Meet the Members… Lee Joseph

Lee is a great all-round entertainer who also likes to delve into the darker and more mysterious side of magic. One moment he could be showing you a flashy card trick and the next he could be making you think you’re in a horror film! However, with Lee it really is all about the entertainment, and whatever he decides to perform, you know you will always be totally entertained.

Q. When did you first get interested in Magic?

A. I have always had an interest in magic from when I was younger. I remember being out playing in the street when I was a kid and I used to rush home to watch Wayne Dobson It’s a Kind of Magic on a Saturday evening.

Q. Who is your biggest inspiration in Magic?

A. This is a very difficult one as magicians like Doug Henning, Wayne Dobson, Dynamo and others have all had an inspiration on me. But I’m probably going to have to go with Simon Drake if I’m honest, as I very much aspire to the unique style of magic he’s always had. I remember watching his secret cabaret when I was really young and it was the first time I saw that magic could be a little more on the edgy side.

Q. What was the first trick you learned?

A. The bitten and restored coin, I found it on a stag weekend in Blackpool one year. It started off as a bit of a laugh with friends and colleagues. But because of the reactions I got, I wanted then to learn more and I guess really that was when starting to learn magic started for me.

Q. What are you working on at the moment?

A. I’m trying to work on my stage stuff more at present, and it’s involving tricks/stunts with dangerous objects.

Q. What do you like most about magic?

A. The reactions and smiles it can bring to people’s faces. If it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t do it.

Q. Is there anything you don’t like about magic?

A. The magic world is a small one, but this can be ruined by some of the big egos at times. There is a very fine line between confidence and arrogance and the real trick is knowing it.

Q. What do you enjoy most about performing for the public?

A. As already quoted the reactions and smiles on people’s faces.

Q. What do you most struggle with when performing?

A. I guess truth be told, maybe I still need to be more confident at times.

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

A. Try and understand more who is giving criticism and who is giving constructive criticism. Also to try and seek your own advice a little bit more.

Q. What is the most difficult thing you have tried to do or learn in magic?

A. The Hammon count, I still get a little flustered with it now sometimes.

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

A. Try not to get advice from too many different people. As too many differences of options can start to overwhelm you. Try and find who is giving you the best advice and look to them as your Sensai’s in magic so to speak.

Q. What is your favourite thing to perform?

A. One trick I’ve done a lot in both Stage and walkaround is Liam Montier’s the man who knows. I love how you can talk a little about some past great magicians and then have a double kicker ending. I absolutely love the trick.

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

A. Magician Mad Dominic once said to me, one of the most important things in magic is to always have something with you at all times. So for this very reason and since he gave me this advice, I have always had sticky coins on my keyring, and the joker card in the back of my phone.

Q. What would you like to achieve in magic?

A. When I first started out in magic, I said to myself I will only ever see this as a hobby and everything else that comes will be a bonus. So I’m absolutely made up already to achieve performing at some of the places I have and am so thankful to people who gave me the opportunity to do so. If I could set myself another goal it would be to advance more as a stage performer.

Q. What is the best and most memorable show you have performed so far?

A. A very tough question again, I mean being asked to perform at an Alice in Wonderland murder mystery party was a huge highlight so far as I love quirky stuff like that anyway, so that sort of gig was right up my street.

There was the time I got to perform at illusions magic bar in Bristol, I watched so many other acts perform there before while I lived in Bristol for a short time, so being able to step up and perform there as well was a massive thing to me. But the biggest highlight I probably have to say was performing at Stratford University at a student conference, the reason being this was the first time I stepped on stage to perform magic in front of a big audience.

Q. What would be your ‘Desert Island’ trick? 

A. Honestly probably a deck of cards as there would be limitless amounts of tricks you could practice or try and make up yourself.

Q. Are there any other words of wisdom you’d like to leave with us?

A. You don’t choose magic, it chooses you. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance, know it.

You can contact Lee at: https://www.facebook.com/lee.joseph

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