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THE MYSTERY BOX

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Artist Portrait

Nicholas Siegel

Louisville, KY

Age
25
Years in Magic
1

Nicholas has been fascinated with watching and performing magic since he was young. He's also a writer and holds an MFA in writing from Spalding University.


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

Derren Brown has had the strongest influence on my magic. He makes his performances interesting, and his showmanship is remarkable. He proves that even simple principles can be amazing if you present them right.

Some other influences are Wayne Houchin, Lance Burton, R. Paul Wilson and Michael Vincent.

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

Be natural and be yourself. Don't contribute to the stereotype of the goofy magician weighed down with unrealistic patter. Have fun, and don't take yourself too seriously.

How did you first get started in magic?

I've been interested in magic since I was a little kid, but didn't seriously get into it until 2005. I rediscovered why I liked it so much when I was younger, and started doing all the research I could to find the best sources to learn from.

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

Normally, I'll either become obsessed with an end result I want to achieve and have to figure out how to get there, or I'll become obsessed with old principles that have a lot of potential for growth and application.

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