Raised by a semi-professional sleight of hand artist, Lee Asher was born into the art of magic. From that young boy understanding his talents along the journey to where he is now, it's been Lee's duty to bring the most visual magic he can to the public eye.
For the last seven years, Lee has taught his style of magic to other magicians worldwide. His raw, visual style of magic is easily recognized and universally acknowledged.
Q&A with Lee Asher
What got you into magic?
My father was my inspiration - I was seven. When I started, for a long time I couldn't do anything. But as time passed, the cards became comfortable in my hands. Magic has been my passion ever since.
How long have you been performing?
I first got interested in magic in 1983. For years I practiced and performed for free. Anytime. Anywhere. My first professional job was in 1989. If you want to excel in anything, you have to pay your dues.
Do you have a favorite plot in magic?
There are too many to have one favorite, but I've always loved the Ambitious Card. The idea of a card repeatedly traveling to the top of the pack has been around for several centuries, but magicians are still creating original sequences for this plot today. I find that extremely fascinating!
Who is your favorite performer to watch?
There are too many great performers to pick just one. Overall, I enjoy watching anyone who performs magic well.
Tell us about the first time/effect you performed.
Effect-wise, the first piece of card magic I learned was a triple prediction using the one-a-head-principle. To this day, I still perform it on occasion, and it still gets wonderful reactions. On a side note, I try and perform the routine exactly how it was taught to me by my father years ago.
What do you see as wrong with the industry today?
As it stands right now, artists are the most important part of the whole equation. The industry has (for a long time) forgotten this fundamental truth. Without truly creative artists, magic ceases to move forward. As long as theory11 keeps this in mind, the magic community will transform in positive ways. Wait until you see what the artists invent now!
What is the last trick you saw that fooled the crap out of you?
A killer card routine performed by Aaron Fisher. Over the years, I've seen him grow into one of the most effective performers/teachers in sleight of hand. He fools the crap out of everyone!
What advice would you give to those that are just starting in magic?
Ask as many questions as you can. Listen to those who have been down the "Royal Road."