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Artist Portrait

James Ivey

Plant city, FL

Years in Magic

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How did you first get started in magic?

I was working a job that I absolutely despised in a call center. Everyone there would just sit in their cubicle bouncing balls and playing with rubiks cubes, but most did nothing. I thought to myself "Self, their all wasting their time. " Let's do something that will stimulate the mind and be a pretty cool skill to have regardless. I learned the erdnase color change and my passion took over from there.

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

Creativity is not something that one can really go about planning. Most of my ideas are stemmed from practicing things in ways that no one else has tried. I'll sit infront of a mirror with one idea and make subtle changes to it when there is something I don't like. Slowly my original idea evolves into something completely different. Most of the time this new idea will have no application for the original, but this is typically how I make my best stuff. The next bit of fun comes from finding out how to use it. It's like watching pieces of a puzzle fall into place.

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

I'm constantly looking to see what's new and remember the past. I practice everyday and am constantly looking for ways to improve. Your passion will push you. You just have to want it.

Which artists have inspired you the most in your work thus far?

I'm inspired by everyone. I honestly don't think there is anyone who inspires me more than the next. You just have to be doing the right thing at the right time for it to click. I've been inspired by a lonely guy at a bar drowning himself in beer. It's all about the proper mindset.

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