Los Angeles, CA
- Years in Magic
Hi, I'm David Valdes. I'm a 15 year old actor and magician living in LA. I've been doing magic for 8 years. I am currently a junior member of The World Famous Magic Castle.
How did you first get started in magic?
When I was 7, I went on a cruise with my family. One of the performances of the night was a magician. I'd never seen a magic show before so I said what the heck and went to go see it. The magician called me up on stage to participate in one of his illusions and I was blown away! After the show, the magician was selling a DVD explaining a few simple magic tricks. He gave me the DVD for free and signed it because I helped him on stage. I was forever hooked!
What advice would you give to new performers just starting today?
1st. Always practice your tricks over and over before you perform it for an audience. 2nd. Once you feel confident enough in your magic, start performing for more people. Wether it be at school, on the street, at the mall, wherever! 3rd. NEVER QUIT!
How often do you practice - how do you keep your skills (and mind) sharp?
I always keep at least one deck of cards with me.
What is your creative process - how do you come up with new effects and ideas?
I don't usually have a creative process. Most of the time new ideas just come to me. But I usually jam with my friends.