Meet the Members… David Michaels

David Michaels is a fast-paced, international comedy entertainer and professional magician. He is highly respected by other magicians and the public alike and brings his high energy, razor-sharp wit to every performance. David is highly skilled and is a mentor and teacher to many aspiring magicians.

When did you first get interested in Magic?

I first got into magic when I was 14 years old and my grandad took me to Butlins on holiday. I saw a magician do the dancing cane and from that moment I was hooked. I went and purchased quite a few tricks from their onsite joke shop, practiced and performed them that night in the on-site pub….the rest as they say is history.

Who is your biggest inspiration in Magic?

I know it’s a cliché but I truly believe we stand on the shoulders of giants. My biggest inspiration is Jay Sankey and Wayne Dobson because they were the first magician’s I’d seen who were both technically fantastic and also hilarious.

What was the first trick you learned?

Dynamic Coins (Google it)

What are you working on at the moment?

During Lockdown I’ve been spending my time studying and learning Rubix cube magic. 

You’re a magical mentor and teacher to other magicians and run the Junior Section of the Society, why did you start doing this?

Because I was bullied into it! 🤪

In all seriousness it’s because I wanted to give something back. I originally joined The Leamington and Warwickshire Magic Society when I was 14 and they were nothing but welcoming and kind and really helped me grow as a young magician. I feel it’s an hour to have been asked to represent the club in this capacity. 

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Probably the commitment shown and eagerness to learn by the guys. 

What do most students seem to struggle with?

From my personal experience I would say it’s trying to learn every aspect of magic as soon as possible. How to focus on one particular area would be more beneficial in both the long and short term. 

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of learning or starting magic?

Study, read and consume as much as possible. Learn one or two tricks well, better then lots poorly executed. 

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to when you started?

Great question ☺️ it would be exactly what I’ve said above. Study the classics of magic they’re “classics” for a reason.

What would you like to achieve in magic?

I’ve only ever wanted to be of a professional standard, as fame and fortune has never really interested me. I’m happy performing at birthday parties making other people feel special. 

Is there anything you don’t like about magic?

The politics of it all.

What is the most difficult thing you have tried to do in magic?

For me it was performing in the Champions of Champions competition. 

What is your favorite effect or routine to perform?

Ring flash by Wayne Dobson

What do you do when someone asks you to ‘do something’ when you’re not expecting it?

As a professional I’m always ready with some business card magic it’s one of the only professions you can do at the drop of a hat. 

What is the biggest and/or most memorable show you have performed?

Probably the audition for BGT in front of the judges.

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