Charlie is an exceptional talent. If you didn’t know he was still a teenager (at the time of writing), then you would think his interview answers were from a very wise old wizard. He is very creative, innovative, and has a very charming style of performance. He’s an award-winning Magician and Mind Reader and has been performing and studying his art since the age of 5. He has mastered all the essential elements of magic such as card tricks, coin tricks, metal bending, and mind-reading using psychological techniques! Charlie regularly performs for organisations across the country has performed on Free Radio, and has played multiple theatre shows. The future of Magic is certainly in safe hands with performers like Charlie.
Q. When and how did you first get interested in Magic?
A. I was 5. It’s very cliché but I saw a magician performing and was hooked.
Q. Who is your biggest inspiration in Magic?
A. I have several depending on what area of magic. So, for example, Manipulation inspirations include Channing Pollack and Jeff McBride, mentalism inspirations include Max Maven, Theodore Annemann, Derren, Peter Turner and Joseph Dunninger, card inspirations include Juan Tamariz and Michael Vincent. I do really like Tommy Wonder too as well as lots of my friends in magic who I’m lucky to have.
Q. What was the first effect you learned?
A. A spring and ring trick. It was more of a puzzle, essentially, the magician was the only person who could remove a ring from a spring.
Q. What type of performer would you say you are?
A. Again this really depends, I’ve done theatre shows dedicated to mentalism, comedy magic, séance/bizarre magic (one of my favourite areas) so I’m always changing and planning shows but in all of them, I aim to come across as elegant and elusive in my performances.
Q. What effect are you working on at the moment?
A. At the time of writing this, I’m currently promoting my new séance show “Lucid Nightmare” so most of the work at the moment is structuring it and scriptwriting.
Q. Why did you join the Society?
A. It was one of the only local societies near me. I’ve found in my opinion it’s been the best society I’m part of. Everyone is easy to approach and the lectures and club nights are so much better than lots of other clubs.
Q. What would you say is the best thing about being a member of a Magic Society?
A. You get to learn from others, and you get to help others. By teaching we are learning and the more we learn the more we can teach. It’s also a great thing to be able to put on websites and social media.
Q. You have put on some stage shows, what inspired you to do this?
A. I always wanted to do something different. Every magician around my age is posting the same chewing gum type tricks on social media and I wanted to do something no one else like me is doing, on a larger scale. Stage magic is also one of my favourite genres. I also love the build-up to a stage show. The anticipation and whole theatre atmosphere. When my first theatre show sold out in just over 7 days, I knew it was going to be something I would love doing again; and it has!
Q. Did the shows go as well as you expected?
A. Yes and no is the short answer. They get better the more you do them, so, my second show was better than my first etc. I’d practiced whenever I could so my tricks and stunts were flawless and had the script, I’d written memorised perfectly. However, some things can go wrong. For example, I do a lot of stunts that aren’t necessarily magic but fit with my act and are real (making them dangerous). In my first show, when I went to hammer a real, 5-inch nail up my nose I very nearly hammered it wrong nearly drawing blood. A lot of the methods I use are very bold as well, so I also nearly had a nail impaled through my hand. This is when I realised the next shows I did; I would have to train even harder, reducing the risk of failure.
Q. What have you learnt from putting on shows?
A. I’ve learned a lot! Stage presence and confidence are the main ones. I now use these same skills I’ve learnt from performing on stage, in normal day to day life on a smaller scale.
Q. Is there anything you don’t like about magic?
A. Although I’ve grown up watching technology develop, I really don’t like technology in magic. I think there’s far too much that can go wrong (I know from certain situations) A lot of things that use technology in magic can be used without it as well.
Q. What do you like most about magic?
A. The experience. I believe magic isn’t something we see or touch, but something we feel emotionally after seeing something we can’t comprehend. The beauty of this for me is that there is no world where magic isn’t real. We do tricks, we watch illusions. We FEEL magic.
Q. What advice would you give to anyone thinking of learning or starting magic?
A. Do what you can when you can. Build a following and build yourself a style/characteristic.
Q. What is your favourite thing to perform?
A. It depends what situation and what setting. I have a nice routine for one person in an intimate setting, but I also love my stage version of bill to lemon as well as anniversary waltz for the bride and groom at weddings.
Q. What is the most difficult thing you have tried to do or learn?
A. Become more confident and how to read people to see who will appreciate the magic the most. A lot of my confidence comes from my larger shows.
Q. What do you do when someone asks you to ‘do something’ when you’re not expecting it?
A. I usually always have something on me but in case I don’t, I perform quite a lot of propless effects.
Q. What would like to achieve in magic?
A. Ideally to fool Penn and Teller and/or have my own Vegas show but realistically, I just want to do it for the rest of my life and get by doing the thing I love.
Q. What would be your ‘Desert Island’ trick?
A. Just give me a deck of cards and I’ll be sorted. In all seriousness, I’m not too sure. That’s a really hard question.
Q. Are there any other words of wisdom you’d like to leave with us?
A. I was always told confidence is key and to be bold. Although many people will look past this advice, I feel I made a good decision to use it and embrace it. I set a reminder on my phone just saying “Be Bold” so I see it every day as a constant reminder. I’ll be honest – probably 30% of what I do is luck from being bold. Also, if there’s an opportunity; take it! You never know when something could turn into a miracle.
Charlie is performing his very own Zoom ‘seance’ show on 30th October 2020 at 19.30. Contact Charlie at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://www.facebook.com/CharlieRobinsonMagician for more details.