- Years in Magic
My name is Chris Severson and I'm a 21 year old magician from Waukesha, WI. I started my magic interest when I was very young but never really picked it up until around 2004-ish. I called up my local magic shop (Jest for Fun Joke Shop) looking for a deck of cards, and that is when my life literally changed. By the time I was in middle school, The Shop was literally right down the road, and I would ask my parents to walk there after school everyday. If I were to tally the total amount of hours I have spent in that shop, it would total well over a year!
After learning basic sponge balls and coin work, I found flourishing and remember seeing Dan and Dave's "The System" DVD. I was hooked. I searched every source on flourishing, now Cardistry, XCM, even the older "flourishes" that people now would laugh at them being called that, but hey, it was a different time back then! I remember the Trilogy by the Bucks coming out, and the impact and smoothness it added to my performance style.
Over time I began to learn more about this amazing art and my best friend was right there (and still is!) helping each other push new ideas and concepts. I was raised "old school" in terms of magic, as if you wanted to learn the "real card work", you came to The Shop, sat down, shut up and listened to those who have made their living doing this art. I've meet some of my greatest magic friends at The Shop, and they continue to help me grow to this day. Along with my families support, magic and the online magic community has molded who I am today.
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What is your creative process - how do you come up with new effects and ideas?
Sleepless nights. Lots and lots of sleepless nights. And obsessing. Can't forget that!
How often do you practice - how do you keep your skills (and mind) sharp?
I used to practice 12 hours daily, now being in college, I try to get 5-8 hours in. As I always have cards on me, I will make time to practice and try to get better.
What advice would you give to new performers just starting today?
Practice! Seriously. Perfect tricks before you try to show them off. Performing on YouTube won't help you improve your chops in real life for real people. And get a $5.00 full length mirror, don't mount it on the wall/back of a door, but instead lean it back against a wall. It allows you to see under your hands, and it will teach you to cover angles better.