As we haven’t met at the club for a while, I thought it might be an idea to find out a little bit more about our members. So I decided to start with one of our younger members, Angus Baskerville.
Angus is a very talented mind reader but is also a highly skilled coin and card magician. Angus won both the 2018 and 2019 Leamington & Warwick Stage Competition and recently passed the (very difficult) exam to join The Magic Circle.
- When did you first get interested in Magic?
2014 aged late 17
- Who is your biggest inspiration in Magic?
- What was the first trick you learned?
A beginners 4 Ace production
- What are you working on at the moment?
A new Mentalism act
- What would you like to achieve in magic?
Performing on Cruise ships and touring around the world doing shows are my biggest goals
- Is there anything you don’t like about magic?
Having to perform to people who don’t appreciate it and therefore throw abuse at you
- What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to when you started?
To look deeper into the business side of it and focus more on mentalism as thats my main speciality and suits my personality best.
- What advice would you give to anyone thinking of learning or starting magic?
Refrain from running before you can walk, practice at least one hour a day and once you’ve a specific skill/trick completely sussed, try new things and experiment with new ideas. The more you learn the better and quicker you’ll improve.
- What is the most difficult thing you have tried to do in magic?
Learning Rubix cubes was the most difficult effect I tried to learn but am really glad I got it eventually and performing my act at Edinburgh fringe for the first time ever.
- What is your favourite thing to perform?
One word in a million book test
- What do you do when someone asks you to ‘do something’ when you’re not expecting it?
I think quick on my feet and if I haven’t got anything magic wise on me at the time, I look around at anything they may have or I can see that I could do a trick with.
Having learnt from a certain magician when I was at school, I was taught to always be able to do a magic trick with anything you can access on the spot. With Experience, 99.9% of the time it’s worked.
- Has entering competitions helped you with your magic? If so, in what way?
It’s improved my confidence performing and has helped me get much better at putting an act together myself and putting a lot more time and effort into it. Whereas before, when I first started taking part in competitions as a junior, I wasn’t putting as much effort and thought into it and often I’d leave it all till the night before. Also when I was taking part in competitions for the first time, I would get really nervous. Having done it more and more over the years though, I don’t get anywhere near as nervous.
You can get more information on Angus on his website https://www.angusbaskerville.com/