- Years in Magic
Josh B. has been doing magic since the age of 6 when he saw his first Lance Burton TV special. At the age of 12 he was surprised with tickets for his birthday to a David Copperfield show. He has been performing at children's shows and walk around on and off since being introduced to magic.
In high school he was given the opportunity to put his talents to work in theater where he designed and built theater sets and special effects for the community theaters in the area. Pulling his creativity from all types of art and media he is thankful to theory11 for the opportunity to share his creations with the magic community.
For two years he served a full time mission for his church and used magic as object lessons to those he taught.
And, the rumors are true, he is an Eagle Scout.
How did you first get started in magic?
I watched a Lance Burton T.V. special. He told us to go get a penny, hold it in our hands and repeat the magic words 3 times "Lance Burton, Lance Burton, Lance Burton". We then were told to put the penny under our pillows and that in the morning it would turn into a dollar. It's a good thing that my dad was watching the special with us. He made sure Lance's trick worked.
After that I was hooked, bitten, and obsessed! I told all my friends about how Lance Burton turned my penny into a dollar. I thought it was real magic for a long time.
I caught every magic special on T.V. I could after that.
Which artists have inspired you the most in your work thus far?
My dad has always been my best critic. If I can do something for him that he likes I know I'm onto something. He never let up. If I flashed or he had an idea of what I did he told me. He was a bit ruthless but I think people need honesty sometimes.
As far as magicians go I love Lance Burton and David Copperfield. Mac King, Lennart Green and David Williamson are so funny and masters in their own right. I also love what David Blaine, and the Buck twins have done to the art. This list could get a bit lengthy so I'll stop there. There are so many great thinkers out there.
J.K. Rowling fooled me with every Harry Potter book she wrote. I think she's an inspiration of mine as well.
If you could have dinner with any magician, past or present, who would that be and why?
Jim Steinmeyer, I love the way that he seems to know everything there is to know about magic. Before I learned about what he has done I didn't realize that it's okay to create your own magic.
What advice would you give to new performers just starting today?
Listen to other people. Everybody has something good to say, so it's best to get feed back from as many people as possible. Not everybody agrees on everything though.
I would be the first to say that what I do in my act is not fit for everyone. It works for me though. I hope what I release to the public will help others find their niche.