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Bedros Akkelian

Montreal, Canada

Years in Magic

Referred to by the Montreal Mirror as the “smooth-talkin stud” of magic, Bedros “Spidey” Akkelian is the innovator and practitioner of what he calls “social magic” It is not entirely clear if he uses his charm to add to his magic or if he uses magic to add to his charm, but whatever the case, with Spidey, you will see something you have never seen before. He draws on his degree in social psychology and his history of performance to bring his magic to a whole new level.

If you could have dinner with any magician, past or present, who would that be and why?

hands down; Tommy Wonder, anyone who's seen him perform needs no explanation but for those who aren't familiar with his work; 3 words: Nest of boxes!

What is your creative process - how do you come up with new effects and ideas?

There are two ways in which I create an effect 1) I create a move or a principle and find a good application for it which becomes the effect

2) I think of something I would love to do and test out ways of doing it until I find one that works well. I find this method to be a little bit better because I don't limit myself to what is out there, I push my creative process to the limit

How often do you practice - how do you keep your skills (and mind) sharp?

I practice technique about 2 hours a day. But I don't think 5 minutes go by without me thinking about magic.mentalism or hypnosis. I'm always thinking about improving presentations. And I LOVE performing for people, I perform every chance I get, when I get back home from a gig, I just want to perform more!

What advice would you give to new performers just starting today?

Learn to crawl before you try to breakdance. I know the advance stuff looks cool but go back and study the basics, read the old books; and get DVDs that cover a wide range of beginner material. Put in the practice time, get it right, then move on to something a little more challenging. Make sure you've completely mastered an effect before showing it to people. And most importantly....have fun!!

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