood behind the closed curtains – and waited for them to open. Amazingly, the moment they did, all my nerves vanished and I found myself doing what I love most – performing magic to a live (and very friendly!) audience.
Not only was it great to work with such a friendly team of other magicians (Gary Craswell, Rob Shersby, Myles Hartley and James Ward, all of whom I regard as good friends), it was extra special because my mum, dad, wife and children were there to see me perform on stage for the first time.
After three successful shows in the past four years, sadly there won’t be a fourth this year because of COVID-19. But who knows – hopefully next year we’ll be back to entertain people and, if we do, I look forward to seeing some of you there.
Until next time, keep safe and well!
Jun 1, 2020
by Rob Hutchinson