I've been performing sleight of hand illusions for over a decade across the western United States. My shows focus on the power of illusion and deception, utilizing sleights and misdirection to amaze audiences, all while keeping a sense of humor and wit. The claim of magic powers is ludicrous, but perhaps we can discover that magic isn't in the trick - it's in the little journey we all travel called life. Magic is all around us, if we but stop and look past the distractions.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 300 minutes
What to Expect
When hiring a magician, it's necessary to know what, where, and how you want me to perform. An hour-long stage show is entirely different than three or four hours of strolling, and for the best service I'll need to know what your expectations are.
My stage show is designed to take about an hour (though time has been modified in the past) and focuses on the idea of what magic truly is. In the end, they're tricks and deceptions, but that doesn't mean magic isn't real - I see magic every day in the beauties of the world and in the joy of living. Depending on the nature of your event, I often am also able to customize parts of the show, whether to showcase a product, person, or other theme.
My strolling and close-up magic is designed with a similar motivation behind it, but takes on a different life of its own due to the nature of its intimacy. Being able to engage closely with a few people allows for a personal experience for each of them. I've heard it said that magic happening in the audience's hands is much more powerful than magic happening far away up on a stage, and I can't disagree with that statement. Being able to share something with an individual or a small group allows for a conversation to flow; it just feels more real. I'm able to perform walking around for more specific periods of time while strolling, so performance length can be customized more considerably.
Richard Wilson has been performing sleight of hand illusions for over a decade to the delight of audiences everywhere. His unique wit and sense of humor keeps people smiling and his skills in deception keep everyone amazed. He has performed at colleges, universities, community events, and more. Richard is a master of entertainment and will surely be a welcome addition to your venue!
Richard began studying magic in 2005 as a pastime during the summer. He continued having fun with it until 2015 when he began performing more regularly. Recently, he has appeared in performances and competitions for Salt Lake City Magic Jam and the International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 193, where he and his team took first prize in Wizard Wars, a competition focused on improvised magic. He has performed for Brigham Young University, Yakima Valley College, and other schools and venues across the western United States. In 2018, Richard also appeared for America's Got Talent.
When not performing magic, Richard spends much of his time in music playing the pipe organ and is currently studying at BYU. He also enjoys chess and is an avid fan of both Star Wars and Star Trek.
Additional Booking Notes
For all performances, I will need a green room to prepare in prior to the show. Please have this available at least 30 minutes in advance for strolling performances and 60 minutes in advance for stage shows.
For stage shows, minimum space requirements are 10 feet wide and 8 feet deep. If you have a raised stage or platform, that would be greatly preferable but not absolutely necessary. If your venue is larger, a wireless microphone and sound system will also be necessary. (Wired will also work if the chord is long enough to move freely around the stage) A 3.5 mm jack and cable running into the sound system to attach to a phone for music will also be necessary. I will provide an introduction to use prior to the show.
For strolling shows, the only request I make is to be allowed a brief break every thirty minutes to reset any necessary tricks, take a drink of water, visit the restroom, etc.
Influences & Inspiration
Harry Houdini has always been my biggest inspiration in magic. His cunning and determination to hone his craft as far as he did has left a legacy not just on magicians but on the world as a whole. Though there are very few illusions of mine which he also performed, I seek to emulate aspects of his style and showmanship, as well as his upright character as a human being.
I also have to credit my parents for being my first audience and for all their support when they encouraged me to follow my dreams. They knew all of my tricks growing up because I showed them time and time again, practicing to get better. I think I now have a trick or two that they actually might not have seen!
Sound system - microphone and speakers (necessary for stage shows in large venues)
3.5 mm audio port and cable to sound system for music (necessary for stage shows)
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