The journey so far!
I’ve been asked to produce a blog as apparently you guys want to not only know about what I get up to but actually want to know more about me? I’m not sure what I’m supposed to write, so I’ll just keep telling stories of what I’ve been up to until you guys stop reading it.
I’m still finding it a little surreal, I’m sat here writing a blog post, to go one my new website. It’s a website I never really believed I’d have, or dared to dream I’d need. It’s been one hell of a journey to get to this point, and I’d like to take this moment to thank each and every one of you who has helped support me. Also, thank you to the people who have said I’d never get this far – your words have helped me achieve more than I ever thought I could!
As well as the support of friends, I’ve been extremely fortunate to gain the support and more importantly friendship of some true experts in magic; people who have not only mastered the secrets of the past but are helping shape the future of magic. Most importantly, they know how to perform in ways that make you, the spectators, enjoy it as much as possible – and that’s what truly matters.
I don’t know how it happens for all magicians, but I didn’t simply wake one morning and become a magician. I also didn’t have an owl tapping at my window, or find an old book in the loft that filled me with dark secrets. I worked hard to be able to do what I do now. I sacrificed a lot of time to my art, mostly at the cost of social gatherings and other interests. The further I walked down the ever-winding road into magic, the more lost I became. I watched everything that I thought I knew shift and change in front of me. Things that I had truly believed in for years not only no longer gave me comfort but now lay broken in front of me. I’d gone way deeper than simple card tricks and the so-called magic tricks that somebody who knows somebody could do down the pub. I’d gone further than I think anybody, perhaps even me, thought I would – and even today when I talk to others who have also walked this path, they are shocked at how quickly I’ve walked and how far I’ve already got.
It’s true that a magician sees the world differently from others. Maybe that’s why magicians often end up forming close-knit groups or societies. These little groups (or rather the people in them) are what has really made it possible for me to learn my craft – thank you!
So a little more about Jester Styles
Jester Styles has been with me for many years now; much longer than you would believe and much longer than my ability to perform magic. Jester Styles started out as a mask – a persona I could become to battle my low self-confidence.
I can’t deny that I can no longer really tell where Jester Styles ends and I begin. These lines became blurred very long ago, but what I can be sure of is that without that side of me – without that mask – there would be no magic. The often uneasy partnership we have formed is what you experience when you see me perform; that mixture of calm, controlled metal-bending or vanishing of people’s rings vs. the flashy creation of items in balls of fire sums it up better than words could.
Working with others
With Christmas just around the corner, I’ve been working at lots of large festive events. Some of these have been so large that I never wouldn’t have been able to work them alone, so I found myself sharing gigs with other magicians. At first the idea of this made me uneasy. I created a thousand scenarios in my mind that I wouldn’t be as good as them, and the people I performed to would feel hard done by as they didn’t get the other magician. In truth, this has been an amazing opportunity and it has shown me that not only can I hold my own with any other magician I might be working with, but actually having the support of somebody who is in exactly the same shoes as you is priceless. Not to mention it makes long drives less boring, and the trading of advice and swapping secrets is great. The best thing about teaming up with other magicians is that I know nobody will miss out on seeing a performance that night!